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There were a lot of things to feel somber about in the lead-up to last night's Grammy Awards. The ceremony was clouded by the recent controversial suspension of Deborah Dugan, the Recording Academy's brand-new president and CEO. And the tragic death of basketball icon Kobe Bryant just hours before the telecast meant that celebs arriving for the red carpet were met outside the Staples Center by a crowd of mourning Lakers fans.
How did the Grammy performers respond to all that bleakness? With power, emotion, and—frequently—truly great dancing. Almost every performance last night included dance in some form.
Here are the dance highlights of the evening.
You've polished your resumé, written your essay and nailed the technique class. Now only an admissions interview stands between you and your dream school. Although you might think it's just a formality, that conversation can sometimes make or break your admissions decision, says Seán Curran, chair of the dance department at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. "Don't dismiss the interview," he says. "It's just as important, if not more important sometimes, than the other aspects of the audition."
The effects of global climate change can feel abstract and far away depending on where we might live, but for many in the dance world, environmental catastrophe is already here. We spoke with Charemaine Seet, who danced for years with Doug Elkins and who now resides in Sydney, Australia, about how the recent, unprecedentedly devastating wildfires have affected her dance community.