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Pulling someone else's hair up into a bun can be rough. Hairstyling might not be your speciality, slicking back whispies can seem impossible, even with copious amounts of hairspray, and the 3- or 4-year-old you're "working" with might not have the patience to sit still. We know, we know, it can be frustrating!

So before you pull your own hair out, watch Jenna Bitterman, a teacher at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School Children's Division and member of ABT's Artistic Board of Examiners, show you how it's done.

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The tap dancer and founder of Syncopated Ladies got real at last week's Dance Teacher Summit in San Diego.

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Lisa La Touche's 2017 choreogaphy with Felipe Galganni, Megan Bartula, Gabe Winns, Brittany DeStefano, Lisa La Touche, Charles Renato, Oriana Niño & Grace Cannady, PC Amanda Gentile

Every summer Tap City gives New Yorkers a week of classes, events and awards culminating in "Rhythm in Motion." This year the showcase, on July 11, has gathered star tappers—and not only tappers—in a mix of tradition and innovation.

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The back is an essential focus of Cynthia Harvey's ballet classes, especially as a part of port de bras. Here, she offers "plain," en face port de bras, followed by the same position with épaulement, to show the difference the back (and head and neck) can add to any position. Aspirational imagery helps students find their best épaulement: "Feel as if you have a tiara on," says Harvey. "Don't look like a student—look like a ballerina."

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Marinda Davis is a force. Despite battling eight different autoimmune diseases, she manages to be an in-demand contemporary choreographer and convention circuit teacher. She was also recently featured on season two of the CW docu-series "My Last Days," discussing how she copes with a terminal illness. "I really want to be strong for the kids and have them see that no matter what you're going through, you can keep going. You can always find a way," says Davis.

DT had a front row seat at Davis' intermediate advanced contemporary fusion class at Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Check out the combo and her teaching style in the videos below.

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Do you know how to teach this classic tap rhythm?

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In "We Circle the Night," choreographer Thang Dao focuses on the story of two young lovers. Dao's vision begins with the couple being forced from their peaceful home in the middle of the night and taken to a foreign land—both places sharing the same night sky. It was filmed at the train station in Pietrasanta, Italy, and the dancers, Elise Pekarek and Oliver Greene Cramer of Ballet Austin, playfully execute Dao's style that combines pedestrian-like movements with ballet technique.

Incorporated into the piece, directed by Alberto Desirò and Luca Di Bartolo, is the station's sculpture, La Chiave del Sogno, by Kan Yasuda. The pas de deux weaves in and out of the figure's hollowed-out oval center, dancing and imagining life beyond their new reality.

"To understand youth optimism and flirtations of dreams and life, I had Elise and Oliver examine the other spectrum of the dance, which explores exile and loss," says Dao.

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When choreographer Cristian Faxola learned he had two days to create, develop and shoot a music video as an audition to choreograph for The Squared Division production house, he and his team embraced the challenge.

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