Happy New Year!
Just thinking about a new year and a fresh start gets me all giddy. I love making lists and plans and setting goals. Type-A much? Absolutely.
My dance-y New Year's Resolution for 2013 is to memorize all the words to and the choreography from Center Stage.
No, just kidding. I accomplished that in 2001.
Mine is simple: In 2013, I resolve to continue making Dance Spirit the best darn dance publication out there. I pour my heart, soul and paper cuts into this magazine every hour of every day, and I promise to go above and beyond in the new year to make sure each issue is our latest "best one yet."
"I'm going to take up Zumba! I only took one class in 2012, but I'm hoping 2013 will be the year of Zumba (and killer abs)." —Rachel Zar, managing editor
"I resolve to dust off the ol' pointe shoes—even if I only wear them around my apartment. Baby steps!" —Margaret Fuhrer, associate editor
"My New Year's Resolution is to branch out and see more ballet, tap and modern performances." —Michael Anne Bailey, assistant/fashion editor
Go get 'em, team!
What are you resolving to conquer in 2013?
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.