Justin Timberlake, New York City Ballet, Kinky Boots, Circus Couture – DancePlug Dish 183

Justin Timberlake, New York City Ballet, Kinky Boots, Circus Couture – DancePlug Dish 183


Did you know that in Cambodia, the Khmer classical
dance form was originally performed only for royalty? It wasn’t until the mid-20th century that it was introduced into public performance. The dancers for Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 tour received some great news! SAG-AFTRA officials reached an agreement for the dancers to
be covered under the union’s touring contract. This marks quite a breakthrough for the dance world! Hopefully this sets a precedent and other artists will jump on board. Touring life is tough work, so it’s great to
see dancers being granted the benefits they deserve! Whatdya get when you cross ballet with skateboarding? In a new promotional video for Ballantine’s, you get an incredible reinterpretation of “Carmen”! With the help of choreographer Miguel Elias, skater Kilian Martin
turns his boarding into a captivating performance art. The fluidity and lyricism he works into his maneuvers is truly stunning. Think you could translate your penché to the half-pipe? Now I know you have laughed with or at this next
artist slash comedian, but did you know he can sing? Yep… I am talking about Eddie Murphy. Another triple threat. His new single Red Light featuring Snoop Lion, is really jammin mon. Erie – This reggae track is perfect for some tappin’
and maybe a little hoofing on the side. It’s a real chill song but intricate enough in rhythms to go
crazy on the taps – If you get my riff? 2014 will mark a bittersweet time for the New York City Ballet, as 4
of their long-time stars plan to take their final bows with the company. Janie Taylor and Sebastien Marcovici, married, will be moving to Los Angeles
where he will become ballet master with LA Dance Project. Jonathan Stafford plans to stay on faculty with the School of American
Ballet and work as a ballet master with the company. Jenifer Ringer will be publishing her dance memoir with Viking Press in February. On December 8th at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas,
artists and aerialists will be coming together for a great cause. “Circus Couture” is a non-profit performance group that raises
money for pediatric cancer treatment and research. Volunteers bring together circus acts, an impressive art display, and even a fashion runway. In this year’s show, Cirque du Soleil aerialist and DancePlug faculty member Johanna Sapakie, will be revealing her new act with a custom made
apparatus in the form of a DNA double helix. No doubt it will be a breathtaking performance by Johanna. Ok! You have to check out this next video “Seaweed Sisters”. Well – they are some of LA’s finest performers
Jillian Meyers, Dana Wilson and Megan Lawson but when these three mermaids come out to play, not
even the soiled seaweed gets in their way. With a little synchronized swimming over here, and all that contempo-dancing over there, this curious trio manages to create quite the majestic experience. This video has awesome characterization and the face expressions
alone tell a story all on their own. I was amused and thoroughly entertained. It’s a must see. At Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, one act in particular “Kinky
Boots” received serious backlash from viewers via social media. The show about a drag queen won the Tony for “Best Musical” in 2013, but
this was perhaps the first time the show appeared with such nationwide exposure. Some called the show a “disgrace” and chided them for featuring
a transgender number on a broadcast viewed by children. What do you think — was Kinky Boots in the right,
or should they have modified the act for family audiences? Keep your eyes out for plugger Pam Wellington; her career is quickly on
the rise, with dance roles already snagged for feature films and commercials.

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