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Stuck at Home? Show Us Your #LivingRoomDance

Because if you've got a 6'x6' patch of carpet, you've got a dance floor. (Getty Images)

A lot of the dance world is shuttered right now, with classes and performances canceled. But that doesn't mean dancers have stopped dancing.

In fact, tons of you have been tagging us in the dance videos you're filming in your living room. The studio isn't open, the theater is dark, but you've got a 6'x6' patch of carpet, and that means you've got a dance floor.

We love that—so, so much. It speaks to the incredible resilience and enthusiasm of dancers. Even when things feel scary, even when our normal outlets are unavailable to us, we never stop dancing.

So let's make this a little more official, shall we? We're not going to start a challenge, per se. Instead, we're issuing an invitation:


Keep sending us those videos of you dancing at home. (Be safe, of course—aerials aren't advised, unless your house is as big as the Biebers'.) Do a TikTok challenge; do a solo you love; film yourself grooving during one of Mark Kanemura's virtual dance parties; make up something totally original. Use the hashtag #LivingRoomDance, and tag Dance Spirit. We'll share your videos on our social channels, so that a) your brilliant dancing gets the audience it deserves and b) we all feel a bit more connected through our shared love of this wonderful artform. (If you're performing something from a show that's been canceled, btw, be sure to include #heyJenlookatme, too!)

Do you have our attention? Do you have our atten-tion? Heck yes.

Never stop dancing, friends!

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