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by Lee Gumbs, courtesy Lew

Sean Lew's New Film is Bound to Leave You Speechless

If you know Sean Lew (and let's be real—you should), you know that he pours his heart and soul into his craft. Born a star, Lew has danced alongside artists like Sia and Janet Jackson, choreographed for names like Justin Bieber and Meghan Trainor, and performed on two seasons on NBC's "World of Dance."

At only 19, Lew's worn more hats than your average human (or even superhuman), and yet he continues to build upon his long list of natural skills—by adding "producer" into the mix. This time around, he's focused on his own passion project. He produced, wrote, directed, choreographed, edited and even stars in his upcoming film II: An Unspoken Narrative, which also features some of our other fave dancers like Kaycee Rice, Zach Venegas and Bailey Sok, just to name a few.

More than just a dance video, and described as his "life's work put into motion," this experimental film fully encapsulates the past four years of Lew's life, depicting an unspoken narrative expressed through dance. There's no dialogue—everything is up for interpretation. Keep reading to get the inside scoop, and be sure to follow Lew at @seanlew as he continues to influence the world with his endless creative ventures.

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The late Frank Hatchett accepts his Dance Teacher award (Kyle Froman)

Nominate an Educator for a Dance Teacher Award!

Know any extraordinary dance educators? (We're guessing the answer is yes.)

Nominate them for a Dance Teacher Award! Every year, our sister magazine, Dance Teacher, recognizes excellence in teaching by honoring four outstanding educators for their contributions to the field.

DT is currently accepting nominations for the 2021 Dance Teacher Awards, and they're looking for dance educators who:

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Emily Roman performs her solo, "Weight of Light" (Break the Floor Media Team, courtesy Roman)

Emily Roman is Your January Cover Model Search Editors' Choice Winner

Congratulations to the January Cover Model Search Editors' Choice video winner, and our first 2022 CMS semi-finalist, Emily Roman! Watch her solo below, and be sure to enter the Cover Model Search here.

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Power Pilates teacher Taylor Sambola breaks down the moves to help you get powerful jumps (Photography throughout by Kelly Pratt)

How to Use Power Pilates to Get Powerful Jumps

As you may have learned firsthand from your shin splints and furniture run-ins, it's nearly impossible to replicate some aspects of your dance training in a small bedroom or on a concrete driveway. But all is not lost in your quarantined quest to perfect your grand allégro.

Pilates is one of the best low-impact cross-training tools for dancers, thanks to its combined focus on strength, alignment, and flexibility. Taylor Sambola, certified Power Pilates teacher and professional ballet dancer, breaks down four exercises to develop the muscle strength and coordination needed for explosive jumps, without aggravating your joints—or your downstairs neighbors.

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Jacob Norman, courtesy Amber Pickens

Black History Just Got a Lot More Colorful with Amber Pickens’ New Dance-Filled Coloring Book

Time to let your artistic skills blossom—but this time, we don't mean on the dance floor. Dancer, choreographer, and artist Amber Pickens has used her quarantine time to illustrate a coloring book that celebrates Black dance history.

The Juilliard graduate, who recently made her choreographic debut, created Blooming in Motion as a fun, educational way to highlight 20 dance legends that have brought vibrance to the dance world. Perfect for Black History Month and beyond!

We got a chance to chat with Pickens (and her dog, Broadway!) about how the idea came to be from seed to soil to full-on sprout.

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