How'd you like to join the ranks of Les Twins? (Photo by Erin Baiano for Dance Spirit)
Quiz time: What do Les Twins, Lil' Buck, the Syncopated Ladies, Christina Ricucci, Sean Lew and the Control Freakz have in common? If you answered: DS is obsessed with all of them, you wouldn't be wrong. But on Friday, August 29, this talent-packed crew (along with some other big names in the industry) will be sharing more than just our undying love—they'll be sharing the stage.
The occasion is DanceOn Spotlight: The Ultimate Dance Experience, a free event in L.A. to support the upcoming dance movie, Breaking Through. If you haven't heard of this movie yet, it's kind of an awesome concept. Written and directed by John Swetnam (Step Up All In) and produced by John Legend, Breaking Through celebrates the YouTube generation of dancers. It will utilize a combination of found footage—namely YouTube clips of various internet-sensations—and filmed footage. (Shout out to supervising choreographer, and fellow YouTube giant, Ian Eastwood!)
Some of the filming will take place at next Friday's event. And get this: You could have a chance to be one of the dancers caught on film. Here's how it works: Submit a video of your best stuff (anything from solo to group work) to DanceOn.com. The Breaking Through team will consider all video submissions to be included in the found-footage portion of the movie, but three lucky winners will also get a chance to perform live at The Ultimate Dance Experience. Check out the clip below, where John Legend himself explains the contest, then head on over to the DanceOn.com for even more exciting details!
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.