10 Things We Learned From "All the Right Moves" Episode 1
Last night marked the premiere episode of "All the Right Moves" on Oxygen. Surely you know this by now since we basically haven't shut up about it since May.
The first episode brought exactly what we expected: two contemporary routines, a whole lotta "who's the boss of this company?" drama, and plenty of shirtless Kyle Robinson...which we're totally fine with.
But amidst the breathy performances and the "we swear this is a real audition" scenarios, there were plenty of lessons to be learned. Without further ado...
The 10 Lessons We Learned From "All the Right Moves" Episode 1:
1. Everyone has a role in the group. Travis is undeniably (really guys, stop denying it) the leader of the company. Nick is the funnyman, Kyle is the hot one ("He's husband material," Nick says), and while everyone has dubbed Teddy "The Bohemian," Nick seems to think he's more Rihanna-esque. "Teddy will find love in all the hopeless places," he said. I'd like to see more of Teddy dancing, because I think his moves are some of the best.
2. Reality TV most likely comes with a slight script. I'm sorry, but there's no way I'm buying the fact that Kyle flew out and moved to L.A. to be a part of this company and then "unknowingly" had to audition. I think it's fair that all non-founding members audition, but I say this was all for the televised drama...especially since later Travis basically tells Jaimie that, despite not being able to audition on account of her knee injury, she's already in the company. Fair? Unfair? You decide. I only care about the dancing. And shirtless Kyle.
3. Travis is an amazing choreographer, super-talented dancer and definite star—but his business savvy could use some fine-tuning. During his meeting with his Clear Talent Group agents, it's suggested that they refer to the company as "Travis Wall's Shaping Sound." Travis responds by telling them, "If I say Travis Wall's Shaping Sound, I'm going to hear it from the boys." He's concerned about their friendship, which is great, but I don't hear him denying that this is, in fact, primarily his company. Something tells me this theme is going to be a crucial one in later episodes. I smell a power struggle! Manfight!
4. Travis and Jaimie started dating when Travis was 14. They dated for a full two years, until Travis "realized he was gay." Jaimie's reflection on their relationship? "I can't think of many things that were wrong with that relationship, except for the whole gay thing." Minor detail, Jaim. Though I do think it's incredibly sweet that they have stayed so close over the years, and it's endearing the way Travis is completely protective of her.
5. Almost every Shaping Sound dancer has been in, or on the cover of, Dance Spirit. Melanie Moore? Check. Former Cover Model Search champs Kaitlynn Edgar and Alexa Anderson? Duh. Chantel Aguirre? Got her. Allison Holker? Coming right up. Not to mention the co-founders, plus Kyle, Taja and Jaimie, were on the May/June cover.
6. Taja Riley, gotta love her, has mastered the art of passive-aggressiveness. Travis asked her for feedback, and she found a way to give him total backhanded compliments. "You crack under pressure sometimes," she said." Naturally Travis responded defensively—in his camera aside—by saying "I don't take attacks to my choreography." Was it unprofessional of her to show up at the audition without a headshot? Absolutely. But did I laugh hysterically when she "drew" a headshot, complete with the signature Taja braid? Yup.
7. Some things may be semi-scripted, but I genuinely believe that Jaimie's emotions are real. It is so hard to watch your friends do something you cannot. My heart broke a little for her as she watched the Shaping Sound audition from her stretching corner, unable to participate.
8. Kyle is so hot. Just so, so good-looking.
9. Nick is hilarious. Yes, we knew this already. But my favorite line of the episode was the much-teased "Hey guys, you're hired! We're broke!" from Mr. "I can turn for days" Lazzarini. I was also having giggle-fits when they were working out the Florence + the Machine investor performance choreo and Nick attempted to put monetary value on each move. "Crossing's really going to get us some big money," he said. "Crossing gets us dollars."
10. Chantel Aguirre and Allison Holker are stunning. They are just...beyond. I realize that I was supposed to be focusing on Taja as the "lead girl" during the final performance scene, but man, Chantel is an attention-grabber. Give that girl a spotlight.
