You know those days when you're a little bit down on dance? Maybe you just don't feel like going to ballet class, or staying after school for dance team rehearsal, or spending your weekend at a competition. You've temporarily lost your dance love. But don't worry, I have a cure.
The city of Montreal hosts a huge swing dance festival every year, and this year some of the participants engaged in an invitational dance-off, showcasing Lindy-Hoppers versus street dancers. Um? Yes. Yes they did.
Think those dance styles don't have anything in common? Think again, and watch their footwork closely. The street dancers pay homage to old-school jazz and vaudeville, while the swing dancers funk-up their super-fast style with some isolations and freezes.
The video is long, so get comfy and prepare to smile for fifteen minutes straight—and if this doesn't remind you of why you love to dance, I don't know what will!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)
Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer