This Week’s Must-See Dance Video: “Anna,” with Ryan Heffington’s Choreography and Emma Stone

Happy Friday, indeed! Ryan Heffington, you insanely quirky genius and mustachioed mix of long limbs, blessed with a hair toss (and, well, a great mane of hair) to rival Willow Smith. He’s done it again—this time choreographing Will Butler’s (of Arcade Fire) video for “Anna” on none other than Emma Stone. Aaaaand it all happens aboard the Queen Mary.

We’ve seen Heffington’s impressive work with Maddie from “Dance Moms” and Sia in the “Chandelier” and subsequent videos, but while those took on a darker tone, “Anna” is all vintage boat sets, fuchsia lipstick and cash-eating. (Yep.) Plus, Heffington makes a couple of guest appearances. See if you can spot him!


Also recommended: this behind-the-scenes video with Heffington and Stone, in which he talks about growing up as a studio kid and making it in Los Angeles. Stone tells us which part of the music video is her favorite (It was mine, too! Soulmates.) and basically gushes over working with Heffington as much as any devotee should.


Betty Jones in The Moor's Pavane, shot for Dance Magazine's "Dancers You Should Know" series in 1955. Zachary Freyman, Courtesy Jacob's Pillow

An anchor of the Humphrey-Limón legacy for more than 70 years, Betty Jones died at her home in Honolulu on November 17, 2020. She remained active well into her 90s, most recently leading a New York workshop with her husband and partner, Fritz Ludin, in October 2019.

Betty May Jones was born on June 11, 1926 in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and moved with her family to the Albany, New York, area, where she began taking dance classes. Just after she turned 15 in 1941, she began serious ballet study at Jacob's Pillow, which was under the direction of Anton Dolin and Alicia Markova for the season. Over the next three summers as a scholarship student, Jones expanded her range and became an integral part of Jacob's Pillow. Among her duties was working in the kitchen, where her speedy efficiency earned her the nickname of "Lightning."

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