Wisconsin-born Andrew Herro never dreamed that he’d end up a dancer. In fact, the former athlete, who played football and tennis and wrestled in high school, didn’t set foot in a dance studio until his freshman year at Marquette University. Looking for an alternative form of exercise, he stumbled upon modern dance. He was a natural—and he was hooked. Herro graduated in 2003 with a degree in theater arts (he has confessed that, even today, he dreams of performing on Broadway). Tipped off by a dance-savvy friend, he trekked to New York to audition for Pilobolus. He wasn’t hired, but six months later he got a call: One of Pilobolus’ dancers was injured, and the company wanted Herro to take his place for two months. Now, five and a half years later, Herro is Pilobolus’ dance captain and one of its star performers, excelling in the company’s distinctive acrobatic works. —Margaret Fuhrer
I bet you weren’t expecting this, but let’s talk.
I know that school seems like some sort of cruel torture right now, but take the time to really listen and learn. Believe it or not, your future will be in the arts, where you can draw inspiration from everything you have studied. Look at the intricacies of nature, the physicality of sports, the logic of mathematics, the patterns of foreign languages. Everything can be translated into art.
Your future will involve a whole lot of dancing. And let me tell you: Many people can dance, but one really has to work at being an artist and a performer. Discover now what you find interesting, what you like and dislike, and most importantly, why. Explore your capabilities of expression. Create as much as you can.
You have the ability to be your own worst enemy or your greatest friend. What is to come is up to you and you alone. Choose boldly and wisely.
Photo: John Kane
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.