Dance celebs are having quite a moment in the mainstream media right now, and let me tell you: I am ALL about it. The entire DS team has been living for Elle magazine's "The Movement" video series, not to mention Kween Misty's presence in just about every print or online media outlet.
There's something extra heartwarming about the bond between dancers and their doggies. A companion who'll cuddle with you while you stretch, or sit patiently while you're warming up at the barre? I mean, that's pretty special. These four dog and dancer relationships prove dogs really are a dancer's best friend.
In honor of "La La Land" being released on DVD April 25, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti declared that same day to be "La La Land Day." Because magic is real and dreams can in fact come true, the occasion was marked with aerial dancers from BANDALOOP rappelling off the side of City Hall, performing to a gorgeous medley of Justin Hurwitz's dreamy score for the film.
If you're a dancer with a bust, you know the struggle all too well. Wear a sports bra, and ruin the elegant lines of your leotard? Or go without support, and risk tons of pain and discomfort? The sad truth is, even when dancewear has a built-in shelf bra, that's often not enough support for the full range of ladies who dance.
We've featured many, many inspiring dancers in our magazine over the years, but Chelsie Hill is in a league of her own. The gifted 25-year-old has been in a wheelchair since 2010, when a drunk driving accident damaged her spine. Yet she didn't let the fact that she couldn't walk keep her from dancing. She even started her own team of wheelchair dancers, the Rollettes, and created the Walk and Roll Foundation to raise money for others with spinal cord injuries.
Hill is currently an ambassador for the Wings for Life World Run, the world's only simultaneous running and wheelchair race, which raises money for spinal cord research projects. Through her work with that organization, she met our friends Josh Killacky and David Moore—who were, unsurprisingly, totally awed by her. And the three of them teamed up to create a dance video, "Will You?", that's sweet, moving, and full of gorgeous choreography that highlights Hill's singular talent.
Not that you needed another reason to dance, but here's a pretty nifty one: A study recently published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience says getting your groove on might be good for your brain. Well, specifically for older peoples' brains. But the brain benefits of dance seem to be pretty impressive.
So her latest video is everything we needed on this #MotivationMonday. In it, she perfoms her own choreo, which features tap expertly mixed with cool hip hop and contemporary movement.