Helen Rolfe is an Assistant Editor at Dance Spirit.
Since the NYC premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream at American Ballet Theatre's spring gala Monday night, the DS editors haven't stopped talking about its creepy-cute sets and costumes, created by artist Mark Ryden. Well, the obsession is about to get even crazier, because we just heard that Ryden's artwork for the ballet is now on display in not one, but TWO locations in NYC.
If, like me, you've ever wondered (and wondered) how that stunning opening scene in La La Land came together, do we have a treat for you.
Dance celebs are having quite a moment in the mainstream media right now, and let me tell you: I am ALL about it. The entire DS team has been living for Elle magazine's "The Movement" video series, not to mention Kween Misty's presence in just about every print or online media outlet.
I'll admit it: Being relatively new to the whole "DWTS" game, I was doubtful even the super-talented pro dancers could come up with really cool and exciting ways to do ballroom trio numbers. But boy, was I blown away by the creativity and energy of last night's routines. In honor of three turning out to *actually* be a magic number, here are my three favorite trios from Trio Night. (How many times can I say "trio" in this recap before I drive all of us nuts?)
What's one of the most important differences between ballet dancers and "normal" athletes? Misty Copeland says it best: "We're working like professional athletes are, and most of those athletes have state-of-the-art buildings and the environment they're in is very high end. We don't get the same funding and things like that as professional athletes and teams. So it's difficult."