Watch This Incredibly Powerful Dance Protesting Gun Violence
As hundreds of thousands of students across the country participated in school walkouts and marches over the past few weeks, protesting school shootings and gun violence in America, one group of young comp kids decided to take a stand through dance. And the resulting video is truly powerful.
Choreographed and directed by
Chelsea Jennings, the video features dancers from Club Dance Studio in Mesa, AZ, including Dance Spirit faves like Avery Gay, Jaycee Wilkins, Brynn Rumfallo, Brooklin Cooley, and Claire Mertens. Dressed in orange in honor of 14-year-old Parkland shooting victim and dancer Jaime Guttenberg, the girls perform some gorgeous and emotional choreo, and hold up posters displaying rallying cries like "Enough is Enough" and "We Are The Future."
The mission of the piece? To spread love. The video's YouTube page says, "In a world where you can be anything, be kind. We hope to spread awareness, support and love to those in need. We believe in a brighter tomorrow. We are the future."
Jaime's dad, Fred Guttenberg, even tweeted his approval:
My daughter Jaime loved to dance and lived for her dance sisters. For those who want to know what dance meant to us, please watch. I have no words and honestly, am Ok to say that I am very emotional typing this. WOW!!!https://t.co/kRZwHPUWz0 — Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) March 22, 2018
Not only is the video a beautiful tribute to those we've lost in school shootings, it's also a reminder of how important it is to stand up for what you believe in through your art, no matter how young you are.
Hug your dance sisters a little tighter today, and always remember to be kind. ❤️
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: