Luis Salgado. Photo by Montana.
Luis Salgado is the kind of dance partner girls dream of: strong, supportive and oh so sexy. Though he’s been dancing since he was a youngster in Puerto Rico, Salgado became a breakout star in the U.S. when he was cast as José—and as the Latin dance assistant choreographer—in the Tony Award–winning musical In the Heights. He’s also made a name for himself in movies: Salgado danced in Step Up 2: The Streets, Enchanted, Across the Universe and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. Now, he’s keeping busy with R.Evolución Latina, the nonprofit organization he founded, which uses his “Dare to go beyond” message to empower young performing artists in the Latino community. —Alison Feller
Dance barefoot, in the rain, in the street, with or without technique. Let your heart speak through your movement. Follow your heart, even when it seems impossible. Listen to it!
Ask questions—don’t be shy, and don’t be afraid. The sooner you learn to ask, the sooner you’ll explore all the elements that make dance a universal language.
Get thee to ballet class! Further your chances by being versatile.
Don’t strive for perfection; strive for commitment and tenacity. The journey to success is a long one, and only the persistent and
disciplined will get to the final goal.
Train hard and be ready when that opportunity comes, but don’t compete with anyone but yourself.
Always let the artistic process affect you. Every step, every turn, every lyric will influence the making of a new you. Let it hit you hard and use it all for the better.
Love the floor you dance on. It’s your best friend—it will always be there to support you.
Dancing is your FREEDOM and your VOICE. Use it for GOOD!
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.
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.