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Lizzy Mercier Descloux was a French artist, poet, and musician who left Paris for New York in the mid 1970's to pursue her creative interests. After settling in NYC, Mercier (with her androgynous cool looks) quickly fell in with various local luminaries and CBGB punk rock club alumni like Richard Hell and Patti Smith, to whom she was something of a muse. Lizzy soon was signed to ZE Records, whose roster included Was (Not Was), Kid Creole & The Coconuts, and Cristina (whose albums Light In The Attic Records will hopefully reissue next). Read More
  Misty Copeland has just been promoted to a principal ballerina in the American Ballet Theater, the first African-American woman (in all of ABT’s 75 years) to have been given this position. To celebrate Misty, her amazing talent, and all her hard work, we’ve compiled for you some vids of her performances (spoiler: they’re gorgeous). We hope that Misty’s promotion is the beginning of a larger shift in the demographic makeup of classical ballet in the United States. Read More
Photographer Toby Burrows has captured a series of stunning photographs featuring plus size dancers. The dancers are part of Nothing to Lose, a dance piece from Australian dance company Force Majeure. The piece explores the discrimination and censorship that is applied to bodies deemed “fat,” "big," or “plus-sized” by societal standards. Choreographer Kate Champion’s intention is to portray bigger body types from the perspective of those who have them and not as an outsider looking in and judging. Read More
  Paul Taylor is a self-titled “Dance Maker” who is inspired by the natural world, environment, and human interactions. He was also once dubbed “the naughty boy of modern dance” by Martha Graham; throughout the years this moniker has taken on a myriad of meanings within the 130+ works he has created since the mid '50s. From occasional bad reviews to the risks he takes with his choreography and content style, Taylor has by most standards earned his “naughty” distinction. Read More
Working out shouldn’t have to feel like a chore. I am a firm believer that if you’re not getting an emotional boost from exercising, or if it leaves you feeling tired and blah rather than proud and pumped, you’re doing something wrong.  As a kid, I could spend hours (yes, hours) in the ocean or running around with my friends in the school yard. I was always on. Now that I’m older, I have to make a conscious effort to get a decent amount of exercise in. I wondered if it could be as fun and effortless as it was when I was younger. Read More
Heartsrevolution has been a known name in the club scene both here in the states and across the pond since 2008, so it may be a bit surprising to discover that their first full-length album is only now coming out. Over the past few years, the duo went far to promote an image that made their name one to be remembered. Lead singer Leyla  “Lo” Safai dons a pink stripe across her eyes, they travel across the country in a Swarovski crystal-covered ice cream truck, and they leave eye-striped stuffed animals hanging around the country. Read More
  Enra is a self-described “entertainment unit,” a Japanese dance troupe “which presents the ultimate fusion of images and live performance.” And they've really raised the bar with their latest production, “Pleiades.” They've created a fluid work of art in which lights and music accompany the dancers, and all the elements join together to build a powerful, strangely emotional dance.  The two dancers seem to represent a greater order, as if their movement are perfectly dictated by physics and gravity. Read More
Ladies have been embracing their sexiness since the beginning of time, but the birth of burlesque dance in the 1800s turned sex culture into an art form. The history surrounding burlesque is complex and fascinating, and thanks to the Charles McClaghy Collection, we can catch a glimpse of those on the forefront of exotic dancing from then to now. These original ladies were the backbone of the nightlife entertainment industry through a period of great prosperity in America: the turn of the twentieth century. Read More
Get ready to let the awwww’s flow because this tiny human is truly adorable! Last Friday, October 4th, dance teacher Tianne King and her daughter Heaven (such an appropriate name!) showcased their dance moves on The Ellen Show. The two became internet-famous back in May of this year when Tianne uploaded to YouTube a video of the duo dancing to Beyoncé’s “End of Time.” Here’s the original video of the two: At the time of the video, Heaven was only two. Now at the ripe age of three, this little girl is making TV spots. Read More
These past few weeks, I am 100% pro-Sarah Silverman! From her response to the roast of James Franco to her touching tribute to her dog, she's making it hard to decide if I want to be her or if I want to be making out with her. Now, SS is adding to her street cred with an appearance in Psychic Friend's new music video for "We Do Not Belong."  In the video, Silverman plays a girl in a mental hospital who, despite doctors' various treatments, remains unresponsive. It is after she catches a clip of people dancing that one doctor makes a connection that could get Silverman out of her shell. Read More