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Here’s the First Official Photo of the New “West Side Story” Movie Cast

Steven Spielberg's much-anticipated remake of West Side Storychoreographed by Justin Peck, and starring a bevy of very good dancers—is in production. And that means it's finally time for us to get a look at the film's cast members in character. Let's break down the first photo from the project.



It may not be especially dance-y, but it does feature several of the film's dance stars.

Unsurprisingly, Ansel Elgort (who is, let's not forget, an excellent tap dancer) and Rachel Zegler are front and center as Tony and Maria. They're flanked by the Jets (from left, Ezra Menas as Anybodys, Ben Cook as Mouthpiece, Sean Harrison Jones as Action, Mike Faist as Riff, and Patrick Higgins as Baby John) and the Sharks (David Alvarez as Bernardo, Julius Anthony Rubio as Quique, Ricardo Zayas as Chago, Josh Andrés Rivera as Chino, Sebastian Serra as Braulio, and Carlos Sánchez Falú as Pipo).

Here's hoping we get a glimpse of Ariana DeBose's Anita sometime in the very near future—not to mention notable ensemblists Maddie Ziegler, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Ricky Ubeda, Gaby Diaz, Eloise Kropp, Jeanette Delgado and Brittany Pollack, to name just a few.

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CalArts dance students. Photo by Josh S. Rose, Courtesy CalArts

4 Reasons Interdisciplinary Education Can Make You a Stronger Dancer, According to CalArts

After years spent training in their childhood studio, it can be hard for dancers to realize exactly how many pathways there are toward career success. The School of Dance at CalArts aims to show its students all of them.

Built with the intention to break barriers and bend the rules, CalArts' interdisciplinary curriculum ensures that students take classes that cover an entire spectrum of artistic approaches. The result? A dance program that gives you much more than just dance.

Last week, Dance Magazine caught up with Kevin Whitmire, assistant director of admission for CalArts School of Dance, and recent alum Kevin Zambrano for the inside scoop on how an interdisciplinary curriculum can make you a stronger artist. Watch the full event below, and read on for the highlights.

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July 2021