#OldHeadshotDay Is the Best Ever—and It's Not Just About Nostalgia
Choreographer/creative director Brian Friedman's contribution to #OldHeadshotDay (via @brianfriedman on Instagram)
Lately, it seems like every day is another "National/International Something Day." National Dance Day, International Women's Day, etc. have become perennial social-media celebrations—and we're hoping the same holds true for #OldHeadshotDay, which started blowing up Twitter and Instagram yesterday.
As you'd expect, we've gotten to see tons of dance celebs' hilariously dated first headshots (nice to see you again, puka shells and über-crunchy curls). But we think #OldHeadshotDay resonates because it actually touches on something much deeper than simply cringing at the trends we all used to think looked cool. Getting to see dance's biggest stars with baby faces/without retouching/with their entire careers still ahead of them reminds us that we all start out young, scrappy, and hungry (apologies to Lin-Manuel Miranda!).
Social media tends to shine a spotlight on only our most flawless moments, like when we've already netted that enviable gig or signed the principal contract. That's exactly why we need #OldHeadshotDay: a lighthearted reminder that we all start somewhere—and that dance can take you to amazing places you could never imagine when you sit down for that first session with a headshot photographer.
So enjoy, in no particular order, ten of our favorite #OldHeadshotDay posts from the dance world's brightest stars. Dream big, kiddos—but maybe skip the butterfly clips, yeah?
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: