This "Carousel" Supercut Will Waltz into Your Heart
This is one two-and-a-half-minute ride you'll never ever want to get off.
The classic musical Carousel is—pardon the dad joke—a doozy of an emotional roller-coaster. Girl meets boy, girl and boy fall deeply in love, boy behaves badly (like, really badly), girl finds the courage to forgive boy and finally move on with her life. It's intense stuff.
That's why we're so obsessed with Justin Peck's choreography for the current Broadway revival of Carousel. Peck's ballet-meets-classic-musical-theater moves are far from mere backdrop to the musical's incredibly tragic action: His steps conjure up the visceral flavors of the tight-knit New England fishing community, illuminate the über-complicated characters' flawed motivations, and provide some much-needed touches of humor and lightheartedness.
So if you don't have any NYC trips on the docket, or if you need to relive the utter dancetasticness of this Tony-nominated production, we have just the thing: This montage of glorious dance moments from the show. We plan on nominating it for a 2018 Special Tony Award for Magical Musical Choreographical Feels.
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: