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Most dancers are taught from a young age that no matter what happens onstage, the show must go on! Costume rips? Don't stop dancing. Forget the choreography? Don't stop dancing. Fall down? Get back up, but for the love of all things holy, don't stop dancing!

Anna White, teacher and studio director at Melinda Leigh Performing Arts Center in Mobile, Alabama, breaks down how she conveys this message to her students.

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Sitting in a lotus pose, Tao Porchon-Lynch is the oldest yoga teacher, according to The Guinness Book of World Records. Photo by Betsy Farber

For the graceful and spritely Tao Porchon-Lynch, that old adage, "age is just a number," seems to be true. She's 98 years old, but that doesn't stop her from traveling around the world, teaching eight classes a week, doing shoulder-stands, drinking a glass of wine a day or dancing the tango. So how does she maintain this enduring sense of vitality?

Following a master class at The Yoga Room, a studio in Long Island City, New York, she revealed the rules she lives by (over a glass of vino).

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Kinechi Ebina knows how to get himself seen, and it’s paying off big-time. The self-taught dancer with reality-defying, contortionist moves has already appeared in his own TED Talks performance and won first place with his hip-hop group and as a soloist at Amateur Night at the Apollo. Last night, he was crowned the winner of “America’s Got Talent” Season 8, beating out country singer Jimmy Rose and comedian Taylor Williamson. Ebina wins $1 million, plus his own show in Las Vegas.

For his final performance, Ebina reworked his first audition routine, saying he wanted to make the piece better and make himself unique. He certainly succeeded in that, appearing at different moments to behead himself, levitate and even twist his arm all the way around. It’s freaky stuff, but standing out in the crowd has clearly been the key to this mover’s success, not to mention his millionaire status!


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