Dance lessons for the lonely – on the NHS

GPs in England are to prescribe “social” activities, such as dance and cookery lessons, to tackle loneliness.
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Walsh and Jones to perform ‘dance of shame’

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Rudolf Nureyev: How the dance legend continues to inspire

The Russian ballet legend became a star in 1961 but a new film shows how his skill and legacy live on.
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Kylie and Jason dance again live in Hyde Park

The duo perform Especially For You together, as Kylie headlines Radio 2’s day-long music festival.
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Paul Taylor Dies at 88; Brought Poetry and Lyricism to Modern Dance

Mr. Taylor’s poignant and exuberant works entered the repertory of numerous dance companies. His own company has been one of the world’s superlative troupes.
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Please don't jump out of your car and dance to Drake, NTSB pleads

Please don't jump out of your car and dance to Drake, NTSB pleadsDrake might be the king of memes, but the latest, for his track In My Feelings, has attracted the wrong kind of viral attention. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is asking fans to please, please, not do that #InMyFeelings challenge that involves jumping out of a moving car and dancing. “Driver distraction features prominently in this viral challenge, but the more obvious risk is the poor decision to hop out of a moving vehicle to dance,” NTSB safety advocate chief Nicholas Worrell wrote.



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Madison Avenue Says ‘Let’s Dance,’ Ballet-style

There will be dancing in the streets and tutus in the windows on Madison Avenue in September.
“American Ballet Theatre on Madison Avenue” will be presented by the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District and the classical ballet company from Sept. 20 to 27, to benefit the American Ballet Theater’s Costume Fund and spur shopper traffic on the city’s most luxurious shopping avenue.
Retailers up and down the street will fill their windows and set up in-store exhibits with ballet costumes and memorabilia from ABT’s  archive covering ABT’s 78-year history of performing in New York. Costumes from classic ballets like “Swan Lake” as well as those from new works will be displayed.
“This really is a way to engage the neighborhood and a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with one of the nation’s great cultural institutions,” Matthew Bauer, president of the Madison Avenue BID, told WWD.

Isabella Boylston in “Swan Lake.” 
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Lola Burstein-Rykiel Drawing Inspiration From Modern Dance Pioneer Loie Fuller for Maison St. Germain

For its October installation in Paris, Maison St. Germain has turned to Lola Burstein-Rykiel.
As creative director for the upcoming project, she is culling ideas from her hometown to imagine a multiscale experience for the elderflower liqueur. Still in the early stages of developing the art installation, Burstein-Rykiel said “an abundance of flowers and sensuality creates this ephemeral joy” that she can connect with. Another starting point is Loie Fuller’s Serpentine dance, a lasting image of the Art Nouveau Movement first performed in Paris at the Folies Bergère in 1892.
As a former student at Martha Graham’s Dance School, Burstein-Rykiel reviewed old videos of Fuller dancing the Serpentine. “Loie was just so beautiful. She transformed herself from a flower to a butterfly to a woman just by her doing it herself with her costumes and the lighting. That’s what was so interesting. It was not just the choreography. The costume, the lighting and the movement is as important as the rest. It was like a surreal art performance before her time,” Burstein-Rykiel said. “She pushed the limits back in choosing to do everything by herself. When I was looking at her dance, I was like ‘Whoa, this looks a bit like an

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Nonfiction: The Urbane Bookworm: Robert Gottlieb’s Essays Celebrate Literature, Film Classics and Dance

In “Near-Death Experiences … and Others,” his new collection, the esteemed editor weighs in on romance novels, Hollywood movies and — a longstanding love — ballet.
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Nonfiction: Misty Copeland Pirouettes Through Two Books on Dance

Henry Alford’s “And Then We Danced” and Laura Jacobs’s “Celestial Bodies” explore the cultural and personal resonances of the art of movement.
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The Look: Morocco’s D.I.Y. Dance Crews

Break dancing has been a crucial outlet for young people throughout the country, where government funding for the arts is limited.
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Avicii, top electronic dance music artist, found dead at 28

One of the world’s biggest dance music stars has died in Oman, his representatives say.
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Avicii, Electronic Dance Music Producer and D.J., Is Dead at 28

Tim Bergling, who worked with pop stars like Madonna and Coldplay under the stage name Avicii, was found dead in Muscat, Oman.
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Watch American Idol’s Luke Bryan Crash a Wedding and Dance to His Own Music

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How a Dance Dream Team Turned Jennifer Lawrence Into a Ballerina

To pass as a dancer in “Red Sparrow,” Ms. Lawrence turned to a choreographer, a partner, a dance double and a “ballet-boot-camp guy.”
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Watch These Brooklyn Skate Club Regulars Dance Their Wheels Off

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Utah Family Continues Christmas Tradition with Killer Dance Moves: We Try ‘to Top it Every Year’

One Utah family is adding some extra holiday cheer to the Christmas season.

For the last five years, the Orgill family, of Highland, has pulled out all the stops during the holidays to choreograph an elaborate Christmas dance — and their displays always go viral.

This year, eight siblings, two parents, three in-laws, three nieces and a trio of dogs all banded together to perform an intricate dance routine to Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me.”

“Family goals,” Ammon Orgill captioned the family’s new video in a Facebook post. “Our family is probably bigger and more extra than yours.”

In the three-minute dance routine, the family members put on their most festive holiday sweaters and performed the routine filled with flips, sharp formations, big smiles and some serious lip-syncing.

The tradition began in 2012, as the siblings wanted to surprise their parents, Ammon Orgill, the leader of the group, told ABC News. Since then, it has become a special experience for all involved.

“It definitely takes a lot more time now,” he said of preparing for the dance. “We’re always trying to top it every year and make it more elaborate.”

Over the years, they’ve danced to hits by Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Pentatonix and more.

“I have pretty high expectations,” Ammon said. “At the end of the day, we all do love it. We love spending time together and how it all brings us together.”


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How Mel Brooks’ lady of dance made it in a man’s world

Mel Brooks’ choreographer of choice Susan Stroman says the hard push for success has been worth it.
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Call for same-sex dance partners on Strictly

Strictly Come Dancing should include same-sex couples, according to contestant the Rev Richard Coles.
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Bride And Her Single Mom Pulled Off One Heck Of A Mother-Daughter Dance

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‘Practice Being Brave’: How One Ballerina Learned To Dance Through Fear

The New York City Ballet principal dancer believes that not trying is worse than failing. “What’s the worst that can happen, you fall on the floor?”
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Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller Begins 1-Year Prison Sentence

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Marie-Agnès Gillot’s Water Dance for Petit Bateau

DANCING ON WATER: The circular pond at the Palais Royal was transformed into an unusual stage Monday for the launch of Petit Bateau’s collaboration with Marie-Agnès Gillot.
As the late afternoon sun reflected over the water, Gillot and fellow Paris Opera principal dancer Alice Renavand glided across the water in an original choreography that Gillot created especially for the occasion.
Their full-length waterproof skirts, one of the more unusual designs in the collection that focused on reinterpreting Petit Bateau’s classics, dragged through the water as they danced alongside bobbing toy boats.
“I thought it was appropriate for Petit Bateau, and since I reinterpreted their waterproofs, why not put them in the water,” said Gillot when she emerged after a quick change into a long striped cotton dress with a sweeping cowl back, another of her designs.
“It’s heavy but it wasn’t particularly difficult otherwise,” she said of her decision to stage the dance in the water. “It was my idea, so I only have myself to blame.”
While Gillot creates the costumes for her shows, it was her first time doing a commercial collection. “I love drawing and designing clothes, so it was perfect,” she said.
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Bride Serenades New Wife With An Elvis Song During Their First Dance

These newlyweds are starting their marriage off on the right note.

On April 28, bride Heather Ni Chearnaigh surprised her new wife Lauren O’Sullivan during their first dance with a beautiful rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”

Halfway through the song, the rest of their guests joined in for a sing-along at the Cork, Ireland wedding.

“I have always expressed myself through music and what better way to express my love for my wife than through a song with such meaningful lyrics!” Heather, a piano teacher and wedding singer, told HuffPost in an email.

The performance was a complete surprise to the Lauren and their guests. Before the wedding, Heather had been practicing with Lauren’s Uncle Mick, who plays guitar in the video, and also arranged for printed lyrics to be handed out to their other family and friends. 

“As a wedding singer, I am used to singing in front of crowds and nerves would never be an issue, but singing to my wife, the most important person in my life, and my biggest critic, now that was nerve-wracking,” Heather told HuffPost. “Tears streamed from Lauren’s face as I started to sing. Immediately after the first dance Lauren hugged me and said, ‘You get more amazing every day.’” 

The couple first met online four and a half years ago and have been inseparable ever since. Below, more photos from the couple’s special day. 

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Behold, Brown Fam: Hasan Minhaj Can Dance, Too

“Daily Show” correspondent Hasan Minhaj is the kind of guy the Indian American community can be proud of ― he loves his immigrant parents, he adores his wife, and he’s excelling in an industry that doesn’t make enough room for brown people. He recently released his own Netflix comedy special, “Homecoming King,” where he proved once again that he isn’t letting his success stop him from speaking out about the trials facing people of color in America today. 

As if all of that wasn’t enough, the internet has also resurfaced one more factoid about Minhaj that is basically the syrup topping this delectable gulab jamun of a man.  

Minhaj can dance, guys. And he’s actually not that bad.

Watch Minhaj giving Bollywood actor Salman Khan a run for his money in the Facebook video below.

The Facebook page Bollyshake unearthed a video that appears to be from Minhaj’s wedding celebrations. In it, Minhaj and his groomsmen wear traditional Indian sherwanis and dance to the iconic wedding song, “Saajanji Ghar Aaye” from the Bollywood movie “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.”

It’s standard fare at Indian weddings these days for the bride or groom (or the entire bridal party) to break out into a dance. Minhaj seems to have mastered the classic moves ― the point and grin, the shoulder pop, the yearning, one-arm sweep. 

In “Homecoming King,” the comedian spoke about how hard it was for him to get his parents to accept his relationship with Beena, his college girlfriend. Hasan’s family is Muslim, while Beena’s family is Hindu. 

But Minhaj refused to give up his girl. The pair tied the knot in January 2015 ― and the comedian got a chance to show off his moves. 

Watch the original Bollywood song below. 

