All Your Ballet Faves (And Jennifer Garner) Are Obsessed with This Choreographer
You know you've got something going for you when stars from New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre—plus our favorite celebrity dance fan, Jennifer Garner—are all fangirling about you on Instagram.
The man of the hour is Nick Palmquist, a choreographer and teacher who can often be found dishing out irresistibly sultry commercial jazz combos at New York City's Steps on Broadway. (You may have also heard of his boyfriend, ABT star Marcelo Gomes.)
We've been in love with his contagious musicality for a while now, but this week he's been getting extra love with what dancers are calling the #nickpalmquistchallenge.
It all started when Gomes and Gillian Murphy tried out some of Palmquist's moves during a Nutcracker intermission. (Sadly we don't have evidence of this happening.)
Then, ABT power couple Stella Abrera and Sascha Radetsky got in on the action from their kitchen in the Catskills:
Ugh, couple goals. From there, the challenge exploded:
NYCB's Tiler Peck and Tyler Angle also took a Nutcracker break with this sassy snippet:
ABT principals Devon Teuscher and Cory Stearns got groovy in their Cinderella dressing room:
Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside (aka the Cindies) went all out in typical Cindy fashion:
And even though Jennifer Garner didn't technically participate in the #nickpalmquistchallenge, her tribute to him was pretty epic:
If "Fosse/Verdon" whet your appetite for the impeccable Gwen Verdon, then Merely Marvelous: The Dancing Genius of Gwen Verdon is the three-course meal you've been craving. The new documentary—available now on Amazon for rental or purchase—dives into the life of the Tony-winning performer and silver-screen star lauded for her charismatic dancing.
Though she's perhaps most well-known today as Bob Fosse's wife and muse, that's not even half of her story. For starters, she'd already won four Tonys before they wed, making her far more famous in the public eye than he was at that point in his career. That's just one of many surprising details we learned during last night's U.S. premiere of Merely Marvelous. Believe us: You're gonna love her even more once you get to know her. Here are eight lesser-known tidbits to get you started.
Every dancer knows that how you fuel your body affects how you feel in the studio. Of course, while breakfast is no more magical than any other meal (despite the enduring myth that it's the most important one of the day), showing up to class hangry is a recipe for unproductive studio time.
So what do your favorite dancers eat in the morning to set themselves up for a busy rehearsal or performance day?
When it comes to dance in the U.S., companies in the South often find themselves overlooked—sometimes even by the presenters in their own backyard. That's where South Arts comes in. This year, the regional nonprofit launched Momentum, an initiative that will provide professional development, mentorship, touring grants and residencies to five Southern dance companies.
You ever just wish that Kenneth MacMillan's iconic production of Romeo and Juliet could have a beautiful love child with the 1968 film starring Olivia Hussey? (No, not Baz Luhrmann's version. We are purists here.)
Wish granted: Today, the trailer for a new film called Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words was released, featuring MacMillan's choreography and with what looks like all the cinematic glamour we could ever dream of: