October 2018 Table of Contents

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Cover Model Search Winner

Sydney tapped her way to the top as the 2018 CMS winner.

Love, Jacalyn/Love, Shelby

CMS runners-up Jacalyn Tatro and Shelby Patterson write thank-you notes to their fans.

Sensational Nationals

The very best of Nationals 2018.

Competing on a Budget

How to make the most of competition and convention season—without breaking the bank.

Competition Besties

Meet four sets of adorable BFFs who found winning friendships at a competition.

Poetry In Motion

How to nail a spoken-word piece in competition.

That (Ballet) Comp Life

Inside the USA International Ballet Competition with standout Quinn Starner.


The inside scoop on Broadway's The Prom.

The Dirt

San Francisco Ballet's Lauren Strongin.

Letter to My Teenage Self

Dorrance Dance's Warren Craft.

Off the Record

Jay Ledford's journey as a transgender ballerina.

Body Buzz

The best uses for pumpkin go way beyond jack-o'-lanterns.


Everything you need to know about protein.

The Look

Stay cozy in the season's chicest one-piece warm-ups.

World Dance

The classical Japanese dance form nihon buyo.

College Corner

How to go to school part-time while pursuing a pro career.

You Should Know

Contemporary kid Dyllan Blackburn.

School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)

Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.

The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.

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Dance News
Including, of course, "Single Ladies" (Vevo)

Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancy FX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.

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Dance Videos
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M

Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.

The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.

As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list:

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