If you're like any of us nerds at DanceMedia, the end of summer doesn't just mean the end of beach days, but the closing of dance TV staples like "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Breaking Pointe." That is, until you realize fall programming means "Dancing with the Stars" takes over prime time.
The show airs once a week this year (Mondays at 8/7 central), which means they'll have to cram all the dancing, critiques and eliminations into two hours. Most importantly, I hope they don't cut down on guest performances. My favorite part is seeing everyone from New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck to college dance students take the stage.
Season 17's cast includes:
"Saved by the Bell" star Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Valentin Chmerkovskiy
High School Musical alum Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff
"Pretty Little Liars" actor Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd
Comedian Bill Engvall and Emma Slater
Valerie Harper of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and Tristan Macmanus
Former NY Jets wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess
Singer Christina Milian and Mark Ballas
Bill Nye "...the Science Guy" and Tyne Stecklein
Jack Osbourne (son of Ozzy) and Cheryl Burke
"Jersey Shore" fist pumper Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Sasha Farber
"The King of Queens" actress Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani
"Glee" actress Amber Riley and Derek Hough
Who do you think has the rhythm to win Season 17? (Here's to hoping my '90s science idol, Bill Nye, takes home the mirror ball.) Catch the premiere, September 16 on ABC.
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This Sunday, master ballet teacher Finis Jhung turns 80. After a career as a soloist for both San Francisco Ballet and the Joffrey and a principal for Harkness Ballet, Jhung carved out a unique place for himself as a ballet teacher in New York City. He's coached the boys of Billy Elliot: The Musical, developed a popular video and DVD how-to series and STILL teaches seven classes a week at the Ailey Extension. He's graced the pages of this magazine to offer his time-honored wisdom again and again, and he's currently working on a memoir. (We can't wait to read it.) Happy birthday, Finis!
Since 1989, tap dancers have been celebrating National Tap Dance Day (NTDD) on and around May 25, the birthday of tap dance legend Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. This year, prime events are happening in Philadelphia, New York and Chicago.
When you think of a major basketball team's dancers or cheerleaders, you probably picture the Laker Girls—scantily clad, with shiny curls cascading down their backs. You definitely don't picture a group of 15 40-years-old-and-up "seniors," mean-mugging and ripping off breakaway pants. But the New York Liberty's Timeless Torches do exactly that, and they routinely bring down the house during halftime at the WNBA games where they perform.
The exhibit Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955–1972 is filled with exhibits, performances and conferences honoring the three postmodern dance living legends.