As Odette in Swan Lake (by Liz Ham)
With her razor-sharp lines, pristine technique and innate musicality, The Australian Ballet principal Amber Scott is any choreographer’s dream. Born in Brisbane, Australia, Scott started training at The Australian Ballet School at age 11. After graduating at the top of her class, she was asked to join TAB in 2001 and was promoted to the rank of principal in 2011. Scott has charmed audiences with her versatility, embodying characters from Hanna Glawari in Ronald Hynd’s comic ballet The Merry Widow to Juliet in Graeme Murphy’s Romeo and Juliet. Luckily, you can see Scott perform without paying for a plane ticket to the Land Down Under: She’s heading to NYC with TAB in June. The company will perform Murphy’s Swan Lake and a contemporary mixed bill with works by Wayne McGregor and Stephen Page at the David H. Koch Theater. —Gretchen Schmid
Take it from Winston Churchill: “These are great days.”
A teenage Scott, getting corrections from Gailene Stock (courtesy Amber Scott)
At the difficult points in your teenage years when growth spurts, braces, boys and ballet make you feel awkward, think of those words. The duckling phase will melt into the swan era before you know it. The dedication and focus that you’re learning now will be the most valuable tools you take into your career. These are days of possibility, when everything is ahead of you.
Let the books you read about famous dancers, great people and exciting destinations stir your imagination. You’ll be meeting some of these artists and traveling to exotic locations sooner than you think.
Your body is becoming the refined tool that will allow you to realize your dancing dreams. Be kind and patient with it. When it’s tired, rest. When it’s sore, stop and ask for help. Ballet is not a race. Focus on developing strength in an intelligent way. Quality is always better than quantity.
Treasure the love of your family. They are your backbone and will always be a source of resilience.
Above all, be brave, girl! You have the inner grit to make it as a ballerina. Enjoy the journey. And every once in a while, take out that ballet bun, get out of your pointe shoes and enjoy fun times with your friends!
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.
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.