"SYTYCD" Tour Dates Announced!
Your favorite "So You Think You Can Dance"-ers are coming to a theater near you! Season 9's Top 10—Audrey, Chehon, Cole, Cyrus, Eliana, George, Lindsay, Tiffany, Will and Witney—are about to embark on a 30-city tour featuring performances of this year's most popular routines. Where can you catch 'em? Here are the tour dates and locations:
Oct 23: San Diego, CA - San Diego Civic Theatre
Oct 25: Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre L.A.
Oct 26: Oakland, CA - Paramount Theatre
Oct 28: Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
Oct 30: Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Nov 1: St. Louis, MO - Fabulous Fox Theatre
Nov 2: Milwaukee, WI - Milwaukee Theatre
Nov 3: Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre
Nov 5: Rosemont, IL - Akoo Theatre
Nov 7: Toronto, ON - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Nov 9: Buffalo, NY - Shea's Performing Arts Center
Nov 10: Windsor, ON - The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
Nov 11: Cleveland, OH - State Theatre
Nov 13: New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
Nov 14: New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
Nov 16: Boston, MA - Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
Nov 17: Mashantucket, CT - Foxwoods/MGM Grand Theater
Nov 18: Syracuse, NY - Landmark Theatre
Nov 20: Albany, NY - Palace Theatre
Nov 21: Providence, RI - Providence Performing Arts Center
Nov 23: Atlantic City, NJ - The Arena at Trump Taj Mahal
Nov 24: West Long Branch, NJ - The MAC at Monmouth University
Nov 25: Pittsburgh, PA - Benedum Center
Nov 27: Newark, NJ - New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Nov 28: Baltimore, MD - Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric
Nov 30: Columbia, SC - Township Auditorium
Dec 1: Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
Dec 2: Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center
Dec 4: Tampa, FL - Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 5: Hollywood, FL - Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Get your tickets here !
On a related note—we just saw the final version of our December cover, featuring winners Eliana and Chehon. And you guys: It's AMAZING. Get excited!
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.
When a choreographer finds a composer whose music truly inspires her, it can feel like a match made in dance heaven. Some choreographers work with the same composers so frequently that they become known for their partnerships. New York City Ballet soloist and resident choreographer Justin Peck, for example, has tapped composer Sufjan Stevens numerous times (last spring, the two premiered The Decalogue at NYCB, to rave reviews); L.A. Dance Project's Benjamin Millepied's working relationship with composer Nico Muhly has spanned a decade and two continents; and when tap dancer Michelle Dorrance premiered the first-ever Works & Process Rotunda Project, a site-specific work for New York City's Guggenheim Museