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Al Blacksone teaching class at JUMP (courtesy Break the Floor Productions)
Is there anything better than a dance convention? Frankly, we don't think so. Although we love getting a guest teacher to come to our studio for a masterclass every so often, there's just something so exciting about packing up our leotards and dance shoes and heading to a convention for the weekend. Here are 7 reasons why dance conventions are, without a doubt, the greatest things ever.
Costumes: We look amazing in them but, boy, sometimes they're the actual worst. Whether they don't fit correctly or they rip right before a performance, here are 10 wardrobe malfunctions all dancers unfortunately suffer through at one point or another.
It's been over five years since "Bunheads" was shockingly canceled—and we're still not over it. TBH, we'll probably be crying #Justice4Bunheads until we finally get a revival. It was truly impossible not to love the ACB Family series, both because it starred Sutton Foster and because it taught us so many life lessons. Here are 7 of the lessons we still hold dear to our hearts today.
Gaby Diaz and her dad (via Instagram, @itsgabydiaz)
Although dance moms get most of the attention, dance dads are true heroes. They may not always know our dance terminology, but they're always ready to support us to the ends of the earth. Here are 7 reasons dance dads are the bomb dot com!
#2: High School Musical. We've waited long enough! (Giphy)
Producers just looooove turning hit movies into huge Broadway shows. From Legally Blonde to Hairspray to Billy Elliot, some of our favorite dancetastic musicals got their start on the big screen. So listen up, Broadway: Here are 10 movies that need to be turned into musicals ASAP.
There's nothing we love more than a dance power couple, and ballroom stars Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy are just that. Honestly, we stan the recently-engaged duo so hard! Here are 10 times they made our hearts burst.
It's the age-old debate: Is dance a sport? The answer is, without a doubt, YES. Of course, dance is much more than just a sport. But when we get down to the logistics of it all, it's impossible not to recognize it as the athletic endeavor it is. Here are 10 reasons why dance absolutely qualifies as a sport.
Yep, summer is over and school is back in session. Cue the tears! Heading back to the classroom after a great few months off can be heart-breaking, to say the least, and dancers are way too familiar with these 10 back-to-school feelings.
Dance teachers have to deal with a lot. While open communication with your teacher is obviously key, lame excuses for less-than-great behavior are guaranteed to get on her nerves. Always avoid these seven excuses that will 100 percent get your dance teacher's blood boiling.
Although we watch "So You Think You Can Dance" for the killer choreography and fantabulous dancing, sometimes the show is downright hilarious, too. Here are seven laugh-out-loud "SYT" moments that still have us giggling.
Including Dance Academy: The Comeback, naturally. (ZDF Enterprises)
We're deep in the lazy, hazy days of summer—and there's no better time to kick back, relax, and watch one of the many dancetastic movies that've come out recently. Which should you add to your queue? Here are eight must-watches.
Taylor Swift's Reputation Tour is in full swing, and Swifties everywhere are obsessed (us included). But all that onstage magic couldn't happen without Tay's crew of killer backup dancers. Here are eight that you need to be following ASAP.
Dancers are truly a special breed. And that means some of the stuff we do every day—stuff that seems totally normal to us—completely weirds out our non-dance friends. Here are 10 funny dancer habits we're guessing you can totally relate to.