Let Kyle Hanagami Warm You Up with "Sweater Weather"
Holy mother it's cold outside. If you live anywhere in the northeast-to-middle section of the country, odds are very, verrrrry good that you're bundled in the biggest, warmest sweater you own. Or three of them. Brr.
Apparently one of our favorites, Kyle Hanagami, is not only a fabulous choreographer but also something of a meteorologist: He couldn't have picked a more perfect moment to put out a gorgeous dance video set to Alyson Stoner and Max Schneider's "Sweater Weather." Nothing like a little dancing to fend off that cold, amirite? And as always, Hanagami's is especially wonderful. I love the way he blends softness and lyricism with harder, accented passages—and makes it all look so easy.
I'm also obsessed with the fantastic Haley Fitzgerald, his foil in "Sweater Weather" and one of his most frequent partners in crime. If you're one of the three people who haven't seen Fitzgerald's star-making turn in Hanagami's "Yoncé" video, go fix that now.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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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.