The Rockettes Did the #MannequinChallenge and It Is Pretty Epic
It's kind of hard to believe that the #MannequinChallenge has only existed for about two weeks. Because it is absolutely EVERYWHERE. There is no better thing to do right now than to film you and your friends not moving for an uncomfortably long period of time. And we're not saying that sarcastically—we're actually obsessed with it. The results are frequently, for some confusing reason, mesmerizing.
When the Rockettes do the #MannequinChallenge, though? There's less confusion as to why that's awesome. First, the Rockettes can do no wrong; second, they're precision dancers, for goodness' sake, which means holding a pose is literally in their job description and they're darn good at it; and third, their take on the meme gives us a fascinating behind-the-scenes peek at Radio City Music Hall.
Major bonus points, by the way, go to the Rockette who chose to freeze herself mid-foam roll:
In our "Dear Katie" series, MCB 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!
I'm 14 and have been studying ballet seriously for about three years. Even though I feel ready,my teachers haven't put me on pointe yet. Am I doing something wrong? Should I ask them about it, or is it pointe-less?
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Samantha Figgins (Andrew Eccles)
Samantha Figgins is currently in her fifth season with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (and was a Dance Spirit cover girl back in 2013!). But what many people don't know is that the gorgeous dancer suffers from single-sided deafness. As a baby, Figgins contracted spinal meningitis, which caused her to lose all hearing in her right ear. She never gave up on her dance dreams, though, and fought her way through uncomfortable situations, never missing an opportunity to learn and grow. Now, after getting her first pair of hearing aids, she opens up about her path to success. —(As told to Courtney Celeste Spears)
Sara Esty as Maggie in "A Chorus Line" (courtesy Esty)
Sara Esty's ethereal grace and sophisticated charm have won over ballet and Broadway audiences alike. The bunhead-turned-Broadway-baby began training near her hometown in Gorham, ME, at the Maine State Ballet's School for the Performing Arts (with her equally fabulous twin sister, Leigh-Ann). She enrolled full-time at the Miami City Ballet School in 2004, and joined Miami City Ballet as an apprentice in 2005. In 2006, Esty won the Princess Grace Award, and she was promoted to soloist at MCB in 2011. After leaving MCB in 2014, she made her Broadway debut in An American in Parisas the understudy for Lise, and went on to share the role of Lise with her sister on the show's national tour. Most recently, she was seen in 5th Avenue Theatre's production of Marie, Dancing Stillin Seattle, WA. —Courtney Bowers