Hat tip: Buzzfeed

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L.A. Dance Project Partners With Ermenegildo Zegna Couture for Marfa Performances

ZEGNA SUITS UP DANCERS: L.A. Dance Project’s founder and artistic director Benjamin Millepied used his artistic vision to help dancers make an impression at Marfa.
For the troupe’s “Marfa Dance Episodes” last weekend in Marfa, Tex., all of the dancers wore Ermenegildo Zegna Couture custom-designed looks by artistic director Alessandro Sartori. He flew in for the performances, which were hosted by the Donald Judd-started Chinati Foundation and featured a series of live-streamed events, which were inspired by Chinati’s art collection.
The collaboration for the dancers’ fluid wardrobes stemmed from Sartori’s interest in the arts and his eagerness to partner with his friend Millepied. The duo decided to go with lightweight fabrics in a range of muted colors such as concrete gray, white, indigo blue and camel. To help keep the dancers in motion, they wore exclusive blends of silk and jersey that were meant to relay modern design. During his tenure with the LADP, Millepied has called in a range of talent for select projects including John Baldessari and Christian Lacroix for new sets, and Karl Lagerfeld, Gareth Pugh, Mary Katrantzou and Iris Van Herpen for new costumes.
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In Jennifer Lopez’s ‘World of Dance,’ the Dancers Are the Stars

On the new TV dance competition, Ms. Lopez says she wants the dancers to shine — and have an opportunity to “really make some money.”
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William Levy Takes His 7-Year-Old Daughter to Her First Dance and It’s Nothing Short of Adorable

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Dance music star Robert Miles dies at 47

DJ and dance music star Robert Miles has died at the age of 47, it has been reported.
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Dad Overseas Ensures 5-Year-Old Has Magical Date For Father-Daughter Dance

When a dad overseas couldn’t attend his daughter’s dance at school, he came up with a solution fit for a Disney princess

On April 28, 5-year-old Gracee Nelson attended her school’s father-daughter dance in El Paso, Texas, with an unexpected guest. Her father, Christopher Nelson, is in Afghanistan for a year-long stay as a contractor for the Army. He knew he wouldn’t be able to attend the dance with his daughter, so he worked with his wife, Lanya Nelson, to come up with a plan. 

“Once I realized how much the dance meant to her I told my husband and he wanted to make sure she’d still be able to go,” Lanya told HuffPost.

Christopher and Lanya first suggested that Gracee take her uncle or grandfather, but they soon realized it would be too difficult since they live too far away. After thinking about the dance’s theme, which was “Beauty and the Beast,” the parents decided to get the Beast to accompany Gracee to the dance.

After the parents got Gracee’s school’s approval for the surprise, they found an event company that would accommodate her request. Lanya first hinted at the idea to make sure her daughter would be comfortable with someone else taking her. Then at the dance, the Beast surprised Gracee.

“She thought the real Beast from Disney World came all the way down just for her because ‘Daddy asked,’” Lanya said.

Lanya told HuffPost that Gracee had a blast at the dance. She danced with the Beast and was able to FaceTime with her dad.

“The beast made her night such a memorable experience,” Lanya said. “She was filled with so much joy.”

Lanya said she and her husband were especially glad they were able to come up with such a fun solution for their daughter. 

“She had the time of her life and our hearts were happy knowing we didn’t let her down.”

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This Kindergarten Teacher’s Students Can Dance Bachata Better Than Us

One Washington, D.C., teacher is passing on his love for salsa, bachata and more to his kindergarteners ― one dance step at a time. 

KIPP DC Promise Academy teacher Edwin Sorto, who is an experienced salsa dancer, and his classroom of “dancing minis” are viral sensations thanks to the videos he uploads to the Mr. Sorto’s Class Facebook page.

“They work incredibly hard at both academics and dance and they absolutely deserve the recognition,” Sorto told USA Today in an article published Wednesday. “They’re proud of what they do and love to see people’s reactions, comments, and likes on their videos. Their parents are also incredibly supportive. My kids are great, and this is just one more thing that keeps them engaged in school.”

There’s almost no musical genre too difficult for these kiddos, thanks to Sorto. They’ve mastered bachata …

salsa …. 

and merengue.

“It’s amazing the way they learn,” Sorto told Telemundo’s “¡Qué Noche! con Angélica y Raúl” last year. “The way they enjoy the music, just like we Latinos do.” 

As if that weren’t enough, Sorto is also teaching his students how to read in Spanish. “They’re only 5 but reading with confidence,” he wrote in the caption of a video of two students reading out loud. 

But these students’ claim to internet fame is certainly their sweet moves ― which go far beyond Latin genres.

“[I’m] now focused on building the next generation of dancers through my own students,” Sorto told USA Today.

Can we join in on these lessons? 

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Books of The Times: Visions of Snowflakes Dance in Bill O’Reilly’s Head in ‘Old School’

The Fox commentator’s new book, written with Bruce Feirstein, deploys “snowflake” as an insult for anything from spinelessness to political correctness.
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These Asian Men Are Sexy And They Know It (And They Can Dance, Too)

Asian men are sexy and they know it. 

In a new video from comedy duo Seventh Grade, Asian guys with some serious dance moves get down to “Pony” by Ginuwine and effectively thrust aside Steve Harvey’s recent remarks about women not finding Asian dudes attractive. 

Take a look:

And here’s another preview, just for good measure:

Last month, Harvey laughed hysterically at a 2002 book called How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men. The TV host just couldn’t buy into the idea that any woman would want to date an Asian guy. (He later apologized.)

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Geo Lee said he and Chuck Maa, the co-creator of Seventh Grade, were taken aback by Harvey’s comedy bit.

“When we first heard it, Chuck actually said out loud, ‘What? Is this real life?’ We honestly thought the ‘joke’ was a bit dated,” Lee told us. “At the same time, we weren’t surprised because both of us and most likely a lot of Asian American men have been dealing with this for the majority of our lives.” 

Dealing with it but not taking it lying down. Seventh Grade is breaking down stereotypes with their grade-A sense of humor and ~steamy~ choreography. 

At the end of the video, the guys all joke that they don’t need to worry about their attractiveness since they all have girlfriends anyway. But that’s not exactly true.

“We lied in the video,” Lee said. “Chuck is currently single.”

Ladies…

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Dancers with personal objections can skip the performance, according to the company and the union for the dancers. Still, some will likely feel pressured.
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Fiction: Zadie Smith’s New Novel Takes on Dance, Fame and Friendship

As two girls grow up, and apart, in Zadie Smith’s “Swing Time,” subtle distinctions in family structure and class magnify over time.
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The Bessie’s: The Dance Community Awards Excellence Among Its Members

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Camille A. Brown performing at the Bessie’s. Photo credit: Yi-Chun Wu.


Rarely are dancers celebrated for their work. They almost never break free from an attentive gaze that comes with constant critique and comparison. In the studio, teachers correct every articulation, striving for perfection in the human body. On the stage, critics dissect performers’ motions, searching for error. As unrealistic as Black Swan might have been, the film captured one thing beautifully: dance is a stressful art form, not just tutus and tiaras.

So it’s especially lovely when the dance community can gather together and applaud each other’s efforts. Such is the environment at the Bessie’s, dance’s version of the Academy Awards or the Tony’s. This year, the 31st-annual ceremony took place at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, with its iconic neon-red sign. Bright, plush, velvety décor set the mood, chandeliers cascading to make prisms on the walls. A DJ played music more reminiscent of a club than a cultural event, and the room felt warm, inviting — more than cordial.

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Hosts Carmelita Tropicana and Jock Soto. Photo credit: Yi-Chun Wu.

Performance artist Carmelita Tropicana and former New York City Ballet principal Jock Soto made an unlikely pair as hosts. She proved eccentric, a serpentine bodysuit hugging her curves as she told too many sex jokes to count. He harbored all of the professional, stoic rigidity of a male ballet dancer whose discipline and concentration led to a 24-year career with George Balanchine’s ensemble. Still, they managed to get along, informal and improvised.

The presenters were all big names in the industry, from dancers to choreographers to programmers. Kyle Abraham took the podium, as did one of the women who launched him, Ella Baff. Ivy Baldwin delivered especially poignant eulogies for her deceased collaborator, Lawrence Cassella, and Marcelo Gomes stunned in a gorgeous silver suit.

As for the winners, most were respectful, earnest, and timid. Amar Ramasar, who was awarded Outstanding Performer, thanked Peter Martins for believing in a kid from the Bronx in an especially memorable speech. And in David Neumann’s acceptance for Outstanding Production in I Understand Everything Better, he admitted something with which any dancer could empathize: he was humbled, amazed, and… tired.

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Amar Ramasar accepts his award for Outstanding Performer. Photo credit: Yi-Chun Wu.

For me, the only surprise was that Robert Fairchild did not win Outstanding Performer for An American in Paris. I admit, I’m biased, and always will be biased — ballet is what I most enjoy, and I can grasp it much better than some of the alternative works downtown (though I like those, too, for the challenge). But Fairchild blew me away as Jerry, especially in his final dance scene. His charisma, his finesse, it was all magnificent… a triumph for ballet. The fact that it went unrecognized by the Bessie’s — not only Fairchild’s extraordinary dedication to his part, but also Christopher Wheeldon’s engaging choreography — baffled me.

Another notable absence was any nominee from American Ballet Theatre. This did not shock me; I’ve been following the company since I was a child, when Gomes was the new kid on the block, and I know the company is in a period of transition right now. But the hope is that Kevin McKenzie will nurture a new vanguard of artists and technicians, like Martins has at NYCB in recent years.

The evening’s apex: Steve Paxton called in from Paris to accept the 2015 NY Dance and Performance Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Dance. In a video beforehand, he seemed a little peeved to receive a “lifetime achievement” award; after all, he’s still kicking, still innovating, still creating. But on Skype, he was congenial, offering some off-the-cuff advice: everyone should choreograph something at least once in their life. And if you think about it, we choreograph every day. How we move along the street, how we navigate situations — it’s all choreography, whether physical or psychological.

Like most award shows, the Bessie’s sprinkled in a few performances to rupture the seriousness of the situation. After all, it would be a shame to take up the Apollo stage and not use it. Storyboard P, who won the 2015 Emerging Choreographer Award, liquefied his bones in what seemed a tribute to Michael Jackson. Lisa Nelson improvised a sweet solo with a ribbon at its center. But really the only moment that left an impression was when Camille A. Brown emerged in her white gloves. She’s intoxicating, truly, with the star quality that makes her worth watching. These days, you can’t always believe the hype surrounding a choreographer. Believe the hype about Camille A. Brown.

By 9:30, the show was over. Most people headed to an after-party to dance the night away, sans pirouettes and with alcohol and pizza. Everyone seemed to know everyone else — there were no outsiders, except perhaps me, but I was fine with being an outsider looking in. It was nice to look, to see the friendship and appreciation. I don’t envy artists for their vulnerability to the public, but at the Bessie’s, they mingled among others who understood. Speakers emphasized how hard it is to dance in NYC in the 21st century. But they do it because they love it.

That’s what you could feel at the Apollo: all the love.

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Maddie Ziegler Isn’t the Only Stylish Dance Moms Star—Meet the Other Girls With Killer Off-Stage Style

The first kid to go mainstream from the Abby Lee Dance Company was undoubtedly Maddie Zieger—she counts a hit Sia music video as her breakout moment, and now she’s doing stuff like dancing fall trends for Glamour (awesome, right?). And while we heart the 12-year-old enough to invite her to guest-Instagram for us during last week’s Teen Choice Awards, it’s time to acknowledge the other Dance Moms stars with cute style out of the studio.

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Maddie’s 11-year-old little sister, Mackenzie, seen on the left, has been taking style cues from her big sis, picking sweet, bright pieces that are totally age-appropriate. We sense a future shoe addict too—check out those metallic peep-toes!

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ALDC alum Chloe Lukasiak, 14, might not have appeared on the show’s most recent episodes, but her style hasn’t changed one bit. For the TCAs, she picked a Lublu Kira Plastinina skirt and Sabo Skirt top, a perfect example of the bright, feminine pieces she frequently rocks.


And while she’s not on the show anymore, Chloe still makes time to hang with former dance classmates, including Nia Frazier. Moonlighting as a movie video star between her dance competitions, the 14-year-old is used to super-fierce costumes. For time off, though, it’s all about easy basics like these cheerful printed shorts and bright tank.


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Even at 14, Kalani Hilliker, on the right, has trend-driven style that incorporates plenty seasonal must-haves (like this suede a-line mini, a number we’re loving this fall for transitional styling). Her taste level has resulted in a professional gig too: Along with dancing competitively, she’s got a special collection with tween retailer Mod Angel.


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Kendall Vertes, seen with Maddie on her left, wears the type of comfortable clothes you’d expect a serious 12-year-old dancer to rock when she’s out of a leotard: cute pieces with bright, fun prints that don’t look too constricting. Once she lost the statement sunnies, she could totally bust a move in this cute romper.

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One story you frequently hear about the German public is that they have no sense of humor and are too serious. But you wouldn’t have known it, watching 7,000 people in Wiesbaden dancing to a music video at a celebration for the Dalai Lama. There is hope for Europe, and for the rest of us!

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate continued with the on-going celebrations for his 80th birthday by making a tour of Germany, beginning last weekend. He started in this small city by Frankfurt, where a pavilion and stage had been built in a local park to host an event on a perfect summer afternoon. It was wonderful to see the level of support in Germany, where before his arrival, supporters of Tibet had ordered a commemorative stamp from Deutsche Post to acknowledge his eighty years. Although not an official German stamp, it can be used to send letters.

During a press conference before the event, His Holiness was asked about the celebrations of his 80th birthday, and he said that it was more important to do something meaningful with your life, to dedicate your actions of body, speech and mind to the well-being of others. This, he said, is how he’d lived.

At the park, Frank Auth of ‘Friends for a Friend’ warmly welcomed the public, and then the Mayor of Wiesbaden spoke, commenting that the people of the city were proud to have His Holiness among them once again and noted the long friendship that has existed between them.
The Tibetan singer, Dechen Shak Dagsay and her Day Tomorrow Ensemble, including her producer Helge van Dyk, were then invited to perform. 2015-07-16-1437072128-6121455-DECHENDE.jpg During their first song, the large video screens used to provide the audience with a close-up view, displayed a video: Dance For Peace. The uplifting words and infectious beat got the audience on their feet, dancing and clapping along, with a lot of them making the hand gestures from the dance, led by Dechen. The gestures were from the international sign language, symbolizing equality, love and peace. Following another song, His Holiness was welcomed on stage to a warm welcome and the band then finished their set with a modern version of the traditional Tibetan mantra ‘Om Mani Peme Hum’ as a birthday gift. The whole audience sang along in a most special version of a Happy Birthday song. After thanking each of the band members individually for their performance and shaking their hand, His Holiness commented that he liked hearing the modern version of this sacred mantra. The song included electric guitar and even a sitar, which gave this ancient prayer for world peace a new sound.

During his talk, the Dalai Lama explained that whenever he speaks in public he thinks of himself as just another human being the same as everyone else. He said that if he thinks of himself as a Buddhist, as someone from Asia or as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama it only serves to create a distance between him and the people he’s talking to.

He stressed that it is on the basis of what they have in common that every individual has a responsibility to think of the well-being of all 7 billion human beings alive today.

“Whenever I meet people, I always think that we are first of all human beings and that all of us are mentally, physically and emotionally the same. We all want to live a happy life, and we all have a right to do so. I believe that to live a happy life we depend on the rest of the community. This is one of the reasons I admire the European Union because it is based on putting the common interest ahead of narrow national interests. I look forward to when we might have a similar African Union, an Arab Union and even an Asian Union.”

He also spoke on the role of education in preparing people to build a peaceful world: “If we want to create a more peaceful world, we need to find a new approach to introducing human values into education from kindergarten up to university.” He added: “Compared to what we can learn from ancient Indian traditions, modern psychology is quite rudimentary. We can all study these things, the mind and our emotions. At the age of 80, I’m still studying and I recommend you to do so too.”

Seeing the enthusiasm and generosity of spirit from the public, made this small gathering a perfect example for how the rest of us can acknowledge the importance of peace in this world. And if the serious German people can get up and dance for peace, what are we waiting for?

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Betsey Johnson Taps Dance Moms’ Maddie Ziegler for an Adorable New Collaboration

Betsey Johnson‘s punky, funky, completely spunky style translates perfectly to the dance world, as evidenced by her brand-new collection for dance-wear giant Capezio. The campaign shows Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler in a range of apparel and accessories including, yup, a tutu.

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‘Dancing With The Stars’ Alum Cheryl Burke Says She Never Mastered This Dance Move

Even after 18 seasons with “Dancing With The Stars,” professional ballroom dancer Cheryl Burke says there’s one dance move she hasn’t quite mastered yet.

In an interview with HuffPost Live on Wednesday, Burke revealed that for the upcoming finale episode of “I Can Do That,” she was tasked with performing signature choreography from the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, pushing her flexibility to the limit.

“Even as a dancer I can’t do the splits, and they’re famous for that drop split,” she told host Nancy Redd. “Yeah, my back is super flexible, but I’ve never been able to do a drop split. That was a lot of pain.”

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Distracted When You Meditate? Here’s Why You Should Do a Happy Dance

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Lately, in my morning meditation sessions, I’ve been doing a mental happy dance every time I notice myself absorbed in and distracted by thought.

Huh? Isn’t the goal to focus on my breath and not let my mind run and wander?

No, in fact the goal is mindfulness, and guess what: when I notice that I’m thinking again, that is mindfulness in action.

That moment of noticing is not an opportunity to beat myself up for my monkey mind; that is the golden moment, because every time I notice myself thinking, I now have the opportunity to simply let that thought go, and return to my breath.

I wish someone had explained this to me decades ago.

Here’s the really beautiful thing, though: this skill of noticing that I’ve become absorbed in thought is not just useful on my meditation cushion. Noticing what I’m doing, and mindfully redirecting myself, is exactly the same skill I need in the rest of my day:

  • To pull myself back to the task I really want to be doing, when I succumb to distractions (Facebook, anyone?)
  • To point myself toward the carrots when I find my hand reaching for an unhealthy snack.
  • To consciously stop eating when I feel sated (even when the food is so yummy, I want to gobble down more!)

In the examples above, the critical first step is noticing. Unless and until I notice that I’ve gotten sucked down a Facebook rabbit hole, or that I’m self-medicating with food, or simply that I’m full, my impulsive lizard brain will be in the driver’s seat.

The ability to notice, and then redirect (the second step) — otherwise known as willpower or self-control — is like a muscle. One of the best ways humans have found to strengthen that muscle is mindfulness meditation. Every time I notice my mind absorbed in thought, and gently bring my attention back to my breath, I am flexing and strengthening that willpower muscle.

In fact, studies have shown that daily meditation actually grows your prefrontal cortex in as little as 8 weeks! Meditation literally makes your prefrontal cortex bigger and better connected.

And it does this while shrinking the amygdala, the “lizard brain” that’s responsible for (among other things) urging you to only follow your impulses, rather than your long-term goals.

In addition, as this article in Scientific American says, meditation changes the “functional connectivity” between these two regions. “The connection between the amygdala and the rest of the brain gets weaker, while the connections between areas associated with attention and concentration get stronger.”

Wow! That’s some endorsement for meditation!

Unfortunately, for too many years, I thought my inability to “clear my mind” meant that I sucked at meditation and it wasn’t for me. Now, thankfully, I understand that the goal isn’t an empty mind, but mindfulness.

So instead of beating myself up for my monkey mind, when I notice my mind wandering — yet again — in a meditation session, I give a silent cheer for my prefrontal cortex.

I now know that the “worse” my meditation session is, in terms of my mind getting distracted by thought, as long as I notice myself thinking, and gently guide myself back to breath, the better practice I’m getting.

No wonder I look forward to my morning meditation now, after avoiding it for years! Who wants to meditate when they know they’ll emerge psychically black and blue from beating themselves up over and over?

On the other hand, when you know you’re going to spend ten or twenty minutes happydancing, meditation starts to become irresistible.

Do you meditate? If not, I encourage you to try it, with the self-direction to mentally celebrate each time you notice yourself absorbed in thinking, and gently, lovingly let go of your thought and guide your attention back to your breath. 

It’s not an easy practice, but it’s not supposed to be, and that’s the point: you’ve got to work the muscle to strengthen it.

Have fun and namaste!

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Every Saturday morning when Evan Hegge was growing up, he, his sisters and his parents would do their chores while listening to the radio and dancing around the house to pass the time.

“We would make fun of my parents for how they danced and they would make fun of how we danced,” Hegge told The Huffington Post.

So when Hegge tied the knot with Jenna Van Heek on Saturday in Yankton, South Dakota, he and his mom Pam incorporated the family pastime into the big day and went head-to-head in a surprise dance-off in front of all of the guests.

“The only people who knew were my immediate family and the DJ,” Hegge said. “In fact, Jenna told me the day after the wedding that after my mom and my slow dance to ‘What a Wonderful World,’ she was really bummed we didn’t do anything. She thought we were lame until the dance-off took place.”

At the reception, Hegge and his mom hit the dance floor, bustin’ a move to a medley of popular songs including “Get Up Offa That Thing” by James Brown, “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham and “Teach Me How To Dougie” by Cali Swag District.

“Everyone seemed to love it and kept asking if someone recorded it,” Hegge said. “It was great watching people smile and laugh. That’s what I love most about the dance-off is that it makes people smile and laugh, which everyone needs in their life.”

To find out which Hegge is the reigning dance champ, watch the video above.

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    Groom’s Compassionate Wedding Dance With His Mom Will Move You To Tears

    At his wedding, groom Luke Rheault had planned to do a special mother-son dance with his mom Rebekah, who had been diagnosed with ALS a year before the nuptials.

    Once the song, “Hero” by Mariah Carey, started playing, Luke said something felt off. His mom was sitting in her wheelchair and Luke was towering over her. So he did something unexpected and sweet and got down on his knees for the duration of the dance.

    “I remember feeling uncomfortable standing above her for the first few moments of the dance — it just didn’t feel normal, and that’s when I got down on my knees and danced with her,” Luke told The Huffington Post. “I had no idea of the impact it had on everyone until they had told me.”

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    “I wanted her to feel so special in that very moment, so I tried to make the best of it and spin her around and continue smiling with her,” Luke added. “I don’t recall at any point in the wedding thinking that these might be my last few moments with my mother. So I did what felt right at the time, and I’m really glad I did because it’s a memory that has well-served its purpose.”

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    Luke and his wife Kristeena tied the knot in November 2008 at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. But it wasn’t until March 2015 that the bride decided to post the heartbreakingly beautiful video to YouTube.

    Sadly, Rebekah died in September 2009 — less than a year after she and her son shared their dance.

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    Watch the powerful video above. And we must warn you: tears are inevitable.

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    Changing of the Guard: Five Prima Ballerinas Reflect on the Biggest Change in the Dance World

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    Wendy Whelan. Photo: Nisian Hughes

    This is an extraordinary time in the dance world, when five of the greatest ballerinas of our time, from leading American ballet companies, have, coincidentally, all announced their retirement within months of each other. Ballet to the People caught up with Wendy Whelan, Carla Körbes, Paloma Herrera, Xiomara Reyes, and Julie Kent to ask:

    What in your view has been the most significant change in the dance world since you started out as a young dancer. How would you counsel a young dancer who is just starting out?

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    Wendy Whelan left Louisville, Kentucky, as a teenager to attend the School of American Ballet then spent her entire career at New York City Ballet. “… [A]n ideally modern woman, dancing with men as if part of a team, together on equal terms,” says The New York Times of her qualities as a ballerina. This modern woman acknowledges:

    I’m from a very different generation. There were the giant choreographers – Martha Graham, George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown – who were creating huge volumes of work… I came in at the tail end of the Balanchine [era], surrounded by his dancers.

    Dancers today are not so bound by the idea of a patriarch like Balanchine. Maybe that’s a good thing. They’re more open to other influences… But something gets a little bit lost, watered down. Now a New York City Ballet dancer is not surrounded by Balanchine’s dancers – it’s a huge change for a company that represents his work. We’re now floating a little more than the previous generation was. Dancers have more freedom today in how to dance Balanchine – and more opportunity to dance other artists’ work. While New York City Ballet no longer has one strong, profound resident choreographer, they do have an amazing young one in the ranks [Justin Peck].

    Mr. B grew his company like a garden. It’s harder to find a company built around one choreographer’s work these days; it makes dancing in a company very different. It’s up to each dancer to choose one [environment] over the other: whatever makes you a better dancer.

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    Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Carla Körbes in George Balanchine’s Diamonds. Photo: Angela Sterling

    Brazilian-born Carla Körbes also trained at SAB and started her career at New York City Ballet, but spent the last decade at Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. Her interpretive power astonishes, from the delicate airiness of her partnership with Karel Cruz in the central slow movement of Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH to her haunting, feverish Sleepwalker in George Balanchine’s La Sonnambula. Though only 33, she has witnessed a sea change in the dance world:

    Thanks to technology, dancers today have a much wider view of the dance world than when I first moved to New York. At age 14, coming to the U.S., all I knew was American Ballet Theatre, Baryshnikov, Nureyev, and some of the European companies. I barely knew anything about Balanchine. Today, dancers have so much more information, and are much more mobile. Kids are traveling everywhere to go to summer programs, funding themselves with Kickstarter – putting their dreams on the Internet and seeing if they will pan out.

    There are positives to moving around, and changing companies: you put things in perspective, you can compare living and working conditions. Living in one city, you tend to take things for granted, your view is much more narrow. In Europe, a dancer can leave for a year and still keep her original contract. You get to explore and grow as a person and as a dancer. A legacy like Wendy’s of 30 years in one company is so rare today.

    Technology can be amazing: for example, last year at Vail [the Vail International Dance Festival], I had been working with [choreographer] Brian Brooks. I had to leave, but he said “No problem. If we need more time, we can work via Skype.”

    In 1996, when I first arrived in New York, Skype was not an option!

    Then again, sometimes too much information is confusing. Sometimes knowing less, having fewer options is good. Dancers haven’t really changed as much [as some people believe] – even with new training and all the information we get about diet and physical therapy. Dancers will still push too hard, will still get injured. We get clashing advice from nutritionists. We’re always trying to learn from the experts. But, eventually, we go back to our instincts. I’ve learned, after 18 years of gathering information, to eat then check in with my body – how do I feel? I’ve learned to eat whatever makes my body feel good. As a teenager, I was just so confused, overwhelmed by all the information.

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    Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Carla Körbes. Photo: Angela Sterling

    Paloma Herrera, like Körbes, came to New York at a very young age. At 15, she was offered a contract with American Ballet Theatre, and, like Whelan, has spent her entire career with one company.

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    American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Paloma Herrera in The Sleeping Beauty. Photo: Gene Schiavone

    Even the most jaded ballet-goers rhapsodize over the luxurious unfolding of her leg in développé out of a supported pirouette, and in the articulation of her gloriously arched feet. While her passion onstage has hardly dimmed, she concedes:

    It’s a new generation now, especially with the new media. I’ve danced with the most incredible partners, including Angel Corella, Jose Manuel Carreño, and Vladimir Malakhov – I loved that time, it was a golden era.

    Now I want to watch ballet from the audience, to join the people who take the time to go to the theatre, to experience live theatre. I don’t feel connected with this generation anymore. People don’t seem to have the time anymore, to meet, to have coffee, to have a conversation over dinner. They walk around but they don’t see things, don’t see the city they live in.

    I took chances when I was very young. I was offered a contract with the most wonderful company in the world. I didn’t think too hard about it, made a very quick decision. My parents back in Argentina were incredibly supportive. They gave me so much freedom – that security, knowing you had their love no matter what. But I could never advise anyone else to live their life like I’ve lived mine: 100% in the moment, with no plans for the future, ever. I never thought about what was coming next – I still don’t. Of course I worked really hard and gave my life to dance. You also have to be lucky. Some people have all the talent, but not the passion, or the luck. Some work so hard but simply don’t have the talent. You have to look at your own gift, and your own limitations.

    And you need humility. Because ballet is about going back into class every single day, rehearsing everyday, fixing everything – it’s about the working process, not about being a superstar. Some dancers today want to be celebrities. But that is not why I dance. I’m not on Twitter and Facebook, I live in the theatre, on the stage. That’s where the excitement is. No two performances are the same. Even in the same role in the same ballet, night after night, every performance is unique: some are great, some disastrous.

    One of my most thrilling experiences was performing at the International Ballet Festival of Havana. Ballet in Cuba is like soccer in Argentina – such a commotion! Naturally it was televised. And the audience knows the choreography by heart – you don’t dare change a step!

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    Paloma Herrera with American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie in rehearsal for The Sleeping Beauty. Photo: Gene Schiavone

    Cuba is very much on Xiomara Reyes‘ mind. A tiny dynamo whom Bachtrack describes as “bringing sunshine wherever she goes,” Reyes trained at Cuba’s National Ballet School. For her, the recent defrosting of U.S.-Cuba relations is earthshaking:

    Anything that can mend a rip in our world is an Alleluia moment for me. The Cuban soul is very deeply hurt, and I believe it will be a long process of healing. This [announcement] is a step in that direction, I hope. For a Cuban dancer it means the opening of more choice and possibility, and that is of infinite value.

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    American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Xiomara Reyes in Giselle. Photo: Gene Schiavone

    She bids farewell to American Ballet Theatre after 14 years, before which she spent seven years with the Royal Ballet of Flanders. She, too, notes with ambivalence the rise of social media and its impact on the dance world:

    With Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other media, dancers have new opportunities to be noticed and, while I think these are wonderful outlets that give more people the opportunity to follow dancers whom they might never see perform live, I also believe it may be overwhelming for a young dancer who is trying to find her own voice. Social media can become a rat race. Dance is not only an external endeavor but also an internal search… Our need for exposure, this thirst for communication and public recognition, has a tendency to push us outward before we work inward.

    To a young dancer I would say: be aware of that trap. Take the time to find out what dancing really means to you, how it shapes you as a human being. Nourish yourself with the art you create – explore what that means. And then: dance, live, share!

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    American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Xiomara Reyes. Photo: Fabrizio Ferri

    Recently dubbed by The Washington Post “a font of regal beauty” in the role of fairy queen Titania, Julie Kent will bow out in a final performance of Romeo and Juliet.

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    American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Julie Kent in Romeo and Juliet. Photo: Roy Round

    Looking back over her 29 seasons with American Ballet Theatre, she marvels at the sweeping social change:

    Perestroika. The end of the Cold War. The fall of Communism. The arrival of the Internet, cellular communications, social media and branding. All had great impact on society, the arts, the ballet world.

    Because the world is now smaller, Russian dancers no longer have to defect to be seen in the West. Everyone is everywhere, all the time – in reality, and virtually on Facebook. This is not necessarily good or bad: everyone has to understand life is forward-moving. Dancers often look back and think their time was the greatest compared to today – but they think that mainly because they were young then!

    It’s more challenging now for a young dancer. They want international careers, so they feel they can’t stay with one company.

    Yet some things haven’t changed much for dancers. When I debuted in Swan Lake in 1993 that was one performance, one matinee. My next Swan Lake was a year later, and also just one performance. It’s difficult to develop as a dancer with so few opportunities to tackle the big roles in multiple performances – because the process of learning in the rehearsal studio is different than the process of learning on stage through multiple performances. Talking with Isabella Boylston who debuted as Odette-Odile in 2013, I realize it’s been a similar challenge for her.

    It’s a tough balancing act for big companies to give dancers opportunities to grow. Audiences also want to see foreign guest stars – which is exciting for us, too, in the company, but it makes it harder for up-and-coming dancers to develop. I was fortunate to have partners who wanted me to dance with them around the world – Julio Bocca in Argentina, Vladimir Malakhov in Finland, Jose Manuel Carreño in Japan, Roberto Bolle in Italy, etc. So even though I stayed with one company, I had opportunities to perform roles multiple times, and grow in that way.

    For younger dancers today, there is also more pressure to be a star. It used to be that people wanted to do something, now they want to be something. “I want to be a principal,” instead of “I want to dance.” But being a star and having a fulfilling career are not always the same thing.

    Soon after I was given my corps de ballet contract, I was invited to appear in the movie Dancers, opposite Baryshnikov. After the film came out, I visited Nora Kaye [the former dancer, who collaborated with her husband, director Herbert Ross, on the film] who was on her deathbed in Los Angeles. She said, “You could have a career in film. Are you interested?”

    “I want to dance,” I replied. It was so simple – that is what I had wanted to do since I was 7. I always had that sense of purpose, that driving force.

    One of my platforms for young people is to focus on the process and the pursuit of excellence, not the destination. The work is our labor and our reward. Once you get where you’re going, it’s over!

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    American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Julie Kent and Cory Stearns in rehearsal for Lady of the Camellias. Photo: Gene Schiavone

    What’s next for each of these ballerinas? Ballet to the People wanted to know.

    Wendy Whelan will crisscross the country with Restless Creature, a series of contemporary duets by four young choreographers, which premiered at Jacobs Pillow last summer then traveled to the Royal Opera House in London. Restless Creature‘s American tour starts in San Francisco in mid-January and winds up at the Joyce Theatre in New York in May.

    A new project with Edward Watson of the Royal Ballet will premiere in London in July. And a third piece of opera/dance theatre is simmering at the Brooklyn Academy of Music: an adaptation of the ancient Japanese Noh drama Hagoromo, about a celestial spirit whose magic power resides in a robe of feathers.

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    Wendy Whelan with Alejandro Cerrudo in rehearsal for Restless Creature. Photo: Christopher Duggan

    Carla Körbes wraps up a splendidly varied season at PNB this spring then powers on to Vail again this summer. Her knee is getting better, she says, and she’s excited to immerse herself in the festival. What would she like to dance? More Balanchine, if she had her wish! But she is also keen to work with new choreographers, found the experience working with Brian Brooks hugely inspiring.

    Retiring at this age, I’m still young and I’m excited. It’s the end of company life for me, which gives me new options, frees me to do other things in the art world. Before I left City Ballet, at a time when I was struggling, I spoke with Eliot Feld, who told me: “Leave when you’re happy.” I never forgot this. I never take any of this for granted.

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    Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Carla Körbes. Photo: Angela Sterling

    Julie Kent will write a memoir, a book which she hopes will reflect her voice as an American dancer, a female artist, a passionate arts advocate, as well as a wife and a mother of two children.

    I have expressed myself without words for so long. The life of a ballerina seems so mysterious from afar, but the reality is that there are things that many people from different backgrounds and professions can connect with.

    Ballet to the People looks forward to her setting the record straight – after Darren Aronofsky’s blood-and-feathers study in ballerina paranoia, the Black Swan horror flick.

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    American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Julie Kent. Photo: Rosalie O’Connor

    Paloma Herrera bids American audiences Adieu with a final performance as Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty in June, but her Argentinian farewell comes later in the year. Globe-trotting balletomanes are prepared to travel long distances to catch her Tatiana in Onegin in October at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, a dramatic role she has long prized. After her final curtseys, she plans to indulge her love of theatre, of reading, and listening to music.

    Ballet has been my bubble, my life, my religion… Now I will enjoy this time in a different way.

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    American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Paloma Herrera. Photo: Alicia Sanguinetti

    Xiomara Reyes will dance a final Giselle in May. Reflecting at this crossroad, she knows dance will continue to be an important part of her life:

    Dancing has been my life’s journey ever since I can remember. I have found that to stand at the barre every morning is a kind of meditation, a spiritual experience.

    I love teaching and sharing with young people the amazing world of ballet, which is why I’ve been co-directing the IBStage program for two years.

    I feel like I’m standing in front of this huge buffet of possibilities and I’m taking my time to chose. Not because I don’t like what I see, but because I want to honor my standstill point: that moment where you have to stand still and regroup, before throwing yourself back into the whirlpools of life.

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    American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Xiomara Reyes. Photo: Fabrizio Ferri

    Collectively, these five ballerinas have redefined virtuosity and grace for the art form in the 21st century – their natural gifts honed by artistic sensitivity and perseverance. No one is born to be a prima ballerina: it takes extraordinary discipline, acumen and gutsiness.

    Will one of them eventually take a leadership role in the ballet world? None of the five appear to have sought it out.

    One thing that has not changed over the span of these ballerinas’ careers is the shortage of women at the helm of ballet companies. Karen Kain is now the longest-running incumbent artistic director of a major company, having run the National Ballet of Canada for ten years. Tamara Rojo took over English National Ballet two years ago. When Brigitte Lefèvre retired after a remarkable 19 years of steering Paris Opera Ballet in a bold, new direction, she was succeeded by Benjamin Millepied. In Britain, Monica Mason called the shots at the Royal Ballet for ten years, replaced by Kevin O’Hare in 2012. In America, Lourdes Lopez has been at the head of Miami City Ballet for just two years.

    As audiences for live theatre and dance continue to shrink, along with the public and private funding so critical to keeping these companies afloat, can new artistic leadership make a difference? Is it time for a reigning ballerina to be handed the reins?
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    Beacon’s ‘L1’ EP Gravitates Toward The Dance Floor As The Duo Redirects Their Orbit

    Brooklyn-based duo Beacon — Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett — are preparing to release their fourth studio product and third EP, “L1,” next week, and The Huffington Post is pleased to premiere the exclusive stream of the record.

    After several months of touring, Beacon decided to design their new EP with the live reinterpretation in mind, Gossett explained. Seeking out a more dance floor-friendly vibe, they started experimenting with new gear and considered expanding their live members — contemplating a drummer first — and reconstructed their sound from there. The result is a medley of minimal, hard-hitting beats and vaporous R&B that is as balancing as it is frantic.

    The EP opens with some metallic clankering, gradually building up layer after layer of synth and skittering percussion until it swirls into a wall of noise at its end. The title track keeps things smooth with a more straightforward stream of shakes and snare snaps, while “Minor Structures” kicks things up a notch by offering the project’s most quick-paced drumbeat. “Better Love” slows things down before heading into the final track, “Only Us,” which carefully climaxes into the most uplifting moment on the EP.

    Mullarney explained that he and Gossett felt a strong kinetic energy surrounding their new sonic space and how it helped lead to the thematic concept of “L1.” “L1 is a point in space that is part of the Lagrange points, which are these different points of space around two gravitational bodies that transfix and pull anything that’s caught in-between them in weird ways,” he said. “These Lagrange points have a history in science-fiction and sort of run the gamut in philosophical and scientific meaning.”

    Mullarney continued: “Lyrically, I kind of always want this music to sit in a place where people can reveal their mysteries to others on their own terms. That’s why something like L1 is this perfect sort of place. It’s just enough where people can read into it and find their own meaning.”

    “L1” will be available on Dec. 2 via Ghostly Internationl, and you can pre-order the EP.

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    Hard Choices: Dance Theatre of San Francisco Aims High

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    Dance Theatre of San Francisco is the new kid on the block – a precocious kid on a block crammed with nimble little dance companies that turn out adventurous new work on a shoestring. Like many precocious kids, it manifests admirable talent but also exhibits immaturity. This is its second season, for which it offered up a potluck of three short impressionistic works by three local up-and-coming choreographers, and a new incarnation of Daphnis and Chloé that looks like DTSF’s bid to be taken seriously as a ballet company – a risky proposition in a metropolis that boasts the San Francisco Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Diablo Ballet, and that regularly plays host to every major world class ballet company.

    A dance company with limited resources has to make hard choices. When stuck with a venue with a poor sound system, like the Cowell Theatre, piping in taped classical music is amateurish, and yet three of the four pieces on display this weekend were performed to taped classical music. The exception was Dexandro “D” Montalvo’s terrific Ocean, whose throbbing electronic score shot through with industrial sounds did not require a sound system any finer than that at the Cowell.

    Live music may be beyond the budget of most small companies, but the Bay Area is simply bursting at the seams with cutting-edge composers and musicians who might be cajoled into serving up a score, live or taped, geared specifically toward the acoustic environment at the Cowell. When push comes to shove, Ballet to the People believes that you should make do with fewer dancers and employ a handful of musicians.

    Costuming was a resounding success – impeccable and stylish all evening, especially in the skin-toned, Grecian inspired swirling creations for Daphnis and Chloé. Hats off to Renaissance man Christopher Dunn who costumed everyone AND distinguished himself in lead roles all evening.

    Hard choices extend to other elements of a production – in particular, lighting. Two of the four pieces, by Sandrine Cassini and Milissa Payne Bradley, were ill served by their bare-bones lighting design. Cassini’s Here By Our Sight (to a tinny, scratchy recording of the Adagio from Schubert’s Quintet in C Major) started out with the dancers poetically lit in silhouette against a glowing background, then flooded the stage with overly bright, clinical lighting that washed out the dancers in their severe steel-grey unitards and diminished the strangely tender moments in the choreography. Payne Bradley’s Your Sun Becomes My Moon set up two parallel universes in which intimate relationships between two pairs of dancers unfurled simultaneously onstage, a concept which begged to be supported by a bifurcated lighting scheme that simply didn’t materialize.

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    One doesn’t expect a pick-up company to display a unified style or aesthetic, and the three short pieces did play to the dancers’ individuality. Daphnis and Chloé however is a different breed of dance, and the ensemble of thirteen powered heroically through Mark Foehringer’s ecstatic neoclassical choreography with a dizzying range of manners. Perhaps more rehearsal time would have hammered out a more consistent carriage of the head, arms and shoulders, and more uniform leg extensions… but the work is simply not innovative enough to make it the focal point of a brave new venture.

    Though Foehringer’s pared-down interpretation of the classic tale verged on a storyline for the Desperate Housewives of Ancient Greece, the splendid, regal Jamielyn Duggan rose above cliché in the role of the scheming Lycaenion, ably supported by Ismael Acosta. Christopher Dunn and Kelsey McFalls shone sweetly in the title roles, and Marcos Vedovetto proved a commanding Pan.

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    The dancers seemed most at home in the hybrid hip-hop and contemporary vocabulary of Ocean, the chilling vision of a sleeper cell of aliens activated by the superb Cooper Neely. The second movement, a serpentine trio set to Ólafur Arnalds’ gently hypnotic For Teda, features Neely, Christopher Dunn and Kelsey McFalls in a contemporary nod to Frederic Ashton’s extraterrestrial Monotones II. Arnalds’ dappled tones give way to the brutal techno of Henning Baer in a particularly bleak mood, and Montalvo fields an army of aliens programmed to destroy whatever is in their path. With arms that function like machine guns and movement delivered in controlled spasms that seem to spring directly from the score, the DTSF dancers appear nothing short of virtuosic. A music critic summed up the Baer EP in a manner that perfectly characterizes Montalvo’s work: “There is no light at the end of the tunnel. There is no light at the beginning either. There is only darkness here.”

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    There is a bleak edge to Cassini’s work as well, the dancers frequently looking out over an abyss but always drawing each other back. They initially look very comfortable in Cassini’s movement style, which is cat-like and ethereal but also very grounded. There are tantalizing hints of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a mischievous Puck-like figure – danced with brio on Sunday by Angela Bevevino – who gambols among the sleeping figures of two unsuspecting maidens. However, midway through the piece, as the Schubert builds in intensity and anxiety, the choreography turns more nakedly athletic. The piece looks unfinished, as if the choreographer was testing out movement ideas in the second half but didn’t have time to polish it, and the dancers appeared to struggle.

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    Payne Bradley’s piece is driven by Arvo Pärt’s austere and mystical Summa for Strings, whose waves wash to shore two couples: one entwined in a luscious contemporary duet, the other in a formal, purely classical pas de deux. Alexandra Fitzgibbon and Michael Galloway, in chic swimwear marked with fields of color suggestive of Mark Rothko, are never less than stunning as they explore unstable, shifting sands. Their movements suggest some kind of marine creature. They cede the stage to Ana Robles and Joshua Thake, she in a long diaphanous tutu and he in a princely tunic, and we are reminded that the language of classical ballet is objectively no less contrived or exotic than the movement of jellyfish or sea dragons. Robles and Thake seemed poorly matched or under-rehearsed, however, which, together with the lighting failure, diminished the impact of this otherwise glamorous and quirky work.

    At the start of the evening, company Executive Director and Artistic Advisor Annie Henry (who also brought an elegant presence to the ensemble in Daphnis and Chloé) delivered a graceful pitch for donor support. Money is not the only thing the company needs right now. It is not enough to employ dancers and give free rein to talented choreographers – there must be a vision in the curating of a program, and a discipline to the myriad decisions around scoring, casting, time and resource allocation. There must be someone with the experience and authority to sit in on rehearsals and make a judgment as to what is ready to be presented and what is not. In young companies, understandably, artists often must wear more than one hat. At present, in this company, there are important hats that no one is wearing.

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    2. & 3. Dance Theatre of San Francisco ensemble in the premiere of Mark Foehringer’s Daphnis and Chloé. Photo: Anandha Ray

    4. Dance Theatre of San Francisco members Jamielyn Duggan & Christopher Dunn in the premiere of Mark Foehringer’s Daphnis and Chloe, October 24-26 at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. Photo: Matt Haber

    5. Dance Theatre of San Francisco member Vincent Chavez in the premiere of Dexandro Montalvo’s Ocean. Photo: Anandha Ray

    6. Dance Theatre of San Francisco members Michael Galloway and Alexandra FitzGibbon in the premiere of Milissa Payne Bradley’s Your Sun Becomes My Moon. Photo: Anandha Ray
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    A Taekwondo Match Unexpectedly Turns Into a Dance Battle; Everyone Wins The Round

    A Taekwondo match can sometimes look like a beautiful, choreographed fight, almost like a dance. But sometimes, it can be an actual choreographed dance.

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    8 Steps to Kill Writer’s Block and Dance With the Muse

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    I don’t believe in writer’s block.

    There, I said it.

    I do believe sometimes you write better than other times.

    I was lucky. I grew up in the world of acting and had teachers who taught me that the creative process was not just about listening to your head, it was about listening from a different place, Sandy Miesner called it the impulse. So I learned you find the creative flow by opening the field of vision in order to listen with all of the senses.

    After I left the world of acting and eventually learned about spirituality, it was great fun to discover the two disciplines had a lot in common: presence, listening, noticing the voice of the ego vs the voice of spirit.

    It was Betty Buckley who opened my eyes to how to be a shamanic creatrix. Of course, she never would have used those words. I was lucky to work as an intern at the Williamstown Theater festival where she was performing. I will never forget sitting in her audience, feeling her song, and understanding for the first time the real power of performance. Betty anchored in the teaching that when you connect to the sacred through your creative act, when you step on to the stage with the intention to connect to the heart of your audience, you can have a profound impact.

    I think of it as touching the void, that moment when you allow a universal truth to run through you. You surface something through your words/dance/acting/movement/song that your audience recognizes as true… they can feel it in a place that needs no words, and they experience the inner nod… because you are dancing with the muse.

    I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Elizabeth Gilbert’s great TED TALK, The Elusive Creative Genius, where she discussed how the pressure of believing it is just you creating is enough to drive anyone insane.

    But I digress. Lets cut to the chase and focus on the title of this post. If you are living in the illusion that you are creating all on your own and are feeling disconnected from the genius… I hope these tips help you break on through to the other side.

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    If what you are writing is crap, just stop.

    Listen. The muse loves to play. All you need to do is be present enough to listen. She’ll come around often and lots when you stop pretending you are the only one creating.

    Now that you stopped trying to create, go with the first thing that comes to mind. Even if it seems crazy and out of place, just go with it and see where it takes you. Trust.

    2. Do Something That Scares You

    I’m not saying jump off a cliff for heaven’s sake. I’m saying step out of your familiar comfort zone. Invite new experiences into your life. See what new conversations take place, what new material presents, what inspiration arises. (This is the quickest way to shake yourself out any kind of rut (right next to doing something good for someone else.)

    3. Watch Robin Williams

    When Robin died, I did what you did, started watching old videos of his interviews. He was out of control. Some of what he said was hilarious. Some of what he said wasn’t, but the fact that he said it was hilarious. For better or for worse, he didn’t censor what came through him. The result: We loved him for being his wild zany unpredictable self. We’ll probably love you for being your authentic self too… once you start sharing it with us.

    3. Listen With Purpose

    Imagine yourself surrounded by a muse/guardian angel. All she wants to do is inspire you, but the only way she can speak to you is through the physical things that surround you. NOW the annoying guy in the Starbucks line talking too loudly on his cell phone is about to say the title of your next book, the wind whispering through the pines is going to make you remember a sensation that explains your character in a way you didn’t dare to imagine. You get it. Everything is material. Everything. That little voice speaking…maybe it comes from behind you, inside of you, arrives in your mind’s eye…that is the muse my friend. Just take the first snipit and run like a banshee and don’t look back until you’re done. Edit later. It’s ok. Something will be in there.

    4. Step Away

    Everyone knows the most brilliant ideas arrive as soon as you get up to go to the bathroom. Why? Because when you’re going on and on for hours with your pals trying to create something epic, your line of vision can become so focused, it becomes narrow. So step away from what you are focusing on and allow your mind’s field of vision to expand again and let the muse in for another spin around the dance floor.

    5. Leave No Pencil Behind

    Walk with a notebook and pen everywhere you go. Write every little idea that comes to you. Put the ideas for new projects in a special place. Don’t think you will remember them. The muse can be fickle and can take what she offers right after she gives it. So write it all down. Right now. Before you forget. (You can use Evernote for this if you just. can’t. put. down. your. phone.

    6. Do What You Love

    If you’re still pretending you can’t get through your writer’s block or create anything of worth, then open up a new document, think about that other idea or concept or story idea that totally turns you on, and go for it. You’ll hate me in the morning. Why? Because you’ll stay up all night pacing with new ideas, high as a kite coursing with the passion for this new project, and write the first 17 chapters of your next book. Then you’ll have to decide which one you need to finish first. I apologize in advance. Meanwhile, you played in a river that was flowing and that was fun.

    7. Leave Everything Behind And See What You’re Made Of

    For an hour, for a day, for a month, for a year. Put the physical things that are taking up your energy aside. Clear all of your psychic debts. Deal with the people you have been avoiding. Clean up your physical space, and there will be so much more room for the muse and the genius to run though you.

    8. Just Do It

    I thought I had it all figured out until Paul Hawken (who has authored seven books) said something that stopped me in my tracks. He said something along the lines of how he just doesn’t buy it when people say “spirit wrote the book.” He said, YOU write the book. You are the one that sits down every day and writes.

    I should add I also don’t believe in waiting for spirit to “move me.” It’s like meditating. It’s a practice, you show up every day and just do it. Some days are great. Some days aren’t as great. (And when spirit does come with a dose of inspiration, you know I right it down asap.)

    Confession

    Now I’m going to confess something. Last night I had a nightmare that this small being that I was caring for ran out into the street and was stabbed by a pitch fork. When I picked it up, there were holes throughout it’s body, but once it was in my hands, the holes healed. The whole day I was terrified that the dream was about the novel I just launched I kickstarter. I offered to give people one chapter at a time as I complete the final draft of the manuscript. (CRAZY.) I think my dream was pointing out my fear that people mike poke holes in this story that I was put in care of creating. I think of stories like that, as having a soul of their own that we have the good fortune of caring for.

    It is inevitable, at some point, when you put yourself out there, people won’t care for your creation. But so what. Don’t let that stop you from creating. Most people don’t like the smell of your breath first thing in the morning either. Does that stop you from brushing? My point exactly.

    The only reason anything happens is so the next thing can happen. So just keep on going and see what happens next.
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    ‘Mad Men’ Finale Review: Dance Fever, Burgers And Space Travel

    Do not read on unless you have seen the seventh episode of “Mad Men’s” final season, “Waterloo,” which also serves as the show’s 2014 finale (it returns with seven episodes in 2015).

    We all know that when a “Mad Men” episode is heavy on business intrigue and office politics, it’s usually a winner, but even by that standard, “Waterloo” may have been entirely too much fun. Jim Cutler pulled his big moves, and you know what? The late Bert Cooper was not Napoleon in this episode, Cutler was. The man with the big glasses overplayed his hand and he ended up with very little to show for it. Speaking of Bert Cooper, what just happened?! Did he just do a song-and-dance number with a group of prancing secretaries? I do believe that actually did happen. All righty then! “Mad Men,” never stop surprising me!

    I’ll write more about what Don’s vision of Bert meant in a moment (spoiler alert: He wants Don to be free), but first, a question: Why does the moon orbit the Earth?

    Now, you may think that I’ve been watching a lot of “Cosmos” lately (and you are correct). Of course, we know the answer to that question, but for thousands of years, people didn’t know. They came up with conjectures, ideas and myths — they crafted various kinds of stories. Some of those stories are great, some are a little loony, but, obviously, the truth is that gravity binds these two bodies together. We can’t see gravity, we can’t taste it or touch it, but, among other amazing things it can do, it can make enormous objects that are otherwise separated by vast stretch of icy space influence each other in multiple ways. The Earth and the moon are bound by invisible bonds — they are cosmically connected, forever.

    As are Don and Peggy.

    There were twin sources of driving tension in this episode: Would the astronauts make it back from the moon, and would SC&P land the Burger Chef account? Both of these things mattered greatly, and yet, they also didn’t matter.

    Of course, everyone wanted the astronauts to come home safely (and kudos to “Mad Men” for threading that storyline with genuine suspense and excitement, even though we knew the outcome of the astronauts’ return). The thing is, whether or not their re-entry went perfectly, the astronauts had still accomplished something historic, something truly awe-inspiring. The astronauts (and the NASA teams behind them) had put human beings on the moon — an important symbolic step for the maturation of our species.

    That accomplishment would always stand, regardless of what happened afterward. The same is true of another enormous but more personal landmark — the maturation of Don Draper.

    Think about all the things that happened to Don before that pitch meeting with Burger Chef. His wife decided that their marriage was over. It had been over in all but name for some time, but just before leaving for Indiana, he got the final death notice from Megan. For Don Draper, here was another failed attempt at intimacy and commitment.

    On the work front, Bert Cooper died. He and Don weren’t close, but he’d had Don’s back enough times for it to matter, and Don felt bad for Roger and everyone else who cared about the old coot. And of course, Cooper’s death altered the balance of power inside the agency, something that Cutler didn’t even wait 30 seconds to point out (this week in Lou is the worst: Lou is not actually the worst — that honor this week goes to the odious Cutler). When he got that call from a distraught Roger, Don had every reason to believe that all that he had worked to regain was now gone. He’d have to start over again, with no wife, no allies like Roger and Peggy in the background, no real friends to rally around him. He was as isolated as we’ve ever seen him.

    So what did Don do at this very low point? How’s this for momentous: He didn’t pull a Don Draper. He didn’t hobo out to the Coast or make some other self-destructive decision. In a miraculous development, he didn’t think much about himself at all. He made a strategic and personal decision — in the wee, small hours, he decided on a course of action that makes sense from several different perspective. He saw that mission to its completion in a selfless and focused way. He helped Peggy deal with her nerves, he made her believe in herself and he made damn sure the pitch meeting went as well as humanly possible.

    This is connection. For Don, this is landing on the moon.

    What is true connection but an ability to see someone else’s point of view? What is connection but a desire to put someone else’s needs or a larger goal first? Don didn’t need to let Peggy land the account. He could have gone out on top and garnered the Burger Chef account as a final “screw you” to everyone on Team Cutler. But he didn’t do that. In one of his darkest hours, he didn’t fall down a rabbit hole of self-absorption and pain. He didn’t crawl into a bottle and drown in narcissistic angst. On his way out the door — which is where he thought he was headed — he tried to help his protégée attain a meaningful achievement. He got nothing from that, aside from a powerful rush of pride.

    To me, the center of the episode was the look that passed between Don and Peggy when she stood up at the end of her pitch. Don knew she had nailed it, and she knew it too. Don may not be much of a husband or father, let’s face it, but he knows how to do the thing that Peggy just did, and sharing that moment with her — a moment of real and well-earned triumph — was sweet indeed. A collective effort at NASA got men on the moon, and a team effort at SC&P had brought them all to this point, but Don and Peggy were the ones who set foot on that spectacular terrain.

    Don and Peggy have orbited each other forever, exerting strong influences on each other; she started out as the satellite and then he took that role, but none of that really matters now. As we saw last week and saw again this week, that connection is more tangible and real than ever. Don didn’t give Peggy talent — she always had it — but he helped her hone it, he pushed her, he toughened her and he made sure that when the moment came, she nailed the pitch. And she taught him too — about friendship, loyalty and persistence. They love each other in all the ways that matter. Like gravity, you can’t see that love, but it’s undeniably there. Don Draper, Dick Whitman — it doesn’t matter. He’s no longer an asteroid, floating through the cold darkness of space on his own, and he knows it. They both do.

    Don also knows that there will always be office machinations — it’s just unavoidable during these tumultuous times. But does the end result have to be selling out to McCann? Unlikely. The moon, Bert crooned to Don, belongs to everyone. Why can’t a new firm — one begun by SC&P refugees — belong to everyone he cares about? “The best things in life are free,” apparently, and Don really wants to be free, once and for all.

    Coming on top of a generally wonderful episode, Bert’s shoeless dance number was icing on one tasty cake, but it also set up the final run of episodes quite efficiently. Don could accept the large sum of money on the table and sell out to corporate overlords, or he could take off in a rocket to the moon — a risky journey, of course, but he’d have Peggy, Roger and possibly even Pete by his side. Let’s face it, Cutler’s technocratic beliefs and even Roger’s practical/desperate machinations don’t truly constitute vision. Don and Peggy have that — can they also be leaders? We’ll see.

    I wouldn’t be against those two. But we will have to wait until 2015 for the answer to all these questions, and that makes me sad. As many have observed — even creator Matthew Weiner made this point — the show generally pulls off a big series of moves at about the mid-point of a typical 13-episode season.

    In this 14-episode final season, the show stayed true to form by doing just that kind of thing in the seventh episode, but it’s likely that nearly a year will elapse before we see the end to this series of personal and professional machinations. AMC has done “Mad Men” no favors by stretching out the exit of a show that thrives on ambiguity and atmosphere. “Mad Men” typically marinates in certain themes and ideas before turning on the heat in the home stretch, and that wait between half-seasons will drain a lot of the momentum out of the show’s final run. But it is what it is, and we’ll have to deal with it.

    As it happened, there was a lot to savor in this lovely yet energetic episode: We got a vintage Don Draper pitch (he was very smart in the way he reeled in Ted Chaough, who sure seems clinically depressed at the moment); we got a couple of subtle and evocative reminders that Peggy is indeed a mother; and I just loved the series of family tableaux that constituted the lyrical middle section of the episode. It was a brilliant visual representation of the Burger Chef “family supper” pitch: Roger, Mona, their son in law and grandson were an odd kind of family, and yet they shared the wonder of the day together. Betty’s family and her friend’s brood represented a range of viewpoints and ages, but in the end, Sally didn’t kiss the cynical athlete, she kissed the nerdy boy who made her feel a bond with something beautiful. Ted, Roger, Julio, Sally and of course, Don — they were all looking for connections, for bonds that weren’t just practical but emotional.

    Numbers, data, surgical accuracy: That’s what Cutler advocated, and that’s the kind of cold, precise science that NASA workers had to use to make the moon shot work. But the journey to the moon wasn’t just about trajectories, angles and engineering calculations: It was a story people told themselves (with help from Neil Armstrong’s memorable pitch: “That’s one small step for man, one giant step for mankind.”).

    “Mad Men’s” particular kind of humanism — one that loves individuals and outliers and emotional connections more than insiders, blowhards and data mavens — was all over “Waterloo.” And the moon landing was a brilliant vehicle for that kind of collective resonance and personal accomplishment. What this episode was after was a sense of wonder, and who wouldn’t feel that after seeing Don Draper act like a normal, compassionate, responsible human being. For once, Houston, we did not have a problem.

    Cutler’s the only one who couldn’t see that there’s only so much you can do with number crunching and data. People want to be moved, and they were moved by the moon landing — in part, as Peggy noted, because everyone who watched it shared the same range of emotions.

    Of course people enjoyed that story of progress and wonder– they’d been starving for it.

    A final hail of bullets and favorite lines:

    • First things first: Ryan McGee and I will be recording a podcast with a very special guest on Monday. Around midday Monday, check the Talking TV page or on iTunes (Once it’s ready, I’ll also add the podcast to the bottom of this post).
    • Not only did Bobby break out his telescope, Megan had a telescope on her patio in California. What does this mean? Did Sharon Tate own a telescope??! #telescopetruthers
    • It looked to me as though Bert Cooper owned a Pollock. Cooper, you magnificent bastard, you!
    • “We don’t owe you anything. You’re a hired hand! Get back to work.”
    • In an episode stuffed with memorable moments, Meredith’s awkward attempt to seduce Don was hiii-larious. That moment was also a subtle reminder of Don’s change of status: These days, he’s just another guy at the office without a huge amount of mystique; women aren’t throwing themselves at him on a regular basis, not during work hours anyway. Only the dumbest human that SC&P employs would try to “comfort” Don in that particular way, and he’s way too smart (and/or not desperate enough) for that.
    • “What if it’s quicksand?”
    • “Should I reschedule?” “Get OUT!”
    • Excellent work in the final phone-call breakup between Don and Megan. Jessica Pare infused one simple word — “Don.” — will many layers of meaning, and few people do sad/hurt face better than Jon Hamm. Did you also notice that he was tearing up a little after Bert’s dance routine? He’s going to miss that shoeless elf.
    • “Take off your shoes.” “I don’t feel like it!”
    • “Marriage is a racket!”
    • I’m going to side with “Mad Men”/”Mad Style” bloggers Tom and Lorenzo regarding the development of Joan of late. I don’t think the show has done a good enough job of showing two things: Why she is so anti-Don, and why she is so mercenary these days. Both those things appear to be linked and they’ve practically been the only notes she’s gotten to play, though as we saw last week, she still very much believes in love and genuine relationships. For many seasons, she and Don got along fine, and though I know she’s eager to hang on to the status and partnership she now enjoys, her hostility to Don this season has never been properly explained, in my view. It’s kind of sad, because I think she’s an interesting character, but, on the work front anyway, there hasn’t been enough about her of late to offset the view of her as ruthless toward her once-respected co-worker.
    • Sally stands, stares and smokes just like Don.
    • Roger taking the nameplate from Bert’s office was just the right touch — sad, subtle and, in a way, momentous as well. Note the real emotion in his voice when he said, “Now I’m going to lose you too!” to Don. Roger’s the eternally irresponsible jester, but it’s nice to get these reminders that he feels things deeply.
    • “We have no liquor!”
    • The pitch scene did a great job of getting us inside Peggy’s head; she was so preoccupied and afraid that everything was just reverberating noise to her. Side note: She looked terrific in that scene. Her crisp blue and green dress and her bold red lipstick were just perfect.
    • I loved the shot of the SC&P team in the motel, rapt by the moon landing. There was such genuine interest and sincere delight on their faces. “Mad Men” can get grim and dark, but when it lets itself be optimistic, few other shows can touch it.
    • “Cooper still dead?”
    • “Cutler’s not going to stop until the firm is just Harry and the computer.”
    • The running gag of Harry not really being a partner has never gotten old.
    • “Really.” “It’s a lot of money!”
    • In a season that hasn’t been as .gif intensive as I would like, I hope many different images of Bert dancing around Sterling Cooper are up before morning. I’d bet half the reason that Weiner did the song-and-dance scene is because actor Robert Morse is a Broadway veteran, and Weiner just couldn’t let him leave the show without taking advantage of a few of those skills. And why not?
    • Thanks to everyone who has read these weekly “Mad Men” reviews — I am truly appreciative of the fact that you stopped by, and I hope we can all reconvene here next year.

