10 Quick Questions with Robert Roldan
When Robert Roldan burst onto the "So You Think You Can Dance" scene during Season 7, the world fell in love. (That "Fix You" duet with Allison Holker still gives us chills.) And we fell in love all over again when he appeared as an All-Star last season alongside mini-me JT Church. Now, 26-year-old Roldan is gracing the "SYT" stage yet again as an All-Star on Season 14, premiering Monday, June 12. "I'm so excited to be back this year, and to have another season to explore and find new memories, lessons, and emotions through dance," Roldan told DS. "And I'm excited to have another person to work with who will get to share these memories, lessons, and emotions." Here's what Roldan had to say about his go-to foods, his favorite choreographer, and his career highlights.
1. What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning, and what's the last thing you do before bed every night?
The first thing I do when I wake up is hopefully not miss my alarm! Then I rub my eyes so I can see my phone to play music. It's my favorite way to start my day.
2. What are three things you eat every day?
Chicken, bananas, and eggs
3. What are three things you can't dance without?
Water, layers of clothes to get warm, and deodorant
4. In your very expert opinion, what's the best dance movie of all-time?
Singin' in the Rain. It's classic, and will always have an influence on dance.
5. If you were given one hour to take class from any instructor, who would you choose?
Mandy Moore. I've learned so much from her, and I never stop learning from her. She's one of the best teachers the dance community has and will ever have.
6. What's your favorite place you've ever performed?
It's a tie—hopefully that's allowed! My first is Radio City Music Hall, and my second would be performing at the Super Bowl with Katy Perry.
7. What songs are in heavy rotation on your playlist right now?
"LOVE" by Kendrick Lamar, "In the Morning" by NAO, "Wanna Be" by Betty Who, "I Would Die For You" by Prince, and "We Will Run" by Jens Kuross
8. Other than dance, what's your favorite way to break a sweat?
I go to the gym for a good workout. I lift weights and do cardio, even though I don't actually want to do cardio. I do it because it's very good for you.
9. What's your favorite way to spend a Sunday?
Being outside. I love hikes, parks, eating lunch outdoors, and the beach—anything that gets me outside.
10. What has been the single greatest moment in your dance career so far?
It's hard to pinpoint one thing to be the greatest moment because I value different things about each job and project. But if I have to pick one, I would say "So You Think You Can Dance." It's been a part of my life for almost 10 years now, and I still love every second of it.
What's better than a good dance joke? They're corny, they're punny, and they're exactly what you need to get you through long Nutcracker days. These 10 jokes are guaranteed to put a smile on your face—no matter how much your feet are hurting.
Some might say Charlize Glass' fame kicked off with a single three-letter word. In 2014, Beyoncé shared a video of the then–12-year-old dancer performing to "Yoncé" on Instagram, along with a simple caption: "WOW!"
But by that point, the hip-hop mini had already performed at the MTV Video Music Awards and on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," and won first runner-up with her crew, 8 Flavahz, on "America's Best Dance Crew." And her Queen Bey Insta shout-out wasn't even the pinnacle of her tween career: She earned a spot on The PULSE On Tour as an Elite Protégé for the 2014–2015 season, and performed with Missy Elliott at the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show in 2015.
These days, the 16-year-old spends her time touring the country as Brian Friedman's assistant at Radix Dance Convention and blowing up YouTube and Instagram with her class-video cameos. And while the Char Char we fell in love with was a hip-hop cutie pie, the more mature artist we see today is sure to rock the dance world for years to come.
You're obsessed with class videos. We're obsessed with class videos. The passion, energy, and talent showcased in these clips, which give us an insider-y peek at the commercial dance world's hottest classes, are totally irresistible.
But at what point does the phenomenon go from being a good thing to a bad thing for dancers and the dance world? Is the focus on filming distracting from the work dancers are supposed to be doing in class? Are overproduced videos presenting a dangerously misleading picture of the dance world? Is the pressure to be a class video star becoming too much for dancers to handle? These are some of the questions A-list dancer and choreographer Ian Eastwood—no stranger to the class video himself—has been asking on Twitter. And they've sparked a lively, important debate.
Getting corrections from our dance instructors is how we grow, and as students, it's important that we do our best to apply every correction right away. But sometimes—whether it's because we're in physical pain, or have a lot on our minds, or are just not paying attention—those corrections don't sink in. And from a teacher's standpoint, giving the same corrections time and time again gets old very fast. Here are 10 important corrections dance teachers are tired of giving. Take them to heart!
"So you Think You Can Dance" Season 14 finalists Lex Ishimoto and Taylor Sieve shocked fans at home (at least the ones who hadn't thoroughly scoured their respective Instagrams) during Episode 14, when choreographer Mia Michaels asked if either of them had ever experienced "the kind of love that takes your breath away." They confessed that, yup, they had—with each other. The two met at The Dance Awards in the summer of 2016, where they were each named Senior Best Dancer, and went on to tour with the convention as assistants. Before long—and long before their "SYTYCD" journey—they became a couple.
Take a look at Dance Spirit's exclusive interview where they dish on everything from their favorite dates to the dance moves that give them all the feels.
There's a surprising twist to Regina Willoughby's last season with Columbia City Ballet: It's also her 18-year-old daughter Melina's first season with the company. Regina, 40, will retire from the stage in March, just as her daughter starts her own career as a trainee. But for this one season, they're sharing the stage together.
Yes, we all know dancers are strong. But sometimes it takes a truly epic workout video to remind us JUST HOW INSANELY STRONG they actually are.
Behold, National Ballet of Canada principal Svetlana Lunkina's oh-so-casual pre-class exercise:
Dance Spirit is beyond excited to announce the first round of 2017 Future Star winners! Every year, DS partners with competitions to recognize dancers with exceptional presence and ability. The second round of winners will be featured in our January issue, so stay tuned!