This New Music Video Is Justin Peck Magic at Its Best

Question: What do you get when you combine a dreamy real-life dance couple, hundreds of balloons, a buzzy dance filmmaker and a quietly haunting song from indie rock band The National?

Answer: A music video that captures all our unfulfilled middle school dance dreams.

The National's "Dark Side of the Gym" features Justin Peck and former Miami City Ballet principal Patricia Delgado (one of ballet's most adorable couples) dancing in a gym full of multicolored balloons. (And yes, we just added "dance in a room full of balloons" to our bucket list, thanks.)


Peck both choreographed and directed the video, with former MCB dancer and filmmaker Ezra Hurwitz as producer and editor. It isn't Peck's first collaboration with The National: The band's guitarist, Bryce Dessner, wrote the music for his The Most Incredible Thing and Murder Ballades.

The movement is what we've come to expect from a Justin Peck duet—unexpected twists and turns, counterintuitive partnering, elegantly complex footwork. (Extra points if you can spot a few moves from his recent The Times Are Racing at New York City Ballet!)

More balloon ballets, please.

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Go Behind the Scenes of USC Kaufman’s Virtual Dance Festival

Now more than ever, the students of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance are embodying their program's vision: "The New Movement."

As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, the dance world continues to be faced with unprecedented challenges, but USC Kaufman's faculty and BFA students haven't shied away from them. While many schools have had to cancel events or scale them back to live-from-my-living-room streams, USC Kaufman has embraced the situation and taken on impressive endeavors, like expanding its online recruitment efforts.

November 1 to 13, USC Kaufman will present A/Part To/Gather, a virtual festival featuring world premieres from esteemed faculty and guest choreographers, student dance films and much more. All semester long, they've rehearsed via Zoom from their respective student apartments or hometowns. And they haven't solely been dancing. "You have a rehearsal process, and then a filming process, and a production process of putting it together," says assistant professor of practice Jennifer McQuiston Lott of the prerecorded and professionally edited festival.

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