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Melanie Moore in Al Blackstone's Freddie Falls In Love. Photo by Matt Murphy

We've all been there—standing in front of a sea of eager students, ready to create the next eight counts on them, when our brains decide to shut down. All the creativity we've been cultivating in preparation for this choreography session has disappeared, and we are left completely blocked. YIKES! What do we do?? Have the kids take a water break? Review the chorus 20 more times? Cry?

NO! We take a step back. We recharge. We glean inspiration from our previous work. For an extra creative boost, we've curated dance videos that are sure bring you back to a place where you can do your best work on your students. Enjoy!

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DT's Haley Hilton with Hooks

The line to get into Galen Hooks' Night of Dance master class in New York City stretched far down 31st Street outside of Adelante Studios. Women and men, dressed in a variety of torn jeans, leggings, crop-tops and vibrant lipsticks, lined up for over an hour to learn from one of the commercial dance industry's living legends. By the end of the night, 300 people had experienced the four combinations that turned her choreography into an internet sensation.

Hooks, 31, has worked with more than 60 artists, including Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Ne-Yo and Rihanna. She has successfully stepped into the roles of choreographer, director, actress and teacher. This year alone she's had four class videos go viral, with one reaching more than 6.3 million views on YouTube. She's even garnered the respect of New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck, who made a guest appearance at this evening's event. It's not Hooks' resumé alone that attracted such a large crowd on this unusually warm night in October, but her genuine concern for the futures of young performers and her uncanny ability to successfully impart her hard-earned knowledge to them.

Joining the dancers clad in heals high enough to break necks, I ventured into the first class of Hooks' Night of Dance, eager to learn the choreography I'd been binge-watching for months. Here are my five biggest takeaways.

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