“Law & Order: SVU” has dominated the crime show genre for 21 seasons with its famous “ripped from the headlines” strategy of taking plot inspiration from real-life crimes. So viewers would be forgiven for assuming that the new storyline following the son of Mariska Hargitay’s character into dance class originated in the news cycle. After […]
After days spent rallying against “Good Morning America” host Lara Spencer’s flippant comments about boys doing ballet, the dance world triumphed on Monday. Not only did Spencer issue a lengthy on-air apology, complete with an interview with Robbie Fairchild, Travis Wall and Fabrice Calmels, but over 300 dancers gathered outside of the “GMA” studios for […]
How Taking Class With 300 Dancers in Front of the "Good Morning America" Studios Reminded Me Why I Love Ballet
At 6:30 this morning, I exited the subway in Times Square and walked towards the group of dancers gathered outside the “Good Morning America” studios. The moment I entered the fray, any lingering early morning grogginess disappeared; the energy in the crowd was palpable. By 7 am, the time that “GMA” goes live to millions […]
"Good Morning America" Host Apologizes for Comments About Ballet, Interviews Male Dancers on Air. It's a Start.
On this morning’s edition of “Good Morning America,” host Lara Spencer did what the dance community has been clamoring for since last Thursday, when her flippant comments about Prince George enjoying ballet lessons provoked widespread outrage: She apologized live on air. “The comment I made about dance was insensitive, it was stupid, and I am […]
When the news broke that Prince George, currently third in line for the British throne, would be continuing ballet classes as part of his school curriculum this year, we were as excited as anyone. (Okay, maybe more excited.) This was not, it seems, a sentiment shared by “Good Morning America” host Lara Spencer. On […]
To me, dancing is an opportunity to exist in an alternate reality. With my imagination moving galaxies per minute, there’s no telling what I will do, when or how—and that’s my escape from this world. It’s common for my mind to drift off and borrow ideas from a character in a Disney movie while performing […]