This Year, We Will...
We made it!
Happy New Year!
There's nothing quite like the start of a new year. It's like having a clean whiteboard, a just-dusted nightstand and freshly-sharpened pencils all rolled into one to-do list just waiting to be accomplished.
The Dance Spirit staff never shies away from a challenge, and this year our New Year's Resolutions are lofty yet doable.
My resolution is the same as it has been for the last seven years: I promise to continue working my bum off to make Dance Spirit the best magazine ever. I will continue scouring dance studios big, small, near and far in addition to the competition and convention scene, YouTube and TV for rising dance stars. Plus, I'll spend too many hours on Twitter and Instagram stalking the big-name dancers. And then I resolve to write about all of them for you.
Here's what the rest of the DS editors promise to accomplish in 2014...
"I resolve to be less afraid of dance classes that aren't ballet." —Meggie Hermanson, fashion editor
"I just moved to the city, so I'm going to take full advantage of dance in NYC. That means taking more classes, seeing more performances, meeting more people and letting my inner dance-nerd shine." —Maggie McNamara, assistant editor
"In 2014, I'm going to be as fearless and awesome as this Tiny Tapper. (Also maybe I'll learn a little tap? For real, though?)" —Margaret Fuhrer, associate editor
"VEGAS. I will go there to see Britney Spears' new Piece of Me show. Then I'll wait outside the stage door so we can meet and become best friends. After that, I'll probably take my new BFF to see a few Cirque du Soleil shows." —Rachel Zar, managing editor
What's on your New Year's To-Do List? Let us know in the comments!
There are dancers and then there are DANCERS! Whitney Jensen, soloist at Norwegian National Ballet, is the latter. The former Boston Ballet principal can do it all. From contemporary to the classics this prima has the technical talent most bunheads dream about. Need proof? Look no further.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's dance inducing hit, "Despacito," is so catchy it should probably come with a disclaimer that warns people of an uncontrollable itch to tap your feet or bob your head. Some might even feel inclined to go all out and break it down. Niana Guerrero is a prime example of "Despacito's" uncanny ability to unleash the red dressed emoji dancer within. 💃🏽 💃🏽
Guys, we all knew this was coming—"World of Dance" was eventually going to eliminate someone. But man, is it brutal to watch these talented dancers give their all, only to be sent home. It's the name of the game, though, and after last night's episode, only two dancers per division remain. (At least Misty Copeland guest-judging was a silver lining!) Here's what went down last night:
They've impressed the judges, now it's time for the Top 100 dancers to enroll at The Academy—and to impress the All-Stars. Welcome to So You Think You Can Dance Academy!
The 100 dancers who made it through auditions in NYC or L.A. are now at The Academy, which is basically a beautiful building with floor-to-ceiling windows. The show opens with that Mandy Moore-choreographed Academy routine which, even after watching it 12 times and trying to learn all the choreography at home, is still delightful.
This Nationals season, Dance Spirit followed four talented dancers from The Dance Awards, NYCDA, Showstopper, and Starpower for an inside look at everything that goes into the biggest competitions of the year. First up: Isabella Torres from Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts in Baltimore, MD, who competed at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals for the first time this year. (All photos courtesy Shannon Torres.)
Merritt Moore is a ballerina who just so happens to be graduating from Oxford University with a PhD in quantum physics. Is she even human? The jury is still out on that - but the 29-year-old, who earned her undergrad degree from Harvard, has actually found dance to be a powerful tool that assists her in her studies.
Happy #WorldEmojiDay, dance friends! 🎉 👯 🎉 👯
Because it's just the cutest, we thought we'd share the emoji challenge the Royal Opera House is currently hosting on Twitter. They've retold a series of ballets (and operas, for that crowd) in emoji form. If you correctly guess the name of a ballet, you'll be entered for a chance to win two tickets to a ROH production.