New Yorkers: Be a Part of This Magic Moment
I think we can all agree that the best kinds of proposals are proposals involving elaborate flash mobs, right? Well, New Yorkers, here's your chance to be part of one such magical event: Misnomer Dance Theater is helping to plan a flash mob proposal for a very lucky girl, and they want you to participate. (Side note: Doesn't the fact that there's now a legitimate demand for "flash mob coordinators" make you think there's hope for humanity?)
This is all going down today at 6 pm, in Central Park's Naumberg Bandshell. All you have to do is take a look at this video of the (very simple) choreography, then show up at the park at 5:30 for a quick rehearsal. Click here for more info and directions to the site.
Can't make it? The company will post a video later on—keep your eyes peeled!
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.
The groundwork for Erin Carpenter's company, Nude Barre, began when she was a teenager. At 16, she earned a spot in the residency program at The Kennedy Center in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem. "We were required to wear nude—as in, our actual skin tone—tights and shoes," she remembers. Carpenter brought her "sun tan" tights and a pair of pink ballet shoes with her, because that was all she could find. But she wasn't allowed in class because her dancewear didn't match her skin. "I was so embarrassed," she says. "I looked unprepared. I just didn't have the right nudes." Her teacher explained that the dancers dyed their tights and pancaked their shoes.