- Chloe’s done the impossible and stayed on top of the pyramid for two consecutive weeks. But will she stumble under pressure? Heck no! Chloe’s a champ, and her fierce solo (and awesome triple ponytails) were rock solid. I think she said it best: “This time I just decided to stop second guessing myself, and go out there with confidence. And I did really good, so I’m going to try to do that every time.” An excellent lesson for us all.
Abby Lee gave Nia’s mom Holly the job of making costumes for the group zombie number—not an easy task. But Holly rocked it! With some help from the moms—and despite the fact that they were equal parts fabric and dirt—those costumes were deathly awesome. And so was the routine. First place, baby!
- Kelly (Paige and Brooke’s mom) gave us a lesson in flip-flopping. First she decided to leave the studio after a fight with Abby Lee… but came back the next day. Next, she was missing from the morning bus to the competition… but showed up late ready to perform. Finally, she randomly pulled her kids from dancing their solos… but they still performed the group number. Will she stay or will she go? The suspense is killing me.
Maddie faced her fears! Forgetting her dance at the end of last season really messed with her head. And even though her sudden urge to perform was 90% prompted by her mother, she got up there and showed us why she’s a star—she didn’t even flinch when her CD skipped. Must admit, I teared up a little when she finished her dance.
- Mackenzie and Nia’s duet = BEST THING EVER! Honestly, whenever Mackenzie is dressed up as an animal, all she has to do is stand there and I crumble. This week, Mac was the most precious lion ever (with the most precious tail ever) and Nia was her acrobatic lion tamer. Obviously a first place winner! And when Mackenzie roared for the camera, the cuteness was almost unbearable.
Tune in next week for more amazing “Dance Moms” moments. And don’t forget to tell us what you think!
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.