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Florida teacher Yolanda Turner engaged 8th grade students in a dance-off.

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Teachers deserve all the kudos, high fives, raises, accolades, prizes and thanks for everything they do. Even if they just stuck to academics alone, they'd be worth far more than they get, but so many teachers go above and beyond to teach the whole child, from balancing equations to building character qualities.

One way dedicated educators do that is by developing relationships and building rapport with their students. And one surefire way to build rapport is to dance with them.

A viral video shared by an assistant principal at Sumner High School & Academy in Riverview, Florida shows a group of students gathered around one student as he challenges a teacher to a dance-off.

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Mariandrea Villegas dancing with Phil Wright at The Dance Awards.

Humans may not always recognize greatness right away, but sometimes it's so clear it simply can't be denied.

You don't have to be a dancer yourself to see when someone's got moves, and a viral video from choreographer Phil Wright spotlights a kid who's got moves. Like, wow.

Mariandrea Villegas may be tiny, but she packs a mighty amount of energy, skill, coordination and x-factor into her dancing. Oh and joy. Did I mention joy?

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Humor

Club goer's experience has people wondering what Gen Z is doing with their hands while dancing

"You know what's giving away your age? You keep putting your hands up."

Millennials are debating where Gen Z puts their hands while dancing

Look, going to the club after 30 is not for the meek...or those of us with bad knees from Snoop telling us to drop it like it's hot too many times in the early 2000s.

So walking through the doors to let your hair down after a long week only to be reminded of how old you are can be discouraging. But one Millennial club goer's recent experience has people scratching their heads.

Gus Rosas, a Millennial on the younger side at just 32, told his TikTok followers how he found himself in a strange predicament while at a dance club. He explains that he was dancing with a girl in her early 20s at a club in Los Angeles when the girl kept telling him to put his hands down.

"I was dancing at the club last night with this girl and she was like, 'you know what's giving away your age?' She was like, 'you keep putting your hands up.'"

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Joy

10 things that made us smile this week

We've got some adorable kids and inspiring grown-ups, some delightful dancing and sassy public servants, and even a cute quokka thrown in for funsies.

Upworthy's weekly roundup of joy.

Life is full of precious and magical moments, from watching a baby take its first steps, to saying "I do," to witnessing an artist transcend in a way we've never experienced. These moments touch something deep inside us and etch themselves in our memories, enabling us to draw on their joy for years to come.

That's one of the coolest things about joy. Some might think of it as a fleeting feeling, but it's always there within us, ready to rise to the surface when it gets tickled.

Bringing out people's joy is one of the things we love doing at Upworthy, which is why we curate these collections of smile-worthy finds each week.

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