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Sophia Lucia set a new Guinness World Record for pirouettes on March 30th in San Diego. Turning 55 times in tap shoes, she beat the previous record of 36 consecutive pirouettes. Check out Dance Spirit’s article on the rising star here.

A New York Times video reports that the Dance Theater of Harlem will reopen this April. The company closed in 2004 after facing nearly $2.3 million in debt.

According to The Daily Courier, Maria Tallchief, the former prima ballerina of the NYC Ballet, died on Thursday April 11 in Chicago. She was 88. She was the original Sugar Plum Fairy in “The Nutcracker” in 1954.