This time last week, I was glued to my computer nervously watching the live stream of the 2012 NDA Collegiate Dance Team Championships in Daytona Beach, FL. It was the first time in five years that I wasn't at the competition in person. But let me tell you—my heart was still nervously pounding as each team took the stage.
Now, a little background. I was on the dance team at Brigham Young University—an extremely competitive NDA team. I still sport my National Championship ring and still feel the pangs of sadness when I think of the year that we lost the championship to our rival by .03. While I have since moved on (Yay, Dance Spirit!) from my dance team days, my little sister carries on the torch as the president of the BYU dance team today.
This year, for the first time ever the Penn State Lionettes beat out Division IA favorites BYU and the University of Louisville with a score of 9.777! While I was sad for my little sister (BYU finished in 2nd and Louisville in 3rd) , it was really great to see a new team capture the coveted championship trophy. Also, we have to mention that Towson University won their 14th consecutive Division I title—wow!
Penn State Lionettes
Brigham Young University
University of Louisville
Then came the hip-hop competition—and allof the teams brought down the house. When you think of college dance teams, "funky" is probably not the first word that comes to mind. Well, BYU might just change that. With a 9.984, they nabbed the hip-hop championship title.
Brigham Young University
University of South Carolina
Do you think the right teams nabbed the championship? Which routine was your favorite? Watch all of your favorite teams here.
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.
Want a chance to get personally involved in the HOTLY anticipated TV show "World of Dance"? Of course you do. That's why J. Lo. and the rest of the "WOD" team have launched an interactive version of the upcoming NBC series that lets Snapchatters get in on the action.
On Saturday morning, Russell Horning—aka 15-year-old Instagram king @i_got_barzz—was already kind of famous. His admittedly bad but weirdly mesmerizing dance videos had earned him shoutouts from the likes of Rihanna (and dance tributes from the likes of Josh Killacky).
But by Sunday morning? By Sunday morning, Russell Got Barzz had reached an entirely different level of memedom. Because Katy Perry tapped the teen—signature backpack and all—to perform "Swish Swish" with her on "Saturday Night Live." And the internet lost its darn mind.
If, like me, you've ever wondered (and wondered) how that stunning opening scene in La La Land came together, do we have a treat for you.