Ayo & Teo's Dance Moves Are Inspiring People to Join the National Bone Marrow Registry
Ayo &Teo incorporate cotton swabs in their dancing to bring awareness to blood caner (courtesy DoSomething.org)
Rapping dance duo Ayo & Teo may still want "ice on their wrists so (they) look better when (they) dance," as their 2017 chart topping song, "Rolex," says. But the two feature a more unusual accessory in their recent dance routine: a cotton swab. After teaming up with DoSomething.org for the Give A Spit About Cancer campaign, Ayo & Teo are encouraging people to join the national bone marrow registry and donate marrow for those suffering from blood cancer.
In their public service announcement, the pro dancers incorporate the cotton swab into a dance routine, showing that a quick swab of the mouth can help fight cancer. Their tongue-in-cheek (literally) dance move is launching the #SwabChallenge, which is meant not only meant to save lives, but also to promote racial justice by encouraging people of all races and backgrounds to register with the bone marrow registry. Those under 18 can participate by sharing the swab challenge to raise awareness and encourage others to get involved.
We love seeing dancers use their talents to help those in need—and extra points for creativity.
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: