Happy NYC Dance Week!
This multi-day special event, which officially kicked off June 20 here in the Big Apple, sounds so incredibly pinch-me-I’m-dreaming amazing that I’m going to have to find some way to break it down—calmly!—for you. Accordingly, here is NYC Dance Week by the numbers:
-2nd year of the festival’s existence
-10 days (June 20-29, 2013)
-38 participating studios, including notables like Ballet Academy East, the Ailey Extension and Dance New Amsterdam
-Free and discounted classes happening across 4 boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx) and 1 outside city (Ridgewood, NJ)
-1 injury prevention seminar and 2 days of individualized injury prevention assessments, sponsored by the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries (Scroll down on this page for important info on these happenings.)
-4 cool sponsors, including Zico coconut water and the world-famous Copacabana nightclub
-Classes in an infinite number of dance and fitness styles! Ever wanted to try capoeira, Parkour or hula? Now’s your chance!
-More than 2000 dancers already registered to join in the fun. You must register and print out a pass to take advantage of the free classes and workshops, so make sure you do so before heading out!
Well, what are you waiting for? Sign up online and get ready for more than a week of free, fun dancing! After all, NYC Dance Week only comes once a year…
And to get even more pumped, watch this video!
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.
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.