September 2017 Table of Contents


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"I'm Still Kalani"
Kalani Hilliker on staying focused and keeping her cool throughout a rocky "Dance Moms" ride.

What I'd Wish I'd Known
2017 dance grads reflect on the advice that would have helped them ease into their freshman year.

What Do College Dance Programs Really Look For?
Application advice straight from the people who make the decision.

Transatlantic Training
Going global for college can expand your artistic horizons. Here's how to make it happen.

Dance Spirit's 2017 Higher Ed Guide
A state-by-state breakdown of 155 colleges and universities with dance programs.

Reach New Heights
Tips to help your jumps soar.

Living That #BalletLife
A (very busy) day with ABT Studio Company dancer Léa Fleytoux.

Happy Birthday, Dance Spirit!
Take a trip down memory lane for our 20th anniversary.

Quiz
How well do you know Dance Spirit?

Up Front: Buzz
The scoop on Travis Wall's new piece for Cincinnati Ballet.

Up Front: The Dirt
"Dancing with the Stars" pro Lindsay Arnold.

Letter to My Teenage Self
Contemporary star Melanie Moore.

Dear Katie
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Choreographer's Collage
Where Amy Seiwert finds inspiration.

Diary
Hayden Hopkins on what it's like to dance for Cirque du Soleil.

Body Buzz
The most nutritious energy bars to reach for between classes.

Fitness
Three yoga poses to aid your dancer body.

Health
Acupuncture 101.

Mind
How to train your brain to take more risks.

Fashion
Classwear gets sleek in neutral shades.

Style Lab
Get her look: Miami City Ballet's Ella Titus shows us her key pieces.

Beauty
The prettiest stage-makeup colors for every complexion.

Ballroom Spotlight
Letting your partner take the lead.

College Corner
All the details on The Boston Conservatory's merger with Berklee College of Music.

You Should Know
Commercial queen Kennadi Boese.

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