How Dance Makes Us Invincible
Contestants perform Bonnie Story's "Tears of an Angel" on "So You Thin You Can Dance" Season 10 (photo by Adam Rose/FOX)
On last season of "So You Think You Can Dance," new choreographer to the show Bonnie Story brought a tough topic to the stage: In her piece, "Tears of An Angel," she addressed the issue of bullying—more specifically, the issue of bystanders who witness bullying without taking action. "If you're not a solution, you're part of the problem," Story says.
As you know, bullying has become a hot topic of discussion recently, and as more people are realizing how damaging it can be, they're also recognizing dance as a powerful tool in the fight against it. Not only is dance an outlet for victims to express their pain and reclaim their strength, it's also an effective medium for spreading the anti-bullying message.
Recently, the UK's Sol Dans Company posted the short narrative dance film "Invisible," which tells the story of one man's experience with bullying, and how dance helped him persevere:
Pretty beautiful, huh? This film, choreographed by Melody Squire, is the first part of a three part series, funded by the Arts Council England, that focuses on issues facing young people. Click here to learn more.
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. 💃🏽 💃🏽