We preach all the time about the things you "need to do if you want to make it as a professional dancer:" Be smart. Be kind. Be gracious. Be talented.
But perhaps the most important rule for going pro: Be on time!
Don't show up to an audition late.
Don't arrive to class late.
And my goodness, don't even think about getting to a performance too close to curtain-up time.
Don't just take it from me, though: Our January cover guy, Chaz Buzan, has been assisting Mia Michaels for years now. As he explains in the story, it hasn't always been easy. But the roughest day he ever had as Mia's right-hand-man was the day he was late.
A few years back, Chaz was supposed to assist Mia at a workshop in Minneapolis, MN, but he was running late to the airport and missed their flight. Chaz found another flight but arrived to the class already in progress an hour late, where the studio owner greeted him saying, “Mia’s not going to need you for class anymore.” After the class ended, Mia met Chaz at their hotel where he knew he was “gonna get it.” “She said, ‘You know how much I rely on you. You cannot miss assisting. I can’t show what the movement is supposed to look like—that’s your job.’ I paid the studio owner back my assistant fee [upon his own insistence, not Mia’s], developed a thick skin and have never missed a flight for anything since then.”
So write it down and set your alarms accordingly: Early is on time. On time is late. Late is...you're fired.
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.
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.