Twenty-five-year-old Sydney Magruder Washington had dreams of auditioning for ballet companies and Broadway shows when she moved to NYC four years ago, as a recent graduate of Skidmore College. But after completing an apprenticeship with Connecticut Ballet in 2015, her anxiety and depression became so severe that she could barely leave her apartment—let alone go to a dance class or audition. After working with a therapist and trying out new medications with a psychiatrist, she's finally starting to get her training and career back on track. And she's also realizing she was misdiagnosed for a decade. Here, she tells her story. —Courtney Bowers
Well, you'll be 💃💃💃💃 excited once you see the very swoon-y new trailer for the show, starring the very swoon-worthy Aaron Tveit (possibly the only person who could make us forget about Ewan McGregor's Christian). And you'll be 💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃 excited after seeing the full cast list—because it includes a ton of talented dancers.
The Broadway community was #shook on Tuesday morning as "Smash" alums Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee announced the 2018 Tony Award nominations. (We were so happy to see our friends from Mean Girls honored with 12 noms!) But—sadly—there's no Tony Award category for ensemble dancers. Which feels especially unfair right now because this season's dancers are, in a word, killer.
So we went ahead and chose 7 of 'em who deserve Tony Awards of their own. Ladies and gentlemen, our picks for 2018's Best Ensemble Dancers:
The world isn't always a welcoming place for LGBTQIA+ people. But for those figuring out their sexuality, dance can provide welcome opportunities for expression. We talked to five star dancers about their experiences coming out and growing up, and how dance helped them live their full truth.
Let it gooooo! The much-anticipated musical version of Frozen, with choreography by the fabulous Rob Ashford, opens on Broadway tonight. And to get you even more excited about this latest dancy Disney venture, the show's team just released a brand-new trailer—a sneak peek at how they've translated the film's special magic into perhaps-even-more-impressive stage magic.
Get in, losers. We're going to Broadway.
OK, not losers, actually—more like the bajillion die-hard fans of Tina Fey's 2004 cult hit Mean Girls, who've been wearing pink every Wednesday since a musical adaptation of the film was first teased back in 2013.
Now their world is like a cake filled with rainbows and smiles, because Mean Girls the musical, which had a trial run in Washington, DC, last fall, is set to open at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre April 8. And in a very grool twist, it turns out the show—with direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw and a book by Fey herself—is delightfully dancey.
The beloved classic My Fair Lady heads to Lincoln Center Theater this month with new choreography by Newsies icon Christopher Gattelli. My Fair Lady follows the story of working-class girl Eliza Doolittle, whom professor Henry Higgins is determined to transform into a real society lady. The show premiered on Broadway in 1956, starring Julie Andrews. It went on to win six Tony Awards and became the longest-running musical at that time. "We're trying to stay as close to naturalism and realism with the dancing as possible," says Gattelli. "So, there will be lots of traditional ballroom, Viennese, etc. But it'll get more down and dirty in numbers like 'Get Me to the Church on Time,' which has a little bit of dancehall to it." Head to lct.org for ticket info.
A version of this story appeared in the March 2018 issue of Dance Spirit with the title "Buzzy Broadway News."
Dancer and choreographer Jerome Robbins was undeniably one of the most important figures in American dance—and he would have been 100 years old this year. In honor of Robbins' centenary, here are a few things you should know about the legend.