Kickstart IndepenDANCE Day with These Patriotic Performances

Screenshot via YouTube

It's America's birthday week, which means gold sparklers, family BBQs, and festive parades are just around the corner. But what happens when our enthusiasm for red, white, and blue moves from the backyard to the stage? Like a firework, sparks fly! See for yourself with these three patriotic dance classics.


1. George Balanchine's Stars and Stripes

Three cheers—or, really, développés—for the USA! Here are excerpts from Washington Ballet's performance of the iconic ballet.

2. "Our Favorite Son," from Will Rogers Follies

Now that's what we call a Fourth of July outfit! We love Tommy Tune's inspired choreography for this Broadway production.

3. "Heart," from Broadway's Damn Yankees

Baseball on Broadway—an all-American dream. With original choreography by Bob Fosse, this Broadway show hits it out of the park. But Fosse didn't stop there, continuing this patriotic streak in several sections of his Broadway show, Dancin'.

Dance Videos
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to 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:

Read Darriel's profile here

Read Diego's profile here

Read Emma's profile here

And then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

Cover Model Search
Photo by Erin Baiano

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.

Keep Reading Show less
Fitness
James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)

Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.

Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.

Keep Reading Show less
Dance and Fashion

Video

mailbox

Get Dance Spirit in your inbox

Giveaways