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Cult of Perfectionism: Grades, High Achievement, and How We're Failing Students

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 8:16 PM

It took me almost a decade of being sick before I finally went to a doctor. Entering the office with what I assumed was a stomach problem, I exited with an impossible-to-fathom diagnosis: "You're a perfectionist, and it is crippling you." That sounded ridiculous to me.

I spent years being...

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A Day in the Choreographer's Studio: Alexei Kremnev Innovates at Joffrey

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 12:56 PM


Over a decade ago, I watched in wide-eyed fascination narrated by the familiar lilt of The Nutcracker score, tucked into a ballet studio corner transfixed--the moment that stirs inspiration. I could not imagine anything more fascinating than watching Alexei Kremnev rehearse the "older...

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3 Things I Wish I'd Known As A Freshman...Who Didn't Want to Go to College

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 12:34 PM

With summer lulling to a close, back-to-school time lurks around every pool day and long-forgotten summer reading assignment. On the cusp of a new school year, there is always the inevitable: Anticipation, that churning "what was I thinking?" feeling when you see your class schedule, and, of course, a blast...

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Mom Launches #ToddlersWithACause to Raise Awareness for Childhood Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 4:59 PM


Photo: Maya Thompson's son, Ronan. Courtesy of Maya Thompson.

Last week, I scrolled through Instagram and saw three pictures of toddlers having meltdowns. What seemed like a live-action illustration of the so-called terrible twos was an activist movement that filled my feed...

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How a Humans of New York Fundraiser Taught Us About Education

(4) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 10:43 AM

It was the call to action heard 'round the Internet: Brandon Stanton, founder of the greatest thing online, Humans of New York, posted a series of photos about Mott Hall Bridge Academy, a small Brooklyn, NY middle school. The first was of a student, describing an influential principal and how...

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Staying Gold: World Fights for Pediatric Cancer Awareness

(3) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 2:04 PM

The MLS. One World Trade Center. Times Square. The Arizona Diamondbacks. Portland's Morrison Bridge. The Indianapolis Canal. Well Fargo's Duke Energy Center. Toronto's CN Tower.

These are just a few of the iconic landmarks, teams, businesses and individuals who believe the world looks better in gold.

In September...

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Will the Empire State Building Go Gold for Childhood Cancer?

(16) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 7:13 PM


(Photo credit: Maya Thompson & The Ronan Thompson Foundation)

What do World Cup finalists, the 100th Anniversary of Little League Baseball and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have in common?

The light that beams from an international icon, a pillar of the New...

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Meet Me Back in Kindergarten: Why Kindergarten Shouldn't Be About Tests

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 4:56 PM

Some people have always clung steadfastly to the belief that the simple lessons in life are the ones that tend to matter most. (I am one of those people.) They believe the tried-and-true basics are not just true, but so fundamental to the nature of human beings that you can't...

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10 Little Ways Everyone Can Change the World

(2) Comments | Posted June 1, 2014 | 12:15 PM

1. Buy someone's coffee.
It's just coffee -- no one needs coffee, so this doesn't really matter, right? But what if you knew that a $2 cup of caffeine could change someone's day, week or their whole perspective? Boom: That cup of coffee just changed the world. Welcome...

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Ballet and Fashion: Ballet Zaida Meets Free People

(2) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 11:39 AM

Photo credit: Oliver Endahl, Ballet Zaida in collaboration with Free People

A body, soaked in sweat, in exhilaration, in the thrill of it. A body, muscles flexing, shifting, bending, pushing through barriers, launching forward into a realm of possibility, a new...

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On the Humanity of Education

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 4:47 PM

It was Aristotle who said: "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." I like to think Aristotle knew a thing or two about education. Mahatma Gandhi encouraged people to "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."...

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Bourréeing Like a Boss: Cloud and Victory Brings Whimsy to Ballet

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 11:21 AM

Can you boogie like Baryshnikov?

Cloud + Victory, the clothing brand that outfits "lovers, dancers, stargazers, and snarkers," wants to know-as broadcasted across one of their tanks that has taken the dance world by storm. Splattered with eccentric quips like "turn up, turn out," "bourrée like a boss," and...

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Changing the Face of Ballet: Nashville Ballet's Kayla Rowser Speaks Out On Diversity

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 4:09 PM

In 2014, ballet is making itself known in more ways than one: From the announcement of Irina Dvorovenko, a former principal at American Ballet Theatre, starring in a new series on STARZ, to Misty Copeland appearing in an Under Armor campaign, to ballet making an appearance in the opening Olympic...

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Let's Live The Monday Life: Nonprofit Changes Hospitalized Kids' Environments

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 3:31 PM

It's not every day you hear of people loving Monday. To most people, Mondays are the back-to-the-grind day, a day of alarm clocks, deadlines and a slow start to the week.

To founder and CEO of The Monday Life, Joey McMahon, Monday is a game-changer.

The Monday Life, a North...

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The Power of R: Maya Thompson, Rebel With A Cause

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 4:39 PM

Everybody loves a rebel.

Who doesn't love someone willing to take the fate of the world, and themselves, by the reigns, who isn't afraid to steer and redirect and knock down the walls which hold whatever beast they must slay? Rebels are radicals revolutionaries. They are dreamers armed with a...

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Rock for Ronan: Couple Inspired by Taylor Swift's Song Seek to Turn World Gold

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 4:24 PM

Once upon a time, a blonde bombshell with a sensitive streak found a kindred spirit; a soulmate, of sorts. He had a head full of golden-blonde hair and eyes so blue they could stop traffic. It was a story of girl meets boy, and for all intents and purposes, was...

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What's Ballet Been Up To?: Clicking Like, Filling Seats and What's to Come

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 2:23 PM

The transition into the fall season is mirrored by a recent transition in ballet. As the weather changes and casting goes up, recent events make it evident that ballet is on the cusp of a change all its own.

In the past several weeks alone, there have been several...

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On 'Figuring It Out'

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 5:38 PM

Everyone has that moment in their life when they look around, take a moment to reflect on whatever is happening around them, whatever their peers are doing, whatever they should be doing, and think: Wow. I really missed something.

It's like everyone took some class on what you're "supposed" to...

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When Dancers Speak: In Support of Breaking Pointe's Allison DeBona

(5) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 6:12 PM

When Breaking Pointe premiered its second season on July 22nd, the standing ovation came in part with mixed reviews: Many viewers were up in arms over the "lack of dancing" and portrayal of Beckanne Sisk, whose talent certainly overrides any onscreen miscommunications with her boyfriend. Despite high ratings, viewers seem...

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What the Bling Ring Asks: Do We Think We're Celebrities?

(3) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 7:55 PM

Recently, I have become obsessed with some of Hollywood's most obsessive: The Bling Ring, the now-infamous group of California teens who launched themselves to stardom by burglarizing the homes of the likes of Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, and Orlando Bloom. There's been enough hype surrounding the Louboutin-wearing, Chanel-snatching brigade to...

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