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:

The West End Cast

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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 by clicking on their names here:

Read Darriel's profile here

Read Diego's profile here

Read Emma's profile here

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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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.

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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.

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