This week's episode is all about the soloist rank—or as the dancers refer to it, "purgatory." While they may be moving up within New York City Ballet, they still have a long way to go.
FUN FACT: When soloist Megan LeCrone says her body started breaking down after years of ballet, she means it: She's had three surgeries on her ankles—one on her right, two on her left—and one on her knee. Plus, she's had to recover from a collapsed lung.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "For me, dancing is my oxygen. When I'm not able to do it, I feel as if I'm dying a little bit." —Craig Hall, soloist
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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.
Fashion looks better in motion—that's why runways exist. But when does fashion look REALLY amazing? In dancey motion. And exhibit #69372 in the case for the inescapable connection between dance and fashion is this new video from Harper's Bazaar, featuring our favorite dancer/model/rock star, Larsen Thompson.
But when you're the only male ballet student at your studio, fighting dumb stereotypes about ballet being for girls, it's easy to feel alone. That's what makes this video featuring Gabriel Romero, an 11-year-old ballet student at Philadelphia Dance Center, especially meaningful.