One of Canada’s dance icons, modern guru Margie Gillis is known for her emotional, intelligent solo works, which are simultaneously mysterious and charismatic. Born into a family of athletes, Gillis began ballet and gymnastics training at age 3. As she grew up she studied with artists like May O'Donnell, Linda Rabin, Lynda Raino and Allan Wayne, and eventually began to develop her own modern technique. In 1975 she gave her first acclaimed solo performance in Vancouver, which brought her weighted, deeply musical style national attention. In addition to being a respected soloist, Gillis has also choreographed for other dancers and companies, and has been a guest artist with The National Ballet of Canada, Ballet British Columbia, Momix, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company (where she performed two works by her brother, Christopher, who died of AIDS in 1993). Gillis is an Honorary Cultural Ambassador for both the Quebec and Canadian governments, and in 1988 she was the first modern dance artist appointed to the Order of Canada. This year, she was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec. —Marisa Graniela
Dear younger self,
Though you have no self-discipline, you have a huge, aching passion for life in motion. I want to start by thanking you for being so courageous and curious. Thank you for believing that the most beautiful thing in life is a radiant soul. Thank you for asking questions and putting those questions to the litmus test of dance. Thank you for being humanistic, wild and philosophical.
You are very ambitious, but understand that your life will twist and turn in ways you never expected, and that it is not possible to do absolutely everything. You need to establish limits and take care of yourself a little better. When you are asked to step up, however, put away your fear and feelings of inadequacy and push forward.
You are so lucky to have your brother. He is teaching you that love stretches the soul. Learn to value his difficult times for the lessons they teach and the compassion they engender.
Lastly, thank you for believing that there is always more to create.
Your forever grateful older self,
Photo by Michael Slobodian
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.