Recently, our friends at Dance Magazine posted a thought-provoking article about the dance world's inability to address dancers' mental health. It was one of their most-read articles to date, and it encouraged dancers, parents and teachers to share their own personal stories.
That group of storytellers includes some very high-profile dancers, and we're especially thankful for their courage. We hope that their willingness to discuss such a personal issue will help younger dancers feel comfortable talking about mental health as well, and hopefully help lead to better support systems within the dance community.
Here are two big names who've been open about their struggles.
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.
Yes, Keone and Mari Madrid were dance-world superstars long before they choreographed and starred in the video for Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself." But many non-dancey people—i.e., everyone from your third-grade BFF to your Aunt Linda—first fell in love with the duo after watching the Bieber vid, which currently has a casual 1.2 billion views on YouTube.
These days, Keone and Mari are busy charming even more fans as contestants on NBC's "World of Dance." And when Cosmopolitan sat down with the couple recently to talk about competing on the show, we also got some very interesting details about how the "Love Yourself" video came to be.
You read that right, folks—Keone and Mari Madrid, aka the cutest dance couple ever, aka our flawless November 2015 cover stars, will be releasing 15 new videos (one a day!) from June 15–29. This might seem too good to be true, but leave it to the Madrids to deliver. The first handful of videos are out already, and they're obviously incredible, featuring lots of classic Madrid moves and styles. It's amazing and inspiring to watch these two continue to evolve as choreographers and artists, and this project is no doubt going to be stunning to watch. Check out the videos already released, and make sure to follow along for the next 15 days!
Keone and Mari Madrid celebrated Earth Day in the danciest way possible with the release of their latest short video, "Sound and Color." Set to the song by the Alabama Shakes, the vid honors Mother Nature and all her beauty, with the Madrids embodying planted seeds: They literally emerge from the dirt and "grow" into some gorgeously realized choreography.
Screenshot via Vimeo
They end up covered in mud from head to toe—but leave it to our fave husband-and-wife choreographic team to make dirt look like the coolest accessory.
Screenshot via Vimeo
Check out the full video below, and let us know how you celebrated Earth Day!
Keone and Mari Madrid are one of the cutest dance couples around (and if you need a reminder why, refer back to our November 2015 cover feature on the two insanely talented dancer-choreographers). So, understandably, we get pretty excited when they release a new project. Their latest video, however, is unlike anything they've made before—and we're obsessed.
Who needs Left Shark when you've got Left Vid and Right Vid?! (via YouTube)
Appropriately titled "Dual," the video is split into two, with a "Right" side and "Left" side. To get the entire experience, it requires two screens (or if you're on the computer, two windows open and placed next to each other). Once the videos are side-by-side, you press play and let the magic unfold before your eyes. Keone explained to The Daily Dot: "I haven’t seen a video that actually forces a user to create the experience for themselves in order to experience it correctly. We want people to see dancing as more than what you normally see." We don't want to spoil too much—experience it for yourselves by clicking both videos below!
I'm just going to come out and say it: I want to see Keone and Mari Madrid choreograph a full-length narrative hip-hop show. They got their feet wet in January with Time for Love, but I think all of their adoring fans would agree with me when I say that we're ready for something bigger. They are such natural storytellers with their bodies, and they have hip-hop partnering on lock.
Case in point: Their latest performance at the En Dance Showcase in Tokyo, Japan, has a narrative arc and the emotional depth we've come to expect from their super-precise choreography. Enjoy!
Oh, and if they do end up creating a full length show sometime soon, you heard it here first!
P.S. If you love the Madrids, then you're going to loooove our November issue. Just saying...