This is kind of a dance-nerd moment, but we're so happy about it we needed to share it. The New Yorkers for Dance campaign is a beautiful thing: Dance/NYC made a series of videos featuring New Yorkers talking about why dance is important to them. There's one video that features a mashup of people from each of the city's 51 council districts, and it really shows how dance has impacted the lives of all kinds of different people.
Why do we love this? Even though we're suckers for the best of the best in the dance world, sometimes the power of dance is revealed in the ways it affects people who aren't stars, or even highly trained dancers. The New Yorkers for Dance campaign could have showcased famous dancers talking about why dance is important, but it seems more poignant to have relatable, real New Yorkers sharing their commitment to our favorite art form.
(Also, Andrea Miller makes a very silly cameo at the end!)
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured!
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?
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.