We're just going to say it: Center Stage is the best dance movie of all time.
Seriously, though, is there anything better than this oh-so-quotable classic? Not only does it star some brilliant dancers, but it's also chock-full of wisdom. If you're a die-hard Center Stage fan (which, like, c'mon, we know you are), you'll be familiar with these 8 life lessons straight from the movie.
Watch Your Attitude
Courtesy Eva, we learned no matter how talented you are, if you have a negative outlook, you won't get far.
You Don't Have to Be Perfect to Be Great
Some fabulous dancers have fabulous turnout; other fabulous dancers, like Jody, just don't. Own your personal strengths—and don't get hung up on your flaws.
You've Gotta Love It to Make It
If the passion isn't there, it's impossible to succeed—even if, like Maureen, you do have the turnout.
Not All Ballet Boys Are Gay
And not all ballet boys are straight. We've said it before and we'll say it again: Dance doesn't define anyone's sexuality. Thanks for driving that point home, Charlie (and Erik O. Jones).
Ballet Doesn't Have to Be Your WHOLE Life
As Jody learned, sometimes taking a break from the barre is the best thing you can do for your dancing. Being versatile—and gaining a little perspective—will only help you!
It's OK to Ask for Help
You can't do it all on your own. Everyone needs the critical eye of a Juliette sometimes.
Sometimes, a Risky Move Is Totally Worth It
Ballet teaches us to follow the rules—but going rogue, Eva-style, can have its own rewards, too. Don't be afraid to take risks!
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: