What If A City Could Dance? This Series Finds Out.
Screenshot via KQED.org
Last Tuesday, the Bay-Area public radio station KQED released the first of eight videos in a web series titled "If Cities Could Dance"—and folks, it's a stunner. Following three charismatic voguers around San Francisco as they #werk and eloquently describe what their artform means personally and historically, it's a three-minute turboshot of serious inspiration, a painless dance history lesson, and a poetic ode to how environment catalyzes creativity.
Beyond the sheer beauty of the movement and setting, there's also something deeply important and deadly serious going on here. According to KQED, the series "features dancers fighting cultural erasure, gentrification and the silencing of their collective voices. Dancers from eight cities across the United States are reclaiming their space — and their neighborhoods through dance. Performing outside of traditional performance spaces and in unconventional urban settings, including an open-air produce market, a historic train station, and city streets, each episode tells an intimate, personal story about the artists and their deep-rooted relationships to their community. The series highlights dancers in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Detroit, Portland, Los Angeles, Baltimore and New Orleans, celebrating dance styles unique to each urban area."
New episodes drop every Tuesday between now and May 28. While we wait for our next essential dose of community-centric dance powered by social justice, check out the series' trailer 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.