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Shelby Williams via @biscuitballerina

Fall is arguably the best season of the year, and "Falling Fridays" are arguably the best day of the week on the @biscuitballerina Instagram page. So, we thought it was only fitting that we combine the two "bests" for a fall-tastic post today!

Heaven bless @biscuitballerina for making us laugh day in and day out. SHE. IS. EVERYTHING.

Get ready to laugh 'til you cry, ladies and gentleman.

There's just nothing that can hit your funny bone like watching dancers eat it!

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Stacey Tookey and student at Camp Protégé via @sjtookey on Instagram

There are certain dance teachers out there who have a gift for making students feel loved, cared about, capable, encouraged and inspired—all at the same time. They're beautiful sparks of light in the midst of this competitive and at times exhausting industry.

Three of those special souls happen to have a gigantic reach through conventions and television, and have somehow made each and every one of us feel like they're our second moms. Don't believe me? Go take (or observe) class from anyone of them and then try to tell me they don't love you as their own!

Check 'em out below, and then share a time one of them said something that made you feel important and validated!

xoxo

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Being a dance teacher is hard work, but at the end of the day, it's one of the most gratifying jobs you could ever have! You're spreading the goodness of dance into the hearts of young children—it's positively magnificent!

The world needs love right now, and because you're giving it with all your hearts, it's only fitting you get a lot of it in return!

Here's a reminder of some of the most the gratifying dance teacher moments that make it all worth it!

Enjoy!

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Being a dance teacher is hard work, but at the end of the day, it's one of the most gratifying jobs you could ever have! You're spreading the goodness of dance into the hearts of young children—it's positively magnificent!

The world needs love right now, and because you're giving it with all your hearts, it's only fitting you get a lot of it in return!

Here's a reminder of some of the most the gratifying dance teacher moments that make it all worth it!

Enjoy!

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Mackenzie Foy as Clara and Keira Knightly as Sugar Plum star in this new Nutcracker spin-off. Photo by Laurie Sparham, Courtesy Disney Enterprises, Inc.

If there's one thing that dancers know well, it's The Nutcracker. From the minutiae of the plot to the choreography to Tchaikovsky's timeless score, we've got it down.

Disney's new holiday film, The Nutcracker and The Four Realms, released in theaters November 2, is not a retelling of the ballet's story, and it's not a dance movie. Nevertheless, we think there's plenty in it for bunheads to love (like Misty Copeland). Don't believe us? First, watch this featurette featuring Copeland, and then read on for four reasons why you might want to take a break from your Nut rehearsals to head to the movies.

Disney's The Nutcracker and The Four Realms - "On Set with Misty Copeland" Featurette www.youtube.com

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Mackenzie Foy as Clara and Keira Knightly as Sugar Plum star in this new Nutcracker spin-off. Photo by Laurie Sparham, Courtesy Disney Enterprises, Inc.

If there's one thing that dancers know well, it's The Nutcracker. From the minutiae of the plot to the choreography to Tchaikovsky's timeless score, we've got it down.

Disney's new holiday film, The Nutcracker and The Four Realms, released in theaters November 2, is not a retelling of the ballet's story, and it's not a dance movie. Nevertheless, we think there's plenty in it for bunheads to love (like Misty Copeland). Don't believe us? First, watch this featurette featuring Copeland, and then read on for four reasons why you might want to take a break from your Nut rehearsals to head to the movies.

Disney's The Nutcracker and The Four Realms - "On Set with Misty Copeland" Featurette www.youtube.com

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Feet are game changers, people! Teach your dancers how to use them correctly, and they can be one of their most powerful tools! Fail to do so, and they'll become, well, a liability to them.

Here are five things every dancer should do each day to achieve blue ribbon–worthy feet!

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Via @preppykitchen on Instagram

For whatever reason, dance-educator skills and craft skills seem to go hand in hand—that and the fact that every one of you is a serious overachiever.

We know that for many of you the idea of picking up a bag of generic grocery-store candy is BORING. So, to help you go the extra mile while flexing your craft skills, we've rounded up five deliciously adorable Halloween-treat ideas for you to take to dance class this October 31! Tell your kids they can thank us for their joy 💁.

Take a picture of the treats you make for class and tag us in them! We want to see your masterpieces!

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Halloween isn't just for the kiddos—teachers should be able to get in on the action, too!

You're performers at heart, so don't let adulthood take away this opportunity to dress up as someone fierce and fabulous!

Check out these Halloween costumes from dancers last year to help give you the costume inspiration you need this year. Your students will think you're the coolest teacher of all time—trust us!

You're welcome!

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This week everyone's going to haunted houses, watching scary movies and playing murder-mystery games to get into the spooky spirit. Those things are all fine and dandy, but they're not where the REAL terror is found for dance educators this season. No, no, for dance teachers looking for a real fright, the scariest things they'll see all year are found inside the four walls of their dance classroom.

Check out this list of the Top 7 Spookiest Things You'll Ever See In A Dance Class, and you won't sleep for weeks!

Enjoy your terror!!!

