Chloe & Maud Arnold Made an Amazing Tap Tribute to #MarchForOurLives
Just a few of the incredible young tappers featured in the number (screenshot via Facebook)
What do you do when the DC Tap Festival coincides with a history-making protest? You dance about it.
That's exactly what Chloe and Maud Arnold made happen during the tenth annual DC Tap Fest, which saw students from 30 states and 20 countries converge on Washington, DC from March 19 to March 25, 2018 to take classes, perform, and—naturally!—jam with an all-star faculty.
Of course, something just as huge was happening mere miles away on March 24: namely, The March for Our Lives. In solidarity with and inspired by the marchers—and hoping to spread a message of hope, unity, and change for a better tomorrow—Chloe Arnold choreographed "TAP INTO U.N.I.T.Y." for both Fest participants and tons of tap royalty you'll definitely recognize. (Hey there, Michelle Dorrance!)
Filmed just hours after the march concluded, the clip (directed and associate-choreographed by Becca Nelson) is danced to a DC Tap Fest-specific remix of Queen Latifah's "U.N.I.T.Y." Oh yeah, and the students learned this choreo in just two days. Unity indeed!
Ralph Lauren is kicking off the celebration bright and early with a gender-neutral capsule collection featuring a rainbow version (naturally) of its pony logo. And the brand chose a bunch of influential LGBTQIA+ community members to model the looks—including our favorite danseur in heels, Houston Ballet soloist Harper Watters.
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
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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.
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