“So You Think” Stars Team Up to BEAT MS

Galiano with Mark Kanemura on “SYTYCD” Season 4

Last year, “SYTYCD” All-Star Courtney Galiano received some sobering news: she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The autoimmune disease affects movement, sensation and bodily functions, and can eventually render you immobile. The spunky Galiano promises it won’t stop her from dancing, though, and she’s putting a positive spin on a scary situation. To raise awareness for the disease, she’s helping to organize Los Angeles’ first BEAT MS Dance Walk. Scheduled for September 22, 2013 at L.A.’s University High School, the event will feature upbeat music for dance walking, plus dance classes and performances. Cast members from past seasons have registered as Team SYTYCD, and Judge Adam Shankman has even stepped up as honorary chair of the event. Visit beatmsdancewalk.com for more information or to register your team!

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Leap! Executive Director Drew Vamosi (Courtesy Leap!)

Since its inaugural season in 2012, Leap! National Dance Competition has been all about the little things.

"I wanted to have a 'boutique' competition. One where we went out to only one city every weekend, so I could be there myself, and we could really get to know the teachers and watch their kids progress from year to year," says Leap! executive director Drew Vamosi. According to Vamosi, thoughtful details make all the difference, especially during a global pandemic that's thrown many dancers' typical comp-season schedules for a loop. That's why Leap! prides itself on features like its professional-quality set design, as well as its one-of-a-kind leaping competition, where dancers can show off their best tricks for special cash and merchandise prizes.

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Health & Body
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The term "body shaming" might bring up memories of that instructor from your own training who made critical remarks about—or even poked and prodded—dancers' bodies.

Thankfully, we're (mostly) past the days when authority figures felt free to openly mock a dancer's appearance. But body shaming remains a toxic presence in the studio, says Dr. Nadine Kaslow, psychologist for Atlanta Ballet: "It's just more hidden and more subtle." Here's how to make sure your teaching isn't part of the problem.

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News
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Gregg Russell, an Emmy-nominated choreographer known for his passionate and energetic teaching, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 22, at the age of 48.

While perhaps most revered as a master tap instructor and performer, Russell also frequently taught hip-hop and musical theater classes, showcasing a versatility that secured him a successful career onstage and in film and television, both nationally and abroad.

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