"Moulin Rouge! The Musical" Wants to Send You to Paris—and NYC

The company of "Moulin Rouge!" during last year's Boston run (Matthew Murphy, courtesy Boneau/Bryan-Brown)

Well, this is just...SPECTACULAR SPECTACULAR. As if the upcoming Broadway run of Moulin Rouge! The Musical wasn't already "so exciting," the show has announced that one fan (plus their dance bestie) will get to go on an all-expenses-paid trip not only to Paris (the setting of Moulin Rouge!) but also to NYC (to catch opening night of the musicalization). The only catch is that by entering the contest, you automatically sign up for email updates from the show—which, let's be honest, you probably want anyway if you've already read this far. Safe to say that this is (as Harold Zidler would say) "magnificent, opulent, tremendous, stupendous, gargantuan, bedazzlement!"


courtesy Boneau/Bryan-Brown

The winner will be announced on June 28, which just so happens to be the first day of Broadway previews. So what are you waiting for? The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just...how great it would be to win this sweepstakes. (Yeahhhhh didn't think that one through very well, but also couldn't resist.🤷🏼♀️)

Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler, with members of the "Moulin Rouge! The Musical" ensemble (Matthew Murphy, courtesy Boneau/Bryan-Brown)

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to 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.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

Chrissy

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Would that we could all live in Taylor Swift's Pride-topia, booty-popping with Todrick Hall and sharing snow cones with Adam Rippon in our rainbow-flag-bedecked RV park. But much as we're loving "You Need to Calm Down" and other similarly upbeat celebrations of Pride month, this is also a time to recognize the battles the members of the LGBTQIA+ community have fought—and are still fighting. That's one of the reasons why "I'm Gay," a new dance video by Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys, is so important.

The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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