Hamilton Is Coming to Broadway and We Are SO EXCITED

Soooo have you all heard about the new Lin-Manuel Miranda musical, Hamilton? It's possibly the least likely show of all time: It tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the United States' founding fathers, through, um, rap and R&B. Here's the thing, though: Apparently it's incredible.

Hamilton is currently playing off-Broadway at NYC's Public Theater. But it was just announced that the unstoppable hit, which has been getting big ol' raves left and right, will be moving to the Great White Way's Richard Rodgers Theatre this July. The Richard Rodgers, btw, is where Miranda's last stroke of genius, In the Heights, played for three years.

"That's nice and all," you say, "but is there any dancing in this 18th-century rap musical?" OH HECK YES THERE IS. Because guess what else Hamilton has in common with In the Heights? Mr. Andy Blankenbuehler, whose signature high-octane choreo brings even more crazy energy to the show. The cast also features a slew of talented dancers, including Ariana DeBose, Thayne Jasperson and Ephraim Sykes. You know artists of that caliber aren't just step-touching in the back. So, yeah: Get excited, y'all.

(L to R) Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda break it down in Hamilton (photo by Joan Marcus)

If you're having a hard time picturing what all this out-of-the-box amazingness looks like, watch this montage of some of Hamilton's best moments:

Then listen to Miranda blaze through the musical's incredible opening rap, which he first performed at the White House Poetry Jam back in 2009:

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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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