We have none other than Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo to thank for bringing our attention to this little piece of magic. They posted it yesterday, noting that it deserved to go viral, and they're 100 percent correct. The super old-school clip of three dancers performing an intricate tap routine in pointe shoes—THEY'RE TAPPING ON POINTE, YOU GUYS—is weird and wonderful and totally wild.
Here's a fun fact: A little less than 100 years ago, this kind of spectacle would've been much more familiar to dance fans.The art of toe-tap enjoyed a burst of popularity in the 1920s and 30s, appearing in several Hollywood films. You can see amazing toe-tapper Joyce Murray doing a jaw-dropping routine from The Broadway Melody of 1929 at 3:07 in this video:
Dancers: dazzling the world with should-be-physically-impossible feats since pretty much the beginning of time. #OldSchoolEducation
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers by clicking on their names here:
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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.
James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)
Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.
Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.