Dance Teacher Tips

Dancing with your hair down is a unique skill that doesn't come naturally to all dancers. For some, hair in the face can throw everything off. It can feel like a wild animal has landed on your head, impairs your vision and occasionally smacks your face and ends up in your mouth. But despite looking to be a spontaneous choice, dancing sans hair security needs to be practiced to look natural.

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Via Beyoncé's Instagram

This past week, Brianna Bundick-Kelly broke the internet when she posted a video of her dancing Beyoncé's Beychella, only hours after the live performance. The Virginia State University freshman, who's Twitter handle is "Briyonce," told Business Insider that she taught herself the choreography in 40 minutes. For dance teachers, this might seem just like another day at the office–dancers are supposed to pick up choreography fast, right? But Bundick-Kelly gets some serious props for her near flawless slaying of the Queen B's latest moves from a video, a feat she's no stranger to.

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Marueen Straub, left, co-owns the studio with her mother Diane, right.

Last week, the Professional Arts Academy in Edgewater, New Jersey, caught fire, and the entire studio was destroyed.

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Philadanco! company members Victor Lewis Jr. and Rosita Adamo in Folded Prism. Photo courtesy of Philadanco

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Viral Videos

When Brandon Leffler isn't performing in Wicked on Broadway, he's choreographing. He's been with the production off and on for five years, but says it's only been in the last two that he's recognized his passion for creating movement. "Once a month, I get into the studio and challenge myself to create and record it."

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The 26th season of "Dancing With the Stars" has been revealed. The brave new members are some of the world's finest athletes—an ex-NBA star, several ice-skating champions and a top female snowboarder. No strangers to competition, this talented lineup will most likely fill their performances with impressive partnering, tricks and lifts. And, no doubt, a heightened desire to take home that Mirror Ball trophy. We can't wait to see what this season brings.

Here's the star-studded roster and their "DWTS" pro partners.

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Dance Teacher Tips

Teaching technique to dancers is, for the most part, straightforward. Regardless of the style—"standing leg in plié," "transfer your weight" or "find a low contracting lunge"—the cues become second nature for teachers and students. But articulating emotion and passion can be a struggle for teachers and even uncomfortable for some dancers to grasp and execute.

While some kids naturally connect emotion to their movement, (i.e. the inspiring clip below), not every group of young dancers will have the zest and mature enthusiasm to move the audience or competition judges to stand up and cheer. So how do you teach a dancer to emote?

If you're having trouble pulling the passion out of your students, here are a few ideas to help them find "the feeling" in their dancing.

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A recent photo of Miller with "Dance Moms" cast member Elliana Walmsley. Photo via Miller's Instagram. Do you want Miller to return for Season 8 of "Dance Moms"?

For all the "Dance Moms" fans of the world, the show's OG leader, Abby Lee Miller, is back—at least halfway.

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