Ryan Heffington: Hollywood's Delightfully Absurd Dancemaker

On paper, the finale of last year’s Netflix series “The OA” looks absurd: Choreography as a pivotal plot device for a cerebral sci-fi show? Please. “It could be truly amazing, or the worst part of the series,” admits Ryan Heffington, the man behind the moves, which were introduced over eight surreal episodes. But the climax […]

An Animated Paris Opéra at the Movies

The new animated ballet film Leap!, set in Paris in 1884, tells the story of 11-year-old orphan Félicie Milliner, who lives in the countryside and dreams of dancing at the school of the Paris Opéra Ballet. To get in, Félicie borrows another dancer’s identity. Voice talents include Elle Fanning, Maddie Ziegler and Carly Rae Jepsen. […]

Why Ballet Faux Pas Are So Insulting

There’s been a lot of outrage on my Facebook feed recently. And for once, I actually agree with it. Last week, a video to promote a new app called “Abby Lee Dance Secrets” went up on YouTube. The clip shows Maddie Ziegler demonstrating how to perform an assemblé. The only problem? In addition to demonstrating […]

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