Couldn't make it to the Tony Award–winning Broadway revival of An American in Paris? Or DID make it to the show, but now miss it like ca-razy? Either way, we have fabulous news: Both today and Sunday, September 23, movie theaters across America are screening the gorgeous musical, directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.
What could be more super(califragilisticexpialidocious) than a Mary Poppins sequel? How about a Mary Poppins sequel helmed by fabulous director/choreographer Rob Marshall and starring the likes of Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda?
Yup, Mary Poppins Returns is happening, friends! In fact, there's now a trailer out for the much-anticipated follow-up to the Disney classic, set to hit theaters December 18th. And from a dance perspective, the new film looks practically perfect in every way.
Anybody else still breathless from last night's fabulous "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 15 finale? In addition to finding out who earned the title of America's Favorite Dancer (and the December cover of Dance Spirit!) we were treated to no fewer than 18 performances, including the judges' favorites from the season, the dancers' own throwback picks, and even a brand-new number for the Top 10. But one routine in particular from the jam-packed show had us literally jumping out of our seats.
First, huge congrats to the five exceptional choreographers nominated for 2018 Emmy Awards. These days, with all the fabulous dancing happening on the small screen, the choreo category is routinely stacked. But the 2018 group—Chloe Arnold (a first-timer!), Mandy Moore, Travis Wall, Al Blackstone, and Christopher Scott—was even more stacked than usual. Seriously, we didn't know who to root for going into this weekend's Creative Arts Emmys ceremonies.
So, who took home the top prize last night, during the second evening of the two-night Creative Arts Emmys extravaganza?
Well, we knew from the first we heard of it that Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms would be a far cry from the sugary-sweet holiday ballet we all love. And each trailer we've seen in the lead-up to the film's November 2nd premiere has confirmed that we're in for a very wild, very nutty ride.
But the final Nutcracker and the Four Realms trailer, which just dropped, is next-level spooktacular. Gothic techno remixes of Tchaikovsky's score? Check. Helen Mirren, aka evil Mother Ginger, unleashing armies of not only mice, but also what appear to be devilish nesting dolls? Check. Keira Knightley, aka the Sugar Plum Fairy, doing a voice that'll make your hair stand on end? Check. This film is DARK.
Luckily, to sate our dance-related curiosities, the trailer also gifts us a few more glimpses of the much-talked-about appearances by Misty Copeland and Sergei Polunin. Take a peek—and be sure to look for our interview with jookin star Lil Buck, who also dances in the film, in the upcoming November issue!
American Ballet Theatre boasts nearly 90 dancers. But when the company is mounting an elaborate story ballet at NYC's cavernous Metropolitan Opera House, it actually needs more bodies to complete the picture onstage. Enter supernumeraries, aka "supers." These supplementary performers are hired for non-dancing background roles (think "third courtier from the left" or "tall market lady"). Being a super is a fabulous way to get onstage experience—not to mention an up-close-and-personal look at some of the dance world's biggest stars.
All photos by Kyle Froman
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How obsessed are you with Serena Williams right now? In addition to rocking multiple tennis tutus at the US Open—and, you know, generally dominating the tournament—Williams just put out a new commercial for Beats by Dre that's the danciest thing she's done since getting down with Beyoncé. (Or getting down on the tarmac. Or getting down with Taylor Hatala and Willdabeast.)
We are less than a month out from the 27th—twenty-seventh—season of "Dancing with the Stars"! The latest iteration of the be-sequined show kicks off (literally) September 24th on ABC. And while we still don't know which celebs will be taking to the ballroom floor (only that the group won't include any athletes), we were just gifted the names of the 13 pros who'll be squiring them.
Sure, we've known for a bit now that Camila Mendes—aka Veronica Lodge on "Riverdale"—has some moves. (Exhibit A being, of course, the kind of epic Veronica/Cheryl dance battle that happened on the show last year.) But this month, Mendes has been taking her dancing up a notch in not one but two music videos that y'all need to watch right now.
Hi guys. Are you sick of #InMyFeelingsChallenge videos cluttering your feed? Has your Aunt Linda started asking you about "that dance Will Smith did on a bridge"? Is the whole meme starting to seem a bit...done?
Well, genius choreographer Kyle Hanagami just achieved the seemingly impossible: He made a video that got us feeling feelings about "In My Feelings" again.
How? By putting his dancers in inflatable dinosaur suits. OBVIOUSLY.
How is American Ballet Theatre gearing up for its fall season, October 17-28 at Lincoln Center? With an epic video featuring its dancers being their beautiful selves on a beautiful NYC rooftop, as you do.
"Mister Travis Wall," as Cat Deeley would say, has had one heck of an epic "So You Think You Can Dance" journey. Since first appearing on the show as a contestant during Season 2 (back when he had frosted tips!), he's become one of the series' most respected choreographers and mentors. In fact, his work for "SYTYCD" has earned him Emmy nominations every year since 2011. EVERY. YEAR.
To celebrate his latest Emmy noms—for "SYT" Season 14's "Change is Everything" and "Strange Fruit"—The Wrap magazine talked to T.Wall about what the show has meant to his life. And as always, Travis was full of dancy wisdom.
Edgar Degas' famous sculpture Little Dancer Aged Fourteen has been getting a lot of love recently—and by "love," we mean everything from a tutu upgrade to a full-on musical telling her story. But artist Doyle V. Trankina's reimagining of the sculpture, with none other than Misty Copeland taking the place of the young Paris Opéra Ballet School student who inspired the original? It might be our favorite Little Dancer tribute yet.