Bolshoi Ballet Cancels Highly Anticipated Nureyev Ballet

Bolshoi Ballet Cancels Highly Anticipated Nureyev Ballet

The Bolshoi Ballet has announced that they will not be premiering their newest work, "Nureyev," next week. The new highly anticipated work centers around famed ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, who defected from the Soviet Union in the Cold War, became an international ballet star, then passed away tragically at the age of 54.

The reasoning for the cancellation is still unknown at this time; however, many are speculating it is related to the director of the ballet company, Kirill Serebrennikov, who was recently involved in an investigation surrounding alleged embezzlement of state arts funding. There are also reports that the ballet may depict people who are still living and operating in the public eye.

Bolshoi Ballet Cancels Highly Anticipated Nureyev Ballet
Rudolf Nureyev

Serebrennikov, the director of the Bolshoi, has been quite vocal in his criticism of both Russian authorities and the increase of censorship of the arts in the country. Some of his supporters claim that the cancellation has occurred for political reasons.

The Bolshoi has reportedly stated that the premiere of the work has not be canceled, but simply postponed until later, when it will be ready to run. In the meantime, Don Quixote will be performed on several of the nights originally scheduled for Nureyev.

Want to Dance for Katy Perry?

Want to Dance for Katy Perry?

Do you have dreams of being featured in a music video with pop sensation Katy Perry? Well, now's your chance!

She's creating the video for her new single "Swish Swish," from her new album 'Witness.' The song features singer/songwriter and rapper Nicki Minaj.

She has teamed up with the website DanceOn to host a viral competition for her to pick her "favorite" dancer to be featured in her upcoming "Swish Swish" video.

If you're up for it, upload a video of you performing some of your most awesome choreography to either YouTube, Instagram, or Musica.ly. Make sure to use the hashtag #SwishSwishCollege , and also tag Katy Perry (@katyperry) and DanceOn (@danceon). Applicants must live in the United States and be 13 years or older.

Hurry, the contest is only open through next Wednesday, July 12th at 11:59pm PT.

'Bare Feet' Returns on PBS

PBS Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi

God bless PBS, amiright?  They're one of those wonderful organizations that helping to keep the Arts relevant and easily accessible to the public (which is becoming increasingly difficult these days). We love when they put dance in the spotlight, which they've done yet again by announcing the second season of their series "Bare Feet".

Emmy Award winning host and producer Mickela Mallozzi will travel around her home in New York City, spending time in different ethnic neighborhoods, learning about the dance and musical traditions of the different cultures that make NYC the diverse city it is.

In the first episode, Mallozzi finds herself in Chinatown, learning about the preparations for Chinese Lunar New Year performances. Some of the other episodes will include:

  • Learning some salsa from "The Last Mambo King" Orlando Marin
  • Performing onstage in Broadway's "Chicago"
  • Some improvised tap moves with Harlem tapper Jason Samuels-Smith

Visit their website to learn more about the series and find out where and when you can watch on your local PBS station.

Step Up is Heading To Your Computer Screen

Step Up is Heading To Your Computer Screen

If someone came up to you and said "quick, name a dance movie!" I'm willing to bet the first words out of your mouth (well, after 'Center Stage' of course) would be that 2006 film Step Up.

And if 'Step Up 2' and 'Step Up 3: All In' didn't fill your burning love for fabulous dancing couple Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum, don't worry! They're bringing the heat (for the FOURTH time) with their upcoming series "Step Up: High Water."

The series, which will be based on the movie franchise and produced by the power couple, is coming to YouTube Red this fall. The show will be 10 episodes and take place at the fictional High Water Performing Arts School in Georgia.

The show will have some big names, like "Glee" star Naya Rivera, Jade Chynoweth, Kendra Oyesanya and Ne-Yo. And the dancing looks like it's gonna be AWESOME.