This new app from choreographer Benjamin Millepied lets you train at home with some of dance’s biggest stars

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The founder of the L.A. Dance Project has a new digital platform that pairs live instruction with a sneak peek into the company’s rehearsals and performances. As I gracelessly rose up for a port de bras last Wednesday morning, I wondered what my L.A.-based instructor, Janie Taylor, thought about my conspicuous lack of form as she watched me over Zoom. Taylor, a former principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, is now with the L.A. Dance Project , the dance company led by Benjamin Millepied, who is known to the non-dance world as the choreographer behind Black Swan (and Natalie Portman’s husband). I wobbled—and hoped Taylor’s next students on the company’s new LADP app offered her a little more to work with. Read Full Story

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Five things schools can learn from this new Zoom summer camp

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Dash Camp gives parents two hours of free time a day. Where do I sign up? For one blissful hour last Thursday, I sat in my living room, enjoying a cocktail, while my preschooler, Ella, attended a virtual summer camp. She participated in a dance party led by a professional dancer from the Alvin Ailey Company and was transfixed by a ventriloquist who trotted out a parade of puppets. It was the best part of both of our days. Read Full Story

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How TikTok won the mobile video wars by breaking all the rules

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At the Fast Company Innovation Festival, TikTok’s global marketing head spoke about how the platform brought something entirely new to a crowded space. In just two years, TikTok went from being a niche app where teenagers post videos of themselves lip-synching and dancing to one of the most dominant cultural forces in the country. In the first nine months of this year, the mobile app was downloaded by more than 64 million first-time U.S. users, according to Sensor Tower, double the number from the same period last year. Read Full Story

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Best Agile Project Management Tools

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. Running an agile team effectively is nearly impossible without the right software. But agile project management tools can make your life much easier. It’s the best way to collaborate with your team, manage changing tasks, and keep track of various projects at scale. In addition to the managerial perks of agile project management software, your entire team will benefit as well. These tools will make it easier for everyone to work efficiently, communicate, and meet deadlines. Recognizing you need to invest in agile project management software is only half of the battle. Finding the right software for your business and team is a different story entirely—which is why I created this guide. After extensive research and testing, I narrowed down the top five agile project management tools available on …

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Going dry (or dry-ish) this January? These new no- and low-alcohol spirits will keep things interesting

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I tried a bevy of nonalcoholic and low-alcohol drinks, from apertifs and bourbons to mushroom-infused tonics. These were my favorites. When I told my wife in mid-December that I had taken on the fun project of evaluating a bunch of nonalcoholic and lower-alcohol beverages for Dry January, her scorn could not have been more acute. “What’s fun about that?” Read Full Story

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Planned Parenthood let Facebook track how often I logged my period

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The health organization has since stopped letting Facebook know when I open its Spot On app. But a host of other health companies have similar data-sharing practices. Facebook knows every time I work out. It knows that I’ve considered a health savings account, bought prescription skincare, and done way too much research about psychedelics and mental health. And for a while, it also knew every time I logged my period on Planned Parenthood’s Spot On app. Read Full Story

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The Best Project Management Software (In-Depth Review)

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. It’s every manager’s worst nightmare. That ONE project that never seems to end. Nothing goes as planned and missed deadlines lurk around every corner. You can’t remember the last time you laughed. Your boss is mad and your employees stumble around trying to figure out what to do next. You drive home wondering what went wrong and why the universe is working against you. If only there was a better way. It doesn’t have to be this way. By choosing the right project management software, projects won’t throw you into that panic-inducing nightmare. I’ve managed countless projects, hundreds of teams, and bounced around to every project management software you can think of. From Wrike to Trello. Trello to Asana. From Asana back to Wrike. Rinse and repeat with every …

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Why buying TikTok is a smart move for Microsoft

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As long as the tech giant can appease the Trump administration, acquiring TikTok would give Microsoft a shiny new app and greater connection with younger users. The news late last week that Microsoft has been in negotiations to acquire the short-form video app TikTok was a bit surprising. Hearing business-focused Microsoft mentioned in the same sentence with the dancing and lip-syncing wonder that is TikTok didn’t sound quite right—at first. But upon further reflection, a Microsoft-TikTok tie-up begins to make more sense. In fact, a deal—if both companies are able to appease the Trump administration—could be good news for Microsoft. Read Full Story

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Uniqlo’s best-selling AIRism face mask has a new design and colors

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This Fast Company editor favorite is breathable, washable, form-fitting—and now, more comfortable than ever. I spend a large portion of my week projecting behind a mask. I am by no means a frontline worker, but when in a socially distanced classroom, where students are at least six feet apart, lecturing very, very loudly and clearly has become a newly acquired skill. That said, I’ve been through a multitude of masks to find one that offers supreme protection, but also keeps me from sounding like Charlie Brown’s mom. And none come close to Uniqlo’s AIRism ones . Read Full Story

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