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There's no such thing as too much inspiration, right? Right! Here are some inspiring posts to keep your motivation for the year ahead high, flexible and balanced, or whatever your New Year's goals may be.

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Teachers & Role Models
For former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Lydia Roberts Coco, who teaches Horton technique at Ballet Virginia International, music is motivation. Photo by Summer Greene, courtesy of BVI

When selecting music, teachers and choreographers have to find something that complements and enhances the work. Music and dance should correspond perfectly. As Balanchine most famously said, "Dance is music made visible." And, "See the music; hear the dance." An added challenge for teachers in class, however, is picking the right tracks that will keep kids focused and engaged.

Here are 10 teachers on how they approach the, at times, arduous process of choosing music.

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Teachers & Role Models
Saleemah E. Knight teaches a mix of dance majors and nonmajors at University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Photo by Carolyn DiLoreto, courtesy of USC Kaufman

Being a dance teacher can be difficult. To be the best teacher for your students, it's important to maintain the best version of yourself. From workout regiments to favorite snacks and books, three teachers reveal what motivates them to be on top of their game.

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Teachers & Role Models
Talya Dozois is the competition artistic director at Platinum Dance Center. Photo courtesy of Platinum Dance Center

Being a dance teacher can be difficult. To be the best teacher for your students, it's important to maintain the best version of yourself. From workout regiments to favorite snacks and books, three teachers reveal what motivates them to be on top of their game.

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How-To

What are the tactics you use to encourage creativity? Share with us on social media. Thinkstock

Inspiring young dancers to create their own movement can be a delicate balance. How do you encourage exploration without interfering with the overall process? The below actions are what teachers should definitely avoid.

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Teachers & Role Models
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In order to be the best teacher for your students, it's important to maintain the best version of yourself. From workout regimens to favorite snacks and books, three teachers reveal what motivates them to stay on top of their game.

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Your Studio
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Most dancers are taught from a young age that no matter what happens onstage, the show must go on! Costume rips? Don't stop dancing. Forget the choreography? Don't stop dancing. Fall down? Get back up, but for the love of all things holy, don't stop dancing!

Anna White, teacher and studio director at Melinda Leigh Performing Arts Center in Mobile, Alabama, breaks down how she conveys this message to her students.

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Teachers & Role Models
Christian Burns directing dancers before a performance at San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Photo by Andrea Basile, courtesy of Christian Burns

Whether you work in concert dance or in the commercial world, the question of the moment seems to be, “What is contemporary?" The answer is as varied as the practitioners one asks. Here, eight teachers who experiment with modern dance vocabulary, new and old, share their philosophies, the way their classes developed and what it takes to be a versatile dancer.

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