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Jennings and her students on set for "We Are the Future." Photo courtesy of Jennings

The harrowing school shooting in Parkland, Florida, this past February evoked an inspiring amount of youth activism as students across the country protested gun violence. Knowing the power dance can have on social issues, and wanting her students to use their talents to spread a positive message, Club Dance Studio teacher Chelsea Jennings choreographed and produced "We Are the Future," a dance video that has gone viral on YouTube. The dancers dressed in orange to honor 14-year-old dancer and Parkland shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg (whose favorite color was orange), and held signs with messages like: "Over 150 children have died in school shootings since 1999" and "I don't want to be another statistic."

"It's important for teachers to educate their dancers on more than just dance, but life skills as well," Jennings says. "I want my dancers to see they are capable of bringing positivity into the lives of others. A simple conversation, a compliment or even just being there for someone can make a difference. This video was to remind people to be kind."

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"I'm a major coffee addict. I have a double shot of espresso from Starbucks in the afternoon during my typical 10- to 12-hour teaching days. I also have a bag of almonds, a protein bar and fruit in my bag to snack on, while I teach."

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Though a new studio year brings with it its own stressors—class scheduling, orientation, newly sore muscles—you'd be remiss if you didn't also use this opportunity to carefully consider what's been working (and what hasn't) for your studio. Is it time to repaint your lobby? Get rid of that more-trouble-than-it's-worth vending machine? Finally add a social-media clause to your student handbook? August is your chance to roll up your sleeves and give every aspect of your business the mental elbow grease it needs.

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Every dancer wants to open their competition score packet and see high marks that sing their praises. But a less-than-stellar score can quickly sour what was meant to be a positive learning experience.

While winners walk away with cash prizes, glistening trophies and scholarships to their dream schools, it can be tempting to let a low score be your one-way ticket to self-pity city. But with the right mindset, even a lackluster competition performance can be made into a constructive rather than destructive experience.

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Lindsey Della Serra teaching a daddy-daughter ballet class at Moving Youth Dance Company. Photo courtesy of Mode-Carter

I recently had the privilege of observing my colleague Lindsey Della Serra teach a daddy-daughter ballet class at Moving Youth Dance Company in Cranford, New Jersey. Della Serra had an incredible way of making all the adults—dads, brothers, grandpas and uncles—feel comfortable, ensuring that everyone had lots of fun! It was such a joy to see all of the dancers share this special moment with their loved ones, and there were so many beneficial things happening in the room.

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Wilson's dance credits include La La Land and multiple Justin Timberlake tours.

Convention weekends can be stressful, but packing well can alleviate some of the headaches. To help, we asked New York City Dance Alliance faculty member Dana Wilson for some of her pro tips and go-to items.

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Running a studio is an enormous undertaking that requires you to wear many hats at once (and with expertise): pedagogy, customer service, business management and beyond. Some owners find they're better off doing the work with a trusted partner by their side—someone to share both the responsibilities and the rewards. But finding the right person to work with isn't easy. You need someone whose personality, strengths and weaknesses complement your own. Here, three sets of successful partners get to the heart of how they make it work.

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"Peel" by Will Johnston and Marissa Osato, winners of 2017's A.C.E. Awards (photo by Joe Toreno)

We have so much ❤️ for the Capezio A.C.E. Awards, the annual competition that highlights gifted emerging choreographers from all over. Since starting in 2009, it's become an eerily reliable predictor of the Next Big Thing in choreography. And that's not an exaggeration: Past winners include Travis Wall, Al Blackstone, Melinda Sullivan, Talia Favia, and Martha Nichols.

This year's A.C.E. Awards will be held August 4 in NYC, and the just-announced list of finalists features some exciting names (if you don't already know Jaclyn Walsh, Nicholas Palmquist, and Rudy Abreu, believe us when we say that YOU WILL SOON):

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Sascha Radetsky. Photo by Renata Pavam, Courtesy ABT

There aren't many dancers who've had as varied a post-stage career as Sascha Radetsky. Since retiring in 2014, the former American Ballet Theatre soloist and Center Stage star has reprised his role as Charlie in Center Stage: On Pointe; acted in two television programs (Starz network's Flesh and Bone and Hallmark Channel's A Nutcracker Christmas) and choreographed Misty Copeland's famous Under Armour commercial. He's also written articles for Vogue, Playbill and Dance Magazine, and he currently directs the ABT/NYU Master's in Ballet Pedagogy program. Now he has a new title to add to his credentials: artistic director of ABT Studio Company.

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