Millennium Dance Complex Goes Nationwide!
You know Millennium Dance Complex, right? If you're an aspiring commercial dancer, you've likely taken up a semi-permanent residence at the North Hollywood studio-to-the-stars.
But if you're outside the L.A. area, there's a chance you know all about Millennium—the celebrity choreographers! the palpable energy in every studio! the crazy-stylish dancers grooving in every corner!—but haven't been able to make the trip to Cali for a class.
Great news: Soon you'll be able to get the Millennium experience without having to go all the way to Hollywood!
The world-famous studio announced this week that it will be expanding with a nationwide—and eventually worldwide—franchise program. So cool!
Millennium plans to sign agreements for 10 to 15 franchise units this year, which means the U.S. will be nicely stocked with sister studios offering classes in jazz, hip hop, tap, ballet and contemporary, as well as studio rentals and parties.
Fun Fact: Millennium is the dance home to tons of today's top stars who want a little "5, 6, 7, 8" action in their lives. The North Hollywood original location has catered to the likes of Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Usher, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Pink and Britney Spears. And beyond pop stars, Millennium has also trained Jennifer Love Hewitt, Vanessa Hudgens and Katie Holmes.
We're excited for you, Millennium! Happy growing!
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.
Harper Watters is a ballet dancer for today's generation. A social media maestro and a charismatic performer, the Houston Ballet soloist is equally at home in front of the camera hosting his hit YouTube series, "The Pre Show"; interacting with fans on his crazy-popular Instagram account; or showing off his beautiful classical technique onstage. It's a multifaceted identity that's proven to be invaluable to his career—and it's taking him to places he never even dreamed of.
Postmodern pioneer Trisha Brown redefined how dance is seen and felt. A founding member of Judson Dance Theater, Brown frequently collaborated with other experimental artists like Yvonne Rainer, Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, and Steve Paxton.
She embraced pedestrian movement, pairing everyday gesture with rhythm and fluidity. "It's liquid," says Wendy Perron, who danced with Brown in the '60s and '70s. "Like a river with many tributaries, water coming out of a faucet, or being on a raft and seeing the water move away in different directions." Brown also pushed beyond stages with choreography in fields, museums—even on the sides of buildings.
There's a common misconception that a dancer's body has to be thin. But the truth is that talent knows no body type, and the number on the scale never determines an artist's capabilities. Here are some extraordinary dancers fighting the stereotype of what a dancer "should" look like.
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.