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"I've found that across-the-floor shows dancers how to use their skills in choreography," says Dozois. Photo courtesy of Platinum Dance Center

At Platinum Dance Center in Edina, Minnesota, Talya Dozois runs the competitive dance program like clockwork: organizing the team's attendance at a minimum of four regional competitions every year, choreographing 10 to 12 solos and six group routines, bringing in guest choreographers and coaching dancers one-on-one. Her role as competition artistic director is a full-time job, yet Dozois keeps teaching a priority through her two weekly jazz technique classes for preteens and teens. "They are really rewarding classes for me," she says. "It is so nice to see where they started to where they are now."

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