Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone is a frequent contributor to Dance Spirit.
Hi everyone! Have you recovered from your food coma yet? Me neither. Consider complementing your more-than-deserved feasting with some binge watching. Our current rec? AwesomenessTV's new show, which follows Joffrey Ballet School students as they audition to be part of the Joffrey Elite program. It premieres this Saturday, just in time to give you a reason for not leaving your bed. Watch it here!
Hi friends! Do you have awesome weekend plans that involve taking over the dance floor with your #squad? Or maybe you have equally awesome plans that involve spending Saturday night in your fleece onesie, lip-synching to "The Greatest"? (Me.)
Either way, we've rounded up our three favorite music video moves for you to bust out this weekend, whether that's in the privacy of your bedroom or in the middle of a school dance.
- Beyoncé's walk and drop from "Crazy In Love." Literally iconic, I scream every time I see this. With a little practice, we can all tap into our inner Bey.
2. The creepy monster clap in Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance." When you're feeling quirky, there's no better way to climb out of your futuristic pod.
3. The strut and smash from Justin Bieber's "Sorry." The untouchable ladies of ReQuest Crew show us how to turn up.
Have a great weekend!
Hey everyone! You know what I'd like right now? Something gentle, groovy, intricate but still open to interpretation...basically, Kyle Hanagami choreo. Do you agree? Then look no further than his latest class video, set to Shawn Mendes' "Mercy."
We love that Hanagami is taking time to make these class vids. Yes, everybody's doing it, and yes we still love his high-concept stuff, but it's a great way to stealth-learn his moves, scope some of his favorite dancers and watch his style evolve in a more casual setting.
Little makes live performance better than knowing it's for a good cause. On November 12 and 13, The Giving Tree 16 will run at the Salvatore Capezio Theater in NYC. The show features tons of Broadway Dance Center and Peridance Capezio faculty (and their companies!), aka some of our absolute favorite choreographers.
The lineup includes Derek Mitchell, Sidra Bell, Kristen Russell, Tracie Stanfield, Mike Esperanza, Breton Tyner Bryan, Calen Kurka, Teddy Tedholm, Marinda Davis, Kristen Sudeikis, Lauren Adams and more. The best part is that 100% of proceeds go toward pediatric and breast cancer research.
Avery Gay's chameleonlike abilities have earned her comp-world celebrity. In a testament to her versatility, she won the 2015 Hope Award—a prize reserved for the best classical and contemporary dancer in the pre-competitive age bracket—at the Youth America Grand Prix Las Vegas semifinals. Then she won it again at the 2016 Austin, TX semifinals.
It's easy to forget how lucky we are to pursue dance at all, let alone in the beautifully equipped studios that many of us call home. But for many aspiring dancers around the world—especially in communities plagued by violence—resources are few and far between.
As the Rio Olympics wind down, we've had plenty of time to be awed by the amazing feats of athletic prowess, and the sacrifices and struggles of each competitor. But throughout Rio, there are people waging a daily struggle against poverty and many of them hope to accomplish amazing things themselves.
Meet the dancers of Na Ponta dos Pes, or "On Tiptoe." These girls are from the Complexo de Alemão favela, one of the neighborhoods in Rio that's often riddled with violence. Rather than living in fear, former rhythmic gymnast Tuany Nascimento started the "On Tiptoe" program, and now teaches ballet classes to her tiny dancers on a basketball court. Nascimento has even bigger dreams, hoping to one day open a community center in the neighborhood.
Check out some of the photos by Brazilian photographer Sebastian Gil Miranda, who has frequently photographed Nascimento's class:
(Photo by Sebastian Gil Miranda)
(Photo by Sebastian Gil Miranda)
Summer means ballet intensives and Nationals, right? Right. But it also means dancers are descending on college towns around the country for multi-week festivals—opportunities to hone their modern skills and rub shoulders with some of today's star choreographers. Interested in expanding your horizons, working with the pros and getting a taste of campus life? Here are three of the biggest and best summer dance festivals held on college campuses.
Bates Dance Festival
Bates Dance Festival is held at Bates College in Lewiston, ME, and has a strong relationship with the Bates dance department. “Many artists who teach at the BDF return during the year to teach and set work," says festival director Laura Faure. The festival's Young Dancers Workshop is offered for dancers ages 14–18, and its Professional Training Program is available for everyone older than 18. BDF is proud of its welcoming, yet rigorous, environment. “You're gaining access to an essential professional network in a noncompetitive community," Faure says. Expect classes from rising modern choreographers like Dante Brown and established masters like Doug Varone. Because of the campus setting and faculty crossover between the festival and the dance department, participants get a good sense of the college's dance program while still being exposed to a variety of teachers. High school students can meet with a Bates admissions counselor to ask questions about attending the college.
Salt Dance Fest
The University of Utah hosts Salt Dance Fest each summer, inviting local artists, University of Utah faculty and choreographers from around the country to use the school's top-notch facilities in their exploration of the creative process.
Salt is restricted to college-aged dancers, and is less focused on technique (though a few classes are available) than other summer festivals. Salt participants come to experiment in classes like “Hot Mess," taught by San Francisco–based choreographer Alex Ketly, which asks dancers to confront what it means to do something badly.
American Dance Festival
American Dance Festival takes place on the Duke University campus in Durham, NC. ADF offers two different summer training programs: the Six Week School, for dancers ages 16 and older, and the Three Week School, for dancers ages 12–16. Both are modern focused, offering everything from Cunningham to Gaga—with options to take ballet, composition and more. Participants may have the opportunity to learn existing repertory (past students have tackled choreo by William Forsythe) and have brand-new work set on them. “The ADF experience is very comparable to being a dance major," says ADF dean Leah Cox. “Festival participants can live on campus in the dorms. There's a feeling of community and stability."
Photographer, singer and musician Kenneth Edwards can now add "director" to his resume: His lovely new video for The Brilliance, covering Vampire Weekend, includes several NYC-based dancers floating around an airy studio.
The video was directed by Chris Dariano, and features dancers Katie Deuitch, Christina Clark and Marie Millard, along with Dariano.
If you're already a fan of Edwards' photos (we certainly are!), you'll recognize his signature slightly washed out and grainy color palate. It makes the video that much more dreamy.