Photo by Erin Baiano

14-year-old phenom Madison Brown excels in both ballet and contemporary—and we're talking a wins-basically-every-competition-she-enters level of excellence. How does she do it? Read her Summer 2019 cover story, here on dancespirit.com, to find out.

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via Instagram, @laducashoes

What is it about dance shoe videos, guys? Is it just us, or does everyone else also geek out over #bts footage of shoes being made or ballerinas breaking in their pointe shoes? Asking for a friend, here...

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Showstopper Magazine is your source for exclusive content on today's most talked about dancers! It features major influencers in the dance community and the latest dance news, fashion trends, and life-changing advice.

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Get to know your inner Amazonian queen in these truly wild ensembles.

Modeled by Starr Dee and Arielle DiSciascio

Photography by Jayme Thornton

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It's been almost a year since audiences glimpsed the insane contemporary skills of dance phenom Diana Pombo on the hit reality show "World of Dance." And ever since her passionate performances, we've been dying to know what's next for the young star. NBC recently caught up with the former contestant for a lowdown on all her recent endeavors and we're kind of amazed at everything she's accomplished.

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Dance collaborations are always exciting but there's a special place in our hearts for dance projects that feature our favorite, furry, four-legged friends, otherwise known as dogs. That's why when Kelly Pratt Kreidich came up with the concept of shooting elegant ballet dancers next to the cutest creatures on earth, she decided she had to run with it. The resulting photos were so sweet and unexpected that Kreidich decided to create a project featuring 100 Dancers and 100 Dogs.

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Can't get enough of the dance party T. Swift throws herself in her "Delicate" music video? Take a look at the two making-of clips Taylor just shared on her Instagram, showing her practicing the vid's charmingly awkward choreography.

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(From left) Mean Girls dancers Riza Takahashi, Ben Cook, Kamille Upshaw, Jonalyn Saxer, DeMarius R. Copes, and Stephanie Lynn Bissonnette (photos by Erin Baiano)

Get in, losers. We're going to Broadway.

OK, not losers, actually—more like the bajillion die-hard fans of Tina Fey's 2004 cult hit Mean Girls, who've been wearing pink every Wednesday since a musical adaptation of the film was first teased back in 2013.

Now their world is like a cake filled with rainbows and smiles, because Mean Girls the musical, which had a trial run in Washington, DC, last fall, is set to open at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre April 8. And in a very grool twist, it turns out the show—with direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw and a book by Fey herself—is delightfully dancey.

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Ariana DeBose (photo by Quinn Wharton)

Broadway babe Ariana DeBose, who will star as Anita in next year's West Side Story remake, is about to be a HUGE household name. Below, check out DeBose's fierce, versatile improv from her cover shoot.

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Coach Marie-France Dubreuil (left) LIVED every second of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir's gold-medal-winning routine. (via Twitter)

You know that thing when you're onstage at a competition and you catch your teacher unconsciously marking through every step of the choreography in the wings, just willing you and the rest of the group to dance perfectly?

Yeah—that happens in ice dancing, too. Case in point: the scene at the Olympic rink yesterday, as Canadian ice-dancing legends Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skated their way to their third Olympic gold.

Obviously, their performance was all kinds of epic. But the off-ice "performance" given by their coach, Marie-France Dubreuil, was EVERYTHING.

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"High Strung: Free Dance" stars Juliet Doherty and Thomas Doherty shooting the movie poster (via Instagram)

Ever since High Strung: Free Dance—the sequel to the original, fabulously dancy movie—was announced last summer, we've been eager for peeks at the behind-the-scenes action. And yesterday, the High Strung team dropped the juiciest preview footage since our own Facebook Live events on set.

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Nardia Boodoo (photo by Rachel Neville)

"I had a unique path to dance," says Nardia Boodoo, a luminous, elegant apprentice with The Washington Ballet. She briefly studied ballet as a child, but didn't start serious training until she was 14 years old, attending Baltimore School for the Arts. "I didn't know what a pirouette was," she says. "I would wake up really early to stretch and remember my corrections." But, a focused student, she advanced quickly: Soon she was attending prestigious summer intensives, and she earned a spot in The Washington Ballet Studio Company in 2014. Now, Boodoo is working with her childhood idol, TWB artistic director Julie Kent, and dreams of someday dancing the title role in Giselle.

Boodoo is acutely aware of the power of representation. "It has only recently become OK to have a Misty Copeland," she says. "It's no longer socially acceptable to only have girls who look exactly the same, in any aspect of entertainment. But at the same time it feels like a trend, and I'm not a trend, I'm a human being." Boodoo wants to see genuine diversity, from top to bottom. "You need teachers and directors, ballet masters and répétiteurs," she says. "Diversity on every single level is progress."

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Tiffany Maher in front of her "Hit the Floor" trailer (via @tiffany.maher on Instagram)

These days, dancers are on television more than ever before. From live shows like "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars" to teen sitcoms like "Shake It Up," flip through your TV lineup and you'll see dancers in more than just music videos and award shows.

But what is it actually like to dance on TV? We caught up with Tiffany Maher from BET's hit drama series "Hit the Floor" to find out. Dance is the focal point of "Hit the Floor," which centers on the Devil Girls, dancers for the faux-NBA Los Angeles Devils. Maher (who's also a "SYTYCD" alum) took some time out between rehearsals, fittings, and catching a flight to teach at Tremaine Dance Conventions to give us the behind-the-scenes scoop—and to explain what exactly "bacting" is. Because we definitely don't know.

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