PC Gene Schiavone

We've known for a while now that New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck can do anything. She tackles everything in the NYCB rep—from "Emeralds" to Aurora to Justin Peck—with precision and pizzazz. And, we recently found out that she's kinda an amazing tap dancer:

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Alpaca dance classes are a thing, thanks to 313 Farms in Manitoba, Canada. Students can take classes like "Barn Barre," "Mommy, The Alpacas, & Me" and "Poppin' Pacas" while the animals roam—and you're welcome to stop and pet them mid-class.

"Having worked in a dance studio, I had quite a few students visit the alpacas and they loved being around them," says owner Ann Patman. "Most studios have no windows and even though the class might be great, you don't get any fresh air or see what's going on outside."

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Melissa Barak's E/Space, PC Dave Friedman

Nominations for our Readers' Choice Awards are underway, and you've been sending in tons of exciting ones.

As a reminder, we're compiling nominations in seven categories:

  • Best Viral Video
  • Most Moving Performance
  • Biggest Choreographic Breakthrough
  • Coolest Collaboration
  • Best Dance Documentary
  • Most Inventive New Work
  • Funniest Performance

We'll choose our favorites, then ask you to vote on what will make it into our December issue.

Here are some of our favs so far:

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Mickela Mallozzi might have the most enviable job in the dance world.

The dancer-turned-television producer hosts the Emmy Award–winning "Bare Feet," a PBS show that explores dance from cultures all over the world. In the first season alone, Mallozzi travels to Buenos Aires, Vienna, South Korea, Italy, Croatia, Malaysia, Scotland and more, learning dances from locals along the way.

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There's no question that professional ballet dancers are major #fitnessgoals. That's why we're always asking them about their workout routines.

But now the rest of the world is catching on. A new partnership between The Joffrey Ballet and JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts is bringing dancer fitness to vacationers, one workout video at a time.

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The Ailey Extension

New Yorkers use ClassPass to jump around between the trendiest (and often, most expensive) boutique fitness studios. But it's a little-known secret that some of the city's best dance studios are available through the monthly service, too. Plans range from $45-$135 a month, and allow you to take up to three classes a month at a given studio.

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The best day of the year is finally upon us—National Dance Day is tomorrow!

In case you've been living under a rock and haven't celebrated NDD before, it's an annual event established by Nigel Lythgoe and the Dizzy Feet Foundation where dancers and non-dancers across the country are encouraged to get movin'.

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PC Inez & Vinoodh

Fresh off his striking Nike ad campaign (and his Dance Magazine cover), American Ballet Theatre's prodigal principal has another high-profile collaboration up his sleeve. And this one is, shall we say, dazzling.

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