If you need to use pain relievers to make it through a class or performance, ask yourself why. (Getty Images)

For dancers, aches and pains are just a way of life. But deciding which medication to take for what pain, and when? It can be confusing. Dance Spirit talked to two experts in the field to find out everything you ever wanted to know about pain relievers.

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Well Dance Spirit fans, it's official—we have been blessed with the first Jonas Brother music video of 2020. And just when you thought your favorite singing trio couldn't get any better, they came into the decade with one of the most dance-packed music videos we've seen in a minute.

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Pacfic Northwest Ballet summer intensive students (Lindsay Thomas, courtesy PNB)

For dancers, summer is synonymous with summer intensives—weeks-long programs filled with classes, rehearsals, and cross-training. And today, many dancers are trying to cram as much as possible into their warm-weather "breaks" by enrolling in two, three, even four intensives over the course of a single summer. But while dancing literally all summer might sound like a dream come true, the multi-intensive experience isn't for everyone. We asked the experts for their advice to help you figure out which summer strategy might be best for you.

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We're less than two weeks into 2020, and already we've got an epic new viral dance challenge—courtesy our fave Justin Bieber, no less. This week, following the release of Justin's new hit single "Yummy," the the Internet has lost its mind for the #YummyDanceChallenge, with videos popping up on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube.

It's not totally clear what the dance challenge actually is (other than miming eating), but as far as we're concerned, that means more room for choreographic creativity! If you want to get inspired, check out some of the #YummyDanceChallenge videos below. And, if you're lucky, you might even get a shoutout from the Biebz himself on Insta or Twitter.

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Alicia Graf Mack teaching at the Juilliard Summer Dance Intensive (Rachel Papo, courtesy Juilliard Summer Dance Intensive)

If you're a high school dancer looking at your summer as the chance to do some serious college prep (and no, we're not talking about another SAT study course), a collegiate summer intensive could be a great option. Dance Spirit spoke to some expert educators about why a summer program offered by a college or conservatory might be the right choice for you.

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Lights up on Washington Heights—because the trailer for the movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical In the Heights has arrived. It's our first look into Lin-Manuel Miranda's latest venture into film—because LMM isn't stopping at three Tony awards, a Grammy award, and an Emmy.

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Seán Curran leading class at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts (Dylan Kenseth, courtesy NYU Tisch School of the Arts)

Towards the end of your first semester as a dance student, you'll participate in something that resembles an exam. Whether your school calls it a jury, a placement, an evaluation, an assessment, or an appraisal, the structure remains roughly the same: You take class in front of all of your dance professors, they scribble furiously on a clipboard (that you wish you could read), and you wait anxiously for their feedback.

And while that anxiety is totally understandable, it's typically misplaced. Evaluations and exams aren't designed to intimidate or scare you, and they definitely don't determine the entire future of your dancing career. But in case you're still feeling a little nervous about the whole process, we spoke with educators at three major dance colleges about how you can be best prepared.

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For any young dancer performing in The Nutcracker, Marie (aka Clara, depending on the production) is a dream role. But Charlotte Nebres, who will be playing Marie in New York City Ballet's Nutcracker this year isn't just bringing her own dream to life—she's also making history.

Charlotte is the first black dancer to ever perform the role of Marie in NYCB's production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, which dates all the way back to 1954. Charlotte was, of course, hugely excited to perform the role of Marie, but, according to the New York Times, when her mother told her that she was the first black dancer cast in the role, she said "Wow. That seems a little late."

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Awwww, we heart the Season 28 final four so much. (Erin McCandless, courtesy ABC)

It's beyond crazy that Season 28 of "Dancing With the Stars" is over. This has to have been one of the most dramatic seasons in the show's history, complete with major injuries, last-minute mother-daughter replacements, shocking eliminations, controversial contestants—the works. But it's also been one of our favorite seasons, because the dancing has been next-level amazing, week after week.

Last night's finale required every couple to perform twice: first, a dance they'd done before, and then, of course, their freestyle. And we are such suckers for a good freestyle, when the professionals and stars can bring their personalities to the ballroom, and you never know quite what to expect.

In case you missed it, here are all of last night's freestyle performances—plus the Season 28 champions!

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Okay, we might have been crying a little watching James Van Der Beek's foxtrot (Erin McCandless, courtesy ABC)

If you haven't yet watched last night's episode of "Dancing with the Stars," we're going to kindly recommend that you grab the tissues before doing so. Because, OH. WOW. We were teary-eyed through the whole darn thing. And we weren't the only ones: The entire ballroom seemed to be on the verge of waterworks, from the stars to the pros to, yes, even the judges.

That's not a huge surprise, really. It was the semi-finals, so naturally tensions were running high. And we only have one more week left with all our incredible stars, which is cause enough for crying. But before we start tearing up again, let's get to some of the incredible dancing we saw last night—of which there was plenty!

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Your first semester as a college dance student can be hectic. But being busy is no reason to put your mental health on hold. In fact, the times when you feel totally overwhelmed by tasks and to-do lists are actually when your mental health is most important.

Luckily, most colleges have tons of on-campus resources for getting help with your mental wellness. Just as you would go to the PT if your ankle were suddenly bothering you, you should seek out counseling resources if you're feeling anxious, depressed, or overwhelmed. DS talked to two college educators about the best ways to use your college counseling resources—and why it's important to do so.

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We're all kinds of obsessed with James Van Der Beek's boy band-inspired look. (Erin McCandless, courtesy ABC)

Last night's episode of "Dancing with the Stars" saw our pros and stars performing to music by all of our fave boy bands and girl groups, including the Spice Girls, One Direction, and K-Pop sensation BTS. As a bonus, the judges were joined by "DWTS" alumni and boy band aficionado/veteran Joey Fatone.

As we get closer and closer to the finale (the semi-finals are next week, folks!), the dancing is only getting better. And last night also featured the elimination of one of the most controversial stars in "DWTS" history—talk about drama! In case you missed it, we rounded up the episode's danciest highlights.

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Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten were on fire this week. (Kelsey McNeal, courtesy ABC)

Well, fellow "Dancing with the Stars" lovers, the Season 28 finale is officially in sight. With only two more weeks standing between us and the announcement of the Mirrorball Trophy winner, things are starting to get real. So, in a way it was unsurprising that last night's episode included some of the best dancing we've seen this season (or in "DWTS" history, for that matter). In case you missed it, we rounded up the highlights.

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that the moment the clock strikes midnight on Halloween, the holiday season has begun. And for dancers, that means only one thing: It's officially full-on Nutcracker time.

Sure, we've been in rehearsals since September, but it's not until ~spooky~ season ends that we can really start getting in the Nutcracker mood. And as the holidays kick into high gear, things around the studio start getting a little crazy. Here are the nine moods every dancer experiences at least once during the annual Nutcracker rush.

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The ladies of Team Treat (Erin McCandless, courtesy ABC)

Halloween night on "Dancing with the Stars" is always next-level, with its bedazzled yet still somehow terrifying costumes, oodles and oodles of fog machine effects, and wicked choreo to every spooky tune imaginable. And last night's episode somehow took next level to the next level. Pennywise the clown costumes! An opening routine set to a Billie Eilish song! YET ANOTHER shocking elimination! Spooooooky...

But before we get to the tricks, let's focus on the treats—AKA all of the amazing dancing we got to see last night.

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