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Misty Copeland Just Out-Danced Every Celeb in Drake's New Video

Over the weekend, Misty Copeland shared the latest project she's been working on—and her co-stars aren't the American Ballet Theatre dancers we're used to seeing her paired alongside. Copeland is one of the featured faces in Drake's "Nice For What" music video, making her appearance just a few seconds in.



The all-female video (plus Drake) was directed by Karena Evans, and has Copeland joining a crew of Hollywood heavy hitters like actresses Olivia Wilde, Yara Shahidi and Tracee Ellis Ross, for some dancing and all-around fun.

Wearing pointe shoes and a white cutout and mesh leotard, the ABT principal seems like the perfect fit for the video given her long list of commercial crossovers (and the fact that she once said she pumps herself up for performances by listening to Drake's music). And while we don't like to play favorites, it's kind of hard to beat Copeland's dancing skills—especially since she's been practicing to Drake's music for years.

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Essential oils sometimes get a bad rap. Between the aggressive social media marketing for the products and the sometimes magical-sounding claims about their healing properties, it's easy to forget what they can actually do. But if you look beyond the pyramid schemes and exaggerations, experts believe they have legit benefits to offer both mind and body.

How can dancers take advantage of their medicinal properties? We asked Amy Galper, certified aromatherapist and co-founder of the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies:

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Karen Azenberg, a past president of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, stumbled on something peculiar before the union's 2015 move to new offices: a 52-year-old sealed envelope with a handwritten note attached. It was from Agnes de Mille, the groundbreaking choreographer of Oklahoma! and Rodeo. De Mille, a founding member of SDC, had sealed the envelope with gold wax before mailing it to the union and asking, in a separate note, that it not be opened. The reason? "It is the outline for a play, and I have no means of copyrighting…The material is eminently stealable."

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