New Yorkers For Dance
This is kind of a dance-nerd moment, but we're so happy about it we needed to share it. The New Yorkers for Dance campaign is a beautiful thing: Dance/NYC made a series of videos featuring New Yorkers talking about why dance is important to them. There's one video that features a mashup of people from each of the city's 51 council districts, and it really shows how dance has impacted the lives of all kinds of different people.
Why do we love this? Even though we're suckers for the best of the best in the dance world, sometimes the power of dance is revealed in the ways it affects people who aren't stars, or even highly trained dancers. The New Yorkers for Dance campaign could have showcased famous dancers talking about why dance is important, but it seems more poignant to have relatable, real New Yorkers sharing their commitment to our favorite art form.
(Also, Andrea Miller makes a very silly cameo at the end!)
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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.
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.