And the “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 14 Winner Is…
After hundreds of routines, millions of votes, and dozens of mispronunciations of a certain contestant's name, last night the winner of "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 14 was finally crowned. But first, of course, there was a whole lotta fanfare and a ton of dancing down memory lane.
The two-hour finale included the usual looks back at the best and most memorable routines of the season, plus some super special moments and new routines. Mia Michaels returned not just for a chilling, emotional group piece for the Top 10 and the All Stars, but also for a Mia mentor session with the Top 4 contestants. If you're on the hunt for a great therapist, look no further than Mama Mia, who not only got the remaining contestants to open up to her and confess their insecurities and dreams, but also gave them the hope and confidence they needed to power through the last few performances. Bless you, Mia Michaels.
Then there was that seemingly impossible duet from Shaping Sound head honcho Travis Wall and company member and Top 4 contestant Lex. Impossible as in impossibly beautiful, yes, but also literally impossible because uh, according to Instagram, Travis is off getting proposed to in Italy right now. Ah, the magic of "live TV"! But the routine was a treat, whether it was pre-taped or not.
And because there's no such thing as too many montages on a finale show, we also got a mashup of all the times Mary, Nigel, Cat, and the choreographers totally butchered Koine's name (including such gems as "Kanoy," "Koiñe," "Kione," and "Quinoa"). Finally, before kicking off the eliminations, a barefoot Vanessa Hudgens took the stage for a song-and-dance performance, accompanied by All-Star Robert.
Dancing with an earpiece in: major bonus points. (Adam Rose/FOX)
This season may have felt long (seriously, did The Academy go on for 19 weeks or what?), but it was jam-packed with incredible choreography, breathtaking performances, and a tremendous amount of personal growth. As we were reminded every week, this is, ultimately, a competition, which meant the last few eliminations—no matter how dreaded and painful—were inevitable.
And in the final elimination of Season 14, the last dancer standing was...
Koine nabbed the runner-up spot, with Taylor coming in third and Kiki rounding out the Top 4.
Congratulations to all of this season's stunning dancers—and an extra special congrats to Lex, who is officially Dance Spirit's December cover star!
Misty Copeland. Her name is synonymous with exquisite artistry and outspoken advocacy. And her visibility has made a huge impact on the ballet world. Ballet's relationship with race has always been strained at best, hostile at worst. But Copeland's persistent message and star quality have finally forced the ballet industry to start talking about racial diversity, inclusivity, and representation. "The rarity of seeing ourselves represented is sad," Copeland says. "The more we see every hue and body shape represented on the stage, the more possibilities young dancers feel they have for themselves."
"Whole, low-fat, or skim?" The question of which milk to drink has gotten a little more complicated lately, with a wide variety of nondairy milks popping up in grocery stores. To find out which ones are worth your milk money, we had registered dietitian Monika Saigal answer some FAQs.
Yesterday, the dance community was heartbroken to learn that Jaime Guttenberg and Cara Loughran, both 14-year-old dancers, were among the 17 people killed on Valentine's Day in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
American Ballet Theatre principal Sarah Lane charms audiences with her bright energy and crisp technique. The San Francisco, CA, native first started dancing at age 4 at a local community center, and at age 7 started training in Memphis, TN, at the Classical Ballet Memphis. Her family later moved to Rochester, NY, where she continued studying at the Draper Center for Dance Education. In 2002, she was a YoungArts Foundation winner in dance, allowing her to become a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. She joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2003, was made a soloist in 2007, and was promoted to principal last fall. Recently, she originated the role of Princess Praline in Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream. Catch her later this spring during ABT's Metropolitan Opera season. —Courtney Bowers
You and I both know that dancing is the best thing since chocolate chip cookies! But its always nice when dance gets the recognition it deserves from non–dance-world peeps. That's why we did our own happy dance when we saw Shape magazine's article on how dancing can actually make you a better athlete.
When Ruby Castro became a Top 10 finalist on "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 13, she was a fresh, feisty new face to most at-home viewers. But in the dance world—particularly on the ballroom circuit—Ruby was already a household name. Miami-based Ruby grew up as a belle of the ballroom: Her parents, Manny and Lory Castro, are veritable superstars of the scene. They're the owners of Dance Town, an ultra-competitive studio in Doral, FL, and raised Ruby to follow in their furiously fast footsteps. Before she graced the "SYT" stage, Ruby had already been named a U.S. Junior Champion in Latin Ballroom, and competed on "America's Got Talent"—twice!
So, we know she's talented, we know she's versatile, we know she's stunning, and we know she can dance. But here's what you may not know about Ruby.
You know that thing when you're onstage at a competition and you catch your teacher unconsciously marking through every step of the choreography in the wings, just willing you and the rest of the group to dance perfectly?
Yeah—that happens in ice dancing, too. Case in point: the scene at the Olympic rink yesterday, as Canadian ice-dancing legends Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skated their way to their third Olympic gold.
Obviously, their performance was all kinds of epic. But the off-ice "performance" given by their coach, Marie-France Dubreuil, was EVERYTHING.
Photo by Travis Kelley, courtesy Kathryn Morgan
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 want to dance in a ballet company, but I'm insecure about my body. I'm not skinny, and I don't think I ever will be, because that's just not the way I'm built. Please be honest with me: If I don't have the traditional ballet body, do I have a future in professional ballet?