Kathryn Kills it on "Dancing with the Stars"
Confession: Much to my sweet, sweet grandmother's dismay, I am not a diehard "Dancing with the Stars" fan. I absolutely adore the pros on the show—they're so super talented and it's amazing that every week they not only choreograph and perform their routines, but they're also each responsible for teaching their non-dancer partner how to dance. And it's all being filmed or taped live for the world to see. No pressure, right?
But overall, the show doesn't keep me glued to my TV screen the way "So You Think You Can Dance" does (and, um, the way "Parks & Recreation" does...or "Parenthood," "Chopped" or "Cutthroat Kitchen").
The one reason I will always tune in to "DWTS," though, is to catch the weekly Macy's Stars of Dance performances. I love that the show uses its massive exposure to teach its viewers—and the world!—more about all forms of dance.
This year, megastar and multiple-time mirrorball trophy winner Derek Hough is overseeing the Macy's Stars of Dance performances, which is really cool because I looooove him (he's going on tour with sister Julianne—make sure you get your tickets because shows are already selling out!). In this week's installment, Derek choreographed a piece starring DS favorite (and former cover girl) Kathryn McCormick, alongside "DWTS" pros Henry, Sasha, Artem and Jonathan.
It's crazy hot (just like Derek...awww yeah)—watch it now!
Next time, Shirtless Derek: We want in.
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.
The groundwork for Erin Carpenter's company, Nude Barre, began when she was a teenager. At 16, she earned a spot in the residency program at The Kennedy Center in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem. "We were required to wear nude—as in, our actual skin tone—tights and shoes," she remembers. Carpenter brought her "sun tan" tights and a pair of pink ballet shoes with her, because that was all she could find. But she wasn't allowed in class because her dancewear didn't match her skin. "I was so embarrassed," she says. "I looked unprepared. I just didn't have the right nudes." Her teacher explained that the dancers dyed their tights and pancaked their shoes.
There are dancers and then there are DANCERS! Whitney Jensen, soloist at Norwegian National Ballet, is the latter. The former Boston Ballet principal can do it all. From contemporary to the classics this prima has the technical talent most bunheads dream about. Need proof? Look no further.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's dance inducing hit, "Despacito," is so catchy it should probably come with a disclaimer that warns people of an uncontrollable itch to tap your feet or bob your head. Some might even feel inclined to go all out and break it down. Niana Guerrero is a prime example of "Despacito's" uncanny ability to unleash the red dressed emoji dancer within. 💃🏽 💃🏽
Guys, we all knew this was coming—"World of Dance" was eventually going to eliminate someone. But man, is it brutal to watch these talented dancers give their all, only to be sent home. It's the name of the game, though, and after last night's episode, only two dancers per division remain. (At least Misty Copeland guest-judging was a silver lining!) Here's what went down last night: