Few choreographers have worked on as many TV shows, movies and musicals as Marguerite Derricks. The Buffalo, NY, native’s recent credits include the TV shows “Bunheads” and “The Mindy Proejct,” the off-Broadway musical Heathers, Adele’s “Chasing Pavements” video and a bonus featurette for Disney’s Frozen.
Photo courtesy Marguerite Derricks
Growing up, Derricks attended summer programs at Canada’s National Ballet School and the School of American Ballet, and later performed in the TV series “Fame.” Her big break, however, came in the mid-1990s when she choreographed the first Austin Powers movie. She now has more than 30 credits—in film alone—on her resumé, and she’s the recipient of five MTV Movie Awards, three Emmy Awards and multiple American Choreography Awards. —Jenny Dalzell
All the dreams you desire are yours as long as you believe in yourself. There will be people along the way who will tell you that you can’t. Don’t listen! You’ve been blessed with everything you need to make it. Sometimes your dreams will turn out differently than you imagined—better, actually. But keep in mind that hard work and sacrifice will never go unnoticed.
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As your career takes off, try to stay in the moment and enjoy the ride. Be kind and collaborate—you can always learn from someone else. You’ll receive many rewards along the way, but always remember that the greatest reward is the work itself.
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list: