"World of Dance" Recap: May the Odds Be Ever in Their Favor
Last night, "World of Dance" returned for a third week of duels, and in the words of J.Lo, contestants "are going into the lion's den right now, and you have to go for blood." Um, anyone else getting some serious Hunger Games vibes? "WOD" is not messing around. Tbh, we have no idea how the judges pick between some of our favorite dancers and crews (can you say impossible?!), but that's exactly what they had to do again last night. Read on to see who made it through to the next round.
ImmaBEAST vs. Mini ReQuest
Oof. Both of these groups consist of some of the fiercest hip hop littles in the dance world, and both came out and seriously slayed. Ultimately, the victory went to ImmaBEAST: The judges lauded them for their fabulous display of personality.
The Mihacevich Sisters vs. D'Angleo & Amanda
Pitting a contemporary trio against a ballroom duo doesn't really seem fair, but that's the name of the game during "WOD" duels. D'Angelo & Amanda gave it their all in a high-energy and flashy Latin number, but had one minor mishap and didn't end up wowing the judges. The Mihacevich Sisters narrowly won after the judges warned them not to present the same thing over and over. Although the trio's facility isn't the best we've ever seen, their stage presence really was stunning. And #sorrynotsorry, we'll never be over watching dances set to Sia.
Ian Eastwood and the Young Lions vs. Rouge vs. Jabbawockeez
Last night went out with a bang, as "WOD" saved the biggest battle for last: a three-way competition. 😱 And, yes, it was just as suspenseful as it sounds. First up was Rouge. The judges were disappointed with the all-girl group's choreography, and said the piece was a little sloppy in areas. Next came Jabbawockeez, followed by Ian Eastwood and the Young Lions, who both presented really strong, dynamic pieces. And even though we were really hoping Rouge would stay in the comp all the way, because #girlpower and all, Ian Eastwood and the Young Lions and Jabbawockeez came out (deservedly) victorious.
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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.