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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