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Yoo and Dancers. Photo courtesy of the company

Former Korean National Ballet dancer Hee Ra Yoo has taught in New York City at Steps on Broadway, the Joffrey Ballet School, Peridance Capezio Center and Gibney; throughout the U.S. at American Dance Festival, Tulane University, Georgian Court University and Florida School of the Arts; and all over the globe, as a guest teacher in Japan, Canada, Korea, Austria and Italy, and coaching the Korean and Australian Olympic gymnastics teams. This weekend she's bringing her choreography to the stage with her company, Yoo and Dancers, in a limited engagement at Here Arts Center in NYC. Her piece More Than Memory is an exploration of the body's layers of memory within itself and its ability to create its future.

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It's that time of year again! #ThankADanceTeacherDay is upon us, and we couldn't be more thrilled to celebrate. There is no holiday that's better fit for Dance Teacher magazine and our readership. May 2 is up there with Christmas, people!

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Q: I'd like to transition to a class structure where dancers are assigned to classes based on the level of their dancing rather than age. Do you have advice?

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Arts Umbrella Dance Company. Photo by Chris Randle, courtesy of Arts Umbrella

Dance students at Arts Umbrella in Vancouver, British Columbia, spend their first week at a remote camp overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The retreat, led by artistic director Artemis Gordon, prepares them to make the most of the next two years of this residential program that is intended to be a bridge between high school and a professional dance career.

Gordon facilitates the week with a boundless curiosity and a tendency to follow every big question with another, even bigger, question. Instead of starting right into their physical practice, Gordon prompts the group of 28 who've come from all over the world to think about such questions as: What is technique? How does artistry interface with technique and are they different or the same thing? Discussions tend to go deep and broad: What is the zeitgeist right now? Culturally speaking, what countries are doing/promoting what? How do economics and politics affect our daily conditions as artists?

In essence, Gordon's organizing principle for her program is to embody the answer to one very poignant question about the future of the art and profession of dance: "What world do we think we are going into and what skills do we need to prepare for that world?"

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As dance teachers, we don't have much patience for goofing off. Case in point: Some of our trademark phrases are, "Stretch your legs not your mouths," and "If you have time to talk, you have time to go over the choreography." We are all about efficiency 💁♀️. So, the idea of celebrating National Goof Off Day may sound like the most absurd thing in the world to you, but hear us out. Your dancers work hard, and they sacrifice so much in order to pursue their dreams with you each day. Odds are, they need a break, and one day of goofing off may just be the thing that will help them recharge and come back more focused than ever.

Here's what you can do during class that will help your dancers grow as artists, while allowing them to let loose and chill out. Enjoy!

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The days after a competition weekend always feel like a strangely ritualistic twilight zone. You're exhausted and relieved all at the same time. Your body aches, you're ultra-sensitive and your mental state is so worn down that it's hard to tell up from down. In times like these, every teacher recuperates in basically the same way. We break down the 10 most common things dance teachers unknowingly put on their recovery checklist before going back to teach after a long dance weekend.

If you're a dance teacher, you'll totally relate to some variation of this.

Enjoy!

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"At every possible opportunity, I hope to instill in children a love for the arts and for classical music," said Marcia Dale Weary, beloved teacher and founder of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. "Along with that, I hope to help them develop self-discipline, generosity and the ability to focus."

Weary passed away at the age of 82 on Monday, March 4, 2019.

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It's about time a dance teacher meme account hit the internet! We have been waiting for this day to arrive, and let us tell you @danceteacheermemes did not disappoint. Each post hits on a different universally experienced dance teacher moment so accurately that we've caught ourselves laughing so hard, we're wheezing.

Teaching dance is the kind of job that is ripe with comedic material, so thanks to the people who put the hilarity into bite-sized images we can share on social media. The bio of the account says these memes represent all the things dance teachers think but never say (whew boyyy!). Whoever created this account, please step forward so we can praise you properly! We love you!

Check out some of our favorite @danceteachermemes posts below. Let us know over on our Facebook page which ones you most relate to.

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