We Are LIVING for the “Hamilton” Casts’ Epic Fosse Dance Battle

The Philip Tour cast of "Hamilton" giving us ALL the broken wrists (via YouTube)

Well, ladies and gents, it's finally happening: The long-awaited show "Fosse/Verdon" premiered on FX last night, in all its jazz-handed, pigeon-toed glory!

If you're a dancer with a pulse, you know that the connections between this series and the Broadway smash Hamilton run very deep. The two share choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, director Thomas Kail, and executive producer Lin-Manuel Miranda, to name just a few names. So we wouldn't say we're shocked that the various casts of Hamilton around the world—from London to Chicago to NYC—decided to celebrate the arrival of "Fosse/Verdon" with a big ol' Fosse dance-off. But we would say that we're absolutely obsessed with pretty much every entry in the challenge.


What fabulously fishnetted tribute is your fave? Take a look, and take your pick:

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Gabriel Figueredo in a variation from Raymonda. VAM Productions, Courtesy YAGP.

This week, over 1,000 young hopefuls gathered in New York City for the Youth America Grand Prix finals, giving them the chance to compete for scholarships and contracts to some of the world's top ballet schools and companies. Roughly 85 dancers made it to the final round at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Wednesday. Today, the 20th anniversary of YAGP came to a close at the competition's awards ceremony. Read on to find out who won!

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After a string of ballet-company rejections, Jennifer Sydor (here in Laura Peterson's "Failure") found success in other areas of the dance world. (Stephen Delas Heras, courtesy Jennifer Sydor)

In her senior year at Butler University, Jennifer Sydor auditioned for more than a dozen regional ballet companies—and got a string of "no, thank you" responses. "I have an athletic build, and my movement quality isn't the typical ballet aesthetic," Sydor says. "But I'd been laser-focused on ballet. When I didn't get a ballet contract, I was heartbroken."

Her one job offer came from Kim Robards Dance, a small modern company based in Aurora, CO. After attending KRD's summer intensive, Sydor ended up accepting a yearlong position with the troupe. "I was relieved and happy to begin my career," she says. She's been working as a contemporary dancer ever since.

In the dance world, rejection is part of the package. That doesn't make it any more pleasant. But whether you didn't get the Nutcracker role of your dreams or you weren't picked for a job despite feeling like you aced the audition, you can emerge from even the most gut-wrenching "no" smarter and stronger.

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Ballet West principal Beckanne Sisk as Kitri (Luke Isley, courtesy Ballet West)

Guess who's baaaaack?! Your resident Dance Spirit astrologers! And on the eve of the Youth America Grand Prix awards ceremony, we thought it was the perfect time to pair each zodiac sign with a variation commonly seen during the competition. After many painstaking hours spent researching, consulting the stars, and staring wistfully into the sky, we compiled our data and present you with the definitive list of each star sign as a YAGP variation! As we said last time, don't @ us if you're not happy with your pairing—the stars don't lie, baby!

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