Can It Be December Already?
If you watched the Tonys last night (you missed it? Read our recap!), there's a good chance you were totally surprised by the amazingness that is A Christmas Story, which was nominated for Best Musical.
Tiny tapping sensation Luke Spring and Caroline O'Connor (photo by Carol Rosegg)
I love Broadway musicals and pride myself on having seen all the danciest shows on the Great White Way. But with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I missed A Christmas Story last year. After last night's performance (did you catch tiny, insanely-talented tapper Luke Spring rockin' it?), I'm dying to see the show.
The good news? It was announced today that the show will be returning to the Theater at Madison Square Garden for another limited holiday run, December 11-December 29. And tickets are on sale now!
In the meantime, watch the cast of A Christmas Story light up the Radio City stage at last night's Tonys! (Just wait for 2:56. Luke will knock your socks off!)
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.
There are dancers and then there are DANCERS! Whitney Jensen, soloist at Norwegian National Ballet, is the latter. The former Boston Ballet principal can do it all. From contemporary to the classics this prima has the technical talent most bunheads dream about. Need proof? Look no further.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's dance inducing hit, "Despacito," is so catchy it should probably come with a disclaimer that warns people of an uncontrollable itch to tap your feet or bob your head. Some might even feel inclined to go all out and break it down. Niana Guerrero is a prime example of "Despacito's" uncanny ability to unleash the red dressed emoji dancer within. 💃🏽 💃🏽