Our Favorite Insta Posts of Nationals 2017
Nationals are in full swing all across the country, and we are LIVING for the gorgeous social media posts they're bringing to our feed. Y'all are straight killin' the Instagram game!
Here are some of our favorite posts so far. Give them a look—you might even see some familiar faces. 😏
This Instagram slideshow makes
Robert Roldan's class at Dance Makers Inc. look as dreamy as his face (and that's pretty dreamy!). These are the kinds of moments that make us all want to get up and jam. 👏 👏 👏
Can we talk about the fact that these dancers are in the Junior room?? Seriously! These kiddos are killing Misha Gabriel's choreography at The Dance Awards. We can't wait to see what they'll do when they're in the Senior room!
Have you seen a more picturesque formation? The expression, the intention, and the lines are all so focused. We give this National Dance Honors group a perfect 10/10. 🎉
WE SEE YOU, Courtney Schwartz! You might recognize this L.A.-based commercial dancer (center in the vid) from Talia Favia's viral dance video, " Let it Go." Now she's blowing our minds at Radix Nationals.
Check out the split on Catrina Cuadra! Junior Miss Starpower '17 is making dance magic on the Starpower Dance Competition stage.
There's a reason Ali Deucher and Kele Roberson hold New York City Dance Alliance's 2016 Teen Outstanding Dancer titles—they're just that phenomenal. Their skills + a solid Joe Lanteri combo = a dance match made in heaven. 💃 💃 💃
Miss @carolineb.h is giving us all kinds of LIFE with that gorgeous backbend at Showstopper Finals. So much commitment, so much 🔥🔥🔥!
We can't stop drooling over this photo of
@ella_tinydancer_ and @sagerosen at Velocity Dance Convention! All that rich emotion—they're absolutely lovely.
Thanks for the eye candy, everybody! Have gorgeous Nationals photos of your own? We want to see them! Tag @dancespiritmagazine in your best shots. Merde!
Get in, losers. We're going to Broadway.
OK, not losers, actually—more like the bajillion die-hard fans of Tina Fey's 2004 cult hit Mean Girls, who've been wearing pink every Wednesday since a musical adaptation of the film was first teased back in 2013.
Now their world is like a cake filled with rainbows and smiles, because Mean Girls the musical, which had a trial run in Washington, DC, last fall, is set to open at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre April 8. And in a very grool twist, it turns out the show—with direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw and a book by Fey herself—is delightfully dancey.
Today in Ballet Dancers Are Actual Superheroes news:
You've no doubt heard that the fabulous Alicia Vikander is playing Lara Croft in the newest iteration of Tomb Raider, which hits movie theaters this Friday. But while her training for the high-octane action role was crazy tough, she says, studying at the Royal Swedish Ballet School was far tougher.
What do you get when a hoard of dancers collaborate to the catchy tune of "Love Somebody," by the band Frenship? The most epic dance party ever, of course! Said dance party was produced by the talented Michael Riccio, who's performed in feature films, including "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" and "Shrek Forever After."
They say there's no "I" in "team"—and nowhere is that truer than the world of college dance teams, where precision reigns, uniformity is key, and a single misstep from any given "I" can cost a group a championship trophy. So it's unsurprising that securing a spot on one of the best dance teams in the country is no easy feat.
Members of these highly athletic teams rehearse for hours every week—on top of academic classes and commitments—and perform at football and basketball games, annual concerts, and nationally televised competitions (hi, ESPN). And "no I" rule notwithstanding, each of these top teams is made up of highly trained, highly technical, highly hard-core individuals, who come together to create a ready-for-victory pack.
These six teams aren't one-off success stories—they're consistently strong, and earn the top spots at major competitions like UDA and NDA nearly every year. Up for the challenge? Here's what to know before you go to auditions.
Are you a high school senior who's been accepted to a four-year accredited college or university program? Congrats! Within the 2017-2018 season, have you competed in events run by at least two of the organizations in the above graphic? Double congrats, because the Association of Dance Conventions and Competitions, or ADCC for short, wants to give you $1,000 (!!) towards college tuition.
From dancing in music videos (including Katy Perry's "Swish Swish") to performing on reality TV shows (including "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Voice"), 17-year-old Amanda LaCount is already conquering the commercial scene. If you've ever seen her dance, you understand why: She's a hard-hitting phenom with major stage presence. But in an industry where not having the "right" look can jeopardize your career, Amanda's also blazed her own path by accepting her beautiful curvy body the way it is.
Amanda's never let body-shamers discourage her from going after her dreams. She hopes that by breaking the "dancers are skinny" stereotype, she'll give others the courage to highlight their own unique features rather than hiding them or changing them to fit repressive industry standards. She's even started a campaign, #breakingthestereotype, to inspire artists of all shapes, colors, and sizes to dance for themselves.
We caught up with this dancing maverick to get her advice on cultivating body confidence in a world that's obsessed with the "perfect" body.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email email@example.com for a chance to be featured!
All the dancers in my level auditioned for a prestigious summer intensive—but I'm the only one who got in. Now everything is incredibly awkward at the studio. I'm really excited about the program, but I don't want to make my friends feel bad. What can I do?
Can't get enough of the dance party T. Swift throws herself in her "Delicate" music video? Take a look at the two making-of clips Taylor just shared on her Instagram, showing her practicing the vid's charmingly awkward choreography.