Friday Film Break: "Invisible Threads Part 1"

This short film by director/photographer Rick Guest and designer/creative director Kate Dawkins features former Studio Wayne McGregor dancer James Pett moving to the music of Mura Masa, edited in a way that he almost appears to be partnering with a series of motion graphic designs. Made in collaboration with One Dance UK and the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, Guest says it speaks to the unsettling emotions we are all experiencing right now, as well as the resilience of pushing through. The film won the "Best Animation/Experimental" category at the Rethink Dance Film Festival 2020.

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Laurieann Gibson's New Book Is the Blueprint Dancers Need to Achieve Their Dreams

Emmy-nominated choreographer, director, producer and now author Laurieann Gibson proclaims she's an "unstoppable" force, and it shows. After taking a bus to New York City as a young dancer to train at The Ailey School, Gibson climbed her way to the top of the dance, film and television industries, choreographing and directing world tours for icons like Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj. Now, with the release of her first book, Dance Your Dance: 8 Steps to Unleash Your Passion and Live Your Dream, Gibson—a 2020 Dance Magazine Award honoree—uses her story to inspire dancers on their own journeys of harnessing their unique gifts.

To celebrate the release of Dance Your Dance, Gibson took to our Instagram for a live masterclass and Q&A with Dance Magazine editor in chief Jennifer Stahl.

February 2021