Mia Michaels has learned the power of inspiring those she works with. Here, rehearsing Rockettes. Photo courtesy MSG

Dancers are human, which means they're bound to make mistakes from time to time, both on and off the stage. But what happens when those mistakes burn bridges? In an industry so small, is it possible for choreographers and performers to recover?

In a moment of vulnerability, three-time Emmy Award winning choreographer Mia Michaels opened up to Dance Magazine about some of the bridges she herself has burned, the lengths she's gone to in order to rebuild and the peace she's made with the new direction her career has taken because of them. —Haley Hilton


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Summer's coming to a close which means it's time to head back to school and back to the studio. And though we have no doubt that you'll log a lot of dancing this fall, every dancer knows that there's bound to be down time in between technique classes, rehearsals, stretching, and waiting to be picked up. So give your Insta feed a break and check out these dance-tastic books that'll not only entertain you, but might even teach you a thing or two.

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via @younmephoto on Instagram

Summer's coming to a close which means it's time to head back to school and back to the studio. And though we have no doubt that you'll log a lot of dancing this fall, every dancer knows that there's bound to be down time in between technique classes, rehearsals, stretching, and waiting to be picked up. So give your Insta feed a break and check out these dance-tastic books that'll not only entertain you, but might even teach you a thing or two.

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Martha Graham (left)

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique. They are great because of their passion.” —Martha Graham

“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on Earth and it is yours for the taking" —Agnes de Mille

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” —Twyla Tharp

“If you dance with your heart, your body will follow.” —Mia Michaels

“Dancers are made, not born.” —Mikhail Baryshnikov

“I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what is too deep to find for words.” —Ruth St. Denis

“Dancing is bigger than the physical body. Think bigger than that. When you extend your arm, it doesn’t stop at the end of your fingers, because you’re dancing bigger than that. You’re dancing spirit.” —Judith Jamison

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1. Bench Add levels or a little drama, Mia Michaels–style, to a contemporary routine.

2. Cane A signature prop of the great Fred Astaire, canes add variety and class to jazz and tap numbers.

3. Chair Any chair adds another dimension to a dance, but folding chairs are transportable and easy to manipulate.

4. Fan Wave it or snap it open and shut. Channel Don Quixote’s Kitri with this fun and flirtatious prop.

5. Flowers Put them in a basket, create a beautiful bouquet or dance with a single flower.

6. Garland Re-create The Sleeping Beauty’s Garland Waltz with your ballerinas.

7. Hat Bowler, ascot, fedora, Stetson or top—you can’t go wrong with a hat.

8. Scarf Soft, light and airy—this amorphous material will bring out the softer side in your dancers.

9. Tambourine Make some noise! Tambourines are perfect for a tarantella or the Esmeralda variation.

10. Umbrella Whether you’re dancing to “Singin’ in the Rain” or “It’s Raining Men,” an umbrella will help you out.

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Laura Michelle Kelly, Matthew Morrison and cast members of Finding Neverland

Tune in tonight to watch behind-the-scenes footage of Broadway’s most magical musical, Finding Neverland. Channel THIRTEEN’s arts program "NYC-ARTS" will provide viewers with a close-up look at the musical, featuring rehearsal footage, clips from the show and interviews with director Diane Paulus and leading cast members Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly.

Finding Neverland is based on the 2004 Academy Award–winning film starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. It tells the true story of author J.M. Barrie as he finds the inspiration to write his masterpiece, Peter Pan, through the help of a widow and her four sons. The musical features the choreographic talents of Emmy Award–winner Mia Michaels and is currently running on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater.

NYC-ARTS: Finding Neverland screens tonight at 8 pm on THIRTEEN. Not in the tri-state area? The show will be streaming on nyc-arts.org.

Matthew Morrison, who plays J.M. Barrie, shakes hands with Kelsey Grammer as Captain James Hook.

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