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5 Dancer Weddings You Have to See

It's wedding season, people! Which, of course, means we are reminiscing on dancer weddings past. In our opinion, nobody does a wedding quite like a dancer or dance teacher. We were born to be extra—and it shows!

We rounded up photos we've been reminiscing about, and here are some of our favorites.

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1. Jenna Johnson Chmerkovskiy and Val Chmerkovskiy

These two "Dancing with the Stars" ballroom phenoms tied the knot on April 13 this year, and it looked like the party of the century. Oh, to be a fly on the wall during their first dance. Can you even imagine the level of technique?

2. Sara Mearns and Joshua Bergasse

New York City Ballet principal married Broadway and television choreographer on November 3, 2018 in a stunning beach ceremony in North Carolina. NYCB costume director Marc Happel designed Mearns' wedding gown, and a slew of NYCB dancers were in attendance. We can only imagine how graceful that walk down the aisle must have been!

3. Allison Holker and tWitch

Aw, this boss couple will always have our hearts. Their dancing is unreal, and their devotion to each other makes us melt! The fact that they met on "So You Think You Can Dance" is the cherry on top!

4. Chantel Aguirre and Michael Keefe

Are we kidding? These shots from Chantel Aguirre and Michael Keefe's 2017 wedding are like something from a fairytale, and we are so here for it. What's more? They just had a darling baby boy. Can you imagine the level of rhythm and grace that child is going to have?

5. Janell Ginestra-Adams and WilldaBeast Adams

We all knew this wedding was going to be incredible even before we learned that they would be live-streaming it. These two wildly talented choreographers got married September 3, 2018 in a stunning seaside ceremony with the whole commercial dance world watching, if not in person, online at home.

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Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy. Photo courtesy Dance With Me

Listening to Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy riff together makes it crystal-clear why each has mastered the art of partnering in the ballroom—they've long been doing this dance in real life as brothers and business partners.

Along with their "Dancing with the Stars" pedigree (and a combined three mirror-ball trophies between them), Maks and Val (and their father, Sasha) also run Dance With Me, a dance company hosting six ProAm Dancesport competitions annually and running 14 brick-and-mortar studio locations across the U.S.

Last year, the pair launched an online component, Dance & Co. The online video platform offers beginner through advanced instruction in not only ballroom but an array of other styles, as well as dance fitness classes from HIIT to yoga to strength training. "DWTS" fans will recognize such familiar faces as Peta Murgatroyd, Jenna Johnson, Sharna Burgess and Emma Slater, along with Maks and Val themselves.

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@jayplayimagery, courtesy Kerollis

In the spring of 2012, Barry Kerollis was abruptly forced into treating his career as a small business. Having just moved cross-country to join BalletX, he got injured and was soon let go.

"I'd only ever danced with big companies before," the now-freelance dance-teacher-choreographer-podcaster recalls. "That desperation factor drove me to approach freelancing with a business model and a business plan."

As Kerollis acknowledges, getting the business of you off the ground ("you" as a freelance dance educator, that is) can be filled with unexpected challenges—even for the most seasoned of gigging dancers. But becoming your own CEO can make your work–life balance more sustainable, help you make more money, keep you organized, and get potential employers to offer you more respect and improved working conditions. Here's how to get smart now about branding, finances and other crucial ways to tell the dance world that you mean business.

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Courtesy Oleson

American dance educator Shannon Oleson was teaching recreational ballet and street-dance classes in London when the pandemic hit. As she watched many of her fellow U.S. friends pack up and return home from their international adventures, she made the difficult choice to stick with her students (as well as her own training—she was midway through her MFA at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance).

Despite shutdowns and shelter-in-place orders, she was able to maintain a teaching schedule that kept her working with her dancers through Zoom, as well as lead some private, in-home acro classes following government guidelines. But keeping rec students interested in the face of pandemic fatigue hasn't been easy.

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