After a dance-packed day, it's not uncommon for your lower body to be swollen. This phenomenon isn't anything to worry about, but it can be uncomfortable. Luckily, there are a number of easy fixes—and ways to prevent swelling altogether. Dance Spirit turned to Jessica Lassiter, DPT, OCS, ATC, CMPT, a physical therapist and certified athletic trainer in NYC, for a crash course on how to stop the swell.
Hands down the coolest assistant principal we've ever seen. (Screenshot via YouTube)
Let's take a walk down memory lane to this past September, when the #LevelUpChallenge was in full-blown viral mode. Literally thousands of videos of people dancing to Ciara's song "Level Up" flooded the Internet, but only one truly broke it: an amazing clip of the Wilson Central High School Dance Team—and their Assistant Principal, Ranesa Shipman. Never one to miss out on a viral dance challenge, Ellen DeGeneres decided to have Shipman and the team perform on "The Ellen Show"—and the fun didn't stop there.
From lattes to jack-o'-lanterns, pumpkins and October go hand in hand. But this super squash is way more than just a spooky staircase addition—it's a performance-boosting powerhouse and a dancer's best friend. Here are a few ways to reap the health benefits of this fall staple.
James Whiteside and Misty Copeland showing off Odile's Gemini tendancies in "Swan Lake" (original photo by Gene Schiavone)
Over the last couple of months, I've gotten really (like really) into astrology, by way of memes on Instagram. If you're a millennial or Gen-Zer locked in an eternal scroll like I am (except it's my job, so I have an excuse!), then you're no stranger to these types of posts. One popular format? A list assigning zodiac signs with their corresponding "things," from foods to colors and everything in between. And since y'all love our memes (we're making more, we swear), I decided to spend my Friday afternoon figuring out each sign's classical ballet equivalent. I recruited fellow DS editor Helen Rolfe, and we proceeded to conduct a VERY scientific and THOROUGHLY researched study. If you don't like yours, I truly am sorry, but the stars don't lie. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Behold, the signs as classical ballets!
Once in a while, a dance film comes along that stops us right in our tracks. Andrew Winghart's latest project, "A Thousand Faces," does just that—and then some. Starring none other than the otherworldly Emma Portner, the film is an 8-minute tour de force.
Karen y Ricardo and their oh-so-casual wall of fire. (Screenshot via YouTube)
Y'all, it's been a long 12 weeks. But at long last, "World of Dance" has made it to the Cuts—and it's every bit as intense as we were expecting. (I'm talking dancers advancing by razor thin margins.) There's a lot to unpack from last night's episode, so let's get into it.
If you follow Mark Kanemura on Instagram, then you're no stranger to his viral, always full-out dance videos to Carly Rae Jepsen's song, "Cut to the Feeling." They've been viewed, liked, and retweeted literally millions of times. And this past weekend, all the stars aligned: Kanemura brought those videos to life onstage with none other than Jepsen herself, at the Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco, CA.
The wait is (sort of) over, people: "DWTS: Juniors" has finally revealed this season's young ballroom pros and their mentors! To say that this list is star-studded is probably the biggest understatement of the year—these kids are no strangers to the competition scene. (In fact, we've already profiled four of them!). We're eagerly awaiting part two of the reveal, when the celebrities are announced. But in the meantime, get to know these mini superstars!
Quad Squad performing their routine on the "WOD" stage (screenshot via YouTube)
Last night's episode of "World of Dance" proves that there's literally an endless supply of talented dancers in this world. We're on week SEVEN of Qualifiers, and each week, we're continuously blown away by the competitors. Last night was no different, as eight more groups (all of whom deserved to advance) vied for a spot in the Duels.
Knee pain is, unfortunately, just one of those things that happens when you're a dancer. But how can you be sure that an annoying pinch here or a crunch there isn't something more serious? Dance Spirit turned to Marijeanne Liederbach, PhD, PT, ATC, CSCS—who is also director of the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone, research assistant professor at NYU School of Medicine, and owner of PT Plus in NYC—for a crash course on knee problems.
Where to begin?! We're still picking our jaw up off the floor after last night's insanely impressive "World of Dance" episode, one that was so jam-packed with standout performances and familiar faces, we don't even know how to recap it in all its glory! (!!!) Without further ado, here's what went down last night:
If Jenna Dewan has taught us anything these past few months, it's that dancing can truly heal the soul. Shortly after she and Channing Tatum split (and hearts around the world collectively broke), Dewan released a beautifully emotional video of herself dancing on a beach at sunset. It was pure, raw catharsis, and proof that the best way to handle your feelings is to dance through them. Now, in Harper's Bazaar, Dewan is dancing again—this time with a little help from a lot of sequins, fishnets, and shoulder pads.
Picture this: You've scored tickets to Ellen DeGeneres' hit show, "Ellen." The day has come, the show is as hysterical as ever, Ellen is debating the biggest hot-button issue since the blue/black or white/gold dress, "Laurel vs. Yanny" (side note: it's LAUREL, people), and tWitch is killing it over at the DJ booth, as always. Ellen decides it's the perfect time to single out an audience member and, lo and behold, that person is "SYTYCD" champ ( and December 2017 cover star!) Lex Ishimoto.
Well, this has certainly been an efficient season of "Dancing with the Stars." It seems like only yesterday (because it basically was) that we were freaking out over the new cast, daydreaming about routines for Adam Rippon, and recapping the premiere. Yet here we are—Week 3, the penultimate episode, the second-to-last chance to live in a world filled with glitter, fringe, and sequins for one glorious hour. There was some great dancing, and there were some gnarly eliminations. Without further ado, let's RECAP!
Probably what your face looked like when you saw your first ballet, let's be real. (Screenshot via YouTube)
It's safe to say that professional ballet dancers all have one thing in common: getting bit by the ballet bug at a very early age. Pacific Northwest Ballet corps member Elle Macy is no exception. Macy, who joined the company in 2012 as an apprentice, started dancing at age 5, and turned her childhood passion into a dream career, complete with perks ranging from traveling the world on tour with PNB, working with tons of amazing choreographers, and, most recently, introducing a group of wide-eyed kids to the amazing art form that is ballet.