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Check Out These Dance Dogs (and Cat) of Instagram

We've been doing some Instagram stalking (as is customary for everyone not living under a rock these days), and we've come to the conclusion that dancers are the best people in the world to follow on social media. Yes, they have gorgeous photos of out-of-this-world arabesques, and it's true their endless pirouettes are mesmerizing, but what really brought us to this bold conclusion is the fact that they also post adorable photos of their pets. Dancers are animal people, and that makes our hearts happy. Check out this list of dancers and their pets we found on social media, and be prepared to die of a cuteness overload!


1. Devon Teuscher's dancing dog































2. Travis Wall's good boy






























3. Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy's bear


4. Allison DeBona and Rex Tilton's little Zipper!























4. Allison DeBona and Rex Tilton's little Zipper


5. Lauren Post's doggy


6. Julianne Hough's puppies


7. Sarah Lane's woofers


8. Keone and Mari Madrid's two doggos


9. Ivan Koumaev's pupper


10. Haley Fitzgerald's sassy Kitty


Higher Ed
Charles Anderson (center) in his (Re)current Unrest. Photo by Kegan Marling, courtesy of UT Austin

Given the long history of American choreographers who have threaded activism into their work—Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus, Donald McKayle, Joanna Haigood, Bill T. Jones, Jo Kreiter, to name a few—it's perhaps surprising that collegiate dance has offered so little in the way of training future generations to do the same.

Until now, that is. Within the last three years, two master's programs have cropped up, each the first of its kind: Ohio University's MA in community dance (new this fall), and the University of Texas at Austin's dance and social justice MFA, which emerged from its existing MFA program in 2018. These two programs join the University of San Francisco's undergraduate performing arts and social justice major, with a concentration in dance, which has been around since 2000.

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Teacher Voices
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As many dance teachers begin another semester of virtual teaching, it is time to acknowledge the fact that virtual classes aren't actually accessible to all students.

When schools and studios launched their virtual dance programs at the beginning of the pandemic, many operated under the assumption that all their students would be able to take class online. But in reality, lack of access to technology and Wi-Fi is a major issue for many low-income students across the country, in many cases cutting them off from the classes and resources their peers can enjoy from home.

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Dance Teacher Awards

Who knew that a virtual awards ceremony could bring our community together in such a powerful way?

Last night, we celebrated the annual Dance Teacher Awards, held virtually for the first time. Though it was different from what we're used to, this new setting inspired us to get creative in celebrating our six extraordinary honorees. In fact, one of the most enlivening parts of the event was one that could only happen in a Zoom room: Watching as countless tributes, stories and congratulations poured in on the chat throughout the event. Seeing firsthand the impact our awardees have had on so many lives reminded us why we chose to honor them.

If you missed the Awards (or just want to relive them), you're in luck—they are now available to watch on-demand. We rounded up some of the highlights:

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