Photo by Jim Lafferty; modeled by Sydney Magruder, courtesy of Broadway Dance Center

"If you don't have strong abdominal muscles, you sag into your lower back, your pelvis usually tips and you're hanging out and slumped into your hip joints," says Deborah Vogel, movement analyst, neuromuscular expert and co-founder of the Center for Dance Medicine in New York City. "It just has this whole chain reaction."

The effects of poor core strength can be dire for dancers: from weak and tight hip flexors, which negatively impact extensions, to lower-back discomfort and misaligned shoulders and necks. "Having well-toned abdominals for your posture is the primary reason why you should do stabilizing exercises," says Vogel. "It will allow you to bring your pelvis into correct alignment and good posture."

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Jody Sperling in Book of Clouds

Tonight Jody Sperling, artistic director of Time Lapse Dance, advocate for the environment and expert on the work of Loie Fuller, brings a new performance installation, Book of Clouds, to Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City.

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Karen Acreneaux teaching first-year student in the Ailey professional division, Whitney Janis. Photo by Kyle Froman

The lateral T is a hallmark of Horton technique. When executed correctly, the body resembles the letter T: The torso tilts to 90 degrees, and the opposite leg extends for counterbalance.

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The Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre at the Feria 2014 Festival. Photo courtesy of Alborada's Facebook page

Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre, flamenco and Spanish dance company and nonprofit organization, presents its free-admission Feria de Sevilla Festival this Sunday, June 11, 2–5 pm, at Parker Press Park, in Woodbrige, New Jersey.

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From left to right: tap teachers Ayodele Casel, Michael Minery, Anthony Morigerato, Michelle Dorrance and students at the Capezio flagship store

Last Friday was National Tap Dance Day, a day to celebrate all things tap on the birthday of tap dance legend Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.

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Stop everything: Watch this fusion of classical bharata natyam and contemporary dance performed by popular Indian dancers Mukti and Shakti Mohan. Their graceful and clever moves are performed to a cover of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You," with a Carnatic Mix by Indian Raga (feat. Aditya Rao). Warning: You're probably going to want to dance and sing along.

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Sara Knight is a graduate of both The Royal Ballet School and the Vaganova Ballet Academy, and she founded SLK Ballet School in New York City in 2009. Here, teaches entrelacé—known as "grand jeté en tournant en arrière" to Cecchetti students.

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Photo by Kyle Froman

Archie Burnett is a New York native and founding member of the vogue crew House of Ninja, created by Willi NInja. He performs and teaches internationally. Here, he breaks down a basic voguing combination, which will help dancers sharpen details and develop performance quality.

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