NYC’s loss was Philadelphia’s gain when Riolama Lorenzo left New York City Ballet to join the corps of Pennsylvania Ballet in September 2002. Born in Havana, Cuba, trained at Boca Raton’s Harid Conservatory and the winner of a Princess Grace Award, Riolama was at the School of American Ballet when Jerome Robbins selected her to dance in the world premiere of his 2 & 3 Part Inventions at SAB’s 1994 Spring Workshop. A brief apprenticeship with NYCB that fall led to her joining the corps in spring 1995.
A commanding 5'8", Riolama dances with bold attack and a vivid sense of line—she seems to fill the entire stage. These qualities served her well at NYCB, where she performed principal roles in such Balanchine ballets as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Apollo, Agon and “Emeralds” from Jewels. Exposure to Balanchine’s masterpieces made her move to Pennsylvania Ballet (after being sidelined by injury) particularly smooth—PB has a robust Balanchine tradition of its own. Riolama rose to principal at PB by March 2005, and her ever-growing repertoire includes works by Paul Taylor, James Kudelka, Matthew Neenan and Christopher Wheeldon. This month, you can see Riolama in the PB premiere of Robert Weiss’ Messiah, set to the Handel masterpiece of the same name. —Harris Green
Your love of dance has set you on the path to share your talent with others. You not only excel at it, but it brings out your passion as well. Dancing has become your life, but because of that, you tend to take it too seriously. One of the hardest and most important lessons you will learn is to not take yourself too seriously. Learn to laugh at yourself. Yes, you want to be the best you can, but remember that your talent is a gift.
The ballet world is a deceptively glamorous place. The audience sees perfection and beauty while the dancer conceals effort and pain. Use every rehearsal as an opportunity to explore your abilities. Saying to yourself, “my technique isn’t good enough” or “my body is not the right shape” will only diminish your love of dance. Remember, you have qualities that are yours alone and that set you apart. They translate into the beauty the audience sees. Don’t let the pursuit of perfection destroy your gift.
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.
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.