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Gabrielle Sprauve. Photo by Paula Lobo

Ballet Hispánico dancer Gabrielle Sprauve understands firsthand the major impact teachers of color can have on a young black dancer's career. Over the course of her training, she had two teachers in particular who left a lifelong impression on her dancing. Here, she shares some of her experiences.

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Zoey Anderson. Photo by Vanessa Rae Merrill, courtesy of Anderson

The decision to go to college is often difficult for aspiring professional dancers to make, but for Zoey Anderson, attending Marymount Manhattan College made all the difference in achieving her goals. Aside from the great education that she says honed her technique and refined her artistry, Anderson was able to meet MMC Dance Department chair, Katie Langan, who was instrumental in helping her book her first post-college job with Parsons Dance.

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Dani Spieler with Maria Briggs in costume for Cats

When new Cats swing Dani Spieler was dancing at Central Park Dance Academy as a kid, her teacher Maria Bai got her to realize how important ballet technique was to her future.

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Mary Page Nance with Andrew Mayer, Cathryn Wake and Brad Giovanine. Photo by Matthew Murphy for Broadway.com.

Before joining the ensemble of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Broadway dancer Mary Page Nance learned how to take her dancing to the next level from Pam Turner at Richmond Dance Center.

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Photo by Mark Shelby Perry, courtesy of Heidi Latsky Dance

After joining Heidi Latsky Dance in 2007, Meredith Fages expanded her dynamic range as a performer under Latsky's mentorship.

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Rebecca Rasmussen with Steven Ezra in Dream Catcher. Photo by Charles Azzopardi, courtesy of MOMIX

When MOMIX's Rebecca Rasmussen was studying at Moorpark College in California, her professors Dennon and Sayhber Rawles gave her the confidence she needed to pursue a career in dance.

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Sarah Daley with Vernard J. Gilmore in Johan Inger's Walking Mad. Photo by Paul Kolnik, courtesy of AAADT

Before joining Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Sarah Daley learned how to find inspiration in everyday life from her mentor Watmora Casey.

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Corinna Lee Nicholson in Pascal Rioult's Duets Sacred & Profane. Photo by Eric Bandiero, courtesy of RIOULT Dance NY

Before joining RIOULT Dance NY in 2015, Corinna Lee Nicholson learned what a privilege it is to be a dancer from her professor, Myra Woodruff.

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