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Need Some Guidance? Find a Mentor

A new side job has popped up for savvy dancer/entrepreneurs: online mentoring. Dance students can get answers to their burning questions; pros can earn a little extra cash between rehearsals. It's a win-win.

Check out these four new platforms. All offer a little something different, depending on what you're looking for.


Mia Michaels Live

Inimitable contemporary choreographer Mia Michaels launched Mia Michaels Live earlier this month to help dancers "unlock your inner unicorn." Depending on what level of membership subscribers want to pay for, they can gain access to an online master class once a month, receive audition notices for upcoming projects, take part in monthly group mentoring sessions and even score virtual one-on-one time with Mia.


Mentorly

Co-founded by Ballets Jazz de Montreal's Ashley Werhun, Mentorly offers close to 300 mentors from all sorts of disciplines—web design, cinema, fashion technology, and, yes, dance. Which makes it ideal for artists who want to get expertise from another field for an upcoming project, or learn more before launching into a cross-disciplinary collaboration. No need to sign on for a long-term relationship; mentees just book a single session whenever they want and mentors can schedule it when they're available.


The Whole Dancer

Focused on health and fitness, The Whole Dancer offers individual coaching and group programs led by former professional dancer turned certified health coach Jess Spinner. Courses focus on things like nutrition and confidence, and Spinner offers personal sessions over Skype.


Ballet Mentor

Launched by a group of American Ballet Theatre dancers, Ballet Mentor lets bunheads connect directly with a top artists like Sara Mearns and Gillian Murphy. Choose who you want to talk to and send them as many messages as you want. You're guaranteed to get a response within a week.

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