Dance Movies Invade NYC
Quick: What's your favorite dance movie? You've got a whole bunch, don't you? Well that list is about to get a lot longer.
The 41st Dance on Camera festival is going on right now (through Tuesday) in NYC, including showings of over 70 films—and they're all about dance! That's a whole lot of dance on the silver screen. So where should you start?
Here are five upcoming showings I'm dying to see:
This documentary follows Cuban identical triplets Angel, César and Marcos. They're 11 years old and the top students at Cuba’s National Ballet School. The best part? The triplets will attend the screening. Cuteness overload!
Screening time: Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 6:00PM
Follow choreographer Allison Orr as she tries to convince city sanitation workers in Austin, Texas to collaborate in a unique dance performance. Twenty-four trash collectors step forward with their trucks to perform an extraordinary "dance" on an abandoned airport runway.
Screening time: Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8:00PM
Great for Broadway buffs, this documentary is on the life of Carmen Gutierrez, the first Mexican dancer to perform on Broadway. Get ready to sing along, because she performed in many classic shows including Carousel, Finian’s Rainbow, The King and I, Candide and West Side Story.
Screening times: Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1:30PM and Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 1:15PM
Matthew Bourne's re–interpretation of Swan Lake is unlike any you've seen before. Instead of the traditional female corps, this ballet features a menacing male ensemble—and it's all in 3D!
Screening time: Monday, Feb. 4 at 8:30PM
If you're a music video fan, get pumped for 60 minutes of videos from Sigur Rós's album, “Valtari,” all with a dance component.
Screening time: Saturday, Feb. 2 (tonight!) at 8:30PM
And there are plenty more! Get the full schedule and tickets at FilmLinc.com.
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.
The groundwork for Erin Carpenter's company, Nude Barre, began when she was a teenager. At 16, she earned a spot in the residency program at The Kennedy Center in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem. "We were required to wear nude—as in, our actual skin tone—tights and shoes," she remembers. Carpenter brought her "sun tan" tights and a pair of pink ballet shoes with her, because that was all she could find. But she wasn't allowed in class because her dancewear didn't match her skin. "I was so embarrassed," she says. "I looked unprepared. I just didn't have the right nudes." Her teacher explained that the dancers dyed their tights and pancaked their shoes.
There are dancers and then there are DANCERS! Whitney Jensen, soloist at Norwegian National Ballet, is the latter. The former Boston Ballet principal can do it all. From contemporary to the classics this prima has the technical talent most bunheads dream about. Need proof? Look no further.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's dance inducing hit, "Despacito," is so catchy it should probably come with a disclaimer that warns people of an uncontrollable itch to tap your feet or bob your head. Some might even feel inclined to go all out and break it down. Niana Guerrero is a prime example of "Despacito's" uncanny ability to unleash the red dressed emoji dancer within. 💃🏽 💃🏽
Guys, we all knew this was coming—"World of Dance" was eventually going to eliminate someone. But man, is it brutal to watch these talented dancers give their all, only to be sent home. It's the name of the game, though, and after last night's episode, only two dancers per division remain. (At least Misty Copeland guest-judging was a silver lining!) Here's what went down last night: