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. ❤️
Gabriel Figueredo in a variation from Raymonda. VAM Productions, Courtesy YAGP.
This week, over 1,000 young hopefuls gathered in New York City for the Youth America Grand Prix finals, giving them the chance to compete for scholarships and contracts to some of the world's top ballet schools and companies. Roughly 85 dancers made it to the final round at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Wednesday. Today, the 20th anniversary of YAGP came to a close at the competition's awards ceremony. Read on to find out who won!
After a string of ballet-company rejections, Jennifer Sydor (here in Laura Peterson's "Failure") found success in other areas of the dance world. (Stephen Delas Heras, courtesy Jennifer Sydor)
In her senior year at Butler University, Jennifer Sydor auditioned for more than a dozen regional ballet companies—and got a string of "no, thank you" responses. "I have an athletic build, and my movement quality isn't the typical ballet aesthetic," Sydor says. "But I'd been laser-focused on ballet. When I didn't get a ballet contract, I was heartbroken."
Her one job offer came from Kim Robards Dance, a small modern company based in Aurora, CO. After attending KRD's summer intensive, Sydor ended up accepting a yearlong position with the troupe. "I was relieved and happy to begin my career," she says. She's been working as a contemporary dancer ever since.
In the dance world, rejection is part of the package. That doesn't make it any more pleasant. But whether you didn't get the Nutcracker role of your dreams or you weren't picked for a job despite feeling like you aced the audition, you can emerge from even the most gut-wrenching "no" smarter and stronger.
Ballet West principal Beckanne Sisk as Kitri (Luke Isley, courtesy Ballet West)
Guess who's baaaaack?! Your resident Dance Spirit astrologers! And on the eve of the Youth America Grand Prix awards ceremony, we thought it was the perfect time to pair each zodiac sign with a variation commonly seen during the competition. After many painstaking hours spent researching, consulting the stars, and staring wistfully into the sky, we compiled our data and present you with the definitive list of each star sign as a YAGP variation! As we said last time, don't @ us if you're not happy with your pairing—the stars don't lie, baby!