Today's Google Doodle Celebrates International Women's Day with an Iconic Indian Dancer

Happy International Women's Day, dance friends! It feels more important than ever to celebrate talented female dance artists, who've repeatedly revolutionized the field—but who aren't always given the credit they deserve.

The folks at Google decided to celebrate #IWD2017 with a Google Doodle slideshow featuring 13 remarkable women from history. And we give them lots of props for including a trailblazing dancer in the mix: Rukmini Devi, who popularized the classical Indian dance form Bharatanatyam.


Before Devi, who was born in 1904, stepped in, Bharatanatyam was only performed in temples. Devi brought it to theaters, and to vibrant theatrical life, despite protests from some critics who considered her shows "vulgar."

Fun fact: Google also featured Devi in its February 29, 2016 Doodle, honoring what would have been her 112th birthday.

Who else is included in today's Doodle roundup? Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, American astronaut Sally Ride, English mathematician Ada Lovelace (also known as the world's first computer programmer), and French tennis champion Suzanne Lenglen, to name just a few.


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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to 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 on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

Chrissy

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Would that we could all live in Taylor Swift's Pride-topia, booty-popping with Todrick Hall and sharing snow cones with Adam Rippon in our rainbow-flag-bedecked RV park. But much as we're loving "You Need to Calm Down" and other similarly upbeat celebrations of Pride month, this is also a time to recognize the battles the members of the LGBTQIA+ community have fought—and are still fighting. That's one of the reasons why "I'm Gay," a new dance video by Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys, is so important.

The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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