#5: The daydreaming-about-your-bed stage. (Google Images)
Rehearsals can feel excruciatingly long—especially when there's a performance or competition coming up, and you're stuck in the studio for hours upon hours. But somehow, dancers always find a way to survive the grind. Here are the 7 stages we go through while toughing out a long rehearsal.
The Snacking Stage
Before rehearsal even starts, you're munching on something to help keep your stamina up. Because you know how this goes.
The Fidgeting Stage
You're an hour in, but barely anything has been accomplished? Time to fidget with your shoes, hair, etc—anything to distract you from the glacial pace.
The Clock-Checking Stage
How long has it been now? Let me just peep my phone real quick...
The Cracking-Every-Bone-in-Your-Body Stage
Extreme boredom ➡️ cracking literally everything, from your fingers to your back to your toes.
The Daydreaming-About-Your-Bed Stage
It is fully 10:30 pm and you and your broken body are fully ready to hit the hay.
The Power-Through-to-the-End Stage
There is—allegedly—only an hour left! If you go full-out and it's PERFECT, maybe you can get out earlier??
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: