Introducing Dance Spirit's September Issue!
We probably say this every month, but let us do it one more time: The latest issue of Dance Spirit is the best one yet.
No, really. I mean, take a look at the too-cute cover stars, Allison Holker and Stephen "tWitch" Boss.
Oh yes. They're dating.
Could they possibly be any more in love? And any more talented? And any more perfect for the cover of this issue?
As soon as we found out these wildly attractive "So You Think You Can Dance" alums — she was on Season 2 and he was on Season 4 — were dating, we were on the next flight to L.A., ready to bombard them with a photo shoot.
OK, so that's not exactly how it went. We let them know we were coming. But we were truly thrilled to hear about their rock-solid romance, and we wanted to get the full story on how it happened and, more importantly, who made the first move. (Spoiler alert: she totally did, and he was clueless about it.)
Yes, tWitch and Allison are talented, and yes they're very much in love. But what was best about spending a day on set with the duo was witnessing their incredible amount of support for each other. They're not competitive, they didn't bicker over outfits, jobs or camera angles, and they were constantly feeding off each other, tweaking their moves and doing whatever they could to make the other person look even better.
They were striving for perfection, and it paid off. Check out the cover shot:
We wish Allison and tWitch all the best, both onstage and in their respective spotlights. We can't wait to see what the future holds for them.
In the meantime, there are plenty of ways to check out the pair online:
- Read the cover story by DS contributor and L.A. guru Jen Jones.
- Scour outtakes from tWitch and Allison's photo shoot on Facebook. Warning: The shots are pretty precious.
Finally, let us know what you think! Shoot us an email with your thoughts on the September issue. (Maybe you'll end up in the next issue of DS yourself!)
Dance is a powerful form of expression, and Ahmad Joudeh is using its influence to promote peace.
The 27-year-old is a Palestinian refugee, whose decision to pursue his passion for ballet has made him the target of death threats from terrorist organizations. Despite the danger, Joudeh has decided to continue on his path as a dancer, using his performances as an opportunity to spread a message of peace and cultural awareness.
For 14-year-old Averi Hodgson, focusing on her ballet training while growing up was never easy: She's suffered from epilepsy since she was in first grade, and later, she was also diagnosed with scoliosis. Here, she tells her story of perseverance—and how her determination earned her a spot at the School of American Ballet's 2017 summer intensive.
"Late Late Show" host James Corden was one of the many, many people shocked by President Trump's sudden decision to ban transgender people from the military yesterday. And he decided to voice his outrage in the way most likely to rile a President who's uncomfortable with anything "un-manly": through a big, beautiful, extra-sparkly song-and-dance routine.
In addition to training, competing and winning titles in just about every style you can think of, 13-year-old Kaylee Quinn is a regular on the sci-fi drama "Stitchers," playing the younger version of the show's main character. Her path in dance hasn't been without challenges, though. Last summer, Kaylee won the Hope Award at her regional Youth America Grand Prix, but wasn't sure she'd be able to compete at the NYC finals due to a broken foot. Patience paid off: With her doctor's blessing, Kaylee danced her variations in flat shoes and won the gold medal.
Week 2 of Misty Copeland as guest judge, week 2 of merciless cuts...How can the final episodes of "World of Dance" possibly live up to the sheer dramaaaaaaaaa of last night's episode? Well, based on the nail-biting results dished out by Copeland and Co. last night, the competition is only going to get fiercer from here. Without further ado, last night's results, as told by Kween Misty.
Every ballet dancer knows the time, sweat, and occasional tears the art form demands. But many non-dancers are clueless about just how much work a ballet dancer puts into perfecting his or her dancing. So when the mainstream crowd recognizes our crazy work ethic, we'll accept the round of applause any way it comes—even if it comes via four men in tutus. Yep, we're talking about "The Try Guys Try Ballet" video.