A dancer participating in a Movement Exchange program (via Instagram, @movementexchange)
It's #GivingTuesday, and people around the world are giving back. So how can you? Check out how these organizations that are making a difference—one dance move at a time.
Movement Exchange is an organization that combines dance and service. With 21 chapters at universities across the U.S. and international exchanges in Panama and Brazil, Movement Exchange strives to strengthen community bonds and build confidence through dance. The organization runs dance classes for underserved communities and hosts an annual fundraising and dance awareness day organized differently by each individual chapter.
How to Get Involved: Donate today or, if you're in college, look to join (or start!) a chapter at your own university!
Make use of the dance clothes you've outgrown or no longer want, and donate them to Dancewear Drive—an organization that takes gently used dancewear and gives it to students in need. Based out of L.A., the Dancewear Drive accepts donations from across the country with Dancer Delegates working nationwide to oversee collections in their own communities. All donations benefit dance organizations with special programs for students who could not attend dance classes on their own.
How to Get Involved: Visit collection sites in the L.A. area or send your dancewear here! If you're age 13 and up, you can even apply to become a delegate of the Dancewear Drive to start collecting in your own hometown.
Dizzy Feet Foundation
You may know the Dizzy Feet Foundation from its sponsorship of every dancer's fave holiday, National Dance Day. But Dizzy Feet does so much more. For 10 years, this organization has helped bring dance to underserved communities, providing classes and programs that otherwise would be impossible. The foundation gives grants to eligible organizations across the country. Through dance, Dizzy Feet works to improve lives and inspire a new generation of dancin' fiends.
How to Get Involved: Donate online today, or get involved during the next National Dance Day!
Dancing Dreams is an organization that provides dance classes and performance opportunities for kids, teens, and young adults with physical disabilities. Operating under a mantra of everybody can dance, each class is modified depending on the needs of the dancers to ensure that each person can participate. The annual performance includes sets and costumes, giving the dancers a full-blown performance experience.
How to Get Involved: Volunteer with the Dancing Dreams Leadership Program for teens in the NYC or Long Island area and work weekly with students in classes. Help out with their annual performance as well!
(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.