You Guys, NYCB Dancers Performed with Katy Perry Last Night
Katy Perry loves her dancers (LEFT SHARK 4EVER). New York City Ballet loves its artistic collaborations (that Opening Ceremony runway show—still not over it). So I guess, in a way, it was inevitable that Katy would end up performing alongside a bevy of City Ballet beauties.
And yet, this morning, when my Insta feed was full of photos of NYCB ladies backing Perry at Carnegie Hall, it still felt like THE MOST WONDERFUL SURPRISE.
Here's what happened: The David Lynch Foundation tapped Perry to perform her never-gets-old hit "Firework" at its benefit concert, held last night in NYC. Perry's choreographic team, RJ Durell and Nick Florez, tapped adorably pregnant NYCB principal Maria Kowroski and her beautiful dancer husband, Martin Harvey, to create some pretty pretty ballet choreo for the number. And Kowroski tapped four of her City Ballet colleagues—Faye Arthurs, Olivia Boisson, Jenelle Manzi and Gretchen Smith—to dance in the performance.
The result, judging by the Instagram evidence, was glamorous and elegant and super-duper pink. Which sounds about right, no?
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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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.