So glad she put her super-cute pants on the right way this week!
It’s Vegas Week! Oh wait, wrong show. But the “Dance Moms” crew did head to Sin City for this week’s installment—the last competition before Nationals. Here are my most AWESOME and AWKWARD moments:
AWKWARD: Mackenzie wasn’t with the team this week. I hate this.
AWESOME: Asia’s solo. This pink-flamingo persona suited Asia’s personality far more than the little puppy dog she had to play on her first episode. (Remember that? That outfit was so Mackenzie.) Say what you will about Asia’s choreography being mostly fouettés. I say, if you can fouetté like that, who needs anything else? Just kidding, Asia, stay in class. But your turns were fierce and so was your attitude. First place, baby!
AWKWARD: The whole Ricky Palomino debacle. Abby told Brooke and Paige that none of the ALDC teachers wanted to work with them—probably because Abby threatened to fire them—so outsider Ricky would be coming in to choreograph their solos. That’s all fine and good (I’m all about guest teachers!), but this Ricky character didn’t seem to have a good grasp on the girls’ styles. Brooke’s solo was pretty dull, and Paige’s solo had a whole lot of undulating. At least Paige had a $500 costume, because that’s what’s really important.
AWKWARD: Paige had a very hard time this week. First, she had a panic attack when asked to do the group routine by herself. Then, she was beyond terrified before going onstage. Poor thing. As we knew from the previews (Stop ruining things, “Dance Moms”!), she froze mid routine, cried and ran offstage. Rough. Abby made it clear afterward that she had nothing to do with this routine and that this wouldn’t have happened if Ricky hadn’t been choreographing for her. Wait, Abby, whose idea was it to have Ricky choreograph for the Hylands? Oh yeah, it was yours. Awk-ward.
AWESOME: The Brat Pack. Abby challenged the kiddos to be “cool” instead of “cute” for their group routine. But then she put them in the cutest little costumes ever, contradicting herself yet again. I’m just happy Brooke and Paige got to join in. The result was an awesome, age-appropriate and quirky number. I loved it—so did the judges. Another first place win!
AWESOME: Next week on “Dance Moms”: Dance Spirit spends a day on set! No spoilers here, but let’s just say it will be eventful.
And finally, the QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“Remember: Whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” —Abby comforting Paige after she messed up her solo. See, people, she’s not all bad!
Dancer Yesenia Ayala first caught our eye in the off-Broadway production of Sweet Charity with Sutton Foster earlier this year. So, we were super excited when we found out she was making her Broadway debut in this spring's sweetest new show Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (Both productions were choreographed by Joshua Bergasse.)
Since the NYC premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream at American Ballet Theatre's spring gala Monday night, the DS editors haven't stopped talking about its creepy-cute sets and costumes, created by artist Mark Ryden. Well, the obsession is about to get even crazier, because we just heard that Ryden's artwork for the ballet is now on display in not one, but TWO locations in NYC.
Yes, yes, we know: Dancers are athletes as well as artists. But we haven't seen anything hammer home just HOW athletic dancers are quite as well as this video from Self magazine, which features American Ballet Theatre principal/fairy princess Isabella Boylston trying to teach top-level CrossFit enthusiasts ballet.
There's a reason Mia Michaels' nickname is "Mama Mia." The legendary choreographer invests deeply in her dancers, whether they're competitors on "So You Think You Can Dance," members of the Radio City Rockettes, or part of her own elite assistant squad. And now, Michaels is launching a project that aims to give more dancers access to her gifts as a teacher and mentor.
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.