Ain't no party like a Beyoncé party, 'cause a Beyoncé party don't stop...in this case, literally, for 24 hours.
What am I talking about? (Besides my daily life, which basically is a never-ending Beyoncé party lbh?) I'm talking about MTV's attempt to set the Guinness World Record for Longest Dance Relay Marathon, which is happening right now as part of the channel's Break the Record week. MTV's goal is to keep people dancing in Times Square, NYC, for 24 solid hours. Obviously, Beyoncé is the best dancing music ever, so they're only playing Beyoncé songs. Hence, #Beyoncethon.
The event, hosted by Todrick Hall, started last night at 11 pm and will continue through 11 pm tonight.
"But Margaret," you're saying, "I live in Pittsburgh/Des Moines/Sacramento and can't get to Times Square today, wahhhhhh!"
DO NOT PANIC. BEYONCÉ LIVES IN ALL OF US, NO MATTER WHERE WE ARE.
And what I mean by that is, there are a few different ways for non-New Yorkers to get involved. If you just want to keep an eye on the proceedings and possibly join in from your living room every time "Partition" comes on (yaaaas), check out the #Beyoncethon livestream right here. (It's also a live picture-in-picture on MTV all day today.)
Those of you feeling slightly more ambitious can share videos of your best Bey moves on Twitter, Instagram and Vine using the #Beyoncethon hashtag. If the spirit of the Queen is truly in you, your video might be featured on air.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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.
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.