From the Window to Walls: Emily Kikta's Apartment Ballet
Dancer problem #472: Every time you see an empty space—whether it's a roof top or a basketball court—your mind's eye immediately turns it into a stage.
Emily Kikta—one of the most dynamic dancers in the New York City Ballet corps—recently moved out of her old apartment and decided to take advantage of the empty space before she had to return her keys. The result is a site-specific ballet with some interesting restrictions: How do you make an exciting dance when you have to do it in an apartment the size of a postage stamp?
Choreographed by fellow NYCB dancer Peter Walker (and danced by Peter, Emily, Jackie Bologna and Preston Chamblee), the choreography makes use of the loft, windowsill and walls to create a super-cool and unique ballet that couldn't happen anywhere else.
They had just a little bit more room in Singing in the Rain.
Shot in a vintage-y sepia tone, this dance could be the ballet interlude in a movie musical. It certainly uses the same concept as the "Good Morning" scene from Singing in the Rain: Our homes provide a natural stage. Check it out below!
(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.