If you’ve taken class with the AmountBoyz dance crew or checked out Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour, you’ve probably heard of hip-hop legend Anthony Rue II, a.k.a. Antboogie. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Antboogie began his dance training in tap, ballet, jazz and free movement at the National Dance Institute before enrolling at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts at age 14. It was at LaGuardia that he started the AmountBoyz crew with his best friends. Antboogie has since choreographed for some of the biggest names in the music biz, including Alicia Keys and Mario, and performed in the dance flicks Dreamgirls and Honey. —Lauren Levinson
What's up Anthony Rue II?
I am contacting you from the future. We now go by the name Antboogie. I have some important things to tell you.
Don't ever change the essence of who you are. Stay true to your ideals, your goals, the things you love and even the things you dislike.
Take some classes in unfamiliar styles, including acting classes, even though you,re kind of afraid to. And make sure you tell everyone in the AmountBoyz to save up so all of you can move to L.A. together. There are a lot of opportunities for you guys out West.
Never stop following the advice from your dance teachers at LaGuardia about stretching every day, because that will help keep you dancing in years to come. Don't let some of the injuries you have stop you from getting back in the kitchen to cook up new movements.
You already know what the dance industry is about. Just keep your eyes open and make the career choices that fit you best.
Anthony Rue II
Photos from top to bottom: Antboogie (third from right) with the AmountBoyz courtesy Antboogie; A teenage Antboogie (right) with singer Omarion courtesy Antboogie
Getting corrections from our dance instructors is how we grow, and as students, it's important that we do our best to apply every correction right away. But sometimes—whether it's because we're in physical pain, or have a lot on our minds, or are just not paying attention—those corrections don't sink in. And from a teacher's standpoint, giving the same corrections time and time again gets old very fast. Here are 10 important corrections dance teachers are tired of giving. Take them to heart!
Summer intensive auditions can be nerve-racking. A panel of directors is watching your every move, and you're not even sure if you can be seen among the hundreds of other dancers in the room. We asked five summer intensive directors for their input on how dancers can make a positive impression—and even be remembered next year.
We always love a good halftime performance. And we LIVE for halftime performances involving talented kids. (Fingers and toes crossed that Justin Timberlake follows Missy Elliott's lead and invites some fabulous littles to share his Super Bowl stage.)
So obviously, our hearts completely melted for 5-year-old Tavaris Jones. Tavaris may have just started kindergarten, but during Monday night's game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, the Detroit native danced with the panache of a veteran pro at halftime.
The coolest place she's ever performed:
I'd have to say the Super Bowl. The field was so cool, and Katy Perry was right there. And there were so many eyes—definitely the most eyes I've ever performed for!
Something she's constantly working on:
My feet. I'm flat-footed, so I'm always hearing, 'Point your toes!' And I'm like, 'I am!'
My hair! That, and a pair of leggings with a T-shirt or tank top.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email email@example.com for a chance to be featured!
For a long time, I was the strongest dancer at my studio. But this year there's a new girl in my class who's very talented, and my teacher's attention has definitely shifted to her. I'm trying not to feel jealous or discouraged, but it seems like my whole dance world has changed. Help!
In the dance world, Mandy Moore has long been a go-to name, but in 2017, the success of her choreography for La La Land made the rest of the world stop and take notice. After whirlwind seasons as choreographer and producer on both "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance," she capped off the year with two Emmy Award nominations—and her first win. Dance Magazine caught up with her to find out how she's balancing all of her dance projects.
Marzia Memoli may be the Martha Graham Dance Company's newest dancer, but her classical lines and easy grace are already turning heads. Originally from Palermo, Italy, Memoli started studying at age 16 at the Academy of Teatro Carcano in Milan. Later, she attended the Rudra Béjart School in Lausanne, Switzerland, before heading to NYC in 2016 to join MGDC. This month, she'll perform The Rite of Spring in the Martha Graham Studio Series in NYC, and tour with the company in Florida. Read on for the dirt.