Audition to Meet Madonna
“Vogue.” “Ray of Light.” “Like a Virgin.” Madonna is a legend—and most of us would kill for an opportunity to share the stage with her famously fantastic dancers. Well guys and gals, put on your best “Material Girl” outfit, because now is the time to audition for a chance to meet Madonna and perform live at her Material Girl Launch Party at Macy’s Herald Square on September 22! All you have to do is submit a one-minute video of you doing what you do best. For more information and a complete list of rules, visit the Material Girl Collection page—and hurry, because all videos must be submitted by September 3.
The live Material Girl audition was held last week at NYC’s Broadway Dance Center, and Dance Spirit was there to catch all the action. With camera crews, reporters and dancers swarming all over the place, it was one crazy morning. We saw everything from contemporary dancers to b-boys to oh-my-goodness-please-stop wannabes, but the energy was so contagious we were tempted to kick off our heels and “get into the groove” ourselves. Below we’ve a listed a few tips that we wish we could have given every dancer before they hit the stage.
1. DON’T come to the audition looking like you’ve just rolled out of bed. Style your hair, put on some makeup and take time to plan your outfit. If you show you care, the judges will, too.
2. DO walk onto the floor with confidence. Your audition begins the moment the judges see you. Don’t let them take their eyes off you.
3. DON’T stop dancing before the judges stop the music. You have to get out there and give them everything you’ve got.
4. DO work the cameras. Vogue, vogue, vogue…
There are dancers and then there are DANCERS! Whitney Jensen, soloist at Norwegian National Ballet, is the latter. The former Boston Ballet principal can do it all. From contemporary to the classics this prima has the technical talent most bunheads dream about. Need proof? Look no further.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's dance inducing hit, "Despacito," is so catchy it should probably come with a disclaimer that warns people of an uncontrollable itch to tap your feet or bob your head. Some might even feel inclined to go all out and break it down. Niana Guerrero is a prime example of "Despacito's" uncanny ability to unleash the red dressed emoji dancer within. 💃🏽 💃🏽
Guys, we all knew this was coming—"World of Dance" was eventually going to eliminate someone. But man, is it brutal to watch these talented dancers give their all, only to be sent home. It's the name of the game, though, and after last night's episode, only two dancers per division remain. (At least Misty Copeland guest-judging was a silver lining!) Here's what went down last night:
They've impressed the judges, now it's time for the Top 100 dancers to enroll at The Academy—and to impress the All-Stars. Welcome to So You Think You Can Dance Academy!
The 100 dancers who made it through auditions in NYC or L.A. are now at The Academy, which is basically a beautiful building with floor-to-ceiling windows. The show opens with that Mandy Moore-choreographed Academy routine which, even after watching it 12 times and trying to learn all the choreography at home, is still delightful.
This Nationals season, Dance Spirit followed four talented dancers from The Dance Awards, NYCDA, Showstopper, and Starpower for an inside look at everything that goes into the biggest competitions of the year. First up: Isabella Torres from Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts in Baltimore, MD, who competed at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals for the first time this year. (All photos courtesy Shannon Torres.)
Merritt Moore is a ballerina who just so happens to be graduating from Oxford University with a PhD in quantum physics. Is she even human? The jury is still out on that - but the 29-year-old, who earned her undergrad degree from Harvard, has actually found dance to be a powerful tool that assists her in her studies.
Happy #WorldEmojiDay, dance friends! 🎉 👯 🎉 👯
Because it's just the cutest, we thought we'd share the emoji challenge the Royal Opera House is currently hosting on Twitter. They've retold a series of ballets (and operas, for that crowd) in emoji form. If you correctly guess the name of a ballet, you'll be entered for a chance to win two tickets to a ROH production.