Five stories that have North Texas talking: Five dancers from Booker T. Washington are headed to Juilliard; Dallas is top destination for coastal expats; Richard Spencer’s back in the news; and more.
Talented students at Dallas’ Booker T. Washington High School move on to bigger studios, screens and stages every year. Five male dance students are going to The Juilliard School in New York this August. The prestigious performing arts school accepts 12 male and 12 female dancers from across the world each year. So, let’s do that math again. Nearly half of Juilliard’s incoming international class of male dancers are from one department in one school in Dallas. The five students are Todd Baker, Kade Cummings, Michael Garcia, Ricardo Hartley and Zane Unger. In 2014, Juilliard accepted five Booker T. students: four dancers and a theater student, according to The Dallas Morning News. But this is the first time that five male students have been accepted at one time. The school celebrated its 40th anniversary on Friday. [The Dallas Morning News, WFAA]
- In case you hadn’t heard, Americans are ditching the coasts to come to Dallas. Between 2010 and 2016, Dallas acquired the most new residents — 304, 468 in domestic migration, according to a Brookings Institution analysis published this month. Quartz attributes the population swell to Dallas’ expanding economy and healthy job growth. But downtown development, PR campaigns and general cultural changes have contributed to the city’s appeal, too. [Quartz]
- Richard Spencer protested the sale of a Confederate statue in Virginia. The white nationalist, internet meme and St. Mark’s alumnus led demonstrators Saturday through Charlottesville, protesting the sale of a Robert E. Lee statue that stands in a local park. The city council voted to sell the statue in April, but a judge put a six-month hold on the sale earlier in May, NPR reports. Spencer, a University of Virginia graduate, participated with torch-bearing protesters in an evening demonstration, too, but it lasted 10 minutes. [NPR]
- “Dance has not had a long history of intellectual curiosity.” That’s what Catherine Turocy of Dallas thinks. An acclaimed dancer and choreographer, Turocy’s known “for recreating and reinventing the dances of the 17th and 18th centuries and “bringing scholarly research and making it dance on the stage,” Art&Seek reports. She co-founded the New York Baroque Dance Company 40 years ago, which remains the “premier ensemble of its kind in America.” [Art&Seek]
- Don’t worry about that golden retriever perched on the roof in an Austin neighborhood. Huckleberry does it all the time, his owners say. He gets on to the roof from the backyard and checks out the neighborhood from on high. Huckleberry’s parents, Allie and Justin Lindenmuth put up a sign telling neighbors and passersby not to worry. He only goes on the roof when they’re home, and he’ll only jump off if someone entices him. Keep Austin weird, Huckleberry. [Buzzfeed]
— Sarafina Nance (@starstrickenSF) May 9, 2017