Mackenzie Ziegler's new book (courtesy Simon and Schuster)
Mackenzie Ziegler was blessed with skillz. Between dancing, singing, and partnering with tween retail chain Justice to design her own line of activewear, Mackenzie continues to wow fans with her versatility and willingness to take on exciting new projects. And now the dancer is adding author to her list of side hustles.
Titled Mackenzie's Rules for Life: How to be Happy, Healthy, and Dance to Your Own Beat, the book gives advice and tips on friends, family, fitness, personal style, and a whole lot more. Mackenzie hopes the experiences she shares in the book will help other teens cultivate the confidence to be themselves and follow their dreams. Readers will also get a glimpse at what it's like to grow up in the public eye and how that's influenced Mackenzie's perspective.
"I hope that by sharing my journey I can inspire young people everywhere to find a positive outlook, to be courageous with your dreams, and to always be yourself. We're in this together!" Mackenzie says.
The book hits bookshelves tomorrow, but you can also enter Dance Spirit's giveaway (tomorrow) to win a free copy.
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: