Dancin' in the Rain
Most of us on the East Coast are still hunkered down trying to get through the last few hours of Superstorm Sandy. For those of you dealing with serious flooding, wind damage and power outages, our thoughts are with you.
But for the lucky ones—the ones who've just been cooped up inside for a while and are going stir-crazy—we have a little something to brighten your day.
Whenever a major storm like this hits, and news networks cover it for hours/days at a time, it's pretty much inevitable that a bunch of blockheads will show up behind the rain-spattered reporters in the field, hoping for a few seconds of local-TV fame. There was no shortage of those kinds of attention hogs yesterday. But a few crazies in Atlantic City took video-bombing to a different—and dancier—level, and it was kind of...wonderful? Maybe. Entertaining? definitely. (Smart? Definitely not.)
Check out the AC dancer dudes below. Stay safe, everyone!
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. 💃🏽 💃🏽