This YouTuber Trained Like a Professional Ballerina for 6 Weeks
YouTuber Michelle Khare (second from left), with Alison Stroming (second from right), looking none too shabby at her final recital (screenshot via YouTube)
What do we love more than a video about ballet? A video about ballet done right—like YouTuber Michelle Khare's chronicle of her 6-week deep dive into the world of professional ballet.
The vid, part of Khare's "Challenge Accepted" series, features DS regular Alison Stroming, Aaron Smyth (who partnered Misty Copeland in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and former American Ballet Theatre principal Irina Dvorovenko—so, basically, the A-Team of A-Teams. With Stroming's assistance, Khare got the hang of the basics (ballet bun, barre, port de bras), and blossomed from there. Kudos to Khare for not only committing herself 110%, but also fairly depicting the ins and outs of ballet for the general public. Check out the vid below.
Ralph Lauren is kicking off the celebration bright and early with a gender-neutral capsule collection featuring a rainbow version (naturally) of its pony logo. And the brand chose a bunch of influential LGBTQIA+ community members to model the looks—including our favorite danseur in heels, Houston Ballet soloist Harper Watters.
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.