PRETTYMUCH Is Our Newest Boy Band Obsession—with Some Serious Dance Skills
We'd have to take it back to the days of *NSYNC to find a boy band with the dance skills to match their hit single, but all of that is about to change (finally!): Meet PRETTYMUCH. The five-guy group is made up of Brandon Arreaga, Austin Porter, Edwin Honoret, Zion Kuwonu, and Nick Mara, and following them on social media has shown they're bringing back boy-band dancing—and quite possibly better than ever before. With their catchy first single "Would You Mind" reaching the top 10 on Spotify's Viral 50, they're set to make their official performance debut on the Teen Choice Awards stage, August 13th.
"I started dancing when I was 9," says Nick, who appeared on Season 6 of "America's Best Dance Crew" with the ICONic Boyz. "I took hip-hop, jazz, and contemporary—my aunt, without me knowing, signed me up." Brandon also trained in hip-hop, jazz, and contemporary growing up, but the rest of the boys have been working hard in classes and rehearsals for the past year and a half after being put together as a group by Simon Cowell. "I can't pick up choreography as well," Austin explains when asked about any challenges. "Yeah, we're a little slower, but we catch up," Edwin says. Judging from the videos they've shared on social media and the list of choreographers they've worked with—which includes Matt Steffanina, Lando Wilkins, J.D., Jamie King, and Kinjaz—it seems like they're doing a pretty good job of keeping up.
As they prep for their big Teen Choice Awards performance, the boys agree they're more excited than nervous. "As soon as I step on the stage, the nerves go away," Brandon tells us. "We hype each other up." After the TCAs, the boys are looking forward to putting out new music (we got to hear a few of their upcoming songs, and trust us, they're good). "We have a music video coming soon, too," Zion assures us. Until then, you can get your PRETTYMUCH fix with some of our fave dancing videos, below. And stay tuned—the boys will be taking over our Instagram on August 10th!
Much of Janelle Ginestra's career has been about helping others shine. She's dedicated herself to supporting and cheerleading her partner, WilldaBeast Adams; the emerging talents in their dance company, ImmaBEAST; and the countless dancers she inspires at master classes and conventions. Her YouTube channel has become a launching pad for young talents like "Fraternal Twins" Larsen Thompson and Taylor Hatala, thanks to viral videos featuring Ginestra's creative vision.
But Ginestra's a skyrocketing success in her own right—an in-demand choreographer, a social media influencer, and a dance entrepreneur, building a legacy one eight-count at a time. It's time for her turn in the spotlight. And she's more than ready. "I want to be a legend in whatever I do," she says. We'd argue that she already is.
If you've ever seen a Janelle Ginestra class video, you know how lit her combos are. What you don't see in those clips is how devoted Ginestra is to her students. We went behind the scenes at one of her sold-out IMMA SPACE classes to see Ginestra in her element, mentoring some of L.A.'s most talented dancers. It was an inspiration feedback loop.
All photos by Joe Toreno.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email email@example.com for a chance to be featured!
I love ballet, and I've been told that I have a lot of potential. I can see myself dancing professionally one day. But I'm also working toward my black belt in karate—and I'm passionate about that, too. How can I keep up my technique while also making time for the other things I love? Is that even possible?
What do you get when you combine a Beyoncé anthem, fierce girls from all over the world, and choreography by legends like Ellenore Scott and Lamar Lee? You get the epic music video below. The viral video features little girls who live everywhere from Tanzania to Washington D.C. dancing and lip-syncing to Queen Bey's song "Freedom," and the result is electrifying. These littles can dance—and they bring a determination and enthusiasm to their movement that's truly inspiring.