And be "we," I mean Nigel, Mary, Cat and yay! Jesse Tyler Ferguson! My favorite ginger funnyman guest judge.
"So You Think You Can Dance" Season 10 kicked off last night with auditions in L.A.
As always, we'll be recapping our way through the entire season, so stick with us here after each episode. Without further rambling, here are last night's Top 5 Noteworthy Moments:
1. The "SYTYCD" theme song. Is it just me, or does the first time you hear that opening jam mean it's officially summer?
2. Eighteen-year-old Du-Shaunt "Fik-Shun" Stegall. He was the season's first to audition (well, the first to make it to TV, at least), the first to receive a standing ovation and the first to receive a ticket straight to Vegas. Well then! His musicality was spot-on, his breaker-esque moves were smooth like butter (yum!) and he was downright adorable. Will his style translate later in the competition when he has a partner? We'll see. But for now, he's cute, fun and entertaining. AKA he's "SYTYCD" gold.
3. Paul Karmiryan. Wait...he already won "SYTYCD: Armenia?" That's cool (congrats, Paul!), but I feel like he shouldn't be allowed to audition again. He's a Latin ballroom dancer and he's mega-talented, it just seems unfair to go for a second title, right? Greedy? Meh, whatever, he's darn cute (even if his technique isn't the best I've ever seen). The judges compare him to Season 2 winner Benji Schwimmer, so it's no surprise he nabs himself a ticket to Vegas.
4. B-boy Morris Isby. He literally had tricks up his sleeves. Tons of 'em. He was fun, easy on the eyes and did a crazy thing where he spun on his elbow. See you in Vegas, Morris! (And hey, Cyrus is in the audience! Though he doesn't seem to be paying attention...it's fine.)
5. Jesse Tyler Ferguson as a guest judge. Obviously. He coined a few dance terms, such as "the lemon zester," and he made them sound so good they just might catch on. And any guy who can look at Nigel and exclaim, "You don't know me!" gives me the giggles. Keep coming back, JTF!
That's all for now. I've gotta say, I wasn't truly blown away by any of the auditions in L.A. But tune in again tonight for more audition excitement in Detroit (collective "ugh," I know—get us to Vegas Week, already!) with guest judge (and my personal favorite) tWitch!
Any thoughts on L.A. auditions? Favorites? Least favorites? Let us know in the comments!
Since the NYC premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream at American Ballet Theatre's spring gala Monday night, the DS editors haven't stopped talking about its creepy-cute sets and costumes, created by artist Mark Ryden. Well, the obsession is about to get even crazier, because we just heard that Ryden's artwork for the ballet is now on display in not one, but TWO locations in NYC.
Yes, yes, we know: Dancers are athletes as well as artists. But we haven't seen anything hammer home just HOW athletic dancers are quite as well as this video from Self magazine, which features American Ballet Theatre principal/fairy princess Isabella Boylston trying to teach top-level CrossFit enthusiasts ballet.
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.