It's Tony Time!
On Sunday evening, you will find me curled up on my couch, eyes glued to the TV screen, demanding that anyone in my vicinity, "Please be quiet!"
Oh yes: It's Tony Awards time.
The Tony's are my favorite. I don't care about the red carpet, I don't care about who's wearing diamonds from which fancy jeweler — I care about the performances. And this year, I care about the host, the hilariously entertaining and always-on-his-toes Neil Patrick Harris.
It's guaranteed to be a good show since Harris has proven himself a superstar host. But I'm especially excited about one performance in particular: the Newsies. I'd like to see Newsies take home all the top awards this year because it's my favorite show right now. Once is another top contender in the Best Musical category, so be sure to check back here Monday morning for the full list of winners.
Until then, I'll be singing "Seize the Day" at the top of my lungs. You're welcome, coworkers.
In the spirit of the Tony Awards — and the fact that we just sent our July/August Broadway issue to the printer — I asked the DS staff to share their favorite Broadway songs.
Now, just for you, here's Dance Spirit's Ultimate Broadway Playlist...
- "So Much Better" from Legally Blonde: The Musical
- "96,000" from In the Heights
- "Defying Gravity" from Wicked
- "Seize the Day" from Newsies
- "You Can't Stop the Beat" from Hairspray
- "One" from A Chorus Line
- "Seasons of Love" from RENT ("Classic.")
- "Somewhere" from West Side Story
- "I Believe" and "Tomorrow is a Latter Day" from The Book of Mormon
RACHEL'S "OhmygodIlovemusicals" FAVORITES:
- "La Vie Boheme" and "Take Me or Leave Me" from RENT
- "Dance Ten, Looks Three" and "Nothing" from A Chorus Line
- "We Both Reached For the Gun" from Chicago
- "The Circle of Life" and "I Just Can't Wait to be King" from The Lion King ("Anything Disney automatically jumps to the top of most of my playlists. There's nothing better on road trips.")
- "America" from West Side Story ("Best dance number ever.")
- "If Ever I Would Leave You" from Camelot
- "If I Loved You" from Carousel
- "For Good" from Wicked
- "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables ("I cry like a baby every time I hear it")
- "Make 'Em Laugh" from Singin' in the Rain
- "What I Did for Love" from A Chorus Line
- "Fugue for Tinhorns" and "Adelaide's Lament" from Guys and Dolls
- "The entire Rock of Ages soundtrack." Specifically "Don't Stop Believin'. "
- "Steal Your Rock 'N' Roll" from Memphis
(Oh, and if you're like us and you're Newsies-obsessed, you may kind of love our upcoming July/August issue. Just saying...)
And don't forget to tune in to the Tony Awards this Sunday, June 10, at 8 pm on CBS.
Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2017 Cover Model Search finalists: Haley Hartsfield, Kaylin Maggard and Michelle Quiner! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's October 2016 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below.
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Attention, ladies and gentlemen: We've officially hit Nationals season! And that means it's time to dig through those closets to find the perfect clothes to get you noticed during convention classes. The task can feel totally overwhelming—but we're here to help. Follow our guidelines, and you'll be rocking the dance floor with Travis Wall and making Stacey Tookey yell "GORGEOUS!" in no time.
Oh man. This is getting ROUGH.
Last night marked the second round of head-to-head duels on "World of Dance." Once again, we were feeling real pity for the judges—and it takes a lot for us to pity J. Lo—because we've reached a point in the competition where there aren't any clear winners. Everyone's insanely good. And yesterday's showdowns paired acts that were so unalike, comparing them felt a little unfair.
So, who emerged from these cruel duels victorious?
We've said it before and we'll say it again: dance and film are made for each other. In the past couple of years, ballet companies have used the medium to promote new work, creating "trailers" that give beautiful peeks at upcoming premieres. These short films reach many people who are unable to see the ballets performed live—and they definitely debunk the misconception that ballet is boring. Here are five of our all-time favorites.
Performing on a Broadway stage might seem glamorous, but it comes with one of the most grueling schedules a dancer can face. Maintaining your stamina and energy, warding off injury and keeping the material fresh for eight shows a week is no joke. So how do dancers do it? Dance Spirit talked to ensemble members from some of Broadway's danciest shows to get their survival tips.
This week, we're in the Big Apple: home of Broadway, New York City Ballet, and Dance Spirit HQ! They say if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. So who made it to The Academy this week? Pretty much everyone—with lots of amazing Vanessa Hudgens one-liners along the way. (We love you, Vanessa!)
You should know Leiomy Maldonado's name, because she's shaped the way you dance. Called the "Wonder Woman of vogue," the trailblazing artist was the first transgender woman to appear on "America's Best Dance Crew," as part of the Vogue Evolution crew. And her signature "Leiomy Lolly" hair flip has inspired everyone from Beyoncé to FKA Twigs to Willow Smith to, odds are good, your own teachers and choreographers. (Smith even asked Maldonado to appear in the video for "Whip My Hair," to show the world how to do the flip properly.)
Now, Maldonado is the star of a new Nike ad celebrating the queer and transgender dancers who form the heart of the voguing community. Directed by Daisy Zhou, the spot is narrated by transgender artist Precious Angel Ramirez, and showcases Maldonado's extraordinary skills, as well as those of several other dancers from the vogue scene.