Battle for a Good Cause
More than a month after Superstorm Sandy battered the East Coast, its effects are still being felt in hard-hit communities like Far Rockaway, Queens and the Jersey Shore. The good news is that relief efforts don't seem to be slacking, either.
Next Saturday, December 15, the Jam for Sandy at Seize the Dance gym in Capitol Heights, MD will provide an especially dance-friendly way to give back. Beginning at 4 pm, some of the East Coast's best dancers will be duking it out in 1 on 1 All Style and 2 on 2 B-Boy battles. You can sign up to compete or just come to watch—either way, the $7 entry fee paid by each participant will go directly to New York Cares. Alternatively, you can bring two articles of warm clothing to donate and pay a reduced entry fee.
There'll also be special exhibition battles, music spun by six DJs and food prepared by chef Bounme Phetdevone. Intrigued? Click here to find out more about the event.
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.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.