Probably the only time of year more stressful than Nutcracker season is May, when recitals are in full swing. The rehearsals, the costumes, the pressure—it's a LOT. But while it can definitely be a struggle, let's be real: It's also one of the best parts of being a dancer.
Here are 8 signs that recital season is here.
You're Having Costume-Induced Panic Attacks
Did all your costumes come in? Do they fit?! OMG, are you missing some sequins??! And don't even get us started on quick changes.
There's Glitter EVERYWHERE
No matter how many times you shower, it is practically impossible to get all of the glitter off of your body. You'll probably still be finding random sparkles on yourself 10 years from now.
Sorry—you're supposed to nail down three group routines, two duets, and one solo while also getting all your homework done? LOLOLOLOL.
Your Body Is One Giant Bruise
You basically feel like you've been run over seven times.
Your Blisters Have Blisters
Along those same lines: R.I.P., your feet.
You've Suddenly Become Ticketmaster
First, your mom tells you that you'll need five tickets for your family. A week later, your aunt and uncle are also coming. Then your cousins. Then your cousin's girlfriend. Then your uncle's brother's daughter's dog. Suddenly, you're getting...83 tickets??
Your Non-Dance Friends Think You've Been Abducted
They just don't understand that you have zero time to sleep during recital season, let alone hang out and have a social life. Cue the "Sorry, I have rehearsal!" texts.
You're Ready to Slay
No matter the struggles, the moment the curtain rises, you're gonna be ON.
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: