Few people love dressing up as much as dancers. So it comes as no surprise that some
of our favorite performers routinely steal the spotlight on the craziest dress-up holiday of the year: Halloween. Dance Spirit gathered some favorite looks from dancey Halloweens past.
(Photo courtesy Gillian Murphy)
Isabella Boylston, American Ballet Theatre principal, as...Maddie Ziegler in Sia’s “Chandelier” music video
“I didn’t have time to buy a costume last Halloween, but someone brought an extra platinum-blond wig to the studios that day, which reminded me of the ‘Chandelier’ music video. I just threw on the wig with a leotard and went to class. It turned out to be pretty funny.”
(Photo courtesy Nick Lazzarini)
Nick Lazzarini of Shaping Sound as…Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing
“Last Halloween, the members of Shaping Sound decided to dress as, um, dead celebrities. I wore this amazing wig that just shouted Patrick Swayze, a black leather jacket and jazz shoes. I also brought a baby doll that I kept throwing into corners. Why? Because ‘Nobody puts Baby in a corner’! It was a big hit.”
(Photo courtesy Sarah Daley)
Sarah Daley of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as…a Newsie
“I always wanted to dance through the streets of NYC like the Newsies boys, so I put together this costume during my sophomore year of college. My dad lent me the suspenders and newsboy hat, and I carried the New York Times as a finishing touch. As a bonus, the costume was warm enough for NYC in October and easy to move in—which is good, because I definitely acted out a few scenes from the movie!”
Dancers of Miami City Ballet as…Cruella de Vil and the dalmatians from 101 Dalmatians
“When I found this great Cruella wig, I knew I had to use it. Then a few of my fellow MCB dancers came up with the idea to be my dalmatian pups. We each put our costumes together separately, and surprised each other right before company class on Halloween. I loved that they even painted their pointe shoes with black spots!”—MCB corps dancer Samantha Galler
Samantha Galler as Crella de Vil with dalmatians (from left) Jennifer Lauren, Ashley Knox, Leigh-Ann Esty and Nicole Stalker (photo courtesy Leigh-Ann Esty)
Pacific Northwest Ballet Professional Division students as…the cast of Toy Story
“When my class decided to dress as the characters from
Toy Story, my red hair made me Jessie the cowgirl by default. All I needed was a hat and some duct-tape designs on my shirt. At PNB, we get awards for the best Halloween costumes in different categories. We won the prize for ‘Best Group Costume’—and taking class all dressed up was so much fun!” —PNB Pro Division student Gabbi Nielsen
(Below) Gabbi Nielsen (back row, fourth from left) and PNB Pro Division first-year students (photo courtesy Gabbi Nielsen, Pacific Northwest Ballet School)
Dancers of Atlanta Ballet as…Olympic gymnasts
“This was right after the 2012 London Olympics, and we really wanted to re-create the ‘McKayla Maroney is not impressed’ meme that was going viral. I found these plain long-sleeved red leotards online, and we bedazzled them with gold rhinestones. Rachel Van Buskirk, who dressed as McKayla herself, has some gymnastics skills, but the rest of us thought it was safer to stick to ballet instead of flips.” —AB dancer Jackie Nash
(From left) AB's Alessa Rogers, Lisa Barrieau, Rachel Van Buskirk, Kiara Felder, Jackie Nash and Alexandre Barros (photo courtesy Atlanta Ballet)
(Photo courtesy Allison Holker)
Commercial stars Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Allison Holker (and daughter Weslie) as…superheroes
“For Halloween, everyone in our family chooses their own costumes—and we all just happen to love superheroes. Last year, we each picked a power. Next step: Conquering
the world!” —Allison Holker
(Photo courtesy Lauren Fadeley)
Pennsylvania Ballet principals Lauren Fadeley and Francis Veyette (and their pets) as…the cast of The Wizard of Oz
“I was Dorothy for Halloween in kindergarten, and I never forgot how much fun it was to wear ruby slippers. I made it a family affair by incorporating my husband, Francis, as the scarecrow; my cat, Lily, as Toto; and our dog, Emmett—whom everyone always jokes is big as a lion—as the Cowardly Lion. Of course, Emmett stole the show with his yellow feather boa mane. He even acted pretty cowardly at our Halloween party, since people scare him.” —Lauren Fadeley
Recovering from a major sugar hangover right now? Here, this'll make you feel better: Gaze in wonder at the Halloween costumes American Ballet Theatre's dancers pulled out yesterday, which are seriously, seriously on point(e).
Yes, we know—we already did our "best of" Halloween roundup. We already talked about the amazing Maddie thing that Heidi Klum did on "Ellen." But some late-arriving social media posts make a strong case for ABT as the official winner of Halloween 2016.
Let's progress to the (literally) cheeky, aka principal Jeffrey Cirio as Tom Cruise in Risky Business:
Soloist Cassandra Trenary's Ethan Stiefel/Cooper Nielson impression—including a Charlie cameo!—was truly inspired:
And the all-around winner? That'd be Erica Lall, who ABSOLUTELY NAILED Aunt Viv from "Fresh Prince," good lord:
Bonus: While we didn't get a peek at Misty Copeland's costume, she did repost this adorable little ballerina-in-the-making's Misty ensemble. D'awwwwww!
#Repost @chrisannibell ・・・ Our 2 year old Nia has been telling everyone she's met over the past few weeks that she is going to be world renown ballerina #MistyCopeland for Halloween. Thank you @mistyonpointe for inspiring our little brown babygirl. #blackgirlmagic #ballet #halloween2016 @imanimiller1
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Us dancers are obviously not strangers to crazy costumes or lots of makeup—which is most likely why we love going all out for Halloween. And probably why dancer Halloween costumes are usually the best Halloween costumes. It's been super fun to watch everyone get festive on our feeds today, so as a special Halloween treat, we've rounded up the must-sees (and they're some serious #goals). Behold, the greatest dancer costumes we've seen across social media:
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— national.ballet.ca (@nationalballet) October 31, 2016
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— Fiddler on the Roof (@FiddlerBroadway) October 31, 2016
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— AmericanBalletTheatr (@ABTBallet) October 30, 2016
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What are you dressing up as? Let us know and have the Happiest of Halloweens! ?
Hi there guys and ghouls! Are you super excited for Halloween, the (IMHO) most wonderful time of the year? What's that? You don't have a costume because you've been too busy rehearsing for Nutcracker/Regionals/studying for mid-terms? Don't worry, DS has your back. Here are five dancer-friendly costumes that you can probably throw together from stuff you already have!
Black cat: Dancers already have all-black everything, so this one shouldn't be too hard. Chances are, you already have a black beanie or headband with cat ears, too! Use pencil eyeliner to draw a nose and whiskers, and stuff a leg of an old pair of tights to make your tail. Meow!
80s, baby! (via Pinterest)
Flower: Do you have any frilly, neon pink tutus left over from your ballet/tap combo days? Put one on your head, paint your face and voilà: You're a flower! (Bonus idea: If you have multiple tutus, wear them around your torso and be a loofah.)
Aerobics instructor: We're guessing you have plenty of neon spandex. Wear it with your best pair of legwarmers, toss on a headband and you're set. Extra credit if you have white sneakers and a lanyard.
#Throwback: We saw tons of #throwback trends at Nationals this year, including flapper fringe and 1950s-style saddle shoes. Recycle an old costume and go as your grandma or great-grandma when she was a teenager.
Maddie slaying in Sia's "Cheap Thrills" vid in the iconic look we've all come to love. (via YouTube)
Maddie Ziegler in Sia's videos: This is too easy. Everyone has a nude leo. Add a white wig and some freaky facials, and you're good to go. Besides, you already know the choreo, right?
Have a happy and safe Halloween!
You've all probably figured out that Halloween gives me life. But sometimes it's hard to come up with a killer costume (pun intended!) at the last minute. Never fear, dancers! Here are four iconic dance costumes to help inspire your last minute dress-up frenzy.
Inspiration: Titania from Sir Fredrick Ashton's The Dream
Gillian Murphy and dancers from American Ballet Theatre (photo Andrea Mohin/The New York Times)
Do you have an old practice tutu? Use fabric paint, a few fake flowers and some glitter to turn yourself into the queen of the fairies.
Inspiration: The ladies of murder's row in Cell Block Tango
(Photo via Chicago the Musical on Tour)
You might not have a full fishnet body stocking, but there's no doubt you have the black basics (and the #squad) needed to pull of this sizzling group costume. Just add red lips and a high pony for Fosse perfection.
Inspiration: Audrey Hepburn "expressing herself" in Funny Face
Still from Funny Face
The dance scene from Funny Face is another classic that only requires basics (though it might be hard to capture Hepburn's particular je nais se quoi). TBH, your hip older sister probably already has the black loafers, skinny jeans and turtleneck you'll need.
Inspiration: Justin Bieber's "Sorry" music video
Ok, so this isn't exactly iconic...YET. It's another great group costume. Just dig through your mom's old clothes and keep a sharp eye out for neon, yin-yangs, windbreakers and sports jerseys.
Don't forget to tag us on Insta when you post your best dance-inspired Halloween pics! Use #Halloweendancespirit and @dancespiritmagazine and you'll have a chance to be featured on our website! Have a safe and spooky night!
Dancers dominate on Halloween. I mean, we're used to dressing up: Practically half of our life is spent putting on tights, leotards and more just to get ready for class—and the other half is spent onstage, working it in the craziest of get-ups. Of course, some dancers do Halloween in the best way possible. We've spent hours scouring the interwebs for the best of the best costumes. Here are our favorites:
Here are five Miami City Ballet dancers—I mean, Cruella De Vil and four adorable dalmatian pups:
And here's Dance Spirit 2014 Cover Model Search finalist Alyssa Allen being the best Waluigi we've ever seen:
Then there's James Whiteside bringing it way back as "Jazzman," complete with a Flashdance-inspired routine to '80s anthem "What a Feeling." Seriously, these ABT principals know how to get down.
Finally, feast your eyes on on mini-Sonya Tayeh, mini(er)-Maddie Ziegler and mini-MJ, brought to you by @Dance_CAB (Cameron Voorhees, Austyn Johnson and Bella Voorhees from Evolve Dance Complex). This is everything.
Happy Halloween, everyone! One of the best parts of every ghoul's favorite holiday is that it provides a reason to watch Michael Jackson's awesomely creepy "Thriller" video on repeat. (Not that we really need a reason to watch anything MJ-related on repeat, but you know.) This year, rather than just gorging on the original, I decided to put together a round-up of some of my favorite "Thriller" tributes—because truly great music videos inspire truly great imitators.
Let's set the bar verrrry high right off the bat with this detail-oriented remake of the music video by Adam Sevani, aka Moose from the Step Up series (naturally, fellow Step Up-er Alyson Stoner is involved):
On a lower-production-value but equally joyful note, here's the original wedding "Thriller" dance, posted on YouTube in 2006 (13,522,789 views and counting):
How about Jennifer Garner's delightful zombieness from 13 Going on 30 (a film that, I am unashamed to admit, definitely makes my all-time favorites list)?
No "Thriller" list would be complete without the dancing inmates of the Philippines:
I'm especially partial to this spot-on rendition of the "Thriller" dance by the cast of Frozen:
And because a tribute list isn't a tribute list without the one that inspired it all, I'm going to finish this off with the one and only 14-minute original. Stay spooky, friends!
We just couldn't let the year end without giving one final shout out to Ellen Degeneres. Basically, she wins 2013. (But, let's be honest, she pretty much wins every year.) One of the biggest non-dancers-in-support-of-dancers, Ellen's shows are constantly bringing up-and-comers to the spotlight. Ellen, on behalf of dancers and dance lovers everywhere, we love you.
To celebrate her greatness, here are a few of our favorite, dance-tastic Ellen moments from this year:
When this 4-year-old animator got to meet his idol, Cyrus Spencer:
When the "So You Think You Can Dance" All-Stars performed:
When tWitch got all Saturday Night Fever for Halloween:
When tWitch was The Fox:
When Ellen inspired us all by bringing out one-legged tapper, Evan Ruggiero:
And then inspired us again by introducing us to Lazylegz:
Finally, in her latest act of greatness, when Ellen starred in this trailer (choreographed by tWitch) for the 2014 Oscars:
Here's to another Ellen-filled year!