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The Dancers' Valentine's Day Posts That Made Us Swoon This Year

Oh how we adore celebrating Valentine's Day here at DT. Love is in the air, which means everyone's improv/choreography is either fueled by happiness or heartbreak (either way—the emotion is doing fabulous things to their work). For a grand finale to this year's V Day celebrations, we give you our favorite romantic Instagram posts from some of the dancers and choreographers we adore most! Check 'em out!


1. Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert

I don't think there has ever been a couple this attractive in the history of ever.


2. Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson

Ballroom love is the best kind of love!


3. Travis Wall and Dom Palange

OK, so technically Palange isn't a dancer, but let's be honest: Wall is dancey enough for the both of them!


4. Nick Palmquist and Marcelo Gomes

Everything about this is beautiful, and we don't know how to handle it!


5. Stevie Doré and Devyck Bull

Couples that dance together, stay together!


6. Chantel Aguirre and Michael Keefe
















Couples who dance together stay together.

6. Chantel Aguirre and Michael Keefe

Their happiness is infectious. We just love their love!


7. Keone and Mari Madrid

Can you imagine how talented their children would be???

Teaching Tips
Courtesy Jill Randall

Fall may be fast-approaching, but it's never too late to slip in a little summer reading—especially if it'll make you all the more prepared for the perhaps crazier-than-usual season ahead.

Here are six new releases to enrich your coming school year:

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Courtesy A Wish Come True

Studio owners who've been in the recital game for a while have likely seen thousands of dance costumes pass through their hands.

But with the hustle and bustle of recital time, we don't always stop to think about where exactly those costumes are coming from, or how they are made.

If we want our costumes to be of the same high quality as our dancing—and for our costume-buying process to be as seamless as possible—it helps to take the time to learn a bit more about those costumes and the companies making them.

We talked to the team at A Wish Come True—who makes all their costumes at their factory in Bristol, Pennsylvania—to get an inside look at what really goes into making a costume, from conception to stage.

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Studio Owners

Jana Belot's 31-year-old New Jersey–based Gotta Dance has six studios, 1,720 students and, usually, 13 recitals. In a normal year, Belot rents a 1,000-seat venue for up to 20 consecutive days and is known for her epic productions, featuring her studio classes and Gotta Dance's pre-professional dance team, Showstoppers. Until March, she was planning this year's jungle-themed recital in this same way.

When the pandemic hit, Belot soon decided to do a virtual recital instead. Due to the scale of the production—300 to 500 dancers performing in each of the 13 shows—postponing or moving to an outdoor venue wasn't practical. (Canceling, for her, was out of the question.)

Unsurprisingly, Belot's virtual recital was just as epic as her in-person shows—with 10,000 submitted videos, animation, musicians and more. Here's how it all came together, and what it cost her.

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