6 Dancers With Stellar Fashion Sense
Dance and fashion are constantly collaborating and believe us when we say, we're here for it. But what deserves to get attention are the dancers that are fashionable in their own right. Fashion, just like dance, is all about having a personal style and being proud of it. The following six dancers, whether they're commercial or classical, have honed in on their style and don't seem to go a day (or at least an Instagram post) without looking good.
1. Galen Hooks
You can tell Galen Hooks is fashionable just based on what she wears in her class videos. She always finds a way to incorporate her personal style throughout her class and rehearsal attire. It's edgy, yet simple. It's comfortable, but still makes a statement.
2. Jenna Johnson
Of all the dancers listed if I had to pick someone's wardrobe to borrow, it would be Jenna Johnson's. Whether she's being styled for photoshoots, making TV appearances, or simply being a tourist on vacation, there's not one outfit that I haven't loved. She has the ability to look cool and girly at the same time.
3. Cara Diaz Certosimo
NYC dancer, Cara Diaz Certosimo, has a unique style that gives off vintage vibes. Though her beautiful features, like her tight curls and long legs, would probably stand out in anything, she knows how to accentuate them. (You can catch her dancing in Elephant Pants and probably shopping at Urban Outfitters quite often.)
4. Robert Roldan
It's clear that Robert Roldan puts thought into his daily outfits. Whether it's a simple t-shirt and ripped jeans or a more sophisticated look like the one above, he seems to always be ready for a photo opportunity. We admire men who put tender, love and care into their wardrobe and Roldan definitely does that.
5. Valentin Chmerkovskiy
The Dancing with the Stars pro credits his dad for influencing his sense of style. While his more casual attire is something to be admired, we have to give Chermovskiy credit for always dressing (up) to impress. It's looks like these that match the confidence he has when he dances.
6. Juliet Doherty
19-year-old Juliet Doherty has two sides to her look. On evenings when she's attending galas, she looks mature in a little black dress, but during the day she wears outfits that match her carefree personality. Think bright colors and florals. It's nothing that seems to take a lot of effort, but that's even more of a reason to adopt her fashion sense.
Much of Janelle Ginestra's career has been about helping others shine. She's dedicated herself to supporting and cheerleading her partner, WilldaBeast Adams; the emerging talents in their dance company, ImmaBEAST; and the countless dancers she inspires at master classes and conventions. Her YouTube channel has become a launching pad for young talents like "Fraternal Twins" Larsen Thompson and Taylor Hatala, thanks to viral videos featuring Ginestra's creative vision.
But Ginestra's a skyrocketing success in her own right—an in-demand choreographer, a social media influencer, and a dance entrepreneur, building a legacy one eight-count at a time. It's time for her turn in the spotlight. And she's more than ready. "I want to be a legend in whatever I do," she says. We'd argue that she already is.
If you've ever seen a Janelle Ginestra class video, you know how lit her combos are. What you don't see in those clips is how devoted Ginestra is to her students. We went behind the scenes at one of her sold-out IMMA SPACE classes to see Ginestra in her element, mentoring some of L.A.'s most talented dancers. It was an inspiration feedback loop.
All photos by Joe Toreno.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured!
I love ballet, and I've been told that I have a lot of potential. I can see myself dancing professionally one day. But I'm also working toward my black belt in karate—and I'm passionate about that, too. How can I keep up my technique while also making time for the other things I love? Is that even possible?
What do you get when you combine a Beyoncé anthem, fierce girls from all over the world, and choreography by legends like Ellenore Scott and Lamar Lee? You get the epic music video below. The viral video features little girls who live everywhere from Tanzania to Washington D.C. dancing and lip-syncing to Queen Bey's song "Freedom," and the result is electrifying. These littles can dance—and they bring a determination and enthusiasm to their movement that's truly inspiring.