Justin Peck is NYCB's New Resident Choreographer
Peck rehearses NYCB's Lydia Wellington (photo by Paul Kolnik)
If you've been reading my blogs (or if you've been within 20 feet of me at any point during the past couple of years), you know how revved up I am about choreographer Justin Peck. The New York City Ballet soloist has been turning out ballet after endlessly inventive ballet recently—pieces that make you think, pieces that make you admire the particular strengths of the dancers he uses (many of which are his good friends) and pieces that, above all, make you excited for the future of ballet.
Well, it looks like NYCB is pretty excited about Peck, too: The 26-year-old just became the company's resident choreographer. He's only the second person ever to hold that title. (Who was the first? Oh, you know—that guy Christopher Wheeldon. He's done OK for himself, I guess.)
What the title effectively means is that NYCB will be getting two new ballets a year from Peck for the next three years. And I, for one, can't wait to see what he comes up with. Congrats, Justin!
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.