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!
What's better than a good dance joke? They're corny, they're punny, and they're exactly what you need to get you through long Nutcracker days. These 10 jokes are guaranteed to put a smile on your face—no matter how much your feet are hurting.
Some might say Charlize Glass' fame kicked off with a single three-letter word. In 2014, Beyoncé shared a video of the then–12-year-old dancer performing to "Yoncé" on Instagram, along with a simple caption: "WOW!"
But by that point, the hip-hop mini had already performed at the MTV Video Music Awards and on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," and won first runner-up with her crew, 8 Flavahz, on "America's Best Dance Crew." And her Queen Bey Insta shout-out wasn't even the pinnacle of her tween career: She earned a spot on The PULSE On Tour as an Elite Protégé for the 2014–2015 season, and performed with Missy Elliott at the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show in 2015.
These days, the 16-year-old spends her time touring the country as Brian Friedman's assistant at Radix Dance Convention and blowing up YouTube and Instagram with her class-video cameos. And while the Char Char we fell in love with was a hip-hop cutie pie, the more mature artist we see today is sure to rock the dance world for years to come.
You're obsessed with class videos. We're obsessed with class videos. The passion, energy, and talent showcased in these clips, which give us an insider-y peek at the commercial dance world's hottest classes, are totally irresistible.
But at what point does the phenomenon go from being a good thing to a bad thing for dancers and the dance world? Is the focus on filming distracting from the work dancers are supposed to be doing in class? Are overproduced videos presenting a dangerously misleading picture of the dance world? Is the pressure to be a class video star becoming too much for dancers to handle? These are some of the questions A-list dancer and choreographer Ian Eastwood—no stranger to the class video himself—has been asking on Twitter. And they've sparked a lively, important debate.
Getting corrections from our dance instructors is how we grow, and as students, it's important that we do our best to apply every correction right away. But sometimes—whether it's because we're in physical pain, or have a lot on our minds, or are just not paying attention—those corrections don't sink in. And from a teacher's standpoint, giving the same corrections time and time again gets old very fast. Here are 10 important corrections dance teachers are tired of giving. Take them to heart!
"So you Think You Can Dance" Season 14 finalists Lex Ishimoto and Taylor Sieve shocked fans at home (at least the ones who hadn't thoroughly scoured their respective Instagrams) during Episode 14, when choreographer Mia Michaels asked if either of them had ever experienced "the kind of love that takes your breath away." They confessed that, yup, they had—with each other. The two met at The Dance Awards in the summer of 2016, where they were each named Senior Best Dancer, and went on to tour with the convention as assistants. Before long—and long before their "SYTYCD" journey—they became a couple.
Take a look at Dance Spirit's exclusive interview where they dish on everything from their favorite dates to the dance moves that give them all the feels.
There's a surprising twist to Regina Willoughby's last season with Columbia City Ballet: It's also her 18-year-old daughter Melina's first season with the company. Regina, 40, will retire from the stage in March, just as her daughter starts her own career as a trainee. But for this one season, they're sharing the stage together.
Yes, we all know dancers are strong. But sometimes it takes a truly epic workout video to remind us JUST HOW INSANELY STRONG they actually are.
Behold, National Ballet of Canada principal Svetlana Lunkina's oh-so-casual pre-class exercise:
Dance Spirit is beyond excited to announce the first round of 2017 Future Star winners! Every year, DS partners with competitions to recognize dancers with exceptional presence and ability. The second round of winners will be featured in our January issue, so stay tuned!