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!
Harper Watters is a ballet dancer for today's generation. A social media maestro and a charismatic performer, the Houston Ballet soloist is equally at home in front of the camera hosting his hit YouTube series, "The Pre Show"; interacting with fans on his crazy-popular Instagram account; or showing off his beautiful classical technique onstage. It's a multifaceted identity that's proven to be invaluable to his career—and it's taking him to places he never even dreamed of.
The dancers who take our breath away are the risk-takers, the ones who appear completely fearless onstage. "When you see somebody trying to travel more, go farther, push the limits of their physical abilities, that's always going to be inspiring," says Ballet BC dancer Alexis Fletcher.
But dance training can feel like it's in conflict with that idea. We spend thousands of hours in the studio trying to do steps perfectly, and that pursuit of perfection can make us anxious about taking risks. What if we fail? What if we fall?
Luckily, fearlessness is a mental skill that you can work on, just as you work on your technique. Here's how you can learn to push yourself past your limits.
The 2018 Oscar noms are here. Which is fun and all; we'll never not get excited about a night of glitz and glamor and, when we're lucky, pretty great dancing. But we'd be a heck of a lot more excited if the Academy Awards included a Best Choreography category. And really—why don't they?
Maud Arnold is one of the busiest tap dancers on the planet. As a member of the Syncopated Ladies, Maud—along with her big sis and fellow tapper Chloé Arnold—is on constantly the road for performances, workshops, and master classes. For the average person, that kind of schedule could lead to a serious derailment of healthy habits. But Maud's far from average. Here's how the fit, fierce, flawless tap star stays stage-ready—no matter what time zone she finds herself in.
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Auditioning for summer intensives in person may be the ideal—but for Anna McDowell, a 16-year-old student at Juneau Dance Theatre in Juneau, AK, it's rarely possible. “Living in Alaska, it's difficult to travel to auditions," she says. “It gets way too expensive!" Instead, each year, with help from her teachers and a videographer, she puts together a well-crafted video and submits it to schools around the country. Last year, her high-quality video helped her earn acceptance to nearly every program she applied for. Most summer intensive programs, eager to attract students from far and wide, will accept video auditions from those who can't travel to take class. But major schools look at hundreds of submissions each year, which means video auditioners have just a few minutes—or even seconds—to make a great impression. If you're about to create an audition video, follow these tips from the professionals to put your best digital foot forward.