Shaping Sound's Secret Show
You may or may not have heard of Shaping Sound, but chances are good that you've heard of its founders. Contemporary giants Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance, and Kyle Robinson have teamed up again to create a new show called "After the Curtain."
Despite a popular sneak peek the company performed on the Ellen show in January, it's a show that's shrouded in mystery. They haven't released too many details yet, but from this little clip, but it's for sure giving us some super sexy, 1920's style flapper vibes. swoon
The tour begins on March 1 - we can't wait to see what they've come up with.
100 Years of Tap in Under 5 Minutes
YouTube sensation Postmodern Jukebox is at it again! In their latest collaboration, tap sensation Sarah Reich pairs up with PMJ to create an infectiously fun new video, taking us through the history and evolution of tap dance from 1899 to present day.
The video begins with Scott Joplin's famous ragtime "Maple Leaf Rag," touches on other classics like "In the Mood" and "Superstition." Finally we end with the recognizable electronic beat of "Sandstorm." Reich's energetic and musical choreography shows off her versatility and fast-moving feet. And that outfit? Gold tap shoes ftw.
You can catch Postmodern Jukebox, along with Reich and fellow tapper Anissa Lee, on PMJ's currently running world tour.
New Choreo + New Choreographer + Time Crunch = OMG
We all know that learning new choreography can be difficult. Learning new choreography with a time crunch can be quite difficult. And learning new choreography with a time crunch with a choreographer that you've never worked with before can be, well, SUPER difficult. But that's the challenge that faced Orange County, CA based company Backhausdance.
Go behind the scenes with Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus as she tells us what she looks for in a guest choreographer, while some of her dancers weigh in on what it's like to absorb lots of different work and styles in just a short amount of time.
Photos of African-American Dancers Reimagined
Fact: Joy-Marie Thompson is a student at SUNY Purchase in New York. Other fact: she is awesome. Here's why.
Joy-Marie has created a series of truly incredible photos where she recreates well known photos of African American dancers and choreographers. The photos feature performers from throughout the twentieth century to today. Joy-Marie recreates each image, putting her own personal spin on them.
Some of our favorites include her re-imagining of Desmond Richardson, Carmen DeLavallade, and Arthur Mitchell.
Photo: Concept by Jill and Joy-Marie Thompson / Photography by Rachel Neville