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Allison Holker (center) leads an online class at CLI (Geo Santillan, courtesy CLI Studios)

This New Virtual Summer Intensive Is a Game-Changer

In a normal year, this is the time you'd be gearing up for a busy dance summer. But with many intensives and conventions postponed or canceled due to COVID-19, you might be feeling disappointed. How can you take your dancing to the next level this summer when in-person training is on hold?

Enter the CLI Studios 2020 Dance Experience, a new virtual summer program running June 26–August 23. For $99, it offers more than 300 live streaming classes in a variety of styles and skill levels, plus over 300 additional recorded classes that you can take anytime. It can either supplement the digital classes your home studio is offering, or act as a standalone intensive. And with more than 100 world-class instructors from all corners of the dance world—including Mia Michaels, Tiler Peck, Brian Friedman, and tWitch—it's sure to help you reach your technical and artistic goals.

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Because dancing at home has its dangers too. (Getty Images)

How to Take Charge of Your At-Home Dance Health

Despite all pandemic-related odds, you've more or less managed to keep up a dance training routine, whether it's via your home studio's Zoom schedule, Instagram Live classes, or Mark Kanemura's living room dance parties. Slow. Clap. That's a feat to be celebrated. But dancing in less-than-ideal environments—i.e., pretty much every at-home space—can take a real toll on the body, meaning lots of aches, pains, and at least a blister or two.

Here, we've rounded up all our best resources and expert connections for advice on what to include in your at-home dancer first aid kit, and how to handle (or even better, prevent) minor injuries that may come up while you're working hard from home.

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Courtesy Patricia's Photography

Reed Henry is Your May Cover Model Search Editors' Choice Winner

Congratulations to the May Cover Model Search Editors' Choice video winner, Reed Henry! Watch his solo below, and be sure to enter the Cover Model Search here.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Christopher Wilson in "WE. DANCE." (courtesy AAADT)

Essential Viewing: “WE. DANCE.”, a Powerful Video by Ailey’s Dancers

"When our hearts break, WE Dance."

That's the caption for this video, created by and featuring dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Made in the midst of widespread protests over the death of George Floyd and so many other innocent Black people, it features poetic text written and performed by company member Hope Boykin, and moving, meditative dance footage from 25 other Ailey performers.

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Indigenous Enterprise performing on Season 4 of "World of Dance." Courtesy MPRM Communications

Meet the First Native American Dance Group to Appear on "World of Dance"

Now in its fourth season, NBC's "World of Dance" has showcased many types of dance. "They've had styles from Mexico, China, Africa, break dancers, salsa dancers," says Kenneth Shirley, founder of Phoenix-based troupe Indigenous Enterprise.

But until last night, the show had neglected to feature America's oldest homegrown dance traditions, those of Native American tribes.

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