13: The Musical
Last night I ventured to Broadway to catch 13: The Musical while it's still in previews. The show tells the story of 13-year-old Evan who's living the dream in New York City's Upper West Side. That is, until his dad runs off with a stewardess and his mom tells Evan to pack his bags because they're moving to Indiana—right on the brink of his big Bar Mitzvah celebration. As with any high school situation, Evan struggles finding his niche at his new digs, dipping a toe in each clique to see where he fits. But the best part of this show isn't the storyline—it's the all-teenage cast (musicians included) that pulls off the show without a hitch. Every person onstage throughout the duration of the 90-minute show (no intermission!) is a teenager and every single one dances, sings and acts.
With Broadway opening its doors to young entertainers with shows like 13 and Billy Elliot The Musical, it should serve as a direct inspiration for DS readers. You don't have to wait until you're 25 to land a role on the Great White Way! Sure, as a 15-year-old you may not be up for one of the leads in Wicked, but there are tons of opportunities out there for you. So seize the day. Work hard, stay focused on your goals, make a trip to NYC every now and then to take classes alongside the pros and don't be afraid to audition, even if you think the role may not be right for you. Every experience is a beneficial one in your dance career!
For the full scoop on 13: The Musical, keep your eyes peeled for the November issue of DS!
Dancer Yesenia Ayala first caught our eye in the off-Broadway production of Sweet Charity with Sutton Foster earlier this year. So, we were super excited when we found out she was making her Broadway debut in this spring's sweetest new show Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (Both productions were choreographed by Joshua Bergasse.)
Since the NYC premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream at American Ballet Theatre's spring gala Monday night, the DS editors haven't stopped talking about its creepy-cute sets and costumes, created by artist Mark Ryden. Well, the obsession is about to get even crazier, because we just heard that Ryden's artwork for the ballet is now on display in not one, but TWO locations in NYC.
Yes, yes, we know: Dancers are athletes as well as artists. But we haven't seen anything hammer home just HOW athletic dancers are quite as well as this video from Self magazine, which features American Ballet Theatre principal/fairy princess Isabella Boylston trying to teach top-level CrossFit enthusiasts ballet.
There's a reason Mia Michaels' nickname is "Mama Mia." The legendary choreographer invests deeply in her dancers, whether they're competitors on "So You Think You Can Dance," members of the Radio City Rockettes, or part of her own elite assistant squad. And now, Michaels is launching a project that aims to give more dancers access to her gifts as a teacher and mentor.
And that's a wrap on "Dancing with the Stars" Season 24, ladies and gents! It's certainly been one for the books. From injuries to shocking eliminations, let's just say Season 24 has had its emotional ups and downs. But despite all that, the season made for some seriously phenom dancing and some killer performances. And as usual, we've loved watching every second of those cha chas, foxtrots, and waltzes.
Let's get right to the exciting stuff, though: Last night's winning couple of "Dancing with the Stars" is...
Nearly 80,000 dance-loving Instagram followers can't be wrong: Quinn Starner is one to watch. And what's just as impressive as the 15-year-old's rabid online following is her ever-growing list of competition accolades. Quinn, who trains at Indiana Ballet Conservatory and Stars Dance Company, been named first runner-up at The Dance Awards for two years in a row (as a junior and a teen); was the 2016 West Coast Dance Explosion Teen National Champion; earned first place in contemporary and third place in the classical division at Youth America Grand Prix Regionals in Pittsburgh last year; has won the Grand Prix Award at ADC|IBC; and was a gold medalist at World Ballet Art Competition Grand Prix. Plus, she made it to the Academy round on last year's "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation," and has performed as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Here's what Quinn has to say about her favorite songs, teachers, and career highlights.