Break Dancers Take Over the Apollo Theater
Attention all B-boys, B-girls and lovers of break dance! Breakin' Convention, an international hip-hop dance festival, is coming to the Apollo Theater in NYC for the first time ever this month. The festival, which runs June 13-16, will feature performances from some of the best hip hoppers in the biz, free family workshops and multiple panel discussions (think DJ spinning, live graffiti art, film clips and special tributes to hip hop dance icons).
Sounds pretty great, right? Click here to read more about the festival and the free events you can attend (like a 90-minute hip-hop dance workshop on the Apollo's Soundstage covering uprock, locking, breaking and popping!), and click here to buy tickets to the rest of the events.
And now for a sneak peek of what you can expect from Breakin' Convention!
Week 2 of Misty Copeland as guest judge, week 2 of merciless cuts...How can the final episodes of "World of Dance" possibly live up to the sheer dramaaaaaaaaa of last night's episode? Well, based on the nail-biting results dished out by Copeland and Co. last night, the competition is only going to get fiercer from here. Without further ado, last night's results, as told by Kween Misty.
Every ballet dancer knows the time, sweat, and occasional tears the art form demands. But many non-dancers are clueless about just how much work a ballet dancer puts into perfecting his or her dancing. So when the mainstream crowd recognizes our crazy work ethic, we'll accept the round of applause any way it comes—even if it comes via four men in tutus. Yep, we're talking about "The Try Guys Try Ballet" video.
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.
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: