Tradition in Tap
I totally had a MOG moment last weekend! I was in a room with more tap legends than I could count on my hands! Miriam Nelson, Ofer Ben, Avi Miller, Debbi Dee, Rusty Frank, Jason Samuels Smith and Dianne "Lady Di" Walker were there, along with a few others.
Tradition in Tap hosted The Miriam Nelson Tap Experience last Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you don't know who Miriam Nelson is, don't panic. Most people there didn't either! Now 88, Miriam danced in six Broadway shows, including Higher and Higher and Sing Out the News, and numerous Hollywood movies in the first half of the 1900s, and she is still going! Most recently, she choreographed for Oklahoma!
Saturday afternoon, young and old gathered to hear Miriam's captivating stories about her dance days. My favorite? She got a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures her second day in Hollywood! Talk about luck! She has worked with celebrities like Doris Day and even choreographed for some Playboy Bunnies.
Later that night, I got to attend the Participants Showcase where everyone taking part in the weekend got to show off his or her stuff. Professor Hank Smith was Doin' His Thing and more youth groups performed than ever before. Dario Natarelli, a young tapper, was absolutely amazing! Keep an eye out for him in the next few years (trust me, he will be a star!). All in all, it was an amazing weekend, and I was thrilled I got to be a part of it!
In addition to training, competing and winning titles in just about every style you can think of, 13-year-old Kaylee Quinn is a regular on the sci-fi drama "Stitchers," playing the younger version of the show's main character. Her path in dance hasn't been without challenges, though. Last summer, Kaylee won the Hope Award at her regional Youth America Grand Prix, but wasn't sure she'd be able to compete at the NYC finals due to a broken foot. Patience paid off: With her doctor's blessing, Kaylee danced her variations in flat shoes and won the gold medal.
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.
Every ballet dancer knows the time, sweat, and occasional tears the art form demands. But many non-dancers are clueless about just how much work a ballet dancer puts into perfecting his or her dancing. So when the mainstream crowd recognizes our crazy work ethic, we'll accept the round of applause any way it comes—even if it comes via four men in tutus. Yep, we're talking about "The Try Guys Try Ballet" video.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is some SERIOUS #goals. Her strength and power onstage borders on superhuman. But what's extra magical about Mearns is that she really puts in the fitness and cross-training work outside of the rehearsal studio. And she's overcome her fair share of injuries. Which is why she was the perfect source for Vogue's latest ballet fitness story.