It's no secret that 2020-2021 brides have faced many challenges due to the coronavirus. From wedding delays to the many frustrations surrounding changing rules and restrictions, it hasn't been an easy year for engaged couples. Knowing this, Justin Alexander commissioned the dance to demonstrate their empathy and understanding of the ups and downs of wedding planning during a pandemic. CEO/Creative Director Justin Warshaw relates to the project personally as he recently became engaged, himself. Justin says, “We wanted to create something that inspires to-be-weds and retailers around the world. This dance was created to provide hope for the future of weddings and to show brides that in the end, love always wins."
NYCB principal dancer Tiler Peck directed, choreographed, and starred in Dancing Into Forever, alongside NYCB dancer Roman Mejia. Tiler says, “I loved collaborating with Justin and challenging myself to create, act and dance a story that encompassed all of the mixed emotions that brides-to-be (like my sister!) have been feeling during this challenging time.” The dance includes scenes at home, in a bridal boutique, at city hall, inside of a wedding venue and finally, at the wedding reception. It demonstrates that although the road to marriage may be long, winding, and bumpy for pandemic brides, the destination is the same.
The original cinematic ballet experience premieres during New York Bridal Fashion Week. The full 8-minute version of Dancing Into Forever, plus all of the dresses worn by Tiler, can be viewed here.