"Dance Moms" Returns January 1
If you've missed hearing Abby Lee Miller blaring through your TV each week, get excited—"Dance Moms" returns with an all new season January 1! And is there a better way to ring in the new year than watching Abby Lee whip her dancers into shape? (Well, maybe, but it'll still be fun to watch!)
In preparation for Season 3, we caught up with one of the stars, Brooke Hyland. Read on to learn what she really thinks about the craziest dance show on TV!
Dance Spirit: What do they think of the way your mom is portrayed?
Brooke Hyland: Sometimes it can be too much with all the screaming and the fighting. But the only reason my mom is screaming and fighting is because she is sticking up for me, so I appreciate it.
DS: Do you get along with your sister in real life as well as you get along on the show?
BH: Paige and I have our ups and downs like any sisters, but we get along most of the time!
DS: What do your friends at school think of you being on the show?
BH: I'm pretty close with everyone in my school, so nobody really treats me differently. My friends think it's super cool that I'm on TV, but they hate how I'm always away filming.
DS: Who's your best friend in the cast?
BH: I'd have to say Maddie. I always have a lot of fun with her, and we have the most in common.
DS: What's the worst part of being on the show?
BH: The amount of time it takes. I never have time to hang out with my friends because of the show.
DS: What's the meanest thing Abby Lee has ever said to or about you?
BH: She always calls me "Brooding Brooke."
DS: What's your favorite routine that you've done on the show? Your least favorite?
BH: My favorite numbers I've performed on the show are Where Have All the Children Gone and Twilight. My least favorite number was Silver Spoons.
DS: Is there anything new in Season 3 that we should be excited about?
BH: Yes, there's a lot of dancing and drama, and there are even a couple surprises—you'll have to watch and see!
DS: What is your dance dream job?
BH: To be in a Cirque du Soleil show.
Be sure to tune in to "Dance Moms" January 1 at 9/8 C on Lifetime!
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.
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There are zillions of things to think about when choosing a summer program, but here's one you might not have considered: using an intensive as an opportunity to focus on a new style. Maybe you're a tap dancer who's ready to see where else your rhythm and quick feet can serve you, or a contemporary dancer curious about the more traditional roots of your genre. A summer program can be the perfect place to broaden your horizons, giving you the opportunity to make technical and artistic changes that stick throughout the year.
Happy birthday, George Balanchine! The great choreographer and founder of New York City Ballet would have been 114 years old today. Balanchine revolutionized ballet, especially American ballet—and he also had quite a way with words. To celebrate Mr. B's birthday, we rounded up some of our favorite iconic Balanchine quotes.
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