This season on "All the Right Moves": "It's not just Travis Wall's Shaping Sound," Nick says. We'll be tuned in—will you?
Taja Riley's bold, full-out presence and unique ability to mix hard-hitting hip hop with smooth, sensual choreography paved the way for her success in the commercial industry. She's danced with music icons like Chris Brown, Janet Jackson, Ne-Yo, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Pitbull, and Bruno Mars, and has assisted with choreography for Britney Spears' Femme Fatale tour, Demi Lovato's Skyscraper tour, and Beyoncé's Mrs. Carter tour. She also appeared in Beyoncé's groundbreaking visual album Lemonade. Raised in Virginia Beach, VA, Riley grew up training at Denise Wall's Dance Energy. Currently, she's on faculty at New York City Dance Alliance, where you can catch her touring the convention circuit. —Courtney Bowers
P!nk, known for her high-flying, acrobatic awards show sets, has literally raised the bar for pop stars everywhere. For her performance at last night's American Music Awards, P!nk decided to break out some flips and tricks ON THE SIDE OF A BUILDING. WHILE FLAWLESSLY SINGING HER FACE OFF. You know, just casually, like you do when you're a full-on goddess.
When you think of a dancer, a double leg amputee may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But Eric Graise, who's one of the stars of the upcoming "Step Up: High Water" YouTube Red series, hopes to change that. Graise, whose legs were amputated as a child due to missing fibula bones, will play a character named King in the new dance series, set to debut early next year.
We all suffer from Nutcracker fatigue sometimes. After a zillion performances, it's hard not to. But there's nothing to restore your little-kid sense of Nutcracker wonder like a look at the sheer scale of a world-class Nut.
New York City Ballet's iconic production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker opens on Friday, and for the past week, the company has been Tweeting out some seriously eye-popping #NutcrackerNumbers. The stats cover everything from the number of jingle bells used on each Candy Cane costume (that'd be 144) to the watts of light used in the show's grand finale (ONE. MILLION. WATTS.).
Oh hey there, Hallmark Channel! The producer of all those sweet, homey movies best watched in your PJs with your mom has a super dance-y film on its holiday lineup this season: A Nutcracker Christmas. And the casting is—to use a very Hallmark-y pun—perfectly on pointe.
A Nutcracker Christmas tells the story of a talented professional dancer, Lilly, whose supportive sister dies just as Lilly is about to perform the role of Clara in The Nutcracker with New York City Ballet. (Nit-picky fact-checking: In New York City Ballet's Nutcracker, she's known as Marie and danced by a child, but OK.) Lilly's boyfriend and dance partner, Mark, keeps her from performing in the show, which makes Lilly declare she'll never dance again. Fast-forward a couple of decades, and Lilly's niece, Sadie, is about to dance Clara in a different company's Nutcracker—a company run by, of all people, Mark. And tons of drama ensues.
Yes, it's a whole lot of plot to wrap your head around. But the real story here is that Sadie is played by none other than the phenomenal Sophia Lucia, and the ever-dashing Sascha Radetsky is also involved in the project. (Radetsky's exact role is unclear from the press material, but he seems like a pretty natural fit for Mark, no?) The odds seem good that we'll get the gift of some very high-quality dancing. Merry Christmas to us!
Sophia Lucia showing off those banana feet (via @sophialucia5678)
You can catch A Nutcracker Christmas on December 10 at 8 pm. Get your slippers and hot cocoa ready.
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Falling out of your doubles? Aspiring to go revolution for revolution with your class's star turner? No matter where you lie on the turning spectrum, our 360-degree guide to pirouettes will help you improve.
One of the most beautiful things social media has brought us is the ability to feel like we're up close and personal behind-the-scenes with all our favorite dancers. And one of our favorite stars to Insta-stalk are actually two casts of 36 scintillatingly synchronized precision dancers. I'm talking, of course, about my mild obsession with the legendary Radio City Rockettes.
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