"The Greatest Showman" Choreographer's New Film Looks Adorable
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And Harry Potter's Mrs. Umbridge and Peter Pettigrew will be there. GET INTO IT.
As soon as we saw Ashley Wallen's big-toptastic moves for the 2017 hit musical The Greatest Showman, we had only one question: What would the Aussie choreographer's next project be?
We now have an answer in the form of Finding Your Feet, a British rom-com that hit US theaters March 30. Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter movies) plays a woman who takes refuge with her estranged sister when it becomes clear her marriage is falling apart. Things look glum glum glum until she tags along to said sister's social-dancing class—where she finds joy, community, and even romance in the form of a charmer played by Timothy Spall (who you'll remember as Peter Pettigrew).
I don't know about you, but I plan to keep dancing until I keel over one day in the middle of ballet class. (Just me? Okay then.) So I'm especially excited to catch this movie because Wallen's smart choreo clearly shows how beautifully older people can dance, well into their "golden years." Maybe we should start calling them the "goal-den" years instead?
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: