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CMS runners-up Jacalyn Tatro and Shelby Patterson write thank-you notes to their fans.


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San Francisco Ballet's Lauren Strongin.


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The classical Japanese dance form nihon buyo.


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Dear Katie,

Do I need private lessons? I'm a professional-track dancer, and my teachers say that I should start scheduling privates to advance more quickly. But they're so expensive. Will I make it if I stick to group classes?

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