7 Reasons To Love Mandy Moore
This just in: Choreographer and should-be comedian Mandy Moore is awesome.
OK, you knew that already. And so did we.
At this weekend's Dance Teacher Summit, Mandy charmed her captivated audiences not just during her jazz and contemporary classes, but also during her always-anticipated "What the Judges See" panel.
This panel is always a crowd favorite, and for good reason: Mandy is honest, holds nothing back and isn't afraid to tell it like it is. She had plenty of quote-worthy gems during her hour-long session, and it seems only fair to share them with you in case you couldn't be there.
- On her less-than-stellar comp kid past: "I was not a successful competition kid. I never won...ever. Back then it was all gold, silver or bronze, and I got bronze every single time."
- On what she wants to see at competitions: "Please don't do 700 contemporary numbers. Bring back the jazz!"
- On whatever that word means: "I don't even know what contemporary is. It's like, well, they're not wearing shoes and the music's kinda weird, so...contemporary!"
- On the challenges of choreographing for "So You Think You Can Dance" contestants: "Nigel, you get in there and do that! I've got a clogger and a ballroom kid, and we're doing contemporary! And the song I wanted to use didn't clear, and you just told me last night!"
- On stepping outside your competition comfort zone—in tap shoes: "This isn't really about the tap routine. This is about learning how to lose."
- On giving your routines a little TLC: "I'd rather see a clean, easy routine than a bunch of crap onstage."
- On that move we all hate but everyone keeps doing: "Can we not do all the developpé seconds 100 times? It's the new fouetté. I don't want to see your crotch. Can't you turn another direction?"
I told you she was honest—and I totally dig it.
In addition to choreographing for "SYTYCD," Mandy is also on faculty with JUMP dance convention.
Want to know what inspires Mandy? Check out her Choreographer's Collage!
Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2017 Cover Model Search finalists: Haley Hartsfield, Kaylin Maggard and Michelle Quiner! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's October 2016 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below.
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Attention, ladies and gentlemen: We've officially hit Nationals season! And that means it's time to dig through those closets to find the perfect clothes to get you noticed during convention classes. The task can feel totally overwhelming—but we're here to help. Follow our guidelines, and you'll be rocking the dance floor with Travis Wall and making Stacey Tookey yell "GORGEOUS!" in no time.
Oh man. This is getting ROUGH.
Last night marked the second round of head-to-head duels on "World of Dance." Once again, we were feeling real pity for the judges—and it takes a lot for us to pity J. Lo—because we've reached a point in the competition where there aren't any clear winners. Everyone's insanely good. And yesterday's showdowns paired acts that were so unalike, comparing them felt a little unfair.
So, who emerged from these cruel duels victorious?
We've said it before and we'll say it again: dance and film are made for each other. In the past couple of years, ballet companies have used the medium to promote new work, creating "trailers" that give beautiful peeks at upcoming premieres. These short films reach many people who are unable to see the ballets performed live—and they definitely debunk the misconception that ballet is boring. Here are five of our all-time favorites.
Performing on a Broadway stage might seem glamorous, but it comes with one of the most grueling schedules a dancer can face. Maintaining your stamina and energy, warding off injury and keeping the material fresh for eight shows a week is no joke. So how do dancers do it? Dance Spirit talked to ensemble members from some of Broadway's danciest shows to get their survival tips.
This week, we're in the Big Apple: home of Broadway, New York City Ballet, and Dance Spirit HQ! They say if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. So who made it to The Academy this week? Pretty much everyone—with lots of amazing Vanessa Hudgens one-liners along the way. (We love you, Vanessa!)
You should know Leiomy Maldonado's name, because she's shaped the way you dance. Called the "Wonder Woman of vogue," the trailblazing artist was the first transgender woman to appear on "America's Best Dance Crew," as part of the Vogue Evolution crew. And her signature "Leiomy Lolly" hair flip has inspired everyone from Beyoncé to FKA Twigs to Willow Smith to, odds are good, your own teachers and choreographers. (Smith even asked Maldonado to appear in the video for "Whip My Hair," to show the world how to do the flip properly.)
Now, Maldonado is the star of a new Nike ad celebrating the queer and transgender dancers who form the heart of the voguing community. Directed by Daisy Zhou, the spot is narrated by transgender artist Precious Angel Ramirez, and showcases Maldonado's extraordinary skills, as well as those of several other dancers from the vogue scene.