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With the new school year upon us, it's common for teachers to discuss the students that they'll have in their classes. Teachers will inform their colleagues about the upcoming talent and will also warn them about the challenging students that they will face for this season. Although, done with good intensions, by this we are taking away one of our students' most important rights: the right to a clean slate.

Every student deserves the right to start the school year without their past behaviors, mistakes and identities haunting them. The dancers should enter the studio knowing that they have the opportunity to let this year's actions determine how they will be treated and how they will become part of the classroom community. Part of teaching dance is teaching life lessons. This means that we need to lead by example and offer students second chances. So, before you begin emotionally preparing yourself for the students in this year's classes, please consider these three reasons why dancers deserve a fresh start.

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Lindsey Della Serra teaching a daddy-daughter ballet class at Moving Youth Dance Company. Photo courtesy of Mode-Carter

I recently had the privilege of observing my colleague Lindsey Della Serra teach a daddy-daughter ballet class at Moving Youth Dance Company in Cranford, New Jersey. Della Serra had an incredible way of making all the adults—dads, brothers, grandpas and uncles—feel comfortable, ensuring that everyone had lots of fun! It was such a joy to see all of the dancers share this special moment with their loved ones, and there were so many beneficial things happening in the room.

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