Calling all "Smash" lovers! The song and dance-filled drama is back with an all-new season starting tomorrow. In honor of this joyous occasion, we've decided to share our Top 5 reasons why you have to tune in.
1. Former Newsies hunk Jeremy Jordan joins the cast as Karen's (Katharine McPhee) love interest—which means there's a good chance we'll be swooning every single episode. (I grinned like a fool for an entire two hours watching him in Newsies.)
2. J-Hud is also joining the cast as a mentor/friend to Karen. Girl's got pipes and a slammin' bod. (I seriously love her Weight Watchers commercials—weird, I know.)
3. You know choreographer Josh Bergasse is bound to deliver some killer musical theater numbers. I mean, the guy took home a 2012 Outstanding Choreography Emmy for his work on the show! (Find out what inspires Bergasse in his Choreographer's Collage in the April 2013 issue.)
4. All of the Ivy (Megan Hilty) and Karen drama. Ivy's so sassy—and I just can't get enough.
5. The amazing up-and-coming dancers that are about to become household names. (We love all of the stellar performers we've discovered through "Smash," like Lexy Hulme!)
Watch the two-hour Season 2 premiere tomorrow February 5 at 9/8c on NBC! Then, of course, come tell us what you thought in the comment section below! And if you just can't wait until tomorrow, here's a (45-minute!) sneak peek.
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.