Christmas movies—from Miracle on 34th Street to Elf—tell us it's the most magical place on earth to spend the holiday season. And in many ways, it is! There's the tree at Rockefeller Center, the elaborately decorated windows of Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and chestnuts roasting (not on an open fire...) on every other street corner.
But NYC during the holidays can also be pretty unpleasant. First of all, it's freezing. And if NYC normally has 8 million people, there are a gazillion more during during Christmas. More people means it's more crowded, and bigger crowds mean (even) crankier New Yorkers. But you know who's not cranky? This girl:
At the beginning of December, this adorable little girl decided to start a dance party on the subway platform at Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn. And here's the kicker: The rest of the folks on the platform joined in. Happy people waiting in the cold for a subway train?! Call it a Christmas miracle. Enjoy!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers by clicking on their names here:
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.
When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.