How exciting is it to be alive during a time when dance is totally and completely mainstream? When you tell people you’re a dancer, they don’t have to question what exactly that means, because they’ve seen “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars,” and they remember seeing Misty Copeland on “60 Minutes” and the cover of TIME magazine. Everyone is constantly talking about Hamilton on Broadway — including President Obama — and everyone from your math teacher to the kid you babysit on the weekends is obsessed with Maddie Ziegler’s dancing in Sia’s music videos.
Yeah, dance is an art. But being a dancer is also seriously cool, and comes with plenty of street cred.
So it’s no surprise Teen Vogue is on the all-things-dance bandwagon — especially since the magazine’s editor in chief, Amy Astley, is a former dancer. (She studied at the Joffrey Ballet in NYC and at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s summer program. NBD.) The magazine regularly features dancers in its “Rhythm Nation” column (hi, Juliet Doherty and Lil’ Buck), plus Teen Vogue has an entire web series devoted to the competitive and cutthroat world of professional ballet companies.
In Season 1, the series followed six students at NYC’s School of American Ballet, and in Season 2 we get to tag along with six dancers from Miami City Ballet School. If you haven’t obsessed over the entire series now, consider your weekend binge-watching plans secured.
Click here to watch all 37 episodes from Season 1 and Season 2. See you on the other side!