It's May, which means it's time to gear up for your studio's annual recital! Yes, every group's performance preparations are different, but here are the eight stages pretty much every dancer goes through.
Doing Spring Cleaning on Steroids
Every arm, head, and accent must. be. the. same. And if it takes running the number "one more time" about 50 times, so be it.
Trying to Get Every Single Person You Know to Buy a Recital Ticket
Your old preschool teacher, your second cousin twice-removed, the Starbucks barista: Basically anyone you've ever interacted with is getting an invite to your recital. You've worked too hard this year not to have a 50-person entourage greet you at the stage door!
Stocking Up on Survival Supplies
10 packs of bobby pins, 3 cans of hairspray, 2 boxes of makeup-remover wipes and, oh, 30 pounds of snacks should be just enough to get you through the weekend, right?
Remembering that School Is Still a Thing
Why oh why do final exams have to coincide with this mayhem? Doesn't your school understand the demands of recital season?
Spending a Few Glorious Minutes Onstage
It's finally show time, and your moment in the spotlight is e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, because you understand how much work it takes to get there! You're almost sad to be hearing your recital songs for the last time…almost.
Spending a Very Not-Glorious 30 Seconds Between Each of Your Dances
If quick-changing costumes were an Olympic sport, you'd most certainly win the gold.
Bidding the Seniors Farewell
After final bows, the curtain falls, and you're left in a sea of sobbing dancers because 1) you're exhausted and 2) all of your besties are officially heading off to college without you.
Realizing it’s Actually NOT the End of Everything
Get some rest and enjoy your five days of summer dance-cation, because Nationals rehearsals start bright and early next weekend!
Ralph Lauren is kicking off the celebration bright and early with a gender-neutral capsule collection featuring a rainbow version (naturally) of its pony logo. And the brand chose a bunch of influential LGBTQIA+ community members to model the looks—including our favorite danseur in heels, Houston Ballet soloist Harper Watters.
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.