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You haven't really lived until you've seen Jaden Smith, Rihanna, and Cardi B grooving in their gala finery. (via Instagram)

When you hear "Met Gala," do you think "choreography"? Probably not—unless we're talking about the "choreo" required to maneuver the insane trains many of the attendees wear around the red carpet.

But this year, the geniuses at Vogue—hosts of the annual extravaganza, a high-fashion benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute—decided that they wanted the gala to involve a little more dancing. (Which was fitting: The theme was "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," and what better way to showcase the celeb guests' own heavenly bodies than through dance?) So they brought in the brilliant Mette Towley, aka the dancer from the "Lemon" video, to act as movement director for the evening. As the parade of celebs made their way off the red carpet, Towley and director Bardia Zeinali captured them grooving their way through some of the Met's most iconic exhibits. And then, of course, they posted all the fabulous footage to Insta.

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Dance Teacher Tips
Cheryl Madeux-Abbott, ballet director at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts in Hudson, Massachusetts

There's more to private lessons than one-on-one instruction. Consider these practical issues as you plan for your next session.

Outside Coaching

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Some schools discourage private lessons and outside coaching for fear that these might contradict their training methods and confuse the student.

Deciding a Rate

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Rates range anywhere from $40 to $100 or more per hour, depending on the instructor. Some studios set a flat rate, offer a discounted package or offer need-based scholarships.

Dealing With the Parents

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Parents might ask to observe the lesson, but their presence could actually hinder the child's progress. "Students work better when their parents aren't watching," says Becky Erhart Moore, artistic coordinator at Marin Ballet. If they insist on peeking in, suggest that they only come for the last 15 minutes.

Scheduling

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Scheduling can be tough, especially since most students aren't available outside of school hours. "If I have to turn down a student because of scheduling issues on my end, I refer them to someone on my staff who is available," says Cheryl Madeux-Abbott, ballet director at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts.

Time Management

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Your time is valuable, so encourage students to arrive ready for the lesson. "If they're practicing a variation, they need to have done class before," says Edward Ellison, director of Ellison Ballet. "But if we're working on fundamentals, then we can start at the beginning of barre and get warm as we go along."

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