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9 Can't-Miss Cyber Monday Dancewear Deals

Danskin's Women's Scoopneck Long Sleeve Leotard (via danskin.com)

Just when you thought it was safe to stop shopping...


Heading back to the studio after the food-filled relaxation of Turkey Day weekend is always tough. Thank goodness, then, that Cyber Monday is here to make heading back to class feel just the slightest bit more bearable, with steeply discounted prices on all your favorite dancewear brands. That's why we've rounded up nine of the best Monday-only sales, just for you and your favorite dancers. Happy shopping!

Apolla Performance Wear

via apollaperformance.com

Spend $50 or more on apollaperformance.com today, and you'll get free shipping to your U.S. mailing address. (International customers ordering more than $50 of merchandise will get a $5.95 credit applied to their cart at checkout.)

Abigail Mentzer Designs

via abigailmentzerdesigns.com

AMD has a terrific trifecta of special offers for today only: Free shipping on all domestic orders, 15% off your next order placed between January 1 and March 31, 2019, and a free AMD water bottle when you purchase the "Phoenix" or "Starlet" (shown above) three-skirt gift set.

Danskin

via danskin.com

Everything on danskin.com (with the exception of the new Jenna Dewan collection and any items already marked Final Sale) can be yours at 50% off with coupon code CYBERWOW. Spending more than $100? You'll net an extra 10% off.

Jo+Jax

With different levels of discounts across joandjax.com, you're sure to end up with a cart full of pleasant surprises. Ready, set, go!

Discount Dance Supply

Hurry up and snag your free makeup palette with a $45 purchase from discountdance.com while supplies last. You'll get free shipping in the bargain—and a free leotard when you buy two from select styles.

Capezio

Now through December 1, use code HANAMI when purchasing a pair of Hanami shoes, and you'll get a free pair of tights. "Perfect pairing" much?

Bloch Inc.

In addition to certain items being half off their original price, you can get free shipping on orders over $50 when you use coupon code CYBER18. No excuse not to stock up!

Soffe

This one's a simple, sweet deal: Basically half off anything on soffe.com! Soffe's billing this as their biggest sale of the year, so don't hesitate if you were planning to load up on classroom basics.

Louise Apparel

It's rare to find a sale on custom-fit items, but that's the beauty of Cyber Monday! Today, get 20% off former New York City Ballet dancer Ellen Warren's leotards, briefs, and calf warmers using code SMALLBIZ.

Health & Body
Sara Mearns in the gym. Photo by Kyle Froman.

New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns wasn't sure she was strong enough. A ballerina who has danced many demanding full-length and contemporary roles, she was about to push herself physically more than she thought was possible.

"I said, 'I can't. My body won't,' " she says. "He told me, 'Yes, it will.' "

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In Memoriam
Alicia Alonso with Igor Youskevitch. Sedge Leblang, Courtesy Dance Magazine Archives.

Her Dying Swan was as fragile as her Juliet was rebellious; her Odile, scheming, her Swanilda, insouciant. Her Belle was joyous, and her Carmen, both brooding and full-blooded. But there was one role in particular that prompted dance critic Arnold Haskell to ask, "How do you interpret Giselle when you are Giselle?"

At eight, Alicia Alonso took her first ballet class on a stage in her native Cuba, wearing street clothes. Fifteen years later, put in for an ailing Alicia Markova in a performance of Giselle with Ballet Theatre, she staked her claim to that title role.

Alonso received recognition throughout the world for her flawless technique and her ability to become one with the characters she danced, even after she became nearly blind. After a career in New York, she and her then husband Fernando Alonso established the Cuban National Ballet and the Cuban National Ballet School, both of which grew into major international dance powerhouses and beloved institutions in their home country. On October 17, the company announced that, after leading the company for a remarkable 71 years, Alonso died from cardiovascular disease at the age of 98.

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News
Rauf "RubberlLegz" Yasit and Parvaneh Scharafali. Photo by Mohamed Sadek, courtesy The Shed

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