This new app from choreographer Benjamin Millepied lets you train at home with some of dance’s biggest stars

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The founder of the L.A. Dance Project has a new digital platform that pairs live instruction with a sneak peek into the company’s rehearsals and performances. As I gracelessly rose up for a port de bras last Wednesday morning, I wondered what my L.A.-based instructor, Janie Taylor, thought about my conspicuous lack of form as she watched me over Zoom. Taylor, a former principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, is now with the L.A. Dance Project , the dance company led by Benjamin Millepied, who is known to the non-dance world as the choreographer behind Black Swan (and Natalie Portman’s husband). I wobbled—and hoped Taylor’s next students on the company’s new LADP app offered her a little more to work with. Read Full Story

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Here’s why the owner of Ann Taylor, Loft, and Lane Bryant is bankrupt

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These brands survived the retail apocalypse in the wake of the Great Recession, only to be hit hard when the coronavirus pandemic landed. When the pandemic eventually recedes and you feel comfortable shopping in malls again, there’s a good chance the retail landscape will look very different. For instance, there will be far fewer Ann Taylor, Lane Bryant, and Loft stores to shop from. Ascena Retail Group, the umbrella company that owns these brands along with Catherine’s, Justice, and Lou & Grey, has just filed for bankruptcy. Read Full Story

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America’s gun violence epidemic is inextricably linked to police violence

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Can we change policing if we don’t change the country’s lax gun laws? More than three months after Louisville police forcefully entered the home of Breonna Taylor and fired multiple shots, striking her at least eight times, the officers involved still have not faced charges. Without video evidence, like there was for the deaths of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks, there’s no “indisputable proof of wrongdoing,” the city’s deputy general counsel said (though one officer is being fired, Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher recently announced .) The police have continued to defend their use of force in the case, asserting that they only fired their guns after Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, initially shot at them. Read Full Story

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