Another reason why we love Rasta Thomas: he’s now a fashion designer. Yes, Rasta and his wife, Adrienne, will be creating a costume for the 2009 Ferreira catalogue. Inspired by their baby daughter, they’re making a short, possibly halter style dress in a nude microfiber covered in a crystal sheer fabric (sounds smokin’!). This project is part of a bunch of dance celebrities, including Lilyan Vigo (principal in the Carolina Ballet) and Martha Nichols (from "SYTYCD"), who’re designing costumes for Ferreira. The best part? All of the proceeds from the Celebrity Designer Costumes will be donated to the Childcare Worldwide (provides basic food and shelter for children and their families). Fashion and fundraising once again, go hand-in-hand!
Sidenote: You can help! Ferreira is looking for a fourth celebrity guest designer, so send them an email to email@example.com to nominate your favorite performer!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers by clicking on their names here:
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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.
James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)
Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.
Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.