Dance Theatre of Harlem's New Short Film Honors the Inspiring Power of Black Ballet Dancers
Dance Theatre of Harlem's annual New York City Center run kicks off next month. But rather than putting out a standard-issue promotional video for the season, the company produced a beautiful short film, "High Above," showing art's unique ability to lift us up.
With a title track by India.Arie, the film follows a young black girl's trip to a DTH performance after the death of her grandmother. Comforted and inspired by the gorgeous dancing—and by a special gift from dancer Alison Stroming—the girl returns home, and reflects on the memories she, her mother and her grandmother made at other DTH performances.
It's another reminder of how critical it is for black children to see dancers who look like them onstage—and of how singularly important the arts are in times of sadness and struggle.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.
When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.