Your Daily Dose of Musical Theater
Fact: Musicals are the best.
And sometimes, those of us who are obsessed need a little bit of musical theater to get us through a tough day. For me, that usually means switching to the Newsies channel on Pandora. But now I have another option: Broadway veteran Joshua Sherman's series of short online musical films.
Sherman's four 4-minute videos, called Charmers, feature original music, lyrics and choreography—and they're just super cute. My favorite is "Curiosity" in which a librarian, Ryan Kasprzak ("Smash," Billy Elliot), is taught a thing or two from a tap-dancing student, Ryan VanDenBoom (Annie).
Check it out:
Other videos include Kelly Buck (High School Musical) and Lillias White (Fela!). You've gotta love seeing these pros from different shows coming together to create something new. Watch them all at JoshuaShermanPresents.com.
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.
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.