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Jim Lafferty

This story originally appeared on dancemagazine.com.

"So why did you quit?"

It's a question I've been asked hundreds of times since I stopped dancing over a decade ago. My answer has changed over the years as my own understanding of what lead me to walk away from greatest love of my life has become clearer.

"I had some injures," I would mutter nervously for the first few years. This seemed like the answer people understood most. Then it became, "I was just not very happy." Finally, as I passed into my 30s, I began telling the uncomfortable truth: "I quit dancing because of untreated depression."

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It's one of the most magical times of the year—and we don't mean "magical" in the holiday-spirit sense, but in the wands-and-wizards sense: Today is Harry Potter's birthday! Whether you're a Slytherin, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw, its time to celebrate not only the birth of "The Boy Who Lived," but more importantly the creation of a world that has captivated the imagination of children and adults alike for the past two decades.

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Dance is a powerful form of expression, and Ahmad Joudeh is using its influence to promote peace.

The 27-year-old is a Syrian refugee, whose decision to pursue his passion for ballet has made him the target of death threats from terrorist organizations. Despite the danger, Joudeh has decided to continue on his path as a dancer, using his performances as an opportunity to spread a message of peace and cultural awareness.

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What do you get when a former rhythmic gymnast joins forces with a skilled hip-hop dancer/choreographer? A jaw-dropping performance that will have you hitting repeat.

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Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's dance inducing hit, "Despacito," is so catchy it should probably come with a disclaimer that warns people of an uncontrollable itch to tap your feet or bob your head. Some might even feel inclined to go all out and break it down. Niana Guerrero is a prime example of "Despacito's" uncanny ability to unleash the red dressed emoji dancer within. 💃🏽 💃🏽

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89-year-old Doris Lee Davis Pritchett is currently taking the internet by storm—and warming all dance-loving hearts while she's at it. This viral video, posted by her daughter, Beth Pritchett Kendrick, on Facebook, shows Pritchett dancing at a makeshift ballet barre while recovering in a rehabilitation facility. A plié and a tendu show off her elegant technique, still present after all these years.

Pritchett was a dancer for the USO (United Service Organizations) in the 1940s, and proves one thing for sure: Grace never fades.

Awwwwww. (Screenshot via Facebook)

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Warning: What you are about to read and see my overwhelm you with cuteness.

It feels like it's been too long since there's been a good Frozen spoof flooding the interwebs. What better time to feel the love for Elsa and her crew than winter, amirite? Luckily, the new year brought us our Frozen fix, and it came in the adorably wrapped package of a little boy dressed in dinosaur footie pajamas.

In a video that now boasts over a million views, the boy's older sister coaxes him to dance using her singing Elsa doll. Each time the doll belts out "Let It Go," the little boy throws his arms up in the air and begins to feel the music in a way that would've made Isadora Duncan proud. Long story short: It's amazing.

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