Back in May at our photo shoot for Dance Magazine's 90th-anniversary issue, we fell in love with Michelle Dorrance all over again. We've known for years that she's obviously gifted, but our jaws still dropped as she improvised on set, rattling off playful but rigorous strings of tap genius with the utmost ease. Now, she's got us drooling once more.


Today, Dorrance Dance released a teaser video on its YouTube channel, unveiling the tap mastermind's latest work, Myelination. Between the ridiculously fast rhythms, the time-warping floorwork and casual yet flawless group phrases, we're hooked. It's no wonder Dorrance made our list of The Most Influential People in Dance Today.

If you want to see the work in its entirety, mark your calendars now: Dorrance Dance premieres Myelination, the new, longer version of a 2015 piece by the same name, on October 2 and 3 at New York City Center's Fall for Dance Festival. All tickets—they're still just $15—go on sale this Sunday, September 10, at 11 am. And hurry, because they sell out every year just as quickly as Dorrance taps.

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How Turning Boards and Practice Mats Can Revolutionize Your Dance Training

When it comes to equipment, dancers don't need much—just shoes and whatever can fit in their dance bag. But between rehearsals in the studio and performances on stage, one major piece of equipment often goes overlooked—the floor.

Dancers too often find themselves warming up on the concrete or carpet backstage, or wanting to practice in a location without a proper floor. For years, Harlequin Floors has offered a solution to this problem with its innovative turning board, offering a portable and personal floor that can be flipped between marley and wood. Now, they've revolutionized portability again with their practice mat, offering dancers the option to roll up their own personal floor and sling it over their shoulders like a yoga mat.

We spoke with experts from every corner of the dance industry to see how Harlequin's products have become their everyday essentials:

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