Dora Dolphin in She is Like The Swallow (by Neil King)
With a name like Dora Dolphin, you’re bound to be famous. But forget her catchy name—10-year-old Dora’s talent and poise speak for themselves, and they say she’s one to watch.
Dora started dancing when she was 2 1/2 in her hometown of Minneapolis, MN, and since then she’s built a resumé stocked with awards. Last year alone she won 10 regional championship titles and seven national titles. She earned the highest score in the country in the Mini division at Showstopper American Dance Championships, and at StarQuest her solo nabbed a perfect score.
Dora’s not just a comp kid, though: She’s performed in a handful of regional dance and theater productions, has recently taken up ballroom dance and was chosen to attend the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, D.C. summer intensive. She still goes to school full-time and trains at The Dance Institute, the Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts and, when she can swing the trip, Dance Attack Dance Studio in Miami, FL.
Though her schedule is jam-packed—“I dance seven days a week,” says Dora, like it’s no big deal—this overachiever always has a smile on her face. “I just love dancing,” she says. “I love ballet because it’s the core of everything and I love that it’s technical. But I just want to be in front of an audience.” And the bling doesn’t hurt: “I got a crown for my solo at Hall of Fame Dance Challenge the first time I competed as a junior,” she says. “I really love crowns!”
Most-played song on her iPod: “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion
Favorite food: “My mom’s cookies—with milk.”
Favorite subject in school: “Recess!”
Favorite actress: Emma Watson. “My dad and I are big fans of Harry Potter.”
Favorite dancers: Alyssa Ness, Derek Hough and Sophia Lucia
Three words that describe her: “Expressive, loving, captivating”
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.
On Saturday morning, Russell Horning—aka 15-year-old Instagram king @i_got_barzz—was already kind of famous. His admittedly bad but weirdly mesmerizing dance videos had earned him shoutouts from the likes of Rihanna (and dance tributes from the likes of Josh Killacky).
But by Sunday morning? By Sunday morning, Russell Got Barzz had reached an entirely different level of memedom. Because Katy Perry tapped the teen—signature backpack and all—to perform "Swish Swish" with her on "Saturday Night Live." And the internet lost its darn mind.
If, like me, you've ever wondered (and wondered) how that stunning opening scene in La La Land came together, do we have a treat for you.
Fashion looks better in motion—that's why runways exist. But when does fashion look REALLY amazing? In dancey motion. And exhibit #69372 in the case for the inescapable connection between dance and fashion is this new video from Harper's Bazaar, featuring our favorite dancer/model/rock star, Larsen Thompson.