Behold, the Official Live-Action "Aladdin" Trailer in All its Dancetastic Glory
Yes, we see Will Smith dancing! (Walt Disney Studios)
Hey, clear the way in the ol' bazaar: The official trailer for the much-anticipated live-action Aladdin movie has arrived! And of its many revelations—Aladdin does parkour! Will Smith's Genie isn't always blue!—our favorite is the fact that this film is going to be just as spectacularly dancy as we'd hoped. (Not that that's a HUGE surprise, given the spectacular dancinessof the Broadway version. But still!)
Based on the trailer, it looks like "Friend Like Me" and "Prince Ali" have been turned into massively over-the-top song-and-dance numbers, which, 🙌🙌🙌. We also see a bit of the aforementioned parkour-esque action choreo, plus the magic carpet shaking maracas, which...OK! And there's a delightful where's-Waldo–style cameo from the film's choreographer, Jamal Sims ("Y'all see my palace?!").
In the immortal words of the Genie himself: You ain't never had a [live-action film] never had [live-action film], you ain't never had a [live-action film] never had a [live-action film], you ain't never...had a...[live-action film]...liiiike...[this]! Catch Aladdin in theaters May 24.
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: