Editors' Choice: Our Top 10 Favorite Stories From 2010
It's almost New Year's Eve and we're in a reflective mood today! 2010 was an exciting year for dance. From TV, to movies, to the Internet and even the streets (flash mobs!)—dance is everywhere. We, the editors of Dance Spirit are having so much fun watching this dance renaissance unfold, and we love that we get to share it all with you!
With that thought in mind, we decided to give you one more chance to read some of our favorite DS articles from the past year. Without further ado, here's our Top 10 of 2010.
- Eat, Pray, Stretch: Pre-Performance Rituals
- Bunhead Beauties
- Judges Panel
- Short Stature, Long Career
- The Road to "Glee:" Heather Morris Makes Her Mark in Hollywood
- Prince Charming: Taylor Stanley / There's Something About Lauren (OK, we cheated. Those are actually two stories. But Taylor and Lauren were on the cover together so we've decided it's fine!)
- Superfoods You've (Probably) Never Heard Of
- Showmance Is In The Air: Falling for Your Co-Star
- Dancing For A Higher Power
- It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's The LXD!
You have no idea how hard it was to keep our list so short. (Our jobs are just way too much fun!) Did your favorite stories make the list? Feel free to shoot us an email, post a message on our Facebook wall or Tweet us with your top picks!
Remember that fabulous old-school clip of dancers tapping in pointe shoes that Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo brought to our attention back in March? As we mentioned then, toe-tap dancing was actually super popular back in the 1920s and 30s—which means there are more videos where that one came from. And because #ToeTapTuesday has a nice ring to it, we thought we'd take this opportunity to introduce you to Dick and Edith Barstow, a toe-tapping brother and sister duo from that era who are nothing short of incredible:
Guess who's back? Back again? The Academy's back! Tell a friend.
After one day at The Academy, the All Stars have successfully taken the Top 100 down to 62. But their work is just getting started: Now they need to keep narrowing the field to a Top 10, ultimately deciding who each will partner with during the live shows.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is some SERIOUS #goals. Her strength and power onstage borders on superhuman. But what's extra magical about Mearns is that she really puts in the fitness and cross-training work outside of the rehearsal studio. And she's overcome her fair share of injuries. Which is why she was the perfect source for Vogue's latest ballet fitness story.
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.