This New Nick Young Tap Video Has Us Packing Our Bags for L.A.
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Is it too much to say that this is tap as you've never seen it before? Too late, I already said it!
Tap dancers in the know always pay attention when Nick Young comes out with something new, and it's so not hard to see why. He's an incredibly versatile dancer (he casually made it to the Top 20 on Season 8 of "SYTYCD") who makes work that's can't-look-away-for-even-a-second compelling (like, 2nd-runner-up-at-the-A.C.E.-Awards compelling).
Now, alongside his company Rhythmatic, Young's putting the final touches on a full-length show called "On Top of the World," set to premiere June 3 in L.A. Yesterday he released a video of the show's opening solo—and can we just say that we are SHOOKETH. The intensity! The intricacy! The incredible possibilities of tap in the hands of a choreographer this inventive! Okay, we'll stop fangirling long enough for you to see for yourself.
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: