Happy Thanksgiving! Love, Dance Spirit
Hi friends! It's Thanksgiving, that day when we gather with our families to eat turkey, and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and maybe eat some more turkey, and watch football, and definitely eat a little more turkey. And, you know, give thanks for all the wonderfulness in our lives. Because Pilgrims.
But seriously: Us dancers in particular have a lot to be thankful for right now! I mean, this was the year that gave us Hamilton, and the Fraternal Twins, and the Center Stage 3 announcement, and the Justin Bieber "Purpose" movie, and the Sergei Polunin Hozier video. Our dance cups runneth over.
Here at Dance Spirit, we have a little Thanksgiving tradition: I force the other editors to tell me what dance-y things they're most thankful for. And every year, their responses make me so stupid happy. Because this is what Thanksgiving is all about, Charlie Brown.
Without further ado:
Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone, assistant editor: "I'm thankful for the hip-hop littles who bring fire, the freelancers who keep hustling, Left Shark for showing us how to live and Batsheva Dance Company in Sadeh21 for turning me into an emotional wreck."
Olivia Manno, assistant editor: "The dance-y things I'm thankful for are (in no particular order): James Whiteside's calves, Yanis Marshall's stiletto collection and the fact that it was not only acceptable to blog about Drake's 'Hotline Bling' dance as much as possible, but highly encouraged."
Alyssa Marks, style editor: "This Thanksgiving (and every one, honestly), I'm thankful for Newsies—the Broadway show, the Broadway tour and the movie! I can never get enough of those fabulous dancing men."
AwwWWWww. Feeling those Turkey Day feels right now. As for me: I'm thankful to be right here at Dance Spirit, a place that lets me obsess over the dance world I love each and every day. And for the fact that Center Stage is on HBO Go right now. And for this GIF:
Last week Disney Channel star Sofia Wylie released a behind-the-scenes look at the making of her YouTube dance series. Along with some stellar dancing, the video shows the dance community featured in her "4k Dance Series" and the things they've learned from being a part of the dance project. And though the project features dance, we love that it also emphasizes supporting and building up fellow dancers.
Showstopper has been making its impact on the dance world since 1978. Before then, dancers didn't have a stage to perform on, the opportunity to learn from peers, or a competitive outlet like most sports. Debbie Roberts recognized this missing piece in the dance community and that is how America's first and longest running dance competition, Showstopper, was born. Debbie taught dance for over 26 years and owned and operated her own dance studio for 20 years. She is now the owner and National Director of Showstopper, along side her husband, Dave Roberts. Dancer, teacher, business owner, author, and mother, Debbie has made dance her life's career.
Sometimes, you hear talk about an upcoming class video and it sounds too good to be real. Wait: Todrick Hall made a track featuring RuPaul, and then Todrick personally asked Brian Friedman to choreograph it, and then Brian got Maddie and Charlize and Jade and Kaycee and Sean and Gabe and Larsen and Bailey to come out for the class? I just...that can't be right. Can it?
It is right, friends. It is SO RIGHT.
Team USA is totally taking over "Dancing with the Stars" this season! Casting for the upcoming athletes-only "DWTS" cycle, which kicks off April 30, was just announced. And the roster includes a whole bunch of Olympic favorites—including not one, not two, but three figure-skating standouts.
Winter is drawing to a close and you know what that means -- It's time to really kick this year into gear! Move U has done the research so you can find your best match, look good, and feel great this season with a twist unique to your team! Here are five looks to put your performance on the map in 2018.
With several Shaping Sound tours and TV credits like "So You Think You Can Dance," "Dancing with the Stars," and "Boardwalk Empire" to her name, you wouldn't expect Kate Harpootlian to be refreshingly down-to-earth. But that's exactly how she is: As soon as you start talking to the gifted dancer and choreographer, it becomes clear that she doesn't take herself too seriously. And she's happy to tell hilarious stories to prove it. (Ask her about the time she did a Mr. Peanut impression when Mia Michaels asked her to improvise, or the time she starred in a Japanese makeup commercial and had to do grand pliés wearing one pointe shoe and one flat shoe.)
That mixture of humor and grace is evident in Harpootlian's growing body of choreographic work. Her one-act show Better Late Than Never, for example, which premiered last summer, has a jazzy, West Side Story vibe, offsetting heavier moments with touches of whimsy. "There's always a balance in my work," Harpootlian says. "I want to use humor to balance out the darker aspects. It's like one of my friends once said: 'You make me laugh, and then you make me feel bad for laughing.' "
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email email@example.com for a chance to be featured!
I grip my quads, and I don't know how to stop. I'm totally overdeveloping my quad muscles. How can I retrain myself so I use my legs correctly? Help!
You know that pirouette dream, when your placement is so perfect you can keep turning forever? That dream is the reality for highly technical tappers, who benefit from the decreased friction of their shoes. Get the placement right and, with a strong spot, they can pirouette for days.
But turning in tap shoes isn't all easy. In fact, those delightfully friction-free shoes bring their own set of challenges, and dancers can easily fall into the spinning-top trap by letting the turn control them, rather than the other way around. Here's how to harness your tap-turning potential.
Given that we're still processing our own sadness about the recent dissolution of the couple formerly known as #TeamTatum, we can only imagine how many feelings Jenna Dewan must be feeling. But like all dancers, Dewan knows the best way to deal with big emotions is to dance through them.