When you hear "Nigel Lythgoe" and "Debbie Allen" in the same sentence, there's got to be some major dance tea brewing. In this case, it's super-exciting news: The two industry icons are joining forces to launch a new, L.A.–based dance festival that's basically going to bring dance heaven to earth.
Ever wish that Kenneth MacMillan's iconic ballet production of Romeo and Juliet could have a beautiful love child with the Leo DiCaprio/Claire Danes film version?
Wish granted: Today, the trailer for a new film called Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words was released, featuring MacMillan's choreography and with what looks like all the cinematic glamour we could ever dream of.
When Alison Stroming was a 15-year-old student at American Ballet Theatre's Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis School, she had a chance encounter at the water fountain with none other than Misty Copeland. "I was grabbing a drink, and when I turned around, Misty greeted me with a 'Hey girl!' My mouth just dropped," remembers Stroming. Copeland ended up taking Stroming under her wing, helping the young dancer carve out her place within the cutthroat dance world. "To this day, I turn to her for advice," Stroming says. "She's more than a mentor—she's become a big sister and a friend."
This relationship with Copeland inspired Stroming to launch AS Mentorship, a new program that allows Stroming to build relationships with 15 handpicked dance students over the course of a year. We caught up with Stroming to talk about the importance of a program like this, how she selects her dancers, and how dancers can find mentors of their own.
Before this season even started, it was already the most dramatic season of "Dancing with the Stars." Not only did we have to wait a year in serious anticipation, but once Season 28 was announced, the drama didn't stop.
Between the revamp of the ballroom and the voting system, the loss of both the troupe and some of our favorite pros (we miss you, Sharna and Artem!), the controversy over certain stars joining the lineup, and then, just yesterday, the announcement that a last-minute mother-daughter switch-up would take place following a serious, in-rehearsal injury? Whew. We feel like we've had a season's worth of action, and it's only the premiere, folks!
In "So You Think You Can Dance" Land, there are really two finales.
First, there's the competition finale. The second-to-last episode—the one that matters. The one where the Top 4 dancers must step it up to an unbelievably high, seemingly unsustainable level, dancing for their lives for a full two hours. It's an exciting episode, that almost-finale. But it's stressful.
That's why the finale finale—the one where we find out the results—is so much fun. When the last finale rolls around, everyone can relax. The results—a tally of the combined votes from the past two weeks—are in. This finale, the real finale, means it's time to take a deep breath and just dance.
It's not that the final episode doesn't matter. It matters! But this one is just for fun. This one is the celebration of surviving the season—for the Top 4, the judges, and, hey, the audience in the studio and at home.
And of course, this show's 16th finale didn't disappoint. Cat Deeley in that sleek, sexy black ensemble definitely didn't disappoint. All the tearful montages didn't disappoint. And the revisiting of the best performances of the season—well, that part never disappoints!
After a brilliant, high-energy, disco-esque opening number for the Top 10 (courtesy Mandy Moore) and nearly two hours' worth of the most memorable routines of the season (chosen by the judges and the Top 4), it was time to reveal the results:
YouTubers and Arnold sister stans, take note: One of our favorite powerhouse dancing families is starting its own YouTube channel! And considering that the Arnolds have gathered over nine thousand subscribers in just five days, it seems like we're not the only ones who've been dreaming of this moment.
We've been dying to hear more about "On Pointe," a docuseries following students at the School of American Ballet, since we first got wind of the project this spring. Now—finally!—we know where this can't-miss show is going to live: It was just announced that Disney+, the new streaming service set to launch November 12, has ordered the series.
Tucked into an almost two-hour Apple announcement video is pure dance gold: a promo for the newest version of the Apple Watch featuring none other than the trailblazing jack-of-all-styles herself, Emma Portner.
With so much dance in pop culture these days—from TV shows like "Fosse/Verdon" and "Pose" to the resurgence of movie musicals to movement-rich music videos—it's not surprising that the entertainment industry has decided to tip its hat to dance.
This week, plans for an L.A.–based Dance Hall of Fame were announced.
Dancers breaking world records before they've even had their morning coffee? Shouldn't surprise you, considering our next-level enthusiasm for absolutely anything that has to do with dance. And that's exactly the feat 300+ dancers—myself included!—achieved this morning on the streets of NYC.
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Jellicle cats, come one and all—because there's even more (and even more amazing) behind-the-scenes footage from the new Cats movie, and it is full of dancy goodness. So, paws whatever you're doing, and go watch this new BTS video right meow (and no, the cat puns aren't stopping).
The one before the last one! Last night on "So You Think You Can Dance," the Top 4—Gino, Mariah, Bailey, and Sophie—took to the stage for the final night of competition. They danced with each other in every possible combination, with an All-Star, and in a solo. And, yay, no one was sent home at the end!
Of course, next week, four become one. But until then, here's what you need to know:
Did you hear the news, dance friends? National Dance Day has moved! Rather than falling at the end of July (as it has since 2010), going forward the holiday will be held on the third Saturday in September—September 21st this year. And that means you still have a little more than two weeks to plan your celebrations.
NDD 2019 promises to be bigger and better than ever. Here are five reasons to get hyped about our favorite holiday.
Summer is synonymous with "So You Think You Can Dance." For the past 15 seasons (because there was that rogue sixth season that aired in the fall, remember?), the onset of summer has signaled the start of the audition rounds. And Labor Day weekend has meant it's time to wind down.
But while we've reached that end-of-summer time, this year, it seems like the season should just be getting started. The live shows only began a few weeks ago! The chemistry is finally starting to heat up! Dominic has only cried, like, 12 times! Surely we can't already be down to the Top 4, can we?
We can. Last night, the Top 6 took to the live show stage for a partner routine, a solo, a mini group performance, and a duet with an All-Star. By the end, four remained—the four going on to compete in the grand finale. Here's what happened, and who's still in it to win it.
After days spent rallying against "Good Morning America" host Lara Spencer's flippant comments about boys doing ballet, the dance world triumphed on Monday. Not only did Spencer issue a lengthy on-air apology, complete with an interview with Robbie Fairchild, Travis Wall and Fabrice Calmels, but over 300 dancers gathered outside of the "GMA" studios for an impromptu ballet class.
The dance field seemed geared to press forward with positivity; a change.org petition urging "GMA" to cover the benefits of ballet for young men has gathered over 40,000 signatures, and many are examining the ways in which the #boysdancetoo movement can be made more inclusive. This made it all the more disheartening to open Instagram this morning and see that Fox News commentators Raymond Arroyo and Laura Ingraham took the bullying a step further last night, mocking Spencer's apology on a program called "The Ingraham Angle."