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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How Turning Boards and Practice Mats Can Revolutionize Your Dance Training

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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