She's a goddess. (Photo by Nisian Hughes, via Instagram)
Misty Copeland's on a roll. Lately, it seems like we can hardly go a week without hearing about some new project, honor or accomplishment attributed to the American Ballet Theatre soloist. I mean, weren't we just telling you about her U.S. debut as Odette/Odile in the Washington Ballet's Swan Lake like...three days ago?
Yesterday, Copeland demonstrated her bottomless energy and drive—once again. (Seriously, does she sleep?!) Oxygen Media announced an upcoming reality series: "The Misty Copeland Project." As of now, there's not a whole lot of info out there about the series (including an estimated start date). But what we do know is that this doesn't seem like it's going to be "Keeping up with the Kardashians"-style reality TV—meaning it won't focus on Copeland's day-to-day personal life. Instead, the show's premise centers on #MentorMisty (can we make that a thing?). It'll follow a handful of ballet students—with their sights set on professional careers—as they travel to NYC for the ultimate Copeland coaching experience. Intriguing, no?
We'll be on the lookout for the deets, but in the meantime, let us know your thoughts in the comments: What direction would you like to see "The Misty Copeland Project" take?
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.
When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.