"Dancers & Dogs" Features ABT Stars and Their Adorable Furry Friends
Via @dancers&dogs on Instagram
Dance collaborations are always exciting but there's a special place in our hearts for dance projects that feature our favorite, furry, four-legged friends, otherwise known as dogs. That's why when Kelly Pratt Kreidich came up with the concept of shooting elegant ballet dancers next to the cutest creatures on earth, she decided she had to run with it. The resulting photos were so sweet and unexpected that Kreidich decided to create a project featuring 100 Dancers and 100 Dogs.
When the project started in early 2017, Kreidich and her husband Ian, were working as marketing and performance photographers for the Saint Louis Ballet, so most of the dancers she photographed were members of the Saint Louis Ballet. But positive feedback from the project was so overwhelming that Kreidich decided to expand this fun twist on ballet to dancers and dogs beyond the city of Saint Louis.
And what better place to expand than NYC—where primas constantly bring their pooches to class. (Many of these dogs are so popular they even have their own Instagram accounts.) It makes perfect sense then, that Dancers & Dogs would team up with some of our favorite American Ballet Theatre ballerinas. Corps de ballet dancers Rachel Richardson and Betsy McBride, and principal Sarah Lane posed for photos with cuddly canines and we can't get enough of it.
Snapshots like these are precisely why there needs to be an 'adore' button on Instagram!
"Ballet is often seen as stuffy or unapproachable, and we feel like this project helps people see the lighter side of dancers," Kreidich wrote on her website devoted to the canines and their dancing counterparts.
Checkout behind-the-scenes moments of dancers with man's best friend in this fab video and for more clickable cuteness look at these dancers and their dogs.
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: