Meet the Beat Freaks
Lindsey “Outthere” Blaufarb
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Dance Cred: Lindsey has danced backup for artists like LL Cool J, Pink, Missy Elliott and Limp Bizkit—as well as in flicks like You Got Served and Love Don’t Cost a Thing.
Signature Style: “Raw and quirky” hip hop
Freaky Fact: A self-proclaimed “Air Force brat,” Lindsey moved around a lot as a kid before finally settling in L.A. as an EDGE Performing Arts Center scholarship student.
Marie “Maryss from Paris” Courchinoux
Hometown: Paris, France
Dance Cred: Maryss’ resumé reads like Billboard’s Hot Hits chart: Justin Timberlake (“Rock Your Body” video and I’m Lovin’ It tour), Black-Eyed Peas (“Shut Up” video), Gwen Stefani (various award show appearances) and Chris Brown (Up Close and Personal tour and “Forever” video), among others.
Freaky Fact: Maryss scored a highly coveted gig dancing on Michael Jackson’s This Is It tour in London.
Teresa “Rag Doll” Espinosa
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Dance Cred: Teresa has worked with A-listers Janet Jackson, Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus as both a choreographer and backup dancer.
Signature Move: Left spins (“I spin to the left constantly!”)
Freaky Fact: Love Teresa’s signature neon pink locks? She’s been rocking that ’do ever since Janet Jackson’s Velvet Rope tour.
Alison “Al-Star” Faulki
Hometown: Pembroke Pines, FL
Dance Cred: Like the other Beat Freaks, Alison has danced with some of the industry’s top talent, like Janet, Madonna, Britney, Pink and Missy. She’s also been in films like Along Came Polly, American Beauty and You Got Served.
Freaky Fact: You didn’t get to see Alison on “ABDC” because she was traveling the world with Pink!
Keeley “Lock-n-Key” Kaukimoce
Hometown: Garland, TX
Dance Cred: Keeley has danced everywhere from shows like “My Wife and Kids” to Wrigley’s and Pepsi commercials. She’s also worked with Run DMC, Christina Aguilera and the Black-Eyed Peas.
Signature Move: The “Leo Walk,” a classic groove step created by locker Fluky Luke
Freaky Fact: Keeley was discovered by locking legends Greg and Don Campbellock in a Dallas nightclub.
Rino “Rinokinawa” Nakasone Razalan
Hometown: Okinawa, Japan
Dance Cred: Rino was one of Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Girls. She has also danced backup for Britney Spears and Janet Jackson.
Freaky Facts: Rino is married to the Beat Freaks’ manager, LeeJ. She and Maryss are also BFF—they call themselves the “Geminiz” as a shout-out to their June birthdays!
Julie “Lady Jules” Urich
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Dance Cred: Jules’ many credits include iPod, Gap and Coke commercials and performances on “So You Think You Can Dance” and in Step Up 2. She has also worked with Jennifer Lopez, Missy Elliott and Madonna.
Signature Move: Hand hops and the “Jordan Freeze” (an inverted move where one hand grabs the leg and the other supports the body in a handstand)
Freaky Fact: Jules is starring in the film B-Girl (out this month) opposite Wesley Jonathan and Drew Sidora.
Alex “B-Girl Shorty” Welch
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Dance Cred: See Shorty spin in flicks like Stick It, Bring It On: All or Nothing and Date Movie.
Signature Move: Headspins! Watch a video of Shorty spinning at dancespirit.com//videos.
Freaky Fact: You saw her in DS first—we featured Shorty in our “Pro Portrait” in November 2005. Just 19 years old, she’s the youngest member of the group.
Photos by Jacob Pritchard
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All of 18-year-old Kaylin Maggard's dreams—from scoring the title of National Senior Outstanding Dancer at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals to winning the 2017 Dance Spirit Cover Model Search—are coming true. And to anyone who knows the gorgeous contemporary dancer, that's no surprise.
From the moment the Dance Spirit staff met Kaylin, it was obvious her humility and talent would take her far. Not only did she go full-out during the photo shoot and class at Broadway Dance Center, but she was always cheering on, laughing with, and supporting her fellow CMS contestants Haley Hartsfield and Michelle Quiner. During the voting period, the social media world was abuzz with praise for her work ethic, positive attitude, and generosity.
Since her CMS trip to NYC, Kaylin's moved from her hometown of Columbia, MO, to the Big Apple for her freshman year at Juilliard, and is busy getting acquainted with the city. As for the future? She's taking it one opportunity at a time, but something tells us we'll be seeing this contemporary queen reach new heights every year.
New York City principal Lauren Lovette has become an icon thanks to her emotional maturity and exceptional musicality. The 26-year-old quickly rose through the ranks after joining the company as an apprentice in 2009, reaching principal status in 2015. A Thousand Oaks, CA, native, Lovette started studying ballet seriously at age 11, at the Cary Ballet Conservatory in Cary, NC. After attending two summer courses at the School of American Ballet, she enrolled as a full-time student in 2006. Last year, she made her choreographic debut with For Clara, her first piece for NYCB. Catch her latest work this month during the company's fall season. —Courtney Bowers
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured!
I know I'm not getting good enough dance training from any of my local studios. But I'm not sure I'm ready to move away to study at a big-name school, either. How do you know when you're ready to leave home to pursue your passion?
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Now Shea's using her platform to address the body image issues that tend to plague dancers. In a poignant video, she sheds her clothes and tugs at her skin. The caption explains her relationship with her body and the pressure she feels to maintain a certain aesthetic as a dancer.
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That may sound scary, but there's good news: If you take precautions and listen to your body, many injuries can be stopped in their tracks. The first step? Knowing what's normal—and what's not.
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