Beyoncé Is Everything
Every time Beyoncé walks out onto a stage, the universe lurches (or maybe that's just me falling over, because I literally cannot handle her). At the MTV Video Music Awards, Bey was presented with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, which commends the work of artists with groundbreaking music videos. (She's joining the ranks of such visionaries as David Bowie and Madonna.) We all know that the video component to Beyoncé's 2013 self-titled album was nothing short of brilliant. It's great to see the entire scope of her artistry get the recognition it deserves.
That said, a live Beyoncé performance is the pretty much the greatest thing ever, and the VMAs were no exception. It wasn't her most dance-y show (though we spotted Les Twins, and her other dancers certainly didn't disappoint)—it was more about her ability to radiate raw, pop-diva power while still coming across as a humble person. Check out all her flawlessness below.
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.