After just five years of training at Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Westminster, CO—only three of which were spent on the competition team—13-year-old Jonathan Fahoury currently holds two of the comp world’s most coveted titles: New York City Dance Alliance’s National Junior Outstanding Dancer and 24 Seven’s National Junior Non-Stop Dancer. Once you see him move, that’s not surprising: He has sinewy, long limbs and manages his ridiculous flexibility with great strength. But it’s his musicality and commitment to each movement that truly captivates.
"I do competitions because they motivate me to improve and force me to set goals. Plus, I love making new friends from around the country. Those are the people I’m going to be dancing with when I’m a professional." --Jonathan Fahoury
Birthday: January 4, 2000
Favorite dancer of all time: Andy Pellick. “His movement is unique—he’s just himself onstage.”
Favorite food: eggplant parmesan
If he were a superhero, his power would be: “Transporting from place to place really fast. Then I wouldn’t have to drive 30 minutes to the studio!”
Dance idols: “Julie Jarnot and Jennifer Owens, my studio owners. I wouldn’t be the dancer I am today without them.”
Advice for DS readers: “Do what you love, and don’t let anyone get in the way. If you’re being bullied, just ignore it. Stay strong, and remember: You have an amazing talent no one can break. Billy Bell, Will Loftis and Andy Pellick have really helped me see this.”
Dancer Yesenia Ayala first caught our eye in the off-Broadway production of Sweet Charity with Sutton Foster earlier this year. So, we were super excited when we found out she was making her Broadway debut in this spring's sweetest new show Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (Both productions were choreographed by Joshua Bergasse.)
Since the NYC premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream at American Ballet Theatre's spring gala Monday night, the DS editors haven't stopped talking about its creepy-cute sets and costumes, created by artist Mark Ryden. Well, the obsession is about to get even crazier, because we just heard that Ryden's artwork for the ballet is now on display in not one, but TWO locations in NYC.
Yes, yes, we know: Dancers are athletes as well as artists. But we haven't seen anything hammer home just HOW athletic dancers are quite as well as this video from Self magazine, which features American Ballet Theatre principal/fairy princess Isabella Boylston trying to teach top-level CrossFit enthusiasts ballet.
There's a reason Mia Michaels' nickname is "Mama Mia." The legendary choreographer invests deeply in her dancers, whether they're competitors on "So You Think You Can Dance," members of the Radio City Rockettes, or part of her own elite assistant squad. And now, Michaels is launching a project that aims to give more dancers access to her gifts as a teacher and mentor.
And that's a wrap on "Dancing with the Stars" Season 24, ladies and gents! It's certainly been one for the books. From injuries to shocking eliminations, let's just say Season 24 has had its emotional ups and downs. But despite all that, the season made for some seriously phenom dancing and some killer performances. And as usual, we've loved watching every second of those cha chas, foxtrots, and waltzes.
Let's get right to the exciting stuff, though: Last night's winning couple of "Dancing with the Stars" is...
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.