If you were lucky enough to be hanging out in front of the San Francisco Public Library one morning about a year ago, you might have seen a bizarrely mesmerizing work of performance art. It involved several dancers and a "frankenbike"—an ingeniously engineered bicycle with a park bench attached to it. It's hard to describe the multitudinous ways those dancers flowed on, over and around the bench and across the library plaza, so instead I'll just show you:
The work, Transit, was performed by the ever-awesome ODC/Dance, with choreography by ODC co-artistic director KT Nelson. This past week, the group brought Transit to the stage of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, re-shaping its swirling patterns to fit the proscenium space (and re-christening it Transit: Next Stop). The revised version upped the ante a bit, too, with a second "frankenbike" creation—a cafe table with four chairs, on wheels.
ODC/Dance in "Transit: Next Stop." Photo by Margo Moritz.
Miss the performances? Not a San Fran-er? No worries: ODC hopes to take Transit: Next Stop on tour sometime soon. We'll keep you posted.
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.
Fashion looks better in motion—that's why runways exist. But when does fashion look REALLY amazing? In dancey motion. And exhibit #69372 in the case for the inescapable connection between dance and fashion is this new video from Harper's Bazaar, featuring our favorite dancer/model/rock star, Larsen Thompson.