Big Travis Wall News
Does Travis Wall ever sleep? Not only is the multi-talented artist busy with company Shaping Sound—and the Oxygen reality show "All the Right Moves," premiering July 31, which follows the group—but he's also signed on to choreograph a new rock musical.
Bare, which tells the story of a group of teens coming of age at a Catholic high school, will begin its off-Broadway run on November 19 at New World Stages. It's sure to feature plenty of Wall's signature fluid contemporary movement, peppered with acrobatic "wow" moments. And given how amazing his "prom" piece for Lauren and Kent on "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 7 (below) was, I'm kind of hoping he'll have a prom scene to play around with, too!
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.
The groundwork for Erin Carpenter's company, Nude Barre, began when she was a teenager. At 16, she earned a spot in the residency program at The Kennedy Center in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem. "We were required to wear nude—as in, our actual skin tone—tights and shoes," she remembers. Carpenter brought her "sun tan" tights and a pair of pink ballet shoes with her, because that was all she could find. But she wasn't allowed in class because her dancewear didn't match her skin. "I was so embarrassed," she says. "I looked unprepared. I just didn't have the right nudes." Her teacher explained that the dancers dyed their tights and pancaked their shoes.