6 Olympic Figure Skaters We'd Love to See Onstage
The Winter Olympics are in full swing—and we can't get enough of all things figure skating. The skill, the technique, the glamorous costumes: What's not to love about this elegant sport? And while their perfectly choreographed performances look amazing on the ice, we think some of these insanely graceful artists could kill it onstage, too.
Here are 6 skaters we hope will make their dancing debuts soon.
Number one on our list is none other than Adam Rippon. His talent, as both a skater (obviously) and a natural mover, is undeniable—and we can't get enough of his personality! Watch this routine, choreographed by Benji Schwimmer, to see for yourself.
Mirai Nagasu made a huge mark at this year's Winter Olympics by becoming the third woman to ever land a triple axel in competition. She's definitely got the athleticism to nail 32 fouettés—and she's got pretty lines, to boot.
Not only did this Russian superstar just break the record for the highest score ever given to an Olympic skater for the ladies' short program, but she also has a (very well-documented) love of hip-hop dance! We think those long arms and legs would make her a natural in the ballet studio, too.
We already know this Olympic frontrunner has a ballet background—and if we hadn't known, we would've guessed it, based on his musicality and well-placed port de bras. So, Nathan: When are you going to make your return to the ballet stage?
There's no denying that six-time South Korean national champion Yuna Kim is a powerhouse. Her #flawless routine at the 2010 Olympic Games earned her the gold medal, and she recently had the honor of lighting the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony. What's next for this figure skating icon? A dance career showing off those pretty balletic lines, we hope!
Patrick Chan made headlines for helping Team Canada win the Olympic gold medal in the team event and, tbh, we weren't surprised at all. Chan skates with an elegance and beauty that elevate his skating talents. We're guessing he could SLAY some Travis Wall choreography.
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.
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."
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.