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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


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Cynthia Oliver in her office. Photo by Natalie Fiol

When it comes to Cynthia Oliver's classes, you always bring your A game. (As her student for the last two and a half years in the MFA program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I feel uniquely equipped to make this statement.) You never skip the reading she assigns; you turn in not your first draft but your third or fourth for her end-of-semester research paper; and you always do the final combination of her technique class full-out, even if you're exhausted.

Oliver's arrival at UIUC 20 years ago jolted new life into the dance department. "It may seem odd to think of this now, but the whole concept of an artist-scholar was new when she first arrived," says Sara Hook, who also joined the UIUC dance faculty in 2000. "You were either a technique teacher or a theory/history teacher. Cynthia's had to very patiently educate all of us about the nature of her work, and I think that has increased our passion for the kind of excavation she brings to her research."

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This year is no different. But for the first time ever, the Dance Magazine Awards will be presented virtually—which is good news for aspiring dancers (and their teachers!) everywhere. (Plus, there's a special student rate of $25.)

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