Thanks to Nigel, "Fame" Is Back—Again
It seems like Fame really is gonna live forever. First there was the iconic 1980 film. Then there was the spin-off TV series, which starred none other than Debbie Allen. Next came the (not so hot, frankly) 2009 remake of the movie. And now, thanks to Nigel Lythgoe, we're about to get a remake of the small-screen show.
With the blessing of Ms. Allen herself, Nigel's revamping the '80s TV hit, which followed a bunch of students at the New York City High School for the Performing Arts. Apparently the new series will also feature a group of artsy students. (But if you're getting all giddy imagining your favorite dancers dolled up in '80s-style scrunchies and off-the-shoulder sweatshirts, you're in for a disappointment: It's getting a modern makeover, and will be "set against the backdrop of present-day obsession with celebrity and fame.")
Will Allen appear on the new show? She's not sure yet. But man, oh man, do we hope she at least makes a cameo—preferably doing something like this (RIP, Gwen Verdon!!):
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.
The groundwork for Erin Carpenter's company, Nude Barre, began when she was a teenager. At 16, she earned a spot in the residency program at The Kennedy Center in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem. "We were required to wear nude—as in, our actual skin tone—tights and shoes," she remembers. Carpenter brought her "sun tan" tights and a pair of pink ballet shoes with her, because that was all she could find. But she wasn't allowed in class because her dancewear didn't match her skin. "I was so embarrassed," she says. "I looked unprepared. I just didn't have the right nudes." Her teacher explained that the dancers dyed their tights and pancaked their shoes.