Donkeys en Pointe: What It's Like to Dance Bottom in "The Dream"
Jillian Vanstone and Joe Chapman in The Dream. (Karolina Kuras, courtesy National Ballet of Canada)
Next weekend, the National Ballet of Canada will perform The Dream, Frederick Ashton's 1964 one-act version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Y'all know that dancing the roles of fairies, mischievous sprites, and star-crossed lovers is all in a typical day's work for professional ballet dancers. What's less typical for the three male dancers who perform as Bottom, the bumbling rustic who gets turned into a donkey? Dancing en pointe.
The NBC chronicled this terrific trio's journey with their brand-new boots via a fascinating new short video. Our favorite moment? When second soloist Spencer Hack says that learning the role has given him a new level of respect for the female dancers who do this every. darn. day. One more time for the donkeys in the back!
The Dream: Men on Pointe | 2018 | The National Ballet of Canada
Everyone loves the multitalented Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler. Everyone loves Olympic figure skater (and pop-culture icon) Adam Rippon. Everyone loves when dancers ice-skate, and vice versa. So what could possibly be more lovable than the latest episode of the YouTube show "Break the Ice with Adam Rippon," in which Rippon teaches the sisters Ziegler to skate? (Nothing. NOTHING is more lovable than this freakishly cute video.)
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It's safe to say that we're obsessed with the "So You Think You Can Dance" All Stars. Over the past few seasons, we've loved seeing them up on that "SYT" stage, guiding each new batch of contestants. Unsurprisingly, many of the All Stars are as charismatic online as they are onscreen. While we wait to hear which All Stars will be involved in Season 16, here are six from years past that you should totally be following on Insta.
Sage Humphries rehearsing "White" (Brooke Trisolini, courtesy Boston Ballet)
It's been an eventful few months for Sage Humphries, to say the least. Last November, the Boston Ballet company member made her (very well-received) choreographic debut with a piece called YOU, part of the company's BB@home: ChoreograpHER program. Just one week later, Humphries sustained an injury that kept her offstage for a couple of months. But she didn't have much downtime: Artistic director Mikko Nissinen soon asked Humphries to make a piece for Boston Ballet's first-ever appearance at Boston Calling Music Festival. Now that Humphries is back in the studio, Dance Spirit caught up with her to talk about making ballet rock, working with her composer brother, and what it's like to see her name next to William Forsythe's.