Oh man. This is getting ROUGH.
Last night marked the second round of head-to-head duels on "World of Dance." Once again, we were feeling real pity for the judges—and it takes a lot for us to pity J. Lo—because we've reached a point in the competition where there aren't any clear winners. Everyone's insanely good. And yesterday's showdowns paired acts that were so unalike, comparing them felt a little unfair.
So, who emerged from these cruel duels victorious?
You should know Leiomy Maldonado's name, because she's shaped the way you dance. Called the "Wonder Woman of vogue," the trailblazing artist was the first transgender woman to appear on "America's Best Dance Crew," as part of the Vogue Evolution crew. And her signature "Leiomy Lolly" hair flip has inspired everyone from Beyoncé to FKA Twigs to Willow Smith to, odds are good, your own teachers and choreographers. (Smith even asked Maldonado to appear in the video for "Whip My Hair," to show the world how to do the flip properly.)
Now, Maldonado is the star of a new Nike ad celebrating the queer and transgender dancers who form the heart of the voguing community. Directed by Daisy Zhou, the spot is narrated by transgender artist Precious Angel Ramirez, and showcases Maldonado's extraordinary skills, as well as those of several other dancers from the vogue scene.
A lot of ballet men play around a little in pointe shoes—to get a feel for what their partners are experiencing, or just because they're curious.
But Houston Ballet's Hayden Stark, Derek Dunn, and Daniel Durrett aren't playing.
They're SLAYING. SO. HARD.
We already know that Misty Copeland—who needs no introduction, but OK: American Ballet Theatre principal, trailblazing role model, all-around superstar—is an excellent dance show judge. Her turn on the "So You Think You Can Dance" judging panel back in Season 11 impressed dance fans everywhere. Obviously any professional dancer is going to have a leg up (sorry) when it comes to critiquing technique, but Copeland's feedback on "SYT" was particularly smart, incisive, and illuminating. (Remember when she told Rudy to think of his legs as tree trunks rooted in the ground, so he could better hold up the "flowers"—aka his partner?)
That's why we're very excited to report that Copeland is putting her judges' hat on again, this time for NBC's "World of Dance."
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We've been endlessly curious about budding ballerina Juliet Doherty's movie project, On Pointe, since we first got wind of it back in March. At that point, the film's producers were hoping to raise the funds they needed to complete the project via Kickstarter.
Well, they ended up not just meeting but exceeding their fundraising goal (bravo, ballet/Juliet fans!). And now On Pointe has released an official trailer.
The dual part of Odette and Odile in Swan Lake is THE role, the one every trina dreams of from the moment she first dons a leotard. It's also insanely difficult to perform, challenging even the most elite ballerinas with its multifaceted demands.
So what's it actually like to dance Odette/Odile? A new short film from American Ballet Theatre goes behind the scenes with three Swan Queens—principals Misty Copeland and Isabella Boylston and soloist Devon Teuscher—to find out.
The dance-heaviest Broadway shows may not have taken home many of the prizes at last night's Tony Awards (you can find a full list of winners here), but Broadway's big night out still featured some deliciously dance-y performances. Here are the top highlights, for those of you who forgot to set your DVRs.