Gap Spotlights Two Awesome Dancers
Gap has featured plenty of mainstream celebrities in past ads. (Remember that adorable Claire Danes khaki commercial?) But we're especially excited about its fall ad campaign this year, because it highlights a couple of familiar dance faces: "jookin'" star Lil' Buck and San Francisco Ballet's Yuan Yuan Tan.
Called Shine, the marketing campaign recognizes "emerging artists and musicians that inspire people creatively to make their mark on the world," according to the company's chief marketing officer. (Not sure if we'd call Tan, a veteran SFB principal, "emerging," but she's definitely inspiring!) Also on the lineup are musicians Karmin, Lia Ices, the Avett Brothers, Kaki King and Nicki Bluhm.
In addition to appearing in ads in a bunch of national magazines—we found Tan in the September issue of Women's Health!—the group will be showcased in videos and how-to tutorials on Gap's social media outlets. Check out this clip of a Gap-clad Li'l Buck, who's currently the star of the Gap Facebook page, showing off his (crazy amazing) skills:
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.