America's Got (Dance) Talent!
There are about a million and one reality competition shows these days—and for good reason: We love being wowed by talented (and often crazy) people. But lately, it seems a lot of these shows have been overrun with some pretty awesome dancers. Just in the last two weeks some notable faces have popped up on the "America's Got Talent" audition circuit—and we're thrilled about it.
Meet the newest "AGT" dance superstars:
Who: D'Angelo and Amanda
What: The spiciest little ballroom dancers from Dance Town in Doral, FL
Where: The duo won Paula Abdul's "Live to Dance," Amanda was a contestant on "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition" and D'Angelo was a member of The Untouchables on "AGT" Season 7.
Also, check out D'Angelo's adorable little sis Ruby and her partner Jonas. They, too, successfully auditioned—no surprise there!
Who: Sophia Lucia
What: A tiny comp kid from San Diego Dance Center with dynamite technique and performance skills. She recently set the Guinness World Record for pirouettes—55!
Where: Sophia is a regular guest on "Dance Moms" and has made appearances on "Dancing with the Stars" and Disney's "Shake It Up."
Who: The Rock Dance Project (Lucas Bilbro, Jake Casey, James Floyd, Regina Montgomery, Madison Pride, Claire Rathbun, Rachel Richardson, Taylor Sambola, Rammaru Shindo, Isaiah Sumler, Tomoha Terada)
What: A group of insanely technical "rock" ballet dancers from the Rock School of Dance Education in Philadelphia, PA.
Where: "AGT" is their first foray into reality TV!
Dying to see the full routine? Watch it in rehearsal here!
Be sure to tune in when the show heads to Vegas to watch all your favorite dancers battle it out!
Dance is a powerful form of expression, and Ahmad Joudeh is using its influence to promote peace.
The 27-year-old is a Palestinian refugee, whose decision to pursue his passion for ballet has made him the target of death threats from terrorist organizations. Despite the danger, Joudeh has decided to continue on his path as a dancer, using his performances as an opportunity to spread a message of peace and cultural awareness.
"Late Late Show" host James Corden was one of the many, many people shocked by President Trump's sudden decision to ban transgender people from the military yesterday. And he decided to voice his outrage in the way most likely to rile a President who's uncomfortable with anything "un-manly": through a big, beautiful, extra-sparkly song-and-dance routine.
In addition to training, competing and winning titles in just about every style you can think of, 13-year-old Kaylee Quinn is a regular on the sci-fi drama "Stitchers," playing the younger version of the show's main character. Her path in dance hasn't been without challenges, though. Last summer, Kaylee won the Hope Award at her regional Youth America Grand Prix, but wasn't sure she'd be able to compete at the NYC finals due to a broken foot. Patience paid off: With her doctor's blessing, Kaylee danced her variations in flat shoes and won the gold medal.
Week 2 of Misty Copeland as guest judge, week 2 of merciless cuts...How can the final episodes of "World of Dance" possibly live up to the sheer dramaaaaaaaaa of last night's episode? Well, based on the nail-biting results dished out by Copeland and Co. last night, the competition is only going to get fiercer from here. Without further ado, last night's results, as told by Kween Misty.
Every ballet dancer knows the time, sweat, and occasional tears the art form demands. But many non-dancers are clueless about just how much work a ballet dancer puts into perfecting his or her dancing. So when the mainstream crowd recognizes our crazy work ethic, we'll accept the round of applause any way it comes—even if it comes via four men in tutus. Yep, we're talking about "The Try Guys Try Ballet" video.