In desperate need of a vacation? Hop in the car (or on a plane, bus or train) and head to Saratoga Springs, NY! On Monday, July 8, the National Museum of Dance will host a Dancers' Health Day that you don't want to miss.
The FREE program features a bunch of experts that will share their best advice for keeping your mind and body in top shape, including tips about:
-physical therapy and rehabilitation
-proper pointe shoe fitting
-pilates for dancers
And bonus! All participants will get to take a free tour of the museum's 2013 exhibits, including EN POINTE, the giant pointe shoe exhibit! Click here for more info about Dancers' Health Day.
OK, not exactly.
The museum has chosen 24 artists to decorate 5-foot-tall fiberglass pointe shoe sculptures. On May 31, the creations will be revealed at the Museum; after that, they'll be displayed at locations around the city of Saratoga Springs.
And it's not just ginormous pointe shoes that are poised to invade Saratoga. The town is also home to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, where New York City Ballet has performed every summer since 1966. The company's SPAC season runs July 9-13 this year, and will be followed by performances by the National Ballet of Canada and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.
Take a look at some of our favorite artist sketches from the Saratoga En Pointe project—and a few of the finished shoes:
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It's almost here! The dance world will celebrate the third annual National Dance Day tomorrow, July 28th, and there are all kinds of ways for dance fans to get in on the fun.
First of all: Have you learned the two official NDD routines yet? Check out the hip hop number, taught by "So You Think You Can Dance" alum Lauren Gottlieb with assists by fellow "SYTYCD"-ers Lauren Froderman and Brandon Bryant, and the Everybody Dance routine from Zumba Fitness. There's still time to upload your own videos of both routines!
West Coasters in particular have NDD options galore. From 10 am to 12 pm tomorrow, join The Dizzy Feet Foundation at Grand Park in Los Angeles for your chance to perform both the group routines with a host of fellow dancers. Then stick around for a bunch of free dance classes and performances, running until 2:30 pm.
That evening, head over to Dizzy Feet's Celebration of Dance Gala at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The show will feature performances of classic "SYTYCD" routines (Mia Michael's "Bench" routine, anyone??) plus guest appearances by the likes of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre and The LXD. Get your tickets here.
Are you on the other side of the country? No worries: The National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, NY, is hosting its own NDD celebration on Sunday, the 29th at 2 pm. The two-hour "dance-a-thon" will be led by top instructors from all over. To cap things off, there'll be a hot ballroom performance by Ricardo Sophin and Iraida Volodina, who've appeared on "Dancing with the Stars."
There are all kinds of local events going on, too. Poke around to see what's happening in your neck of the woods—or throw your own NDD party!