The world of classic ballet, which runs on a set of rigid strictures, encourages and affirms an almost unattainable, incredibly unhealthy body ideal, and has been one of the last artistic fields to racially diversify, isn’t exactly what you’d think of as a safe haven for socially-conscious dancers looking to make…
First Lady and lover of dance Michelle Obama invited the legend Debbie Allen and a phenomenal group of 51 black dancers to perform at the White House for Black History Month.
In Sydney, Australia, a young girl named Stephanie Kurlow plans to become the world’s first ballerina in a hijab—despite haters, both within and outside the Muslim community, who say that Muslims shouldn’t dance.
Misty Copeland, the first black principal ballerina for the American Ballet Theater, is getting her own intersection in her hometown of San Pedro, California next month. Happy early holidays!
For a certain generation, it might be difficult to watch Starz’s Flesh and Bone without thinking of the 2000 film Center Stage. Yet the former quickly makes it very clear that this is not a fun, light-hearted romp where the underdog rises through the ranks, but a rough journey filled with abuse, drug use and potential…
Misty Copeland made history this week as the first black woman to be named principle dancer at the American Ballet Theater. In a new interview, Copeland says, “This has all become more than I ever imagined.”
Misty Copeland has been promoted to principal dancer by the American Ballet Theater, becoming the company’s first black female principal in its 75-year history. Hell yes.
Here’s your first look at Flesh and Bone, Starz’s upcoming ballet school drama from Breaking Bad writer/executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett. The trailer includes a flash of Sascha Redetsky (of Center Stage fame), chair throwing, and hyper-charged (and entirely cheesy) lines like, “I can’t do anything with some…
I'm not a real ballerina, and I'm not a little girl, so I'd walked by the ballet studio for years without ever thinking about taking a class. Even while I was reading about the history of dance and watching YouTube videos of Sylvie Guillem, I scarcely examined the wall of "not for me" I'd built around the concept. It…
This weekend, amid Andrew Hozier-Byrne taking the Grammy audience to church and conjuring witchcraft with Annie Lennox, a new "Take Me To Church" video staring dancer Sergei Polunin appeared online. The clip, directed by David LaChapelle, centers on a sensual routine by Polunin and it is very... sexy?
Ever wondered how those glorious ballet tutus are produced? Watch with your own eyes as one "pancake"-style creation takes shape.
The amazing Misty Copeland recently went on NPR Morning Edition, where she discussed her experiences being the American Ballet Theatre's first black soloist in two decades.
To my untrained eye - sure, this woman could pass as if she's been ballet dancing since she was three. I would fixate more on the shabby-chic clothes that the advertisement is shilling.
Most of us will be waking up with a hangover on New Year's Day. But here's one way to class up time spent prostrate on the couch: A concert heavy on the Strauss, hosted by your TV nana Julie Andrews and complete with ballet interlude featuring costumes designed by Vivienne Westwood.
Center Stage fans will leap with excitement about AOL's new web series about the New York City Ballet, narrated and executive produced by Sarah Jessica Parker. It's all there: the dance, the drama, the toe shoes. Except Zoe Saldana. She's not there.
A former dancer for the Royal Ballet is launching a British TV series called Big Ballet aimed at encouraging larger dancers, which is something you just don’t hear enough of (unless you’re re-watching the now-defunct Bunheads, unwilling to accept ABC Family’s capricious decision-making process).
When future humans look back at the era of gender normative child-rearing, when parents watched their girls stumble around a dance studio and watched their boys try to decapitate a tee-ball stand, they’ll probably draw misguided conclusions, conclusions distorted by a preponderance of archived Dance Moms clips. “Wow,…
One of the figures at the center of the Bolshoi Theater’s ongoing shadiness, faded-star Nikolai Tsiskaridze, will soon be out of work: the Bolshoi will not renew the veteran principal dancer and dance teacher’s contract.
Gene Kim started his NYU Tisch undergraduate thesis film Fighting Spirits before Black Swan came out, but it also plays with the classic image of dueling ballerinas in black and white. But when these ladies battle on stage, they fight with something heavier than toe shoes.
Not to be outdone by the United States in the proud sport of abusing amateur athletes, a Chinese ballet instructor apparently pulled a Mike Rice on her students. A mysterious video recently uploaded to China’s video sharing site Youku features a dance instructor screaming at her students and slapping them into…