Growing up I danced every single day, and I loved it—I lived for it. But in my last year as Dance Captain of Brigham Young University’s dance team I got engaged to the love of my life. I juggled planning the wedding and going to school while still dancing every day, but after we got married and moved to NYC, I felt too burned out to go to dance class. I told myself that it was okay, that I’d head over to Broadway Dance Center next week, next month, next year.
Last Saturday, one year after my last real dance class, I woke up knowing that I needed to get over my insecurities (What if I can’t pick up the choreography? What if everyone laughs at me? What if I just can’t do it anymore?). So I threw on my dance clothes, kissed my honey goodbye and hopped on the subway, headed for BDC. Boy was I nervous. Who’d have thought I’d have so much anxiety about doing the thing I love most?
The second the warm-up started, I felt like I was finally back where I belonged. Even though my muscles were stiff, my feet were achy and I was totally sucking wind the entire class, the release, the joy, the happiness I felt as I danced—really danced—was worth every second.
If you haven’t taken class in what seems like forever, it’s not too late to start again. Take advantage of the long weekend ahead of us and get back to class. Believe me, you won’t regret it!
Dance is a powerful form of expression, and Ahmad Joudeh is using its influence to promote peace.
The 27-year-old is a Palestinian refugee, whose decision to pursue his passion for ballet has made him the target of death threats from terrorist organizations. Despite the danger, Joudeh has decided to continue on his path as a dancer, using his performances as an opportunity to spread a message of peace and cultural awareness.
"Late Late Show" host James Corden was one of the many, many people shocked by President Trump's sudden decision to ban transgender people from the military yesterday. And he decided to voice his outrage in the way most likely to rile a President who's uncomfortable with anything "un-manly": through a big, beautiful, extra-sparkly song-and-dance routine.
In addition to training, competing and winning titles in just about every style you can think of, 13-year-old Kaylee Quinn is a regular on the sci-fi drama "Stitchers," playing the younger version of the show's main character. Her path in dance hasn't been without challenges, though. Last summer, Kaylee won the Hope Award at her regional Youth America Grand Prix, but wasn't sure she'd be able to compete at the NYC finals due to a broken foot. Patience paid off: With her doctor's blessing, Kaylee danced her variations in flat shoes and won the gold medal.
Week 2 of Misty Copeland as guest judge, week 2 of merciless cuts...How can the final episodes of "World of Dance" possibly live up to the sheer dramaaaaaaaaa of last night's episode? Well, based on the nail-biting results dished out by Copeland and Co. last night, the competition is only going to get fiercer from here. Without further ado, last night's results, as told by Kween Misty.
Every ballet dancer knows the time, sweat, and occasional tears the art form demands. But many non-dancers are clueless about just how much work a ballet dancer puts into perfecting his or her dancing. So when the mainstream crowd recognizes our crazy work ethic, we'll accept the round of applause any way it comes—even if it comes via four men in tutus. Yep, we're talking about "The Try Guys Try Ballet" video.