Happy Thanksgiving, DS readers!
Here at Dance Spirit, we love tradition. So this year—as we always do—we're taking a break from our turkey, stuffing and pie eating to share what we're all thankful for this year.
"I'm thankful for family and friends that, though they may not be close by, are always just a phone call away—and that love to come visit me in NYC! Speaking of NYC, I'm thankful to live in the most fast-paced, fun-loving, full-of-dance places I know. And of course, I'm thankful for being able to work for my favorite magazine!" —Rachel Zar, managing editor
"I'm thankful for my family and friends. I'm thankful they are all healthy and happy. I'm thankful to have fun and intelligent colleagues who are great to work with. Most of all, I'm thankful to have an understanding, loving husband who makes me laugh when he's not trying, who's supportive, interested and interesting. And there's other stuff I'm thankful for: little things, like electricity, a clean house, space in the fridge to put the prep for Thanksgiving dinner and those three seconds of perfection in the morning when I have my first sip of coffee." —Josephine Daño, senior art director
"I'm thankful I get to think about, write about and see dance every day. I'm thankful I live in NYC—it's a bit of a love/hate relationship, but I always come out on the 'love' side. I'm thankful for the office candy bowl, speaking of love/hate relationships. And I'm thankful for my family, my friends and my boyfriend, who collectively keep me from devolving into a twitchy, anxious mess." —Margaret Fuhrer, associate editor
"I am thankful for my wonderfully supportive husband and family. They pretty much rock my world. I'm also grateful for all of the DS readers that comment on our Facebook and Twitter pages. I love interacting with our super-awesome fans who make managing social media one of the best parts of my day!" —Michael Anne Bailey, assistant/fashion editor
As for me? I'm thankful I get to work with a team of enthusiastic, motivated, talented ladies to bring you the pages of Dance Spirit every month. I'm thankful for my health, I'm thankful for my friends, my family and my astonishingly patient boyfriend. I'm thankful for my new nephew, Tyler, and I'm thankful for Skype, so I can watch him bounce around and attempt baby yoga. (Seriously, he can do a killer baby cobra.)
And now more than ever, I'm thankful to live in NYC and to call this magical metropolis my home. I've lived here for five years now but it wasn't until the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy that I truly felt like a part of this oh-so-powerful community.
From all of us here at Dance Spirit, cheers to a happy, healthy Thanksgiving. May you and your loved ones give many thanks and take many post-turkey naps.
(And then might we suggest a dance party once you're awake and refreshed?)
What are you thankful for this year? Let us know in the comments!
Since the NYC premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream at American Ballet Theatre's spring gala Monday night, the DS editors haven't stopped talking about its creepy-cute sets and costumes, created by artist Mark Ryden. Well, the obsession is about to get even crazier, because we just heard that Ryden's artwork for the ballet is now on display in not one, but TWO locations in NYC.
Yes, yes, we know: Dancers are athletes as well as artists. But we haven't seen anything hammer home just HOW athletic dancers are quite as well as this video from Self magazine, which features American Ballet Theatre principal/fairy princess Isabella Boylston trying to teach top-level CrossFit enthusiasts ballet.
There's a reason Mia Michaels' nickname is "Mama Mia." The legendary choreographer invests deeply in her dancers, whether they're competitors on "So You Think You Can Dance," members of the Radio City Rockettes, or part of her own elite assistant squad. And now, Michaels is launching a project that aims to give more dancers access to her gifts as a teacher and mentor.
And that's a wrap on "Dancing with the Stars" Season 24, ladies and gents! It's certainly been one for the books. From injuries to shocking eliminations, let's just say Season 24 has had its emotional ups and downs. But despite all that, the season made for some seriously phenom dancing and some killer performances. And as usual, we've loved watching every second of those cha chas, foxtrots, and waltzes.
Let's get right to the exciting stuff, though: Last night's winning couple of "Dancing with the Stars" is...
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Want a chance to get personally involved in the HOTLY anticipated TV show "World of Dance"? Of course you do. That's why J. Lo. and the rest of the "WOD" team have launched an interactive version of the upcoming NBC series that lets Snapchatters get in on the action.
On Saturday morning, Russell Horning—aka 15-year-old Instagram king @i_got_barzz—was already kind of famous. His admittedly bad but weirdly mesmerizing dance videos had earned him shoutouts from the likes of Rihanna (and dance tributes from the likes of Josh Killacky).
But by Sunday morning? By Sunday morning, Russell Got Barzz had reached an entirely different level of memedom. Because Katy Perry tapped the teen—signature backpack and all—to perform "Swish Swish" with her on "Saturday Night Live." And the internet lost its darn mind.