Still from La Folía. Shot by Olivia Kimmel, Courtesy Adam Grannick

As we approach Thanksgiving, there's much to be grateful for. Perhaps one of the most important things on your list is dance. Whether you're a full-time company member, an aspiring professional, an audience member, or you simply delight in dancing in your daydreams, this art form is a creative escape.

That's not to say that being a dancer is easy: Pursuing such a competitive career can be heartbreaking, especially when you're faced with rejection.

La Folía, a short dance film by director Adam Grannick that was recently released online, echoes these sentiments in under 12 minutes.

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Career
Mark Dendy Projects. Photo by Stephen Donovan, Courtesy ADF.

If you studied at the American Dance Festival in the last 84 years, you may be in for a major treat—and an incredible career opportunity. As part of its 85th-anniversary season, ADF is seeking choreography submissions from alumni of its Six Week School and Three Week School (formerly the Four Week School for Young Dancers).

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Health & Body
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For dancers in L.A, this Saturday, November 11, might as well be a holiday. The Dance Resource Center, a service organization for the region's dance community, is hosting its third annual Day of Dancer Health. The best part? All events are free. Here's a sampling of what's on tap:

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Dancers & Companies
And the best costume award goes to Harper Watters, aka tennis superstar Serena Williams. Photo via Instagram.

Happy Halloween! If you're still not in the spirit, who better to turn to for some spooky style inspiration than your fellow dancers? These pros' costumes caught our eye (and made us laugh).

1. Recreating a Legend

Famed ballerina Anna Pavlova recently made an appearance at American Ballet Theatre's company class. Oh, no, that's just principal James Whiteside and his impeccable petit allegro. Could've fooled us.

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Health & Body
Photo by Quinn Wharton

Dancers often pride themselves on being multitaskers. Throw a complicated petit allegro combination at us, and we can execute the steps, all while remembering the counts, patterns, numerous corrections (heels down, sharper beats, less tension in hands), artistry, musicality, and, oh yeah, that we need to breathe. Okay, who are we kidding? Sometimes things do fall apart.

A recent study from Scientific Reports reminds us that when it comes to combining rigorous physical and mental pursuits, something's gotta give.

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Dancers & Companies
Jared Matthews and Yuriko Kajiya. Photo by Tetsu Maeda, Courtesy Matthews.

For many victims of recent natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria, the new "normal" involves power outages, food shortages and massive property damage. The dance community has stepped up to help by doing what they do best: This Sunday, October 22, members from major American companies will perform in two separate concerts in New York City, benefitting those affected by the hurricanes in Texas and Puerto Rico.

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Dancers & Companies

Having a rough week? Whether you're dealing with rehearsal exhaustion, an annoying injury or casting disappointments, we've all been there. And the hilarious dancers behind @balletmoods—our favorite by-pro-dancers-for-pro-dancers Instagram page (besides the equally and delightfully sarcastic @biscuitballerina)—have got your back too. And your funny bone.

Back in August, we shared a few of their original, sometimes irreverent, ballet memes, and we couldn't resist checking in on what they've made since. Yup, they're still capturing dance humor that's spot on, with the perspective that only seasoned pros can pull off (though the identities of these comics/ballerinas has yet to be revealed). Whatever mood ballet's got you in, @balletmoods knows how you feel.

Temping, very tempting

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Health & Body
Matthew Murphy

We're always thrilled when science confirms yet another benefit of dance. Now, the latest research from the University of Kansas is giving us one more reason to pat ourselves on the back: A surprising new study suggests that exercise may increase self-control—like the ability to make healthier food choices, avoid temptations (like that $200 pair of shoes you know you don't need) and make smarter life decisions.

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