Photographer Jordan Matter is Dancing Through Life!
You know we love gorgeous dancer photos. In fact, we feature stunning pics from dancers and readers around the world every day on the Dance Spirit Twitter and Facebook pages (and in the pages of our magazine, of course)! But we don't just look for flawless technique—we love photos that show how versatile dancers can be. That's why we're obsessed with photographer Jordan Matter's Dancers Among Us project. His photos depict dancers in every day situations—riding the subway, shopping, working at Starbucks—in the most awesome way. You can see the images and purchase the book here.
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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.