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Win A Back To School Shopping Spree from Just For Kix

If online shopping has become your favorite #SocialDisDance hobby this summer, you're in luck. Just For Kix is giving away one $500 gift card and five $100 gift cards to their website to six lucky winners. Enter here by August 30th for your chance to treat yourself with a wide variety of dance shoes, practice wear, and costumes.

This offer is valid on the Just For Kix website only and does not apply to Youth Program Class fees and uniforms. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Project 21 dancers (from left) Selena Hamilton, Gracyn French, and Dyllan Blackburn (Photo by Quinn Wharton; hair and makeup throughout by Angela Huff for Mark Edward Inc.)

How Project 21 Is Shaping the Next Generation of Competition-Dance Standouts

"I wish I had a better story about the name," says Molly Long, founder of the Orange County, CA–based dance studio Project 21. In truth, it's a play on the fact that she was born on the twenty-first of August, and 21 is her favorite number. "I was away on a teaching tour, the audition announcement was going live on Instagram the next day, and I desperately needed a name. Project 21 was just the least cheesy of the options I thought of!"

The fact that fans might expect the name to have some profound meaning speaks to the near-mythic status Project 21 has achieved on the competition and convention scene since its founding in 2014. Long's dancers are all wholly individual, yet jell seamlessly as a group, and are consistently snagging top prizes everywhere on the circuit. Each season brings a slew of new accolades, high-caliber faculty, and legions of devoted followers.

The industry has taken notice of the studio's unique ethos. "Molly gets through to her dancers in a special way, and they have this incomparable level of commitment to their craft as a result," says dancer and choreographer Billy Bell, who's worked closely with Long and her dancers. "That's what sets them apart—it's like a little dose of magic."

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Jefferson y Adrianita lit up the stage. (Trae Patton/NBC)

Last night, the "World of Dance" contestants entered a new phase of the competition—and with that came their first opportunity to dance on the official "World of Dance" stage. This week turned on the lights, smoke, and effects, and the dancers brought their A-game to match. While only two of the six acts could advance to the World Finals, each performance showed off exactly why they made the top 12. Here are the two acts advancing to the finals this week, and one that narrowly missed the top of the leaderboard.

Jefferson y Adrianita

This salsa-dancing couple brought some of the most authentic chemistry of the night, but how could they not, with their son Derek (yes, named for that Derek) in the audience? Their energy was electric, their footwork crisp, and they brought tricks that even Derek had never seen done before. Neyo said a few of the lifts looked labored, but J.Lo thought they were perfectly in step. Their performance netted them a 94.3, the highest score of the night, and sent them spinning into the final round.

Géométrie Variable

The tutting trio from France continue to impress, but the judges wondered how the group could keep their very specific and unique style feeling fresh. Any reservations were blown away when the trio whipped out an umbrella and seamlessly incorporated it like a fourth dancer. The piece opted for a laid back and smooth vibe to show off the group's confidence without being overworked. A score of 94 secured them the second spot in the final round.

The Young Crew

We're not at the final round yet, and already The Young Crew have battled their way back from the edge of elimination. They were the only act in the entire contest to compete in every round so far, including winning last week's redemption duel. Their "Bohemian Rhapsody" routine was clean, but not quite enough to earn a top-two spot. Once Géométrie Variable knocked them to third place, the judges sent them home with a standing ovation.

Tune in next week when the other six semifinalists take the stage to show the judges why they deserve to compete in the World Finals!

Because a bad sleep schedule is every dancer's worst nightmare. (Hugnoi/Getty Images)

Dancers, Here's How to Get Your Sleep Schedule Back on Track

While taking all those #SocialDisDancing Zoom classes at home certainly helped keep your technique up to par, the relaxation of your daily schedule—no need to wake up early to catch a bus!—may have messed with your sleep cycle. Finding it harder than usual to get up for that Saturday morning rehearsal? Here's how to make your circadian rhythm dance to the right beat.

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Julia Rendleman, Courtesy Reuters

Meet Ava Holloway and Kennedy George, the Teens Whose Photo Dancing On a Confederate Statue Went Viral

Last month, a photo of two 14-year-old Black ballerinas—Ava Holloway and Kennedy George—dancing on Richmond, Virginia's Robert E. Lee statue lit up social media as Black Lives Matter protests seared through the U.S. The dancers, clad in all black, stood balanced in sous-sus with their fists raised while the statue awaited its still-anticipated toppling.

Holloway had decided to pose for photos in front of the monument after Virginia governor Ralph Northam announced its pending removal. When her mother, Amanda Lynch, uploaded the images to Facebook, a friend of local photographer Marcus Ingram asked if Lynch and Holloway would be interested in professional photos.

Upon arriving to shoot with Ingram the following morning, Holloway ran into her longtime friend Kennedy George, who was preparing for a group shoot with Holloway, other dancers and a teacher from their studio, Central Virginia Dance Academy, scheduled for later that day.

Reuters photographer Julia Rendleman spotted the dancers at the statue and photographed them. After Reuters tweeted the shot, it received thousands of likes and shares on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

We spoke with the dancers about the shoot, their activism, and what they want to see in the dance world.

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