Bailrok-ing the Boat

"So You Think You Can Dance" Season 16 winner Bailey Muñoz is the b-boy who can do it all.

At the Intersection of Dance and Identity

Four dancers of color discuss the importance of diversity and representation in the dance world.

From Intensive to Dream Job

Six pros share how their summers away landed them dance company contracts.

The Summer Intensive Sampler

More and more dancers are attending multiple programs in one summer. Should you?

Dance Spirit's 2020 Summer Study Guide

A breakdown of 186 of the world's best programs.

Letter to My Teenage Self

Tap prodigy and company director Caleb Teicher.

The Dirt

Convention queen-turned-commercial phenom Maycee Steele.

Off The Record

Last year, Broadway dancer Stephanie Bissonette was diagnosed with a brain tumor—but she didn't let it keep her offstage for long. Last year, Broadway dancer Stephanie Bissonette was diagnosed with a brain tumor—but she didn't let it keep her offstage for long.

Dear Katie

Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Body Buzz

How to tell if that painful pinch is something to worry about.

Nutrition

What it really means to #CountYourMacros.

Dance Team Spotlight

Captains share the highs and lows of dance team leadership.

World Dance

Afro-Cuban dance is part of a rich and meaningful spiritual tradition.

College Corner

Collegiate summer intensives let you go beyond the average college visit.

Branch Out

Joseph Corella's 567Broadway! program combines Broadway with fitness.

You Should Know

Budding ballerina Elliana Mannella.

Future Star award winner Noeleia Dellinger at Ash Nationals (Ash Productions, courtesy Noeleia Dellinger)

Dance Spirit is thrilled to announce our 2019 Future Star winners! Every year, DS partners with competitions to recognize dancers with exceptional presence and ability, and this year, you all delivered in full force.

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Future Star award winner Adriana Phillips (courtesy Adriana Phillips)

Dance Spirit is thrilled to announce our 2019 Future Star winners! Every year, DS partners with competitions to recognize dancers with exceptional presence and ability, and this year, you all delivered in full force.

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Rachel Neville, courtesy Jasmine Cruz

Congratulations to the November Cover Model Search Editors' Choice video winner, Jasmine Cruz! Watch her solo below, and enter the Cover Model Search here.

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When Rachel Kreiling first walked into New York City Dance Alliance as a young student in 1995, she couldn't have anticipated the lifelong connections she was about to make. Following a performing career that took her around the world, Kreiling found herself back at NYCDA as an assistant at the invitation of founder Joe Lanteri. She joined the faculty in 2008 and has been there ever since.

At the heart of Kreiling's teaching is her passion for dancer wellness. Kinesiology, neuroscience and conditioning play a key role in her work at NYCDA and as a guest teacher at studios nationwide. We talked to Kreiling for our very first "Whole Dancer" column, where we hear from top NYCDA dancers, choreographers and teachers about wellness, self-care and more:

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Dancer and teacher Ali (Clough) Geraets remembers a time when she couldn't find shoes for her class of hip-hop students. She wanted a pair of combat boots that were functional on the dance floor, stylish enough for performance, and at an affordable price point so her dancers could buy them. She also needed a store that carried enough stock for the whole class. "We ended up buying shoes from Kohl's, and they were super slippery," Geraets says. "We were like, 'Oh my gosh, we should be making these for dancers.' "

That's when Geraets, along with her colleague Xue Li, got to work on designing her own pair of combat boots, made especially for hip-hop dancers. Their first design was a pair of sequined boots made for Gia-Mia, that came in both black and silver. After that success, Geraets started designing shoes for Just For Kix, exploring options that are both functional and stylish for dancers.

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For today's versatile dancer, it's not enough to just show up to daily class. Top-notch training includes conditioning, self-care and a home practice with the right training tools. Amp up your home studio (and your dancing) with these three accessories from Harlequin Floors—just in time for holiday gift-giving. (Bonus: They all ship free!)

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First-year Radio City Rockette Mara Ranson (center) in rehearsal (Carl Scheffel, courtesy MSG Photo)

Every year, hundreds of dancers audition for a chance to become a Radio City Rockette. Only a lucky few make the cut—this season, there are 13 newbies on the line—but many of them go on to perform with the Rockettes for years. Dance Spirit had the chance to listen in as first-year Rockette Mara Ranson asked 10-year veteran Corey Whalen all her burning questions about what it's really like to dance in the world's most famous kickline.—as told to Helen Rolfe

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Ailey II artistic director Troy Powell teaching an Ailey Workshop at NYCDA. Courtesy NYCDA

Back in 2011 when Joe Lanteri first approached Katie Langan, chair of Marymount Manhattan College's dance department, about getting involved with New York City Dance Alliance, she was skeptical about the convention/competition world.

"But I was pleasantly surprised by the enormity of talent that was there," she says. "His goal was to start scholarship opportunities, and I said okay, I'm in."

Today, it's fair to say that Lanteri has far surpassed his goal of creating scholarship opportunities. But NYCDA has done so much more, bridging the gap between the convention world and the professional world by forging a wealth of partnerships with dance institutions from Marymount to The Ailey School to Complexions Contemporary Ballet and many more. There's a reason these companies and schools—some of whom otherwise may not see themselves as aligned with the convention/competition world—keep deepening their relationships with NYCDA.

Now, college scholarships are just one of many ways NYCDA has gone beyond the typical weekend-long convention experience and created life-changing opportunities for students. We rounded up some of the most notable ones:

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Congratulations to the September Cover Model Search Editors' Choice video winner, Chloe Exline! Catch her solo below, and make sure to enter the Cover Model Search here.

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Chris Moore, Courtesy Dream Duffel

Berkley Houchin is a dance competition powerhouse. At just 12 years old, Houchin boasts the resume of a much more seasoned dancer. When she isn't at home on her ranch in Amarillo, Texas with her family and her horse, Jazz, Houchin is managing a whirlwind schedule of dance competitions. She is currently a Pro Reveler at the Revel Dance Competition, and she was awarded "Junior Miss Encore" and Encore "Performer of the Year" in 2018, among others.

When Houchin travels for competitions, she currently has 14 dances in tow. She knows that having things packed correctly is the difference between being able to focus on her dancing or fretting over where her next headpiece is. We took a look in Houchin's Dream Duffel bag to find out how she keeps all the details straight so she can focus on the stage (and, we're giving away all her favorite Dream Duffel products!):

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B-boy Bailey Muñoz was recently announced as America's favorite dancer on season 16 of "So You Think You Can Dance," and one of his prizes was a spot on the cover of Dance Spirit. Go behind the scenes of Bailey's photo shoot, and watch him pay tribute to his fellow Top Ten dancers (and best friends).

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Purple is often associated with royalty, power and wisdom. Sound like qualities you'd like to bring to your dancing? Same.

We rounded up our favorite purple looks from Just for Kix, for inside the studio or on the stage:

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