Slow Motion For Me
When audiences watched Washington Ballet's premiere performance of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Sueño de Marmol, they could've missed "wow" moments like this with just the blink of an eye. (Photo by Brianne Bland)
We're all about power moves here at DS—you know, those characteristic tricks that add a spark to your routine...that make your audience go "WOW!"
Whether it's an impressive jump, a daring lift or a dizzying pirouette combo, part of what makes these moments wow-worthy is how fleeting they are. Blink your eyes and you risk missing the pinnacle of Kitri's grand jeté in Don Quixote. And even if you keep your eyes open, you probably won't see the complicated hand shifting that goes on during the jaw-dropping Cheshire Cat lift in ALICE.
If it seems like we've got ballet on the brain, it's because this week, The Washington Post's PostTV did a special on "Ballet's hardest dance moves" with Washington Ballet. In the clip, seven dancers show off their power moves...but they're in slow motion so you can really see what's going on. Check it out!
Bonus round: Care to polish some power moves of your own? Find out how to do Alexia Meyer's Super Cabriole, Ashi Ross' Tilt Drop, Kamille Upshaw's Ring Jump, Jakob Karr's Layout or Zoey Anderson's Leg Hold Turn.
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.