Dancer to Dancer
Photo by Lucas Chilczuk

Watch Kate Harpootlian discuss her dance idols and her transition from dancer to choreographer in an exclusive interview with Dance Spirit.

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Giveaways

Sometimes something as simple as a new dance outfit can help you take your dancing from drab to fab. Soffe's new light weight dance tee and metallic leggings might be just the thing to give you the confidence to kill it at on the dance floor. Enter below for a chance to spice up your dance wardrobe!

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Dancer to Dancer
Photo by Travis Kelley, courtesy Kathryn Morgan

In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB 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,

I love dance so much. In fact, I think I might love it TOO much. I'm completely obsessed: I spend every minute I can at the studio, and I'm even having dreams about dance class. Is that bad, or unhealthy? Am I going to burn out?

Tonya

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Health & Body

Every dancer has learned—probably the hard way—that healthy feet are the foundation of a productive and happy day in the studio. As dancers, our most important asset has to carry the weight (literally) of everything we do. So it's not surprising that most professional dancers have foot care down to an art.

Three dancers shared their foot-care products they can't live without.

Read more at dancemagazine.com!

Dance News
via @kidathegreat Instagram

There's a new challenge taking over social media and it's bringing out the dancer in everyone. So You Think You Can Dance: Next Generation winner Kida Burns (aka Kida the Great) has inspired a new trend thanks to an impromptu dance session in his kitchen. In a recent Instagram post, Kida and fellow dancer Jabari Timmons break it down to the tune of the Nintendo Wii song.

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Cover Story
Photo by Lucas Chilczuk

With several Shaping Sound tours and TV credits like "So You Think You Can Dance," "Dancing with the Stars," and "Boardwalk Empire" to her name, you wouldn't expect Kate Harpootlian to be refreshingly down-to-earth. But that's exactly how she is: As soon as you start talking to the gifted dancer and choreographer, it becomes clear that she doesn't take herself too seriously. And she's happy to tell hilarious stories to prove it. (Ask her about the time she did a Mr. Peanut impression when Mia Michaels asked her to improvise, or the time she starred in a Japanese makeup commercial and had to do grand pliés wearing one pointe shoe and one flat shoe.)

That mixture of humor and grace is evident in Harpootlian's growing body of choreographic work. Her one-act show Better Late Than Never, for example, which premiered last summer, has a jazzy, West Side Story vibe, offsetting heavier moments with touches of whimsy. "There's always a balance in my work," Harpootlian says. "I want to use humor to balance out the darker aspects. It's like one of my friends once said: 'You make me laugh, and then you make me feel bad for laughing.' "

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Dance News
Misty Copeland in Drake's new music video "Nice For What" (via YouTube)

By now, we're used to seeing Misty Copeland embrace roles beyond her original title of prima ballerina. Between being an author, a spokesmodel, a designer, and even taking on the silver screen for a role in Disney's upcoming "Nutcracker" live action movie, Copeland's resume is a plethora of unique titles that prove her versatility both on and off the stage. So it should come as no surprise that the dancing kween would collaborate with Drake in his latest music video "Nice For What."

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Dance News
via @morganjeanquinn on Instagram

You probably remember the big Free People faux pas from 2014 where the popular clothing brand featured an untrained dancer (sickled feet and all) in its ad campaign, sparking a lot of shade from fuming dancers around the world. Well, Free People learned from its mistake and has been enlisting real dancers for some of their artsy promos ever since. From featuring The Washington Ballet's Nardia Boodoo in their lifestyle blog to including dance classes taught by Dance Theater of Harlem ballet dancer Alison Stroming in their pop-up shop fitness event, Free People appears to have caught on to the fact that we want to see real dancers dancing and not models mimicking an art that actually takes years of blood, sweat, and hard work to master.

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