5 Comp Kids Dish on the Danciest Gifts They Received Over the Holidays
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We caught up with five major competition stars to get the deets on what was on their wish lists this past December—and their responses were positively dancetastic. Check out what they're most excited about using in the new year to help further their resolutions, and get some inspiration on what to ask for at your next big celebration!
1. Hailey Bills
"I got some Jo+Jax dancewear, a new dance bag from Adidas, a Plumband stretch band, and some Apple Air pods so I can warmup without having to be connected to a device! I wonder how I can convince my mom that an iPhone X will help me with my training 🤔😂"
"I asked for new Madi Mac dancewear for when I'm feeling sassy, and Jo+Jax dancewear for when I'm feeling sporty. I got them both! I was also given a trip to Massachusetts for a Gen IV intensive where I'll get to stay at a dorm on campus—I'm so excited. I was hoping that if I was really really good, then maybe, just maybe, Santa would let me attend Jump Hawaii. Lucky for me, my grandma gave it to me."
"Something I asked for was to be able to attend Talia Favia's new dance event, Chapters. I wanted to go to Chapters because I wanted to learn even more from Talia as a choreographer and a dancer. She understands me and my vision, and she genuinely loves and cares for every student she works with. I got to go, and it was lifechanging. I was able to learn more things about myself than I've never understood before, and it was a super-safe environment."
5. Elliana Walmsley
"Something I got for Christmas this year that I'm really excited to use are a variety of bath bombs that I'll put in my baths to help sooth my aching muscles."
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: