BY Jackie Leahy
on Aug 18, 2014
Ballerina Misty Copeland has lived a remarkable life. In her memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, she describes how she began ballet at age 13, attended summer programs at the San Francisco Ballet, and battled racism and body-image insecurities to join the American Ballet Theater Studio Company and become the company's first African American soloist in the past 30 years. Not too shabby at all.
If you don't know Copeland yet, though, you will soon. She's ... Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on May 29, 2014
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 ... Read More
BY Alanna Vagianos
on Sep 19, 2013
Meet Dachiya Atkinson, a 6-year-old b-girl prodigy, hailing all the way from England. Yes, you read that correctly: Dachiya is 6 years old and a b-girl. For all of you rhythmically-challenged readers out there, b-girling/boying (also known as break-dancing) is a style of street dance that started right here in New York City in the early 1970s. The dance is very physical and challenging (break being the operative term), which makes Dachiya ... Read More
BY Emma Orlow
on Jul 13, 2012
Stripper heels as potted plants may seem like a cheeky gift idea, but they've also got a lot of meaning for the owner of this Etsy shop. The impetus for Rachel Mahlke’s “Giddy Spinster” shop began a number of years ago, when a friend gave her some old pairs of outrageously tall heels that she could no longer use for work as an exotic dancer in San Francisco. There’s certainly a stigma in our culture about the art of stripping, but Mahlke's ... Read More