A Love Letter to Ellen
We just couldn't let the year end without giving one final shout out to Ellen Degeneres. Basically, she wins 2013. (But, let's be honest, she pretty much wins every year.) One of the biggest non-dancers-in-support-of-dancers, Ellen's shows are constantly bringing up-and-comers to the spotlight. Ellen, on behalf of dancers and dance lovers everywhere, we love you.
To celebrate her greatness, here are a few of our favorite, dance-tastic Ellen moments from this year:
When this 4-year-old animator got to meet his idol, Cyrus Spencer:
When the "So You Think You Can Dance" All-Stars performed:
When tWitch got all Saturday Night Fever for Halloween:
When tWitch was The Fox:
When Ellen inspired us all by bringing out one-legged tapper, Evan Ruggiero:
And then inspired us again by introducing us to Lazylegz:
Finally, in her latest act of greatness, when Ellen starred in this trailer (choreographed by tWitch) for the 2014 Oscars:
Here's to another Ellen-filled year!
Remember that fabulous old-school clip of dancers tapping in pointe shoes that Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo brought to our attention back in March? As we mentioned then, toe-tap dancing was actually super popular back in the 1920s and 30s—which means there are more videos where that one came from. And because #ToeTapTuesday has a nice ring to it, we thought we'd take this opportunity to introduce you to Dick and Edith Barstow, a toe-tapping brother and sister duo from that era who are nothing short of incredible:
Guess who's back? Back again? The Academy's back! Tell a friend.
After one day at The Academy, the All Stars have successfully taken the Top 100 down to 62. But their work is just getting started: Now they need to keep narrowing the field to a Top 10, ultimately deciding who each will partner with during the live shows.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is some SERIOUS #goals. Her strength and power onstage borders on superhuman. But what's extra magical about Mearns is that she really puts in the fitness and cross-training work outside of the rehearsal studio. And she's overcome her fair share of injuries. Which is why she was the perfect source for Vogue's latest ballet fitness story.
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.