Lizzo Traces Twerking’s Black History + How it Became a Spiritual Practice

In her first TED Talk, three-time Grammy-winner Lizzo traces the history of twerking to a West African dance called mapouka, traditionally performed by women to celebrate joy, marriage or as religious worship. When it was transported to America by Black women during the transatlantic slave trade, its ties to Black culture were erased and co-opted. But in Black communities around the US, big butts continued …

New Dances: Edition 2019 Reflects the New Energy of an Established Program

Guided by dance director Alicia Graf Mack, The Juilliard School's annual show featured four world premieres from renowned choreographers

The Juilliard School presents its annual New Dances show as an opportunity for acclaimed choreographers to explore original work with some of the nation’s finest young dancers and to grant the student body time to perform on stage. Comprised of roughly two dozen dancers from around the world, each Juilliard class rivals the roster of nearly any professional company, albeit with more room to grow. …