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Via Odyssey Dance Theater on Instagram

Halloween is on the horizon, which means we should all be embracing the spookiest aspects of the season. If you're a dancer (or dance lover), your list of holiday fun should include watching some seriously fabulous Halloween-themed dancing. Whether it's a live show in a city near you, binge watching old Halloween episodes of your favorite television show, or digging into the black hole of dance videos on YouTube, trust us—it's a riot!

Here are three Halloween-themed dance performances you should DEFINITELY check out!

Have a terrifying time!!!

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Shelby Williams as her alter ego, Biscuit Ballerina. Photo by Nicha Rodbon, Courtesy Williams.

Last fall, Instagram's dance community blew up when an account titled Biscuit Ballerina started posting videos of an anonymous dancer doing laughably bad ballet. With a look of fierce determination, she would awkwardly make her way through well-known variations, stumbling over her pointe shoes. Comments ranged from hilarity to criticism to confusion: Who was this dancer?

The answer is Shelby Williams, a soloist with Royal Ballet of Flanders. Growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Williams didn't become serious about ballet until age 11. At 15 she left home to train year-round at The Washington School of Ballet, and a year later transferred to the Houston Ballet Academy, where she quickly entered Houston Ballet II. As a student, Williams often felt crippled by self-criticism. "I was doing something I was passionate about every day, but I hated it," she says. Eventually she went to a sports psychologist who helped her learn how to enjoy the process and not take herself too seriously. After class, instead of feeling ashamed by the mistakes she'd made, Williams started to overexaggerate what she'd done, making herself and her classmates laugh.

Shelby Williams. Photo by Kensilav Kanev/De-Da Productions, Courtesy Williams.

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As dance teachers, we know we need to take care of our feet—they're basically our livelihood! But in the hustle and bustle of our day-to-day, it can be hard to find the time. If we're feeling wise, we start by wearing orthotics (brilliant!) and staying away from shoes that put pressure on the wrong areas of our feet while outside of the studio (yasss, queen). Most commonly, though, we decide to get a pedicure (hello, self-care 💁♀️). This is suuuuuper-helpful in terms of personal hygiene, but as all dancers know, you can count on dealing with a few headaches that most regular pedi-partakers don't.

Here's a list of things that are guaranteed to happen every time a dancer gets a pedicure. It's sure to make you say "mmmmm-hmmmmm!!!!!"

If you know, you know.

Get ready to laugh out loud, people!

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Melanie Moore and Ricky Ubeda enjoying the season (via Instagram, @rickyubeda11)

Fall festivities are finally in full swing and we couldn't be happier! Whether we're watching "Dancing with the Stars" or catching up with our friends after rehearsal, fall is the BEST time of year. Here are 7 reasons why it's a dancer's favorite season.

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Melanie Moore and Ricky Ubeda enjoying the season (via Instagram, @rickyubeda11)

Fall festivities are finally in full swing and we couldn't be happier! Whether we're watching "Dancing with the Stars" or catching up with our friends after rehearsal, fall is the BEST time of year. Here are 7 reasons why it's a dancer's favorite season.

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The "In My Feelings" challenge took the internet by storm last summer, and we have to say, we thoroughly enjoyed how dancey the internet got for a hot second.

Some of the best editions of the challenge came from some fabulous young ballet dancers, and before the challenge becomes 100 percent irrelevant, we wanted to post one of our favorites for your perusal. You've just got to enjoy Kiki from a classical perspective—am I right?

Share your best "In My Feelings" challenge videos in our comments! We're not ready for this internet phase to end, and we plan to ride it out as long as possible 💁.

You're welcome.

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Here at Dance Teacher, we are WELL-aware of how much y'all love your black athleisure. Seriously. At every photo shoot we have to BEG you not to wear all black (unfortunately it doesn't photograph well—sorry, guys).

Today, we thought we would give an ode to dance teachers and their black athleisure. We know it stole your hearts a long time ago.

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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.

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Labor Day weekend is upon us, and it's time to get celebrating.

As the U.S Department of Labor puts it, this holiday is "dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."

If you ask us, the "social and economic achievements" of Dance Teachers are MOST impressive this time of year (we might be a little biased, but like whatever 💁).

So this weekend, we think you people should party hard, enjoy the day off, and reflect on all the fabulous things your hard work adds to our beautiful country.

To help with aforementioned reflection, we've provided three journal prompts to help you see all the good you do as a teacher. Get ready to be proud!

You. Are. Brilliant!

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Dance moms can be the bane of a dance teacher's existence, but they're also superwomen. The next time you want to freak out at one of them for asking why their daughter isn't front and center of their lyrical piece, take a step back, and remember these six reasons why they're actually totally awesome.

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Each school year, there are a few things you have to deal with as dance teachers that immediately make your skin crawl. You walk a thin line between wanting your students to have some balance in life, and wanting them to be committed to dance so they can reach their dreams. Between school, socializing, training, competing and performing, there's bound to be some overlap that makes you want to pull your hair out. 😡🙅😭😩

Check out our list of things you're guaranteed to have to deal with before the school year is done.

If you know, you know.

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Sometimes you need a good laugh to get you through the long days of rehearsals. To help, we've curated a listed of terribly corny dad—er sorry—dance jokes for you today.

Be prepared to giggle to yourselves!

Enjoy!

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