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"Popular music has an overall energy that lends itself to the street-jazz style," says Derek Mitchell. But over the last eight years or so, the choreographer, who also teaches contemporary, jazz funk and musical theater, has noticed a lack of great musicality and interesting lyrics. As a result, Mitchell's music searches often gravitate toward the classic hits from artists like Prince and Janet Jackson. "Rarely do I hear a new song that makes me go, 'Oh, I want to dance to that!'"

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Photo by Jayme Thornton, courtesy of Dance Magazine

The April issue of Smithsonian magazine featured ABT principal Misty Copeland. She opened up about misconceptions about ballerinas, what it was like to work with Prince and discussed her new “Ballet Across America" program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Here are five of our favorite quotes from the interview.

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