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It's safe to say that in 2019, social media reigns supreme. Social platforms are especially great tools for dancers, allowing them to brand and market themselves, keep up with dance friends across the world, and get noticed by people who would otherwise be impossible to get in touch with. But with all the good, it's easy to forget that most of what you see is highly filtered and heavily curated—and not even close to reality. 18-year-old ballerina Luna Montana is on a mission to change that.

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Ballet Academy East student Stella MacDonald (Erin Baiano)

It's the rite of passage every young ballerina dreams of: getting her first pair of pointe shoes. But it's important to remember that a lot (and we mean a lot) of hard work and technique-honing leads up to this moment—not to mention getting the green light from your teacher. Dance Spirit turned to Jenna Lavin, former Miami City Ballet dancer and principal of the pre-professional division at Ballet Academy East in NYC, for three exercises meant to strengthen, train, and stabilize the muscles you'll be using once you're on pointe.

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Kendra Oyesanya, Marcus Mitchell, and Carlito Olivero (courtesy YouTube/Lionsgate)

Happy "Step Up: High Water" eve, y'all! Everyone's favorite internet dance show makes its triumphant Season 2 return tomorrow, March 20th, on YouTube. In anticipation of the premiere, we turned to Kendra Oyesanya (Poppy), Marcus Mitchell (Dondre), and Carlito Olivero (Davis) for the scoop on all things "Step Up"—from on-set shenanigans, to embarrassing stories, to scenes to watch out for this season (hint: Episode 2's dance battle, and the season finale's final number!).

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Dancetown Divas making all of our fringe jumpsuit dreams come true. (Justin Lubin/NBC)

If there was one takeaway from last night's episode of "World of Dance," it's that this show truly does attract the best of the best. It seems statistically impossible to have so many talented dancers in one place, but somehow, "Qualifiers 2" introduced us to a whole new group of hopeful contestants, each of whom blew our minds and warmed our hearts. Which acts from last night will be joining last week's lucky bunch? Read on to find out!

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It's safe to say that when it comes to "things dancers should always keep 100 percent in check," hydration reigns supreme. Not only is it key for staying energized, alert, and balanced—it can actually be dangerous to dance while dehydrated. Dance Spirit turned to Marie Scioscia, a registered dietitian with The Ailey School, and author of Eat Right Dance Right, for a hydration crash course, so you'll never be low on H2O.

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