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Marinda Davis is a force. Despite battling eight different autoimmune diseases, she manages to be an in-demand contemporary choreographer and convention circuit teacher. She was also recently featured on season two of the CW docu-series "My Last Days," discussing how she copes with a terminal illness. "I really want to be strong for the kids and have them see that no matter what you're going through, you can keep going. You can always find a way," says Davis.

DT had a front row seat at Davis' intermediate advanced contemporary fusion class at Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Check out the combo and her teaching style in the videos below.

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Kent Boyd teaching at a Hollywood Vibe convention. Photo by Take Creative, courtesy of Hollywood Vibe

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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Dance Gallery Festival founder Astrid von Ussar (center) leading a class. Photo by Sharon Bradford, courtesy of von Ussar

Last year The Dance Gallery Festival celebrated 10 years. Since the beginning, co-founder and artistic director Astrid von Ussar has been in search of ways for the festival to make a real impact on the dance community and support up-and-coming choreographers. Here's how she's doing it.

This year's Dance Gallery Festival, November 3 at Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center in Brooklyn and November 4–5 at Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City, will feature 21 choreographers.

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Dear dance teachers,

As I gaze at my daughter's first tiny pair of ballet shoes and reflect on all the memories that come with them, I'm flooded with mixed emotions. Choosing to put her in dance was one of the best decisions I made. At the time, we didn't know it would become her second home and bring with it a lifetime of warm, wonderful and joyous memories. As she takes the stage for her last recital, her smile will tell the world how much she loves to dance. There are not enough words to express my gratitude, but I'll try.

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