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This Dancewear Brand Takes Inclusivity to the Next Level

Right now, "inclusive" seems to be the word on every dancewear manufacturer's lips. Aurora Tights, by contrast, has been talking about—and, more importantly, doing something about—inclusivity for several years now. Aurora was founded by two competitive figure skaters and a former competition kid (all women of color) when the trio were in a sorority together at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Photo by Erin Baiano

Dear Katie: I'm Not Feeling Motivated—How Can I Push Through a Slump?

In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!

Dear Katie,

After so many months trying to train at home in quarantine, I'm sad and frustrated. I'm just not motivated to dance anymore. I've even been thinking about quitting. How can I push through this slump?

Madeline

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National Dance Showcase Judges Discuss Diversity in the Competition World—and How NDS is Pushing For a More Inclusive Future

As conversations about racial justice have continued across the country, members of the dance world have focused inwards and reflected on how we can all do better. The close-knit competition and convention community is no different. Dance Spirit had the chance to talk to five judges from National Dance Showcase, as well as one of its founders, Sonia Pennington, about issues they've seen in the comp world—and hear all about how NDS is leading the way to a more inclusive future.

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Nev Schulman and partner Jenna Johnson were absolutely "Dynamite" last night. (Erin McCandless, courtesy ABC)

"DWTS" Week 2 Recap: The First Cut is the Deepest

Well, we've officially made it to week two of "Dancing with the Stars," pandemic edition! And with no bedazzled face masks in sight, we can only assume that the "DWTS" team's #SocialDisDancing protocol is holding up. Pause for (pre-recorded, because there isn't a live audience) applause.

But even a pandemic isn't going to stop the "DWTS" judges from sending someone home, because well, this is a competition, after all, and Carrie Ann Inaba doesn't have time for tears. In case you missed last night's episode (or in case you were too busy trying to figure out exactly who Dixie D'Amelio is dating now), we rounded up some of the highlights—and who was this season's first cut.

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Dr. Selina Shah works with dancer Amanda Farris (Alain McLaughlin, courtesy Selina Shah)

The Truth About Soreness: Answers to All Your Burning Questions

We all know the feeling: You wake up the day after class or rehearsal just to find that you literally. cannot. move. To answer all your burning (pun intended!) questions about the way-too-relatable topic of soreness, Dance Spirit enlisted the experts: board-certified sports medicine specialist Dr. Selina Shah, and Michelle Rodriguez, MPT and physical therapist to Broadway shows like Carousel and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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