Fluid but solid, subtle but confident: Michael Trusnovec is a man of many contradictions. That’s probably why he can play both a ruthless killer in Paul Taylor’s Banquet of Vultures and a lovable nerd in Taylor’s Company B with equal prowess. But the longtime Fred Astaire fan’s first love was tap dancing, which he began studying in his hometown of Yaphank, NY. He first discovered modern dance—and fell head over heels for Taylor’s choreography—when he was offered a full dance scholarship to Southern Methodist University in Dallas. In 1996, Michael earned a spot in Taylor 2, and by 1998 he was promoted to the senior company. Since then he’s danced many of Taylor’s best-loved pieces, earning a 2006 New York Dance and Performance Award (a “Bessie”) for his body of work with PTDC. —Margaret Fuhrer
How often have I thought, If I only knew then what I know now? Much has happened since then, so its strangely difficult to sift through it all to give you some useful insights.
First off, ignore the heartless comments those kids at high school make. Stay strong in your conviction to do what makes you satisfied and happy.
Learn to accept your slightly (OK, maybe not so slightly) compulsive perfectionism. Its not going to go away, and it'll become a valuable trait that keeps you humble.
Trust that wise ballet teacher when she refuses to allow you to quit taking ballet classes. Somehow, she knows that you'll need the strength, line and agility that a solid foundation in ballet will give you.
Above all, recognize that all of your experiences are special.
Savor every moment onstage and in the studio, every perfect and not so perfect pirouette, every criticism and every word of praise.
P.S. Make that wager with Dad when he offers to buy you a car if you're able to secure a scholarship to college. It's going to pay off!
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.
For 14-year-old Averi Hodgson, focusing on her ballet training while growing up was never easy: She's suffered from epilepsy since she was in first grade, and later, she was also diagnosed with scoliosis. Here, she tells her story of perseverance—and how her determination earned her a spot at the School of American Ballet's 2017 summer intensive.
"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.