On August 20, pop goddess Lizzo tweeted, "Someone do a ballet routine to truth hurts pls," referring to the anthem that's been top on everyone's playlists this summer. Lizzo might not know it yet, but ballet dancers are not known for shying away from a challenge. In the past two days, the internet has exploded which responses, with dancers like Houston Ballet's Harper Watters and American Ballet Theatre's Erica Lall tagging the singer in submissions.
Below are a few of our favorites so far, but we're guessing that this is just the beginning. Ballet world, consider yourselves officially challenged! (Use #LizzoBalletChallenge so we know what you're up to.)
When it comes to dancewear, BLOCH has long been a brand dancers trust—but you've probably never seen them quite like this before. For their new back-to-school campaign, debuting exclusively here on Dance Spirit, the brand teamed up with photographer Jordan Matter, known for his adventurous, playful shoots that push dancers out of their comfort zones.
They knew he'd be able to capture the energy, fun, and excitement of back-to-school season. It was also a dream collaboration for Matter. "I travel to London a lot, and I've used the outside of their store as a location because all the designs are so beautiful," he says. "Even before I ever worked with them I was starting to utilize their products in my photos. And I know they have a great reputation."
What do Power Rangers, ballroom champions, and giant lobster goggles have in common? They all happen to be topics of discussion on the dance world's latest and greatest dive into podcasting, "The Dance Room."
We all know back-to-dance shopping is the best (okay, one of the best) parts about the new school year starting up. And we're about to make it even more fun—with a chance for you to win a $100 shopping spree to Discount Dance Supply!
Click here to enter by September 4th. We'll be choosing three lucky winners!
In our Dear Katie series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured!
I really want to do dance competitions, but my teacher doesn't like them—she says they'll make me focus on the wrong things in my training. Is she right? What should I do?
Imagine: It's your first year in a dance company and the artistic director is staging a new work. She works through a few phrases of choreography and then turns to you, asking you to come up with something of your own. Are you ready?
In many of today's most exciting companies, the choreographer/muse relationship is being disrupted in favor of collaboration. Many dancers also find that their own dancing improves after they have tried their hand at creating new work. "Choreographers want to work with performers who aren't afraid to take risks, make bold decisions, and contribute something that will ultimately make the work stronger," says Dean College professor of dance studies, Stephen Ursprung.
Make sure your dance degree is going to work for you in the real world. At Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts, The Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance is preparing their BFA and BA dancers for the changing professional world that awaits them with a special focus on dance composition. Whether you are in school with an ambition to be a professional dancer, a choreographer, or both, look for opportunities to deep dive into the process of creating dance.
We've always known that Madonna loves dance. After all, the "Queen of Pop" studied at the Martha Graham School in the 1970s. Nevertheless, we were still surprised (and thrilled) to see that she invited James Whiteside to perform at her 61st birthday party in The Hamptons last weekend.
It's been almost a full year since the last season of "Dancing with the Stars." And between the cryptic hints from ABC showrunners that this would be the biggest season yet and the countless clues from the "DWTS" Instagram, we have been on the edge of our seats to find out who the cast would feature this season. This morning, the full season 28 cast was announced on "Good Morning America," and it includes everyone from reality TV stars to athletes to models to...a former White House Press Secretary?
At first it looks ordinary enough. (How many fouetté videos are there online?). But once you watch it, you'll understand why Autumn has more than a million followers. The turns are flawless, showcasing phenomenal technique—extension, coordination, lift, all of it. And if you keep scrolling, you'll find snippets of her working her butt off in class, equally at home in contemporary and hip hop, attacking each combination with the kind of fearlessness and confidence one rarely sees in a teenager.
That full-bodied devotion to her craft—what one of her mentors calls her "soul-bleeding dance"—makes Autumn a rare breed: an Instagram dance sensation more focused on her art than her follower count.
It's that time of year for high school seniors: early decision/early action season. Your guidance counselor at school might have already recommended these options to you—but just as the college admissions process is more complicated for dancers overall, you'll also need to think carefully before deciding whether or not you want to jump ahead of the regular admissions timeline. To help you decide, we enlisted the help of Dr. Elizabeth Stone (executive director of Campanile college admissions counseling) and Sara Pourghasemi (director of college counseling at the Professional Performing Arts School in NYC).
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They say the first cut is the deepest, and surely "they" are people who have been watching "So You Think You Can Dance" for 16 seasons. Because while the cuts actually get a little more emotional as the season goes on—come on, we get attached!—the first round of cuts always feels particularly cruel. These dancers just worked so hard to make the Top 10 and bam. See ya.
Without spoiling too much too soon, here's what went down on the "SYT" stage last night.
If you feel like "Dancing with the Stars" has been on hiatus for a veritable lifetime, you're not alone. Our lives (and our hearts) have felt a little empty without the unique combination of NFL stars dressing in sparkly costumes, Bachelor contestants attempting to samba, and professional ballroom dancers trying not to laugh at said NFL stars or the Bachelor contestants.
Well, it's official: Former Fifth Harmony member Normani has ARRIVED, as made clear by the new video for her bop of a single, "Motivation."
Channeling the choreo (and swag) of a bevy of 2000s-era pop stars, the vid gets absolutely everything right. It opens with a young Normani watching BET's "106 and Park," and quickly segues to a fantasy sequence in which the grown-up singer pays dance-filled tribute to the iconic music videos of her childhood.
That Normani is a talented dancer is far from news, but her moves in this video are next-level stuff. She does very real justice to choreography inspired by Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love," J. Lo's "I'm Real," and Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time," to name just a few.
Whether it's your very first dance convention or you're a seasoned weekend warrior, you're undoubtedly hoping to catch the eyes of your favorite teachers, and dreaming of getting pulled onstage to demonstrate a combo. With hundreds of other talented dancers in the room, however, it's easy to feel (and actually get) lost in the crowd. We asked three veteran teachers on the convention circuit for tips on how to best grab their attention.