Jellicle cats, come one and all—because there's even more (and even more amazing) behind-the-scenes footage from the new Cats movie, and it is full of dancy goodness. So, paws whatever you're doing, and go watch this new BTS video right meow (and no, the cat puns aren't stopping).
But even when they were kids, they had a glimmer of their future star power, giving a glimpse of what was to come. Thankfully for Instagram, we've got the pictures and home videos to prove it.
After days spent rallying against "Good Morning America" host Lara Spencer's flippant comments about boys doing ballet, the dance world triumphed on Monday. Not only did Spencer issue a lengthy on-air apology, complete with an interview with Robbie Fairchild, Travis Wall and Fabrice Calmels, but over 300 dancers gathered outside of the "GMA" studios for an impromptu ballet class.
The dance field seemed geared to press forward with positivity; a change.org petition urging "GMA" to cover the benefits of ballet for young men has gathered over 40,000 signatures, and many are examining the ways in which the #boysdancetoo movement can be made more inclusive. This made it all the more disheartening to open Instagram this morning and see that Fox News commentators Raymond Arroyo and Laura Ingraham took the bullying a step further last night, mocking Spencer's apology on a program called "The Ingraham Angle."
At 6:30 this morning, I exited the subway in Times Square and walked towards the group of dancers gathered outside the "Good Morning America" studios. The moment I entered the fray, any lingering early morning grogginess disappeared; the energy in the crowd was palpable. By 7 am, the time that "GMA" goes live to millions nationwide, over 300 dancers of all stripes had gathered, and class began.
On this morning's edition of "Good Morning America," host Lara Spencer did what the dance community has been clamoring for since last Thursday, when her flippant comments about Prince George enjoying ballet lessons provoked widespread outrage: She apologized live on air.
Beyond being entertaining and beautiful to watch, dance can make a statement and leave an impression. It can change minds and allow the audience to experience emotions that the dancer and/or choreographer may have felt. It's for this reason that the National Dance Institute, dancer and choreographer Robbie Fairchild, former Miami City Ballet dancer/current filmmaker Ezra Hurwitz, and Everytown for Gun Safety teamed up to create a dance video called "Enough." "The goal of the project was to explore through movement the issue of gun violence in school, which sadly, for our dancers, is a very real concern," NDI artistic director Ellen Weinstein told Dance Spirit. After its release a little over a week ago, the video has garnered 30,000 views on YouTube—its message resonating with many viewers. We talked with Weinstein to find out why it was so important for NDI to be a part of this project, and what she hopes young dancers realize about the power this art form has.
We're already incredibly excited about the fact that New York City Ballet principal Robert Fairchild has a starring role in Christopher Wheeldon's new stage production of An American in Paris—which debuts this November à Paris. But a new set of photos is getting us even more revved up.
Opposite Fairchild's Jerry Mulligan (the role played by Gene Kelly in the 1951 film) will be Royal Ballet first artist Leanne Cope as Lise, and the duo will surely light up the Théâtre du Châtelet stage. Just look at the chemistry in these images by Sylvain Gripoix!
Could they be any cuter?
Loving the throwback to "Our Love is Here to Stay" in the film!
I bet he's imagining his new wife, Tiler Peck. Awwwww.
Booking your flight to Paris? Click here for An American in Paris ticket details. (And if you can't make it to the City of Light, don't worry: The show is coming to Broadway next spring!)
When I see a dancer I love, I tend to get a little obsessed. Like after the first time I saw Sarah Pippin perform at competition, I could. not. stop. watching. her. videos.
Productivity goes straight out the door and I'm hooked on researching. Photos, videos, things I can watch or print and hang at my desk...you get it.
Sweet, romantic, awesome Tiler Peck.
You know her story: Former comp kid takes the ballet world by storm and flies through the ranks at New York City Ballet, nabbing herself a principal dancer title.
And you know about her love life, too, right?
She's dating fellow NYCB hottie (and principal) Robbie Fairchild.
I imagine their life together is perfect and filled with pink tights, pointe shoes and well-trained puppies.
I saw Tiler perform the lead role in NYCB's production of The Sleeping Beauty on Friday night and now all I want to do is watch more from her...and pretend to be her.
Enjoy this clip of Tiler and Robbie dancing a Dee Caspary contemporary routine (cool!) at last year's Vail International Dance Festival.