In The Studio

The Best Behind-the-Scenes Moments From American Ballet Theatre's Tour (So Far)

ABT's Isabella Boylston, James Whiteside and Lauren Post serving up serious squad goals; via Instagram

American Ballet Theatre is officially on the road. Since kicking their national tour off at Washington D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts this past week, ABT has been keeping us up-to-date: From how many pointe shoes they need to pack (spoiler alert, it's a lot), to rehearsal silliness and even an onstage moment or two. We rounded up our favorite moments so far—including a Facebook Live where Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside finally explain the meaning behind their nickname, The Cindys. Next stop, Detroit!

Principals Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside and corps member Lauren Post make travel sweats look chic.



Yes, that's principal Christine Shevchenko surrounded by all of those shoes!


Corps member Courtney Lavine's show prep is our new favorite thing.


Corps dancer Melanie Hamrick tests out the Kennedy Center stage (and her balance).


The Whipped Cream Tea Flowers pose in their colorful Mark Ryden-designed costumes before hitting the stage.


Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream perfectly captures our Friday mood.


And The Cindys spill on what exactly makes them The Cindys (and other fun stuff, too, obv).

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I was on my favorite treadmill when it happened.

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I caught a bug that's going around and have a runny nose, cough, sore throat and no energy. Is this a cold or the flu? I want to dance but wonder if performing is a smart idea. Any advice?

—Achoo!, Brooklyn, NY

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