Can't get enough of the dance party T. Swift throws herself in her "Delicate" music video? Take a look at the two making-of clips Taylor just shared on her Instagram, showing her practicing the vid's charmingly awkward choreography.
Remember back in 2015, when it was first announced that the extraordinary memoir of extraordinary ballerina (and Dance Spirit cover star) Michaela DePrince would be made into a film? Remember the happy dance you did upon hearing that news?
Well, take that happy dance, multiply it by 10, and add some fierce voguing moves to it: We just found out the director of DePrince's biopic is none other than Madonna.
MA. DON. NA.
Today in Ballet Dancers Are Actual Superheroes news:
You've no doubt heard that the fabulous Alicia Vikander is playing Lara Croft in the newest iteration of Tomb Raider, which hits movie theaters this Friday. But while her training for the high-octane action role was crazy tough, she says, studying at the Royal Swedish Ballet School was far tougher.
Sure, we can get behind Taylor Swift as a super-powerful android/revenge-bent glamazon/leader of a group of fierce female assassins. But we love her best in endearingly dorky mode. That's why we're kind of obsessed with the new music video for "Delicate," which features T. Swift dancing like nobody's watching—literally.
We're no strangers to Spike Jonze's delightfully dancy ads. But the brilliant director's newest video, a promotion for Apple's HomePod, could be his best yet—in no small part because it features the impressive dance skills of the equally brilliant FKA twigs. (Fun fact: twigs was a backup dancer for the likes of Kylie Minogue and Jessie J before she became a musical sensation in her own right. She is LEGIT.)
Barbie is pretty woke these days.
Not only did Mattel introduce a Misty Copeland Barbie doll last year, but now the company is Barbie-ifying another inspiring ballerina: San Francisco Ballet's Yuan Yuan Tan, the first Chinese dancer to reach principal status in a major Western ballet company.
Tan's doll is part of Mattel's 2018 Role Models collection, whose release coincides with International Women's Day. The series of "shero" dolls also includes Olympic snowboarding champ Chloe Kim, conservationist Bindi Irwin, and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.
Deep in the basement of Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater is a small, windowless space that's home to nearly 6,000 pairs of pointe shoes, neatly stacked on shelves that reach to the ceiling. It's New York City Ballet's shoe room, and for company members, it's one of the most important places in the world. Dancers frequently stop by to search for the ideal pair for a special performance, or to tweak their custom pointe shoe orders, trying to get that elusive perfect fit. "If the shoe isn't right, the dancer can't do her job," says shoe room supervisor and former Pacific Northwest Ballet principal Linnette Roe. We talked to Roe and NYCB soloist Emilie Gerrity about some of the most interesting—and surprising—secrets of the shoe room.
Get in, losers. We're going to Broadway.
OK, not losers, actually—more like the bajillion die-hard fans of Tina Fey's 2004 cult hit Mean Girls, who've been wearing pink every Wednesday since a musical adaptation of the film was first teased back in 2013.
Now their world is like a cake filled with rainbows and smiles, because Mean Girls the musical, which had a trial run in Washington, DC, last fall, is set to open at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre April 8. And in a very grool twist, it turns out the show—with direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw and a book by Fey herself—is delightfully dancey.