So you think your students can dance?

Do you have a standout student you think deserves to be on “So You Think You Can Dance?” If so, there’s still time. Auditions for Season Six are still in progress, but hurry—only four dates remain.

For those already hooked on Season Five, the captivating reality-dance show wrapped up auditions for the finalists this past weekend. While thousands auditioned, only the Top 20 remain for this season’s first performance episode, which airs Wednesday, June 10 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Choreographers and guest judges Debbie Allen (DT April 2001 cover subject), Mia Michaels (DT November 2006 cover subject), Adam Shankman and Lil’ C joined the show’s regular judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy to select the 10 males and 10 females.

The results from Wednesday night's episode will air Thursday, June 11 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), and will also feature Sean Kingston performing his new single, “Fire Burning on the Dance Floor.”

For more information about Season Six audition locations, visit, or see Contributing Editor, Alison Feller's blog. You can also check out videos from the “SYTYCD” NYC audition at

Teaching Tips
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By now, most dance educators hopefully understand that they have a responsibility to address racism in the studio. But knowing that you need to be actively cultivating racial equity isn't the same thing as knowing how to do so.

Of course, there's no easy answer, and no perfect approach. As social justice advocate David King emphasized at a recent interactive webinar, "Cultivating Racial Equity in the Classroom," this work is never-ending. The event, hosted by Dancewave (which just launched a new racial-equity curriculum) was a good starting point, though, and offered some helpful takeaways for dance educators committed to racial justice.

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But along with the back-to-school excitement, dancers might be feeling rusty from being away from the studio for so long. A loss of flexibility, strength and stamina is to be expected, not to mention emotional fatigue from all of the uncertainty and reacclimating to social activities.

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