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    Grey’s Anatomy Finale Recap: Dance it Out

    Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 10, Episode 24 of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, titled “Fear (of the Unknown).'”

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    “What, do you need an ‘I love you’ or something? I love you!” That’s probably the best goodbye between two dark and twisty friends there could be. That, and a dance party.

    This could have went a few different ways and I have to admit that I smiled the whole way through.

    Here’s why:

    1) Yang’s character is (was) the best on television, ever. You all know it. Her send off was perfect: she got to tell Meredith to stop worshiping Derek, Karev that he was an imbecile, and wave, quietly to Owen. Like every other time “Grey’s” tries to teach us a life lesson, I thought this one was pretty darn good: there is no endpoint.

    2) It was also just a good season finale in general. The worst interns are taken care of (Murphy off on her life, Shane to Switzerland). April makes good with the world and Mama Avery. And there’s conflict to deal with come September: a new character was introduced and it’s Ellis Grey and Webber’s child. Bailey thinks she’s getting Yang’s seat but Cristina left it all to Alex. Meredith is stopping the D.C. move. There was a George reference. Does it get any more perfect?

    3) Did I mention how happy I am that Cristina, a smart, sexy, stubborn, single woman gets a happy ending?

    What were your favorite parts? How much did you die a little when you thought she was in the mall? Do we even have to watch next season if McDreamy and Mer are going to fight and Webber has a daughter?

    Tell me in the comments or let me know @karenfratti.

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    Derek Jarman Remembered: Will You Dance With Me? at London’s BFI LGBT Film Festival

    There would have to be something miraculous about a new film by gay, British art-house director and artist Derek Jarman, but that’s exactly what London’s BFI Flare LGBT Film Festival offered last weekend. Jarman, who died 20 years ago, put together a VHS tape following people in a nightclub back in September 1984. Released for the first time as Will You Dance With Me?, the footage was to help fellow director Ron Peck with the casting and styling of his feature film Empire State, which eventually came into being, though without Jarman’s brilliant touch, three years later.

    Watching 78 minutes of roving camera shot across a tiny dance floor and among the characters crowding around the bar of Benjy’s in Mile End, East London, may not sound like your idea of an evening’s entertainment, but think again. Remember, this is Derek Jarman behind the camera. He was a cinematic genius, a visual poet who could make spilt beer brooding.

    Anyone who remembers the ’80s in Britain will recognize the scene: the carpeted floor, the dingy plush booths, the long pool of light that is the bar, the tininess of if all — everything, in fact, suggestive of someone’s front-room conversion rather than the cavernous, multilevel dance halls of later eras. This is the local disco with its twice-a-week gay nights, a place as thrilling and scary as any back alley for a 20-year-old out to hook up and pick up. Gay bars and pubs still blacked out their windows then, and no one really wanted to be seen entering or exiting. Within is a world of satin prints, cotton jumpers, ass-hugging slacks, New Romantic quiffs, perms, and lining the pints of beer up at the bar — paradise, in other words. My own personal paradise was The Coven in Oxford, where town met gown on a dance floor that was overcrowded with half a dozen people on it. There was the promise of sex, waking up in a strange bedroom, bussing home with Oxford’s commuters in last night’s underwear, a not-so-guilty secret, feeling special at last rather than feeling like a freak, knowing that you’re not alone.

    The initial impression in the first few moments of Will You Dance With Me? is not exactly nostalgia but a sort of synesthetic sense memory of poppers, Stella Artois and Eau Sauvage. But if that was all it had to offer, it wouldn’t be worth more than five minutes of your time. Jarman cannot help but weave a plot from his material, following one dancer after another, ranging back to the bar to inspect the profile of a drag queen or zooming across the club to eavesdrop on a pretty boy blue and his older companion. The camera becomes a prowler, apparently omnivorous but actually on the hunt for something particular, something it will know when it sees it. There is wry humor here; quixotic dance routines elicited applause from the cinema audience. And the soundtrack was that of my early 20s: Sister Sledge, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Evelyn Thomas, the anvil beat of a generation’s heart, worth issuing on its own.

    At last Jarman’s video narrator finds what he’s looking for, a handsome young man, chiseled, sensitive, though paradoxically a bit rough around the edges. “Will you dance with me?” he asks, giving the film’s producers their title. “In a minute,” the boy diffidently replies, as though turning down the likes of Derek Jarman were a nightly occurrence.

    And the last 15 minutes or so of the film become a paean to this youth, or perhaps to youth itself. When he asks him to dance to camera, under the lights the young man’s face has an almost unbearably sad beauty to it, fragile and vulnerable — and we’re reminded that HIV/AIDS was already the uninvited guest at the party. How many there that night in 1984 would not see their 30s or 40s? Jarman himself only had 10 years left to live.

    Phillip Williamson was the young man, and he went on to star in Jarman’s exquisite distillation of Shakespeare’s sonnets, The Angelic Conversation. Benjy’s was never used in the film, and the innovative handheld camerawork remained on a shelf for 30 years. Of course, the whole thing was set up, and that is the artistry of it, for the film feels like a video montage of an average night out. Although fashions may have changed (thankfully), and although the settings may have become slicker, the essential butterflies in the belly are still the same for today’s clubbers, which makes the movie universal.

    Will You Dance With Me? is a worthy addition to Jarman’s stable, a splendid, romantic, heady, scrappy, noisy, artful hymn to a moment-in-time gay scene that is also for all time.

    While there’s talk of a general release, Will You Dance With Me? will be at a film festival near you soon.
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    Just try to make it through the video without smiling.

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    Pop Danthology’s Mashup Of 68 Songs From 2013 Will Make You Wanna Dance

    Daniel Kim is back with his annual mashup of all your favorite songs.

    It took Kim 180 hours to mix the 68 songs from 2013, but the payoff is pretty incredible. The mashup seamlessly transitions from songs like Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” to Jason Derulo’s “The Other Side” and Krewella’s “Alive. Stop reading, and start listening, because this mashup is going to make you want to dance.

    Want the complete list of songs used? Here it is:

    Anna Kendrick – “Cups (When I’m Gone)”
    Armin van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie – “This Is What It Feels Like”
    A$ AP Rocky feat. Skrillex, Birdy Nam Nam – “Wild For The Night”
    Avicii – “Wake Me Up”
    Avril Lavigne – “Here’s To Never Growing Up”
    Bastille – “Pompeii”
    Bauuer – “Harlem Shake”
    Bingo Players feat. Far East Movement – “Get Up (Rattle)”
    Britney Spears – “Ooh La La”
    Britney Spears – “Work B**tch”
    Bruno Mars – “Locked Out Of Heaven”
    Bruno Mars – “Treasure”
    Bruno Mars – “When I Was Your Man”
    Calvin Harris feat. Ayah Marar – “Thinking About You”
    Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – “I Need Your Love”
    Capital Cities – “Safe And Sound”
    Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – “Get Lucky”
    Demi Lovato – “Heart Attack”
    Drake feat. Majid Jordan – “Hold On, We’re Going Home”
    Drake – “Started From The Bottom”
    Ellie Goulding – “Burn”
    Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX – “I Love It (I Don’t Care)”
    Imagine Dragons – Demons
    Jason Derulo – “The Other Side”
    Jay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake – “Holy Grail”
    Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
    Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z – “Suit & Tie”
    Katy Perry – “Roar”
    Kelly Clarkson – “Catch My Breath”
    Ke$ ha – “C’mon”
    Ke$ ha feat. will.i.am – “Crazy Kids”
    Krewella – “Alive”
    Lady Gaga – “Applause”
    Lana Del Rey – “Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)”
    Lorde – “Royals”
    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert – “Same Love”
    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”
    Maroon 5 – “Daylight”
    Maroon 5 – “Love Somebody”
    Martin Garrix – “Animals”
    Martin Solveig & The Cataracs feat. Kyle – “Hey Now”
    Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”
    Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
    Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith – “La La La”
    One Direction – “Best Song Ever”
    One Direction – “Story Of My Life”
    OneRepublic – “Counting Stars”
    OneRepublic – “If I Lose Myself”
    Passenger – “Let Her Go”
    P!nk feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me A Reason”
    Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera – “Feel This Moment”
    Pitbull feat. Ke$ ha – “Timber”
    Pitbull feat. TJR – “Don’t Stop The Party”
    PSY – “Gentleman”
    Rihanna – “Pour It Up”
    Rihanna feat. David Guetta – “Right Now”
    Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko – “Stay”
    Robin Thicke feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Give It 2 U”
    Robin Thicke feat. T.I., Pharrell Williams – “Blurred Lines”
    Selena Gomez – “Come & Get It”
    Selena Gomez – “Slow Down”
    Taylor Swift – “22”
    Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble”
    will.i.am feat. Britney Spears – “Scream & Shout”
    will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber – “#thatPOWER”
    Ylvis – “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)”
    Zedd feat. Foxes – “Clarity”
    Zedd feat. Hayley Williams – “Stay The Night”

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