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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???

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Despite worldwide theater closures, the Universal Ballet Competition is keeping The Nutcracker tradition alive in 2020 with an online international competition. The event culminates in a streamed, full-length video of The Virtual Nutcracker consisting of winning entries on December 19. The competition is calling on studios, as well as dancers of all ages and levels, to submit videos by November 29 to be considered.

"Nutcracker is a tradition that is ingrained in our hearts," says UBC co-founder Lissette Salgado-Lucas, a former dancer with Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. "We danced it for so long as professionals, we can't wait to pass it along to dancers through this competition."

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Christy Funsch's teaching career has taken her from New York City to the Bay Area to Portugal, with a stint in a punk band in between. But this fall—fresh off a Fulbright in Portugal at the Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, School of Dance (ESD), teaching and researching empathetic embodiment through somatic dance training—Funsch's teaching has taken her to an entirely new location: Zoom. A visiting professor at Slippery Rock University for the 2020–21 academic year, Funsch is adapting her eclectic, boundary-pushing approach to her virtual classes.

Originally from central New York State, Funsch spent 20 years performing in the Bay Area, where she also started her own company, Funsch Dance Experience. "My choreographic work from that time is in the dance-theater experiential, fantasy realm of performance," she says. "I also started blending genres and a lot of urban styles found their way into my choreography."

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As the presidential election approaches, it's a particularly meaningful time to remember that we are celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, when women earned the right to vote after a decades-long battle.

Movement was more than a metaphor for the fight for women's suffrage—dancers played a real role, most notably Florence Fleming Noyes, who performed her riveting solo Dance of Freedom in 1914 to embody the struggle for women's rights.

This fall, Middle Tennessee State University director of dance Meg Brooker is reconstructing Dance of Freedom on 11 of her students. A Noyes Rhythm teacher and an Isadora Duncan scholar, Brooker is passionate about bringing historic dance practices into a contemporary context.

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