Meet the Hip Op-eration Crew
Do you ever get a little pang wondering what life will be life when you're too old and decrepit to do this dancing you love sooooo much?
Well, let it be officially known: You are NEVER too old to dance. The proof? There's a hip hop group for seniors called the Hip Op-eration Crew.
Just process that awesomeness for a second.
Several of the 37 members in the troupe, which hails from Waiheke Island (off the coast of New Zealand), are in their 90s. They may bling out their sweet outfits, which include hoodies and neon socks, with some unusual accessories—canes, walkers, wheelchairs. But all of them have swag.
And they take their dancing seriously, too. This August, the Hip Op-eration Crew will compete alongside youngsters from all over at the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in Las Vegas.
The Wall Street Journal recently did a video feature on the Hip-Operation Crew, and it is one of the most joyful things I've seen in a long time. Watch it—and be reminded of dance's power to inspire, whatever your age.
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.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is some SERIOUS #goals. Her strength and power onstage borders on superhuman. But what's extra magical about Mearns is that she really puts in the fitness and cross-training work outside of the rehearsal studio. And she's overcome her fair share of injuries. Which is why she was the perfect source for Vogue's latest ballet fitness story.
Remember that fabulous old-school clip of dancers tapping in pointe shoes that Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo brought to our attention back in March? As we mentioned then, toe-tap dancing was actually super popular back in the 1920s and 30s—which means there are more videos where that one came from. And because #ToeTapTuesday has a nice ring to it, we thought we'd take this opportunity to introduce you to Dick and Edith Barstow, a toe-tapping brother and sister duo from that era who are nothing short of incredible: