Have you seen Misty Copeland lately? Actually, the better question is: Has anyone not seen Misty Copeland lately? The fantastic American Ballet Theatre soloist has been seemingly everywhere for the past few months, promoting her memoir Life in Motion. Unsurprisingly, Copeland is as poised offstage as she is on, an eloquent spokesperson for black dancers in ballet.
But people in the ballet world aren't the only ones taking note of Copeland: She's found an admirer in none other than President Obama.
In Copeland's memoir, she frankly describes her struggles with her weight—and how she learned to both embrace her body and figure out out a healthy routine that worked for her. So in a way she's a natural choice for the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. On Monday, the President announced his intention to appoint her to the Council (along with the likes of Rachael Ray and Brooklyn Nets player Jason Collins).
This is, needless to say, totally awesome news. Who better than an incredibly athletic ballet dancer—someone who's struggled with eating issues and come out on the other side—to encourage Americans to get healthy? Congrats, Misty!
And speaking of Misty being amazing: Have you seen her, Cedar Lake's Ebony Williams and Dance Theatre of Harlem's Ashley Murphy on the June/July cover of Pointe? Check it out!
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.