Happy #WorldEmojiDay!

Hey guys! Are you communicating solely through the intense facial expressions of tiny yellow pictures on your phone? Well, you should be, because today is #WorldEmojiDay. Ever notice how the emoji calender is July 17? Yep, that's today!

The best part about the Twitterverse emoji participation are the ballet synopses popping up from some of our favorite companies.

Here's Birmingham Royal Ballet's quick and dirty version of Romeo and Juliet:

(via @BRB, on Twitter)

 

And here's The Royal Ballet's full-length emoji extravaganza:

(via @LondonBallerina [principal Lauren Cuthbertson] on Twitter) 

Of course, we got in on the fun too. What do you think of our emoji version of The Sleeping Beauty?

#perf

 

When Alexei Ratmansky re-created The Sleeping Beauty for American Ballet Theatre this year, he and his wife actually learned to read old-fashioned Russian dance notation so that they could stay true to the original choreography and designs. Fortunately for dance historians of the future, our emoji synopsis is rendered in universally understood images. Pretty much sums the ballet up, amirite?

Tweet your own emoji synopses to us at @Dance_SpiritMag!

 

 

Latest Posts


Meet the dancers of MDC3: Madi Smith, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Mather (left to right). Photo by Joe Toreno. Hair by Marina Migliaccio and makeup by Lisa Chamberlain, both for the Rex Agency.

Meet MDC3: The "World of Dance" Winners Who Defied the Odds

In March 2020, the same day the "World of Dance" cast got word that production would be shutting down due to a global pandemic, MDC3 artists Madison (Madi) Smith, Diego Pasillas and Emma Mather stood shoulder to shoulder onstage, bracing to hear the final results of the competition. The champion title and $1 million prize money were within reach, decided entirely by the three celebrity judges sitting in front of them. As their competitor's scores dropped from the lips of Derek Hough, Jennifer Lopez and Ne-Yo at roughly 2 percentage points below their own, viewers watched realization dawn. MDC3's mouths dropped into gigantic Oh's before their hands slapped over their faces in disbelief. Sparklers shot up while confetti rained down, and the announcer shouted, "MDC3, you are the winner of 'World of Dance'!"

It was an impressive accomplishment for any group of dancers, let alone three teenagers who'd faced rejection from the show three times over. Despite their youth (Madi is 18, Diego is 17 and Emma is 16), this moment was hard earned through years of dedicated patience.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Mason Evans assisting at New York City Dance Alliance in Orlando, FL (Evolve Photo & Video, courtesy Mason Evans)

5 Dancers Share What It's Really Like to Return to Competitions Right Now

For the first time since the coronavirus hit the U.S., competitions and conventions are meeting in-person once again (brimming with safety precautions, of course), and dancers couldn't be more thrilled.

We asked five standout comp kids about their recent experiences attending competitions around the country—and how they're taking advantage of these long-lost opportunities.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Because the future of Black dance is happening right now (Braylon Browner photographed by Rhiannon Lee, courtesy Braylon Browner)

Celebrating Black Futures Month: 4 Up-and-Coming Black Dancers Making History Right Now

Throughout the month of February, many Americans celebrate Black History Month, a period of the year dedicated to honoring the contributions of Black figures to American culture and society.

The lesser-known Black Futures Month, which is also celebrated in February—and often in conjunction with BHM—looks to art and artists to envision an equitable future for Black Americans. At Dance Spirit, we're celebrating #BlackFuturesMonth by spotlighting four young Black dancers whose dance journeys are proving that the future of Black dance is bright.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

contest
Enter the Cover Model Search