All my dance nerds: Get thee to dancemedia.com right now, because there are two pretty great video contests currently underway!
First up: We're in the second month of the Joffrey Ballet School scholarship competition. You could win a full tuition scholarship to one of the JBS's prestigious summer programs—just enter a clip of your best ballet or jazz/contemporary piece in Dance Magazine's Video of the Month contest. There are 10 scholarships up for grabs this month, so get posting.
Second: Calling all choreographers! Submissions are now being accepted for this year's Capezio A.C.E. (Award for Choreographic Excellence) competition. The grand prize? Oh, you know, just a $15,000 budget for your own show in NYC. Upload a video of your best work and you could be headed to the Big Apple this summer for the contest's final round, held at the Dance Teacher Summit.
Don't miss out!
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.
Remember that fabulous old-school clip of dancers tapping in pointe shoes that Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo brought to our attention back in March? As we mentioned then, toe-tap dancing was actually super popular back in the 1920s and 30s—which means there are more videos where that one came from. And because #ToeTapTuesday has a nice ring to it, we thought we'd take this opportunity to introduce you to Dick and Edith Barstow, a toe-tapping brother and sister duo from that era who are nothing short of incredible: