Daily Dance: American Dance Machine ‘Cool’ From West Side Story

Dancers recreated "Cool" from West Side Story
Dancers recreated "Cool" from West Side Story
(screen capture)

American Dance Machine for the 21st Century has released its latest virtual video, “Cool” from West Side Story, performed by 10 talented dancers around New York City.

“Cool” was directed by Tony Award nominee Joshua Bergasse, with choreography by Jerome Robbins recreated by Robert La Fosse.

Bergasse has staged for ADM21 include “20th Century Fox Mambo” which Josh created for the hit NBC series “Smash,” and “The Great Lover” pas de deux for the 2014 revival of On The Town which was originally choreographed by Jerome Robbins, the revival for which Josh received his first Tony nomination.

Back in December, ADM21 released its first virtual video, “The Music and the Mirror” from A Chorus Line, performed by 27 singer/dancers coached by Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie.

Daily Dance: Children’s Book ‘Black Boys Dance Too’

Professional choreographer Jamal Josef pens children's book 'Black Boys Dance Too'
Professional choreographer Jamal Josef pens children's book - Black Boys Dance Too
Jamal Josef on The TODAY Show (screen capture)

Jamal Josef, who helped choreograph part of Beyonce’s groundbreaking Coachella performance, is sharing his love of dance in a new children’s book called Black Boys Dance Too.

He recently spoke with The TODAY Show’s Sheinelle Jones to talk all about it and explain why it’s so personal to him.

You can check out the book over on Amazon.

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Daily Dance: Native American Celebrates Biden Win

Ashkia ‘Kia’ Randy Trujillo (screen capture)

This Navajo and Tewa man, Ashkia ‘Kia’ Randy Trujillo, spontaneously performed a traditional dance in celebration after learning of Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

The footage, captured by photojournalism student Sharon Chrischilly, went viral garnering over 5 million views on social media.

Trujillo told NBC News that the dance “tells of how a battle was won and how the evil was pushed away.”

His joy is infectious.

By the way, Trujillo cleared up some confusion some had about his red hat. It wasn’t a MAGA hat but a Chicago Bulls hat.

Daily Dance: Popping A Bop At The Polls

I’ve never seen so many people soooooo happy to show up at the polls and VOTE!

Uh-huh, oh yeah, and bounce, bounce, bounce…

Daily Dance: InstaHunk Dr. Gerald Fitzgerald

Dr. Curtis Fitzgerald throws down some salsa dancing
Dr. Curtis Fitzgerald throws down some salsa dancing
(screen captures via Instagram)

As we all head back to work after the holiday weekend, let’s remember to take a minute to dance every now and then.

Check out InstaHunk Dr. Curtis Fitzgerald serve up a little salsa as some sassy inspiration.

This guy can hit it.

Dancing In The Rain Leads To US Scholarship

Anthony Mmesoma Madu (screen capture via Leap of Dance Studio – Nigeria)

Back in June, I shared a short clip of 11-year-old Anthony Mmesoma Madu (above) practicing ballet on a muddy street in his town of Lagos, Nigeria.

After his dance in the rain went viral, Madu is now training with the American Ballet Theatre online and has been offered a scholarship to study with the acclaimed ballet company in the U.S. next year.