As dancers, we're a group of super-passionate people. And because of that, we can sometimes snap when people judge us unfairly or do something we just can't stand. Here are 10 things that make all dancers really angry.
When a Commercial Casts a Non-Dancer in Pointe Shoes
This happens ALL. THE. TIME. There are so many dancers out there who would be glad to promote your beauty products while wearing pointe shoes in the correct way.
When We're Stereotyped as Being Snobby
In the wise words of Ariana Grande: Thank you, next...
When the Taps on Our Tap Shoes Get Loose
Grab the screwdriver.
When People Ask Us to Dance/Tilt in Public
We save the flexibility for the studio.
When Our Tights Keep Ripping
At this point, we might as well just invest in tights. Capezio, hit us up.
When Someone Shows Up to Class Without Having Rehearsed
Seriously!? Never show up to class without having practiced your steps. Everyone will be able to tell.
When We Fall Out of Our Turns
RIP to our perfect triple pirouette.
When Someone Says Dance is Easy
Whoever said this needs to be cut out of your life ASAP.
When We Don't Get a Solo
In the words of Sharpay Evans: "This is not what I want, this is not what I planned. And I just gotta say, I do not understand!"
When Someone Asks If We're Going to Get a "Real Job"
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list: