Modern dance legend Alvin Ailey (via @alvinailey on Instagram)
It's about time!
On Thursday, Fox Searchlight announced to The Hollywood Reporter that the studio has officially shaken hands with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on developing a movie version of Alvin Ailey's extraordinary life. Yes, Hollywood is doing things right by partnering directly with artistic director emerita Judith Jamison (who originated the iconic Ailey solo Cry, NBD) and current artistic director Robert Battle to bring Ailey's story—not to mention his towering legacy—to life.
Battle told THR, "We are incredibly excited about this special project with terrific partners highlighting one of the great African-American icons and artists. As we prepare to celebrate the Ailey company's 60th anniversary this fall, his powerful legacy continues to touch the hearts, minds and spirits of people around the world."
As this is just the start of the development process (which can take years before a film starts shooting, FYI), it'll be quite some time before we learn more exciting details. But we're already dream-casting the movie in our heads... Who would you hire to play (and dance!) the roles of Ailey, Jamison, and Lester Horton? Let us know in the comments!
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: