The Best Beginner Weight-Lifting Moves For Dancers
Photo by Jayme Thornton
There's a common misconception among dancers that lifting weights makes you bulky and should be avoided at all costs. But that couldn't be further from the truth, especially if you're trying to build strength in specific areas. Dance Spirit turned to Chelsey Wilkens, a personal trainer at SoHo Strength Lab in NYC, for her top muscle-makin' moves.
Photos by Jayme Thornton. Modeled by Gabrielle Kerr.
Exercise #1: The Kettlebell Clean to Squat
1. Start standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, your hips back, your knees bent, holding the kettlebell between the arches of your feet.
Exercise #2: The Pyramid Press
1. Start standing with your feet a few inches past shoulder width and your right arm overhead, with the weight in your right hand. Turn your left foot out slightly.
Exercise #3: The Single-Leg Deadlift
1. Start standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and the weight in your left hand.
A version of this story appeared in the January 2019 issue of Dance Spirit with the title "Keep Calm and Weight-Lift On."
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: