Searching for a beau to love on this Valentine's Day, teachers? Look no further than your very own studio. Check out these 12 signs your studio is ACTUALLY your Valentine this year (and every year).👇

1. It's the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning, and the last thing you think about before you go to bed.

"You were always on my mind!" —Willie Nelson

2. You've spent more Friday nights at the studio than you ever have with your significant other.

Who needs love when you've got the space to do a whacked battement into a full layout right here?

3. You check in on it obsessively when you're away.

That video-monitoring system was worth EVERY penny.

4. You bring it up at random times in conversation, because you don't know how to talk about anything else.

"I love your dress! It reminds me of the costumes I just ordered for my mini small group number. Let me tell you all about it!"

5. When your therapist tells you to think of your "happy place," your mind immediately goes to the studio.

It's better than Disneyland!

6. You never judge your studio for its flaws—even when it smells like feet.

"It's OK, babe. You know I love you no matter what."

7. You can always count on the marley floor there to catch you if you fall.

Smacking that floor is the one constant in all of our lives.

8. You have a drawer at the studio where you keep a change of dance clothes/street clothes and extra makeup.

If having a drawer there doesn't mean you're in a committed relationship, I don't know what does!

9. It's seen you cry more times than your actual significant other has.

"Bedazzled costumes are just so hard to work with!"

10. You become irrationally angry when dancers disrespect it.

"Throw your trash away, don't hang on the barres and keep your hands off the mirrors!"

11. It's the first place anyone would look for you if you were ever on a missing persons list.

But really, though.

12. You love it more than pizza and/or anyone you've ever dated. (That's saying something!)

Pizza is a close second, though—let's be honest with ourselves.

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How does your studio handle enrollment for boys? Photo courtesy of Shona Roebuck

I recently set up a classical ballet partnering master class for my youth dance company. A pas de deux class, if you will—think Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, etc., chock full of promenades, pirouettes and lifts.

I knew we would have plenty of girls interested in signing up, but enlisting boys is always a challenge.

Without much thought, we offered it for free to boys who attended because, here's the thing: no boys = no class. At least, in a ballet partnering class—every Sugar Plum Fairy needs a Cavalier, right?

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Photo by Sean Boyd, courtesy of White

Julie Hammond White is an associate professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she directs the dance education BFA. Here, the mother of two (Townsend, 10, and Dominic, 7) takes us through a typical week of juggling her personal and professional life. We caught up with White in October on the first day of work after her fall break. —Jill Randall


6:30–10 am Up and trying to rouse the boys. Throw in a load of laundry, pack lunches, set out uniforms. Drop kids off at school and head to the library. Finish planning advanced ballet.

10:30–11 Read 99 (?!) work e-mails. Taking a few days off is a bad idea

11 am–12:30 pm Teach advanced ballet. I'm doing what I call "vitamin phrases": 2- to 3-minute phrases that focus on one aspect of ballet (this week, petit allĂ©gro).

12:40–1:55 Teach Methods in Dance Education. This is a course that all juniors, regardless of their major (performance/choreography or dance ed), must take to learn how to effectively teach dance in K–12, studios, higher education or community programs.

3:30–4 Grab a quick salad at restaurant across the street. Read letters from the promotion committee—passed the first stage of being recommended for full professor!

4–6 Grade DED 360 papers. These take a while. DED 360 is one of two writing- and speaking-intensive classes for the major. In their papers, students comment on eight areas of diversity as defined by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and find a media resource that addresses each to compare and contrast their views.

7–8 Grocery: bread, cantaloupe, Go-GURTS, apples, bananas, peanut butter, Nutella, pasta, cheese and oatmeal.

8–9 Laundry. Three loads. Also do a quick pickup of the house.

9 Boys home from day with Dad. They shower, brush teeth and set out their clothes for tomorrow. I sign homework and read them a story. Hugs and kisses, then bed by 10 pm.

10–10:30 More e-mails. Bed.

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