The Broadway cast of Hamilton (Joan Marcus, courtesy Sam Rudy PR)
Today, January 11, is #AlexanderHamiltonDay: A very happy 264th birthday to Alexander Hamilton! Thanks to this most unlikely of Founding Fathers—a brilliant and ballsy orphaned immigrant who dramatically rose, then fell, then rose again—we have possibly the most successful musical of all time. We also, of course, got priceless GIFs such as this one:
*When your crush walks over and you're trying to act natural but your friends are all like*
Aaaaaaaaaaanyway, while we can't get you "in the room where it happens" with tickets to the show's current Broadway, touring, or Puerto Rico productions—the last of which opens tonight!—we CAN offer up some fun ways to fête A.Ham's day of birth. Just you wait:
(L to R) Daveed Diggs as the Marquis de Lafayette and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton
Think you've got a "top-notch brain" where LMM's masterwork is concerned? Prove it, via this pop quiz from PBS.
Brush Up on the Choreo!
Join Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and OBC dance captain/associate choreographer Stephanie Klemons as they break down about 15 seconds of moves from the show—and just try "not to cry because there's nothing that his mind can't dOoooOoo." (Had to. Sorry.)
Switch Up Your Improv Music!
screenshot via Spotify
LMM (who IS the reincarnation of Alexander Hamilton, ICYMI) made this playlist. It's eclectic and inspiring and sure to make your improv "Non-Stop."
Watch Broadway's Continental Army Werk It!
Yes, we did save the best for last. Please enjoy fascinating interviews with and jaw-dropping improv from the squad to end all squads, the amazing dancers of the Hamilton original Broadway cast. We have a feeling the OG A.Ham would be so, so proud of these "young, scrappy, and hungry" artists.
Expressions Dance Alliance president Liz Ladley addressing the company (Sabrina Thadani, courtesy Liz Ladley)
Do you dream of running your student dance company or becoming captain of your dance team? Are you a triple threat eager to direct your school's next musical? If you have big ideas and the drive to make them a reality—as well as a strong rapport with your fellow performers—you might be a good fit for a leadership role. But even the most dedicated dancers can stumble during the transition from peer to peer leader. Try these tips to make the most of your tenure at the top.
In today's dance world, versatility is key. It's not enough to be a master of one style—even when they specialize in one area, dancers are frequently asked to fuse multiple genres, or step out of their comfort zone for specific projects. With their wide variety of summer programs, Joffrey Ballet School aims to prepare dancers for the demands of a professional career. We asked five faculty members to share how they do this:
Right now, it seems like the entire world is equal parts obsessed with and thoroughly creeped out by Jordan Peele's Us, the horror film about devilish doppelgängers that's currently rated 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
But while the normal human reaction to Us is to hide under the covers for approximately 17 years, "Step Up: High Water" superhero Kendra "K.O." Oyesanya's reaction was to make a totally bananas dance video.