"World of Dance" Recap: And Then There Were Three
Everyone had their game faces on last night, as the final six "World of Dance" acts competed for a coveted spot in the World Finals. To say that all of them #slayed on the dance floor would be an understatement of epic proportions. Here's the low down on who emerged victorious— and who ended their journey toward the $1 million prize.
Kinjaz lived up to its name with a ninja-inspired routine. Their precision was impressive, but in the end their energy level just wasn't high enough, leaving them with a score of 92.3. On the other hand, Swing Latino's explosive energy was almost as inspiring as their tribute to their heritage: at the beginning of their routine, one of the dancers twirled in a giant dress made of flags from Latin American countries. Their score of 94.7 made them the winners of the Team Division.
The dancing duel between Keone & Mari and Les Twins was a hard call. Keone & Mari delivered one of their best performances of the show with a whimsical Fred Astair-style dance that packed the right combo of emotion and technique. Neo was so blown away he gave the couple a perfect 100; their overall score was 95.
But Les Twins delivered a jaw-dropping performance despite an injury that left one of them in a wheelchair! The resourceful duo used the injury to their advantage with a routine about a businessman who comes across a homeless man. They earned a standing ovation,—and a spot in the Finals, with an overall score of 97.7.
We hate to say it, but Diana Pombo's "Alice in Wonderland"-themed routine fell flat. The girl's got moves, but the choreography lacked depth and didn't allow her to show off her skills, earning her a less-than-stellar score of 89.3.
And Eva Igo stole the show with her emotive expressions and perfect musicality. She danced with a maturity far beyond her years in a "Lost World"-themed number that blew everyone away. With a score of 96.7, she nabbed a spot in the Finals.
Misty Copeland. Her name is synonymous with exquisite artistry and outspoken advocacy. And her visibility has made a huge impact on the ballet world. Ballet's relationship with race has always been strained at best, hostile at worst. But Copeland's persistent message and star quality have finally forced the ballet industry to start talking about racial diversity, inclusivity, and representation. "The rarity of seeing ourselves represented is sad," Copeland says. "The more we see every hue and body shape represented on the stage, the more possibilities young dancers feel they have for themselves."
Last month, we asked why there wasn't a Best Choreography category at the Oscars—and discovered that many of you agreed with us: Choreographers should definitely be acknowledged for their work on the super-dancy movies we can't get enough of.
Now, we're taking matters into our own (jazz) hands.
Contemporary phenom Christina Ricucci has super-flexible hips, which means she can stretch her legs to unbelievable heights. But when she noticed herself making contorted positions in class, Ricucci realized she was approaching her extensions all wrong. "I went back to the basics in class, squaring my hips and using my turnout," Ricucci says. "I learned to create proper positions, rather than whacked-out versions of them."
Some dancers are so wonky they have a hard time supporting their high legs, while others struggle with limited flexibility. But no matter your facility, you can find a balance of stretch and strength to achieve your fullest range of extension. It's not about how high (or not) your legs can go: It's the quality of the movement, and how you get those legs up, that counts.
Yesterday, the dance community was heartbroken to learn that Jaime Guttenberg and Cara Loughran, both 14-year-old dancers, were among the 17 people killed on Valentine's Day in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
Once upon a time (until the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi concluded, to be exact), figure skaters had to compete to music without words. Before this rule change, a skater faced an automatic point deduction if the music even hinted at vocals. Understandably, there were *a lot* of Olympic programs skated to classical music, and you'd tend to hear the same music selections over and over and over.
There are plenty of current Olympic figure skaters who'd make beautiful dancers (first among them Adam Rippon, whose gorgeously choreographed long program won the internet, if not the gold). But today, as we wait for the women's figure skating competition to crown its new champions, we wanted to throw it back to one of the most beautifully balletic skaters of all time: Sasha Cohen.
The high-flying leaps of grand allegro are meant to be incredibly exciting. But at the end of an intense ballet class, when you're exhausted, it can be hard to give them the attention they deserve. Want to pump up your big jumps? Follow these 10 vital tips from Jennifer Hart, curriculum director and instructor at Ballet Austin.
"Whole, low-fat, or skim?" The question of which milk to drink has gotten a little more complicated lately, with a wide variety of nondairy milks popping up in grocery stores. To find out which ones are worth your milk money, we had registered dietitian Monika Saigal answer some FAQs.