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

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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When it comes to equipment, dancers don't need much—just shoes and whatever can fit in their dance bag. But between rehearsals in the studio and performances on stage, one major piece of equipment often goes overlooked—the floor.

Dancers too often find themselves warming up on the concrete or carpet backstage, or wanting to practice in a location without a proper floor. For years, Harlequin Floors has offered a solution to this problem with its innovative turning board, offering a portable and personal floor that can be flipped between marley and wood. Now, they've revolutionized portability again with their practice mat, offering dancers the option to roll up their own personal floor and sling it over their shoulders like a yoga mat.

We spoke with experts from every corner of the dance industry to see how Harlequin's products have become their everyday essentials:

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