Watch This Mother and Son Tear Up the Dance Floor in Their Wedding Dance

Weddings bring out the hams in all of us. We know you remember Jill and Kevin’s Big Day, where the entire wedding party waltzed down the aisle with sunglasses to Chris Brown’s “Forever.” My personal favorite happened at musical theater composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda’s wedding, where he convinced not only the bridal party but even his and his bride’s fathers to perform “L’Chaim” from Fiddler on the Roof. (The YouTube credits thank Andy Blankenbuehler—who choreographed Miranda’s In the Heights—for the use of his dance studio.)

But we’ve yet to see a mother-son wedding dance go viral—until now. Kathy Bunker, owner and artistic director of Bunker Dance Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, clearly knew better than to let an opportunity to show off some dance moves go to waste. Her dance with her son, the groom, hits all the necessary high points: There’s some Nat King Cole crooning, insane MC Hammer moves and even a little bit of Michael Jackson madness. Both mother and groom have a gift for dance. Watch below, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself jamming along in your seat.

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Courtesy Tonawanda Dance Arts

If you're considering starting a summer program this year, you're likely not alone. Summer camp and class options are a tried-and-true method for paying your overhead costs past June—and, done well, could be a vehicle for making up for lost 2020 profits.

Plus, they might take on extra appeal for your studio families this year. Those struggling financially due to the pandemic will be in search of an affordable local programming option rather than an expensive, out-of-town intensive. And with summer travel still likely in question this spring as July and August plans are being made, your studio's local summer training option remains a safe bet.

The keys to profitable summer programming? Figuring out what type of structure will appeal most to your studio clientele, keeping start-up costs low—and, ideally, converting new summer students into new year-round students.

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Claire, McAdams, courtesy Houston Ballet

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While competing at Prix de Lausanne in 2010, he was offered summer program scholarships at both the School of American Ballet and Houston Ballet. However, because two of the competition's winners that year were Houston Ballet's Aaron Sharratt and Liao Xiang, dancers Chan idolized, he turned down SAB. He joined Houston Ballet II in 2010, the main company's corps de ballet in 2012, and was promoted to principal in 2017. Oozing confidence and technical prowess, Chan was a Houston favorite, and even landed himself a spot on Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch."

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Mary Mallaney/USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, courtesy Osato

In most classes, dancers are encouraged to count the music, and dance with it—emphasizing accents and letting the rhythm of a song guide them.

But Marissa Osato likes to give her students an unexpected challenge: to resist hitting the beats.

In her contemporary class at EDGE Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles (which is now closed, until they find a new space), she would often play heavy trap music. She'd encourage her students to find the contrast by moving in slow, fluid, circular patterns, daring them to explore the unobvious interpretation of the steady rhythms.

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