Chicago Meets Disney in this Halloween Mashup
Happy Halloween, everyone! We hope you're all busy preparing your dance-studio-ready costumes to wear to class tonight. I don't think I can even count the number of Halloween creations I structured around leotards during my dance glory days. (Oh, and if you're still looking for dance-y Halloween costume ideas, never fear: We've got you covered.)
Wondering how your favorite singer/dancer celebs are commemorating this spooktacular holiday? Well, thanks to "American Idol" finalist Todrick Hall—who is on a serious roll these days—a few of them are celebrating Chicago style. And by Chicago style, we mean Chicago the Musical style. And by Chicago the Musical style, we mean "Cell Block Tango" style. And as if that weren't enough, their "Cell Block Tango" is actually a remix—for some of Disney's greatest villains.
Behold: the "Spell Block Tango." It stars the likes of Amber Riley, Pia Toscano, Kimberly Cole, Adam Lambert and Blake McGrath playing classic Disney divas. (Hall even makes an appearance himself, as The Lion King's Scar.) It's wacky and weird and, predictably, wonderful. Enjoy!
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.