Just for fun

Backstreet's Back—with an INSANE New Video

And yes, they've still got the moves.

"Alright"? More like *AMAZING.*


Here at Dance Spirit, we (obviously) have a special place in our hearts for the dancing boy band. (See: our recent obsessions with, respectively, PRETTYMUCH and Seventeen.) So when an OG supergroup like the Backstreet Boys—cue faraway faint screams of excitement—releases new music for the first time IN 5 YEARS, we sit up a little straighter.

2018 marks 25 (!) years since the Boys joined forces, but this new single, with its completely dancetastic video, proves that Backstreet's back (alright!) and truly better than ever. Don't believe it? Here's the truth, straight from Howie D.'s mouth: He told Vulture, "I think people thought that, at our age, we wouldn't be dancing as much anymore. But we're dancing just as much, if not more, as the old days. We may have to wear knee and ankle braces and take ibuprofen here and there, but we're doing it. We're going full speed."

A+, gentlemen. Just don't go breaking MY heart—because this '90s kid is now in full-on nostalgia mode. 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍

Dance Teacher Awards

Who knew that a virtual awards ceremony could bring our community together in such a powerful way?

Last night, we celebrated the annual Dance Teacher Awards, held virtually for the first time. Though it was different from what we're used to, this new setting inspired us to get creative in celebrating our six extraordinary honorees. In fact, one of the most enlivening parts of the event was one that could only happen in a Zoom room: Watching as countless tributes, stories and congratulations poured in on the chat throughout the event. Seeing firsthand the impact our awardees have had on so many lives reminded us why we chose to honor them.

If you missed the Awards (or just want to relive them), you're in luck—they are now available to watch on-demand. We rounded up some of the highlights:

Keep reading... Show less
News
Rambert artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer had input on the new Rambert Grades curriculum. Photo by Camilla Greenwell, Courtesy Rambert

British dance company and school Rambert has launched a new contemporary-dance training syllabus. Rambert Grades is intended to set a benchmark in contemporary-dance training, focused on three strands: performance, technique and creativity. Moving beyond the Graham and Cunningham techniques that form the basis of most modern-dance training in the UK, it includes contributions from current high-profile choreographers Hofesh Shechter, Alesandra Seutin and Rambert artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer.

Keep reading... Show less
For Parents
Getty Images

As studios in many areas begin to open up with safety protocols in place, dance students are, of course, itching to get back into class. But just because dancers can go back to in-person training doesn't mean all families are ready for their children to actually do so.

As a parent, it's understandable to feel caught between a rock (your dancer's will to attend in-person class) and a hard place (your concerns surrounding COVID-19). Yet no matter how many tears are shed or how much bargaining your dancer tries, the bottom line is that when it comes to issues of health and safety, you—the parent—have the final say.

Still, there may be ways to soften the blow, as well as best practices for setting or amending expectations. We asked Danielle Zar, a child and adolescent psychotherapist who specializes in parent education, to share some tips for this tricky situation.

Keep reading... Show less

Get Dance Business Weekly in your inbox

Sign Up Used in accordance with our Privacy Policy.