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Congratulations to Megan Story, Editors' Choice for the Dance Teacher Video of the Month!

While choreographing the class combination “Waiting Game" for her intermediate and advanced contemporary students at the Tennessee Arts Conservatory in Spring Hill, TN, Story wanted to give dancers a chance to let their hair down (literally). Many of her students are serious ballet dancers who are used to slicked-back buns and leotards. She chose movement that would push them outside their comfort zones, using contractions and fluctuating between fluid and sharp motion.

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When Brandon Leffler isn't performing in Wicked on Broadway, he's choreographing. He's been with the production off and on for five years, but says it's only been in the last two that he's recognized his passion for creating movement. "Once a month, I get into the studio and challenge myself to create and record it."

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Students Auryanna Ascue, left, and Anna Kelly Zielke, center, with teacher Deanna McBrearty. Photo by Hunter McRae

The soutenu is a basic step often used in choreography as a transition between turning sequences or before more virtuosic movements. In class, Deanna McBrearty concentrates on the step's coordination.

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Courtesy of NUVO Dance Convention

For all intents and purposes, Stacey Tookey is a Disney princess. Her voice is like honey as she waltzes around the classroom exclaiming words of encouragement, she sees the best in all of her dancers from the front row to the back and she's absolutely beautiful. I mean, come one! Who get's to have a kid, hip surgery, years of wear and tear from dancing and still maintain eternally lovely lines that rotate into perfection?

What's more? She creates a nurturing environment in her classroom where dancers feel comfortable as they navigate challenging combinations and complex emotions. No matter what you're going through, dancing with Tookey is good for the soul.

Here are four takeaways from her class at Broadway Dance Center this past week. I hope they inspire you as much as they did me!

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Dance Teacher Tips
Photo by Kyle Froman, courtesy of The Ailey School

Depending upon whom you ask, there are different approaches to mastering the art of turning. Whether it's fouetté turns or a single pirouette, every teacher tends to have their own unique way to break down the physics of pulling off balance, strong arms and quick spotting to students. And here's one more visual to consider, courtesy of master ballet teacher Finis Jhung.

Bottom line: There are never enough ways to describe how to do a pirouette.

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Taylor Swift's latest music video for her hit song "Delicate" has taken the internet by storm since its premier at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards. (Is anyone surprised? 💁) If you've been watching headlines, you know that it's simultaneously dancey, goofy, nods at Margaret Qualley's dance advertisement for KENZO and is chock-full of secret messages for all of Swift's biggest fans.

This entertaining video has us reflecting on some other dance-centric music videos we'll never get over. Check out our list of dancey music videos you need to watch right now. Let us know your favorite over on our Facebook page!

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Grand Moultrie with student C'Mora Magee.

While teaching a modern class during a two-week residency at The Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles, choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie captured a bit of magic. Twelve-year-old C'Mora Magee was singled out by Moultrie, who's choreographed for Beyoncé and Dance Theatre of Harlem, to perform the combination to "Lost Boys," by Crystal Monee Hall, solo in front of the group.

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Denise Caston with her assistant Edward Tolve. Photo by Kyle Froman

The double time-step is a foundational tap step that Denise Caston says often pops up in Broadway auditions. In fact, auditionees are frequently asked to demonstrate the time-step one by one. "Choreographers want to know: Can you learn it quickly? Can you keep time? Can you stylize it while doing both of those things? And can you sell it?'" she says. Caston constantly reminds her students to keep their weight slightly forward throughout the step, having them check their posture in the mirror.

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