Broadway vet Cameron Adams, dancing Warren Carlyle's choreo from "She Loves Me" (screenshot via YouTube)
Okay, y'all: It's time to call it like it is. You've now been home from school for several days. You've spent some QT with the fam, gorged on all of the holiday goodies, and are finally starting to get just the sliiiiiiiiiightest bit tired of staring into space doing *~nothing~*. You've entered the little-understood (but super-prevalent) state called Winter Break Boredom. This calls for a boredom buster—and boy, do we have a great one for you.
Enter BroadwayBox's genius "Dancing Through My Broadway Resume" YouTube series. It's a simple concept, with BRILLIANT execution. Take a longtime musical-theater dancer, put them in a studio at Broadway Dance Center, and have them dance the most exciting excerpts from each and every show they've performed on the Great White Way. Oh yeah, and overlay the footage with said dancer telling fascinating anecdotes from their illustrious career. Did we mention it's absolutely brilliant? And that we kinda-sorta wish we'd thought of it first? (Four for you, BroadwayBox. You GO, BroadwayBox!)
The roster (at press time, there are 13 videos in all) is chock-full of your favorite Broadway babes—and a few you've maybe never heard of, but definitely should know. In no particular order, a few of the dancers whose seriously impressive resumes we were most excited to watch unfold in real time:
So whatever you're looking for this winter break—inspiration, relaxation, or boredom-busting—"Dancing Through My Resume" is here for you. Next, we'd love a behind-the-scenes look at how these clips are rehearsed and come together!
(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.