6 Ballet Instagrams Worth Following

@jamesbwhiteside
Who: American Ballet Theatre
principal James Whiteside
Followers: 96.6K
What you'll see: a lot of muscles and humor, with a healthy dose of cat photos
What may surprise you: Whiteside moonlights as the drag queen Ühu Betch and pop singer JbDubs.


@londonballerina
Who: Royal Ballet principal Lauren Cuthbertson
Followers: 43K
What you'll see: beauty in the little things—nature, architecture, costume close-ups and tasty treats
We can't get enough of: Cuthbertson's natural eye for design

@theharperwatters
Who: Houston Ballet demi-
soloist Harper Watters
Followers: 47.2K
What you'll see: physics-defying dance shots, hilarious preshow video montages and Beyoncé tributes
What may surprise you: Watters can dance just as well in pink high heels as he can in ballet shoes.

@sarahhayofficial
Who: Sarah Hay, star of "Flesh and Bone"
Followers: 53.6K
What you'll see: gorgeous self-portraits
Fun fact: Hay recently landed a role on the comedic Showtime series "I'm Dying Up Here."

@balletrusse
Who: San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre principal Maria Kochetkova
Followers: 157K
What you'll see: variety—from landscapes to production photos to fun with friends
We can't get enough of: Kochetkova's zany wardrobe, both in the studio and on the street

@mistyonpointe
Who: American Ballet Theatre
principal Misty Copeland
Followers: 1.2 million
What you'll see: her many endorsement deals, photo shoots, red-carpet appearances and press features
For some Insta-inspiration: Peruse Copeland's motivational quotes and shout-outs to aspiring young dancers.

News
Scott Robbins, Courtesy IABD

The International Association of Blacks in Dance is digitizing recordings of significant, at-risk dance works, master classes, panels and more by Black dancers and choreographers from 1988 to 2010. The project is the result of a $50,000 Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

"This really is a long time coming," says IABD president and CEO Denise Saunders Thompson of what IABD is calling the Preserving the Legacy and History of Black Dance in America program. "And it's really just the beginning stages of pulling together the many, many contributions of Black dance artists who are a part of the IABD network." Thompson says IABD is already working to secure funding to digitize even more work.

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Studio Owners
The Dance Concept staff in the midst of their costume pickup event. Photo courtesy of Dance Concept

Year-end recitals are an important milestone for dancers to demonstrate what they've learned throughout the year. Not to mention the revenue boost they bring—often 15 to 20 percent of a studio's yearly budget. But how do you hold a spring recital when you're not able to rehearse in person, much less gather en masse at a theater?

"I struggled with the decision for a month, but it hit me that a virtual recital was the one thing that would give our kids a sense of closure and happiness after a few months on Zoom," says Lisa Kaplan Barbash, owner of TDS Dance Company in Stoughton, MA. She's one of countless studio owners who faced the challenges of social distancing while needing to provide some sort of end-of-year performance experience that had already been paid for through tuition and costume fees.

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Teachers Trending
Ryan Smith Visuals, courtesy Whitworth

A New Hampshire resident since 2006, Amanda Whitworth is the director of dance at Plymouth State University and the co-founder of ARTICINE, a nonprofit that uses the performing and creative arts as a means to improve people's health. Whitworth is also the founder of Lead With Arts, a consulting service working in three priority areas: performance and production, arts and health, and creative placemaking. The NH State Council on the Arts recommended her to the governor for a two-year term, February 2020 to February 2022. She is the first dancer in New Hampshire to hold the title of artist laureate. We caught up with her to hear about her new role:

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