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Okay, travelers. Put on your dancing shoes because supermodel Coco Rocha has just introduced a little dance we're going to call the Airside Slide. Earlier today, Coco announced the airing of the video accompanying her work on the Spring/Summer 2013 campaign for french luxury fashion house Longchamp, and it's in this video that she and another model (Liisa Winkler) boogie down under the roof of the old Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Terminal at JFK Airport.
The premise is simple: Coco's running to catch a flight. She passes through security but keeps beeping. The TSA agent steps out to frisk her, at which point the music starts Coco spontaneously dancing, joined in the moves by Liisa.
If you can forgive us for being, like, a week behind on finding this video, then please enjoy yet another instance of a mini in-flight "flashmob." Actually, they're calling it a "Fly Mob," but under 20 people on a flight of 200 isn't exactly a "mob" in traditional definition.
Anyway, the dance crew for Kanye West's Australian tour hopped a Virgin Australia flight to reach their next performance and managed to squeeze in a show onboard.
Set to the music of West's song "Runaway," the group's choreography includes arms and legs in the aisle, which is typically a big no-no when it's done by anyone other than pretty blonde dancers from Prague. Was Kanye himself on the flight to see this? Nope, but that "regular passenger" stuck in the aisle sure makes enough of a cameo to count as a special guest.
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This Friday morning, do you have a weird craving to watch Scandinavian women wearing saris, dancing in sync with lively Bollywood music? Well then, this is your lucky friday!
Just a few days ago, a group of dancing Finns boarded a Finnair flight from Helsinki to Delhi andyou know what's comingperformed a whole dance routine to "Om Shanti Om" in celebration of India's Republic Day. Even business class got a dose of the booty shaking, and check out the flight attendants getting down!
Of course there's a story behind the idea to bring this onboard, and you can read it here, on the Finnair blog. Umm and yeahwe totally want to learn that dance now.
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This Thursday, December 8, marks the 31st anniversary of the day John Lennon was shot and killed outside his apartment in New York City. While fans of Lennon and The Beatles will come together at Central Park's Strawberry Fields to remember him, we'll spend this week focusing on other places to visit to dip into Beatles history.
Today: The Cavern Club in Liverpool.
Just around the corner from the newish Hard Day's Night Hotel in Liverpool sits the old Cavern Club, known better as the home club of The Beatles. It bills itself as "the most famous club in the world," and it pretty much is, since many lookalike clubs have sprung up around the world. The typical nightly crowd is a mix of Brits, older Beatles tourists and younger Contiki-type tour groups and, despite its enduring popularity and major place in music history, tickets to the nearly nightly live performances are nice and cheap, averaging £3 per person.
It's here at the Cavern Club that the members of the Fab Four first played, but with other groups like The Quarrymen and Rory Storm and The Hurricanes, before coming together as The Beatles. As The Beatles. they played the Cavern a staggering 292 times, but Beatlesmania forced them into larger venues and the Cavern went through its own period of weirdness before finally becoming the major tourist magnet it is today.
Naturally, we couldn't do a weekend in Liverpool without crossing the place off our bucket list...
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Harajuku. What does that word conjure up in your mind? Chances are it's Gwen Stefani, or girls dressed as Gothic Lolitas, but the correct answer is an area of Tokyo, in which cosplay is smiled upon and the Rockabillies rule the roost.
Make sure your trip to Tokyo includes a wide-open Sunday, and pray the weather is nice. Walk towards the entrance to Tokyo's famous Yoyogi Park and the Meiji Jingu shrine near Harajuku Station, and you'll encounter a plaza dominated by three distinct gangs, each dressed as if they just stepped out of the film Grease. They have 1950s poodle skirt and greaser Americana nailed down to the last detail, from the brands of handkerchief they stick in their Levi's pockets to the way they comb back their hair. It's all so cool.
The Rockabilly gangs don't just stand around and hang out, either. They each have their own stereos and CDs mixed with vintage tunes for dancingsome of it choreographed and much of it polished from countless hours of studying old American films. All in all, this is a scene that goes on for hours (we stayed for nearly three, taking 100s of photos) and which you won't find anywhere else in the world.
It’s the type of thing you’d expect to see in Buenos Aires, or even Seville, but not in Belgium. And definitely not in a fish market in Belgium.
Yet as we were walking along the canal in Bruges last night, we were drawn to the Vismarkt by the twinkling music of the tango. When we got there, we found the cobbles had been covered over with board, and ladies and gents were getting all dressed up, heels and flowers in their hair and everything, and dancing.
Turns out it’s the idea of a tango school owner. During the year, Pasos de Brujas holds lessons in the classroom, but every Sunday in July and August, they spill out into the Vismarkt, and anyonewhether or not you’re a pupil at the schoolcan join in.
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When you think about the people who make a cruise ship run, who comes to mind? The captain...maybe the head chef and cruise director, right? Well, with about 1,000 crew onboard Cunard's Queen Victoria, there's so many others in the shadows, all responsible for making your vacation an awesome one. And over the next two weeks, we'd like to introduce you to them.
On Monday we met Richard, a real Anchorman. Today, meet Jeff, Gentleman Dance Host on the Queen Victoria.
"I'm not a gigolo...a 'giga-dancer,'" Jeff asserts. "I'm a competitive ballroom dancer doing this for fun."
We're chatting while seated in the ship's Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar and he's already donned his crisp white dinner jacket in preparation for the cruise's first formal night and the waltzing to come later. Jeff is a college professor on sabbatical, and a veteran of some 60 cruises, an impressive number even for the most cruise-happy blue haired ladies. Alas he isn't kicking back to gorge at the buffets or shop for duty-free liquor; he's here to dance as one member of Cunard's revolving corps of male dance partners for solo cruising women.
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It's officially summer, so to kick off the season, we decided to take a look at the hot cultural offerings popping up in the warm-weather months. Whether you want to catch some dance, theater or art, we'll give you the lowdown on the things you need to do this summer, other than work on your tan.
Check out our top three big summer cultural events after the jump.
Spectacular as the long-running Lion King show may be, we can't help but cringe as we pass London's Lyceum or wander through a sea of glittery marquees in Leicester Square. Elbowing your way through a sea of showgoers en route to Covent Garden or the nearest tube stop is not a particularly fun activity. Theater is a major tourist draw in London, and understandably so; an amazing array of shows are on at any given time, especially if you take the time to seek out smaller playhouses.
It's easy enough to book tickets to Legally Blonde or go for the consummate London playgoer's experience, an evening at the Globe. But there are other worthy entertainment options available, some far from the crush and mania of Central London.
The New York City Ballet
The Nutcracker is just as much a holiday tradition as cookies and Christmas trees. There's just something about E.T.A. Hoffmann's unusual fairy tale, which follows a young girl, a sugarplum fairy, toy soldiers and troublemaker mice, set to Tchaikovsky's score that gets dance lovers and even casual fans nostalgic. But there are so many productions of the classic story, it's hard to figure out which one stands pointe shoes above the rest. We did the work for you and picked the best Nutcracker productions worldwide.
See our top three picks for the season's top Nutcrackers this way...
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Black Swan opens nationwide today, even though its already received honors at most of the major film festivals around the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival.
The movie follows Nina, played by Natalie Portman, a New York City ballerina who faces tough competition from a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), for the lead in Swan Lake. The two rivals develop a twisted friendship as Nina discovers a darkness inside herself that threatens to destroy her.
Nutcracker: Rated R
When it comes to holiday dance shows, the Rockettes seem to have kicked out any other competition. But if you've already seen the Radio City Spectacular or want something different, there are some dance shows that are trying to give the leggy ladies a run for their money.
Check out our list of alternative holiday dance shows:
· The Hard Nut
The other big dance show you'll see this time of year is The Nutcracker. Everyone from your four-year-old niece's dance class to the city ballet company offers a holiday Nutcracker helping. Well-known Mark Morris Dance Group has a modern, darker take of the usually cloying production. Other updates include setting the 1890s tale in the 1970s, inject humor and adding in comic book art from Charles Burns. It runs December 10-19 at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn.