What Do Harry Styles and Mick Jagger Have in Common?
Harry Styles is ready to upgrade his onstage steps. Less standing, more sauté-ing? (AFP/Getty Images)
The British accent? Guess again. The wild mop of brown locks? Nope! All right, all right, it’s kind of a trick question. The correct answer is: ballet!
British tabloid The Sun reported late Sunday night that my favorite One Directioner has decided to take up ballet. “That’s the Achilles’ heel in Harry’s training. He can’t dance and neither can any of the 1D boys—their choreographer recognised early on that they shouldn’t dance on stage,” said a source.
So what spurred Harry to catch the ballet bug (other than the many Internet jabs about his onstage, um, gracelessness)? In an interview last month with Q magazine, Mick Jagger revealed, “I alternate between gym work and dancing…I’m training for stamina.” Instantly, the worldwide blogosphere was on fire with stories squealing that ballet must be the secret to a long and healthy rock-star life. Harry is apparently convinced, too: “Harry wants a career spanning decades like Mick’s and to have that he recognises that fitness, health and developing his body is the key,” The Sun’s source said.
Of course, all of us at DS already knew that dance keeps you young and happy, but we’re psyched to see another celeb jumping on the ballet bandwagon. Maybe we’ll see Harry and fellow heartthrob Ryan Gosling taking class together some time? A girl can dream!
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: