A series of four images of Ephraim Sykes, an athletic Black man in his 30s. He poses against an off-white wall, variously leaning against it in counterbalance or creating dramatic shadows. He wears denim overalls over a bare chest, letting one strap fall off his shoulder, and bright sneaks.

Ephraim Sykes Is the Toast of Broadway and Beyond

His brilliant dancing and magnetic presence wowed Broadway in “Ain’t Too Proud”; landed him the lead (which he eventually relinquished) of “MJ: The Musical”; and will be on display in the title role of Tony Goldwyn and Savion Glover’s reimagined “Pal Joey” at New York City Center this month. But ask Ephraim Sykes for his story and he starts with, “My mother and father fell in love…” 

Choreography's Constantly Shifting Role on Broadway

I first got hooked on Broadway musicals as a preteen at Gypsy, with its tapping moppets, gyrating burlesque queens and Tulsa, the dancing heartthrob. I’ve been going ever since, but Dance Magazine has been at it even longer. The 1926-27 Broadway season was just ending when DM began publication, and of its 200-plus shows, dozens […]

Before #BlackLivesMatter: A Timeline

In this moment of history, choreographers of all walks of life are addressing racism and violence through dance. But this is not a new trend. For as long as this country has struggled with racial discrimination, dance has been a way to bring community together, a way to share a message and a way to […]

2016 Tony Awards—Our Favorite Dance Moments

We’re not saying that we called it, but…okay we did. The 2016 Tony Awards were last night, and Hamilton swept up 11 of 13 possible awards, including Best Musical and Best Choreography for Andy Blankenbuehler. The smash hit was nominated for 16 awards, but with multiple nods in some categories. However, even though it was inarguably Hamilton‘s […]

What to Expect at This Weekend's Tony Awards

We all know why this year could very well be the most watched Tony Awards of all time. Not only has Hamilton converted the unlikeliest of people into musical theater lovers, but its tickets are so hard to come by that a live television performance may be the closest most of us get to seeing the revolutionary show. […]

Savion Glover Takes Home a Drama Desk Award

The 2016 Drama Desk Awards were last night, and although Hamilton wasn’t eligible (it won seven awards last year as an Off-Broadway production), dance was still prevalent amongst the winners. Shuffle Along was named Outstanding Musical, with Savion Glover taking home the award for Outstanding Choreography. Also nominated in the choreography category: Joshua Bergasse‘s old-school tapping in Cagney, Spencer Liff’s integration […]