Travis Kelley, courtesy Kathryn Morgan

In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB 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,

One of the dancers at my studio is being bullied by some of the older girls. It's getting pretty bad, but I'm not sure what to do about it. Should I confront the bullies? Talk to my teacher? Stay out of it? What would be most helpful?

Emmaline

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Travis Kelley, courtesy Kathryn Morgan

In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB 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,

I got a big part in my spring recital, but I really, really don't like the guy who'll be partnering me—he's rude and gives me lots of condescending corrections. What can I do to make things less awkward?

Olivia

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Harry Shum Jr., who we've been stalking for years—first as a nameless silhouette in an iPod commercial, then as Mike Chang on "Glee," then as artistic director, choreographer and dancer for "The LXD"—has done it again.

In a YouTube-video-gone-viral, "If you are in a shell...," Harry is surrounded by colorful paints and dust, and he dances to a heart-wrenching voiceover by performance artist Ze Frank.

"This is Harry. As a boy, Harry was very, very shy," he says. "If you right now are in a shell, you should know that you're not alone. That there are many people like you, and that there is nothing wrong with you."

For those who have been bullied, those who feel socially awkward or those who are just having a tough day, his message may be the inspiration you need. Check it out, and prepare to be moved:

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Contestants perform Bonnie Story's "Tears of an Angel" on "So You Thin You Can Dance" Season 10 (photo by Adam Rose/FOX)

On last season of "So You Think You Can Dance," new choreographer to the show Bonnie Story brought a tough topic to the stage: In her piece, "Tears of An Angel," she addressed the issue of bullying—more specifically, the issue of bystanders who witness bullying without taking action. "If you're not a solution, you're part of the problem," Story says.

As you know, bullying has become a hot topic of discussion recently, and as more people are realizing how damaging it can be, they're also recognizing dance as a powerful tool in the fight against it. Not only is dance an outlet for victims to express their pain and reclaim their strength, it's also an effective medium for spreading the anti-bullying message.

Recently, the UK's Sol Dans Company posted the short narrative dance film "Invisible," which tells the story of one man's experience with bullying, and how dance helped him persevere:

Pretty beautiful, huh? This film, choreographed by Melody Squire, is the first part of a three part series, funded by the Arts Council England, that focuses on issues facing young people. Click here to learn more.

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