Marissa is an assistant editor at Dance Magazine, having worked as a beauty editor for publications like Teen Vogue and InStyle. She graduated from Rider University with a BFA in dance and journalism, training at the Princeton Ballet School during her studies. She has also danced with The Rock School and South Jersey Ballet Theater.
How do you make your athleisure collection stand out from the pack? Get the ultimate studio-to-street seal of approval by having dancers star in your campaign, of course.
For his second collaboration with activewear brand Carbon38, ready-to-wear designer Jonathan Simkhai traded in his usual top models like Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss for the original Hiplet dancers—and the resulting video is as cool as we'd expect from such a fierce collaboration.
OUT just released their round-up of the 100 most influential LGBTQ people of the year, and it features some familiar faces. In a list that included actors, musicians, writers and even military veterans, we were excited to see a few dance world icons included:
Erik Cavanaugh first caught everyone's attention when a video of his dancing went viral last year. It started a much-needed conversation about body image in dance, and today Cavanaugh is helping to further that dialogue thanks to a new music video by singer/songwriter Marc Richter.
Mirroring the song's lyrics, "Dancing With U" follows a younger version of Cavanaugh who dreams of dancing but is bullied in school for his appearance. Cut to a grown-up Cavanaugh, who attends a dance audition, only to find that not much has changed. In a sequence of flashbacks from his childhood followed by Cavanaugh dancing through splashes of glitter and color, he keeps dancing despite the judgement from others.
Sharing his intentions behind the video on Facebook, Richter, who also produced the video, wrote, "It's time we spread awareness in a cool way to encourage youth to be inspired on how to prevent [bullying], as well as how to tolerate others who are 'different'." Though the video obviously appeals to any dancer who has had to overcome criticism or doubts about their talent, it's pretty safe to say its positive message will resonate with non-dancers as well.
By now, we've come to expect the usual celebrity set like Sarah Jessica Parker and Katie Holmes at big nights in ballet like the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre galas. But actress Jennifer Garner just proved she might be ballet's biggest celeb fan yet with her new "Tutu Tuesday" posts on Instagram.
Putting her "instastalking knowledge" to work as she calls it, Garner decided to highlight NYCB's Tiler Peck as her first "Tutu Tuesday" feature, sharing a clip of her and Amar Ramasar dancing in Justin Peck's The Times Are Racing.
You're definitely going to want to listen with the sound on for Garner's hilarious narration (and scroll over to see her amazing Photoshop skills at work in a pic of Swan Lake).
When commercial dancer Danielle Peazer took on an ambassadorial role with Reebok in early 2016, she didn't realize the gig would also lead to a career shift. But while traveling with and teaching workshops for the brand, the idea for DDM (Danielle's Dance Method) Collective started to take shape.
Last night, American Ballet Theatre held its annual Fall Gala at the David H. Koch Theater in New York City. To celebrate ABT's artistic director Kevin McKenzie's 25 years of leadership, dancers from ABT's company, apprentices, studio company members and students from the Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis School took to the stage in Jessica Lang's The Gift, Alexei Ratmansky's Songs of Bukovina and Christopher Wheeldon's Thirteen Diversions.
But we also love a good behind-the-scenes glimpse—especially when designer gowns are involved. And the dancers gave us plenty of glam looks to obsess over once the curtains closed. Ahead, see our favorite moments from gala straight from the dancers.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Danskin has created its first capsule collection that lets you add a pop of pink to your dance wardrobe while giving back to a good cause. With brand ambassador Jenna Dewan Tatum serving as the face of the campaign, the collection is available throughout the month of October. And, regardless of sales, Danskin has pledged to donate $10,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).
Cancel your plans for the rest of the day, because World Ballet Day LIVE is back and the livestream is already underway. This year's 22-hour program includes The Australian Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet (plus, an assortment of other companies going live from around the world like The National Ballet of Japan, English National Ballet and Ballet West). Each company is giving us an inside look at their classes and rehearsals (think Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Justin Peck's Paz de la Jolla), as well as backstage access and interviews with some of the dancers and company's artistic directors.
You can watch the whole thing right here, check out the full schedule below and catch up on what you missed at World Ballet Day LIVE.