Wendy Whelan in Your Living Room
Wendy Whelan photographed by Nisian Hughes
It's time for another round of How Awesome Is Wendy Whelan? Let Us Count the Ways!
The New York City Ballet principal has always been a thoughtful dancer, interested in exploring new ways to expand her artistry. Recently she's been working on projects that even take her outside the realm of ballet. Her latest adventure, Restless Creature, is an evening of dance featuring Whelan performing new works by contemporary choreographers Kyle Abraham, Josh Beamish, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo. The show's official premiere will be at Jacob's Pillow this August. But you don't have to wait that long to get a taste of what's sure to be an amazing program.
This Sunday, Whelan and her team will give the world a sneak peek at Restless Creature as part of the Guggenheim's excellent Works & Process series. The presentation will include excerpts from the show and a discussion with Whelan and the four choreographers, moderated by Ella Baff of Jacob's Pillow.
Naturally, this thing is totally sold out. But never fear! There'll be a livestream of the event, which starts at 3 pm EST, here.
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.
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: