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Oh how we adore celebrating Valentine's Day here at DT. Love is in the air, which means everyone's improv/choreography is either fueled by happiness or heartbreak (either way—the emotion is doing fabulous things to their work). For a grand finale to this year's V Day celebrations, we give you our favorite romantic Instagram posts from some of the dancers and choreographers we adore most! Check 'em out!

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Last night’s Dance Magazine Awards honored five remarkable artists: flamenco dancer Soledad Barrio, National Ballet of Canada artistic director Karen Kain, American Ballet Theatre principal Marcelo Gomes, dance archivist David Vaughan and Urban Bush Women artistic director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Held at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, the awards ceremony consisted of heartfelt speeches by presenters and awardees, memorable dance performances and a whole lot of love. Here are a few highlights from the event.

Karen Kain receives her Dance Magazine Award from Mikhail Baryshnikov.

One word: Baryshnikov. You know you’ve made it when the legendary Mikhail Baryshnikov presents you with a Dance Magazine Award. Karen Kain had that lucky honor last night, and it was well-deserved. When accepting her award, Kain thanked “Misha” for inspiring her.

Soledad Barrio danced with spirit and intensity.

Soledad Barrio gave new meaning to the word passion as she danced Solea, a fiery solo performed to the accompaniment of a guitarist and two singers. With her quicksilver footwork, snake-like arms and laser focus, she completely owned the stage.

The affection between Marcelo Gomes and Juliet Kent was palpable.

When accepting his award, Marcelo Gomes humbly stated, “Thank you for my beautiful partners that I've danced with in my life. I am nothing without them, nothing onstage without my beautiful ballerinas,” to which, Julie Kent, his longtime partner, close friend and presenter of his award chimed in with, “That’s not true,” to the delight of the audience. Gomes was near tears as he graciously thanked his family, friends and dance partners over the years.

At 91 years old, David Vaughan looked back fondly on his career as the Merce Cunningham Dance Company's archivist.

“'Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, you are a badass!'” Zollar concluded, after her inspirational acceptance speech. After 30 years of running Urban Bush Women, she was able to look back and cherish both the high points and the low, comparing them to a heart monitor. It’s when things aren’t static that you know you’re alive.

After dancing Walking With 'Trane: Side B, Freed(om), Urban Bush Woman clapped for their leader of 30 years.

Since 1954, the Dance Magazine Awards have honored choreographers, educators, performers, writers and organizations whose contributions to the field of dance have made a lasting impact. Past awardees include: Susan Jaffe (DT, August 2010), Gelsey Kirkland (DT, November 2014) and Jenifer Ringer (DT, July 2015).

Check out the highlight reel!

Photos by: Christopher Duggan

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With his elegant limbs and dramatic features, it’s only natural that David Hallberg is in high demand with the world of high fashion. The intercontinental ballet star’s latest work, a video for NOWNESS.com (owned by luxury brand conglomerate LVMH) features made-for-film choreography by fellow American Ballet Theatre principal Marcelo Gomes.

The studio performance is certainly a unique viewing experience. DT’s sister publication Pointe magazine describes the clip as Aronofsky-esque with its dramatic, tightly cropped close-ups. As Hallberg says, the experience is “intimate, because the camera is so close, whereas at the Met you have…an audience hundreds of feet away.” Sometimes you see only a hand, a bicep, or Hallberg’s expressive eyes. He also makes use of the studio’s barres and mirror, which feels jarring when dance is usually confined to a stage. It’s an interesting experiment. What do you think?

Hallberg at Work on Nowness.com

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