It's "Smash" Day!
If you're as excited for tonight's premiere of "Smash" as we are—and you live in the NYC area—hurry your booty over to Broadway Dance Center for "Smash" Day! The show's choreographer, Josh Bergasse, is a regular BDC faculty member, so the studio is throwing a "Smash" bash to celebrate much-anticipated pilot episode!
Here's the run down:
Kiira Schmidt, "Smash" assistant choreographer, will be teaching Bergasse's choreography from the show tonight at BDC from 4-6 p.m.
Plus, LaDuca reps will be in attendance to raffle off a free pair of Teresa 3" shoes to one lucky student! (Best. Raffle. Ever. La Ducas are so lovely, but they cost a pretty penny.) They'll also be giving out show bags and discount coupons to everyone in the class.
To wrap things up, there will be a free screening of the pilot episode at 10 p.m. in Studio 4. The show will be projected on the wall with plenty of popcorn and candy to share.
And let's be honest, is there anything better than watching a great dance show with other dancers? Never.
If you haven't already, be sure to check out DS editor Margaret Fuhrer's interview with one of the show's biggest stars, Megan Hilty. Then, watch the show tonight at 10/9c on NBC.
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. 💃🏽 💃🏽
Guys, we all knew this was coming—"World of Dance" was eventually going to eliminate someone. But man, is it brutal to watch these talented dancers give their all, only to be sent home. It's the name of the game, though, and after last night's episode, only two dancers per division remain. (At least Misty Copeland guest-judging was a silver lining!) Here's what went down last night:
They've impressed the judges, now it's time for the Top 100 dancers to enroll at The Academy—and to impress the All-Stars. Welcome to So You Think You Can Dance Academy!
The 100 dancers who made it through auditions in NYC or L.A. are now at The Academy, which is basically a beautiful building with floor-to-ceiling windows. The show opens with that Mandy Moore-choreographed Academy routine which, even after watching it 12 times and trying to learn all the choreography at home, is still delightful.
This Nationals season, Dance Spirit followed four talented dancers from The Dance Awards, NYCDA, Showstopper, and Starpower for an inside look at everything that goes into the biggest competitions of the year. First up: Isabella Torres from Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts in Baltimore, MD, who competed at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals for the first time this year. (All photos courtesy Shannon Torres.)
Merritt Moore is a ballerina who just so happens to be graduating from Oxford University with a PhD in quantum physics. Is she even human? The jury is still out on that - but the 29-year-old, who earned her undergrad degree from Harvard, has actually found dance to be a powerful tool that assists her in her studies.
Happy #WorldEmojiDay, dance friends! 🎉 👯 🎉 👯
Because it's just the cutest, we thought we'd share the emoji challenge the Royal Opera House is currently hosting on Twitter. They've retold a series of ballets (and operas, for that crowd) in emoji form. If you correctly guess the name of a ballet, you'll be entered for a chance to win two tickets to a ROH production.