T. Swift Talks Ballerinas

For the past few weeks, the dance world has been buzzing about Taylor Swift's new music video "Shake It Off." Your reviews are mostly positive, though somewhat mixed. Many of you told us you were thrilled to see a singer acknowledge the fact that she can't dance. Others appreciated that she showcased a variety of seriously talented dancers. And some people praised the message of the video itself: the fact that every one can, and should, dance—even if it's not always pretty. On the other hand, some of you felt that the dancers should've had even more time to shine, and that other dance styles could've been showcased.

On Thursday, Taylor contributed to the conversation with the release of her second installment of "Shake It Off" outtakes, "The Ballerinas." (The first outtakes clip took a look at the cheerleading section.) The video takes us behind the scenes with the swans. It offers some beautiful footage of the trained ballerinas, plus some more hilarious footage of T. Swift doin' her thang. But the coolest part of this video is getting to hear the singer's take on what it was like to walk onto a set full of gorgeous, trained ballerinas. (Spoiler alert: She says some pretty flattering things about ballet.) Check it out!

Still haven't added your voice to the conversation? Now's your chance! Let us know your thoughts in the comments or drop us a line.

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

Chrissy

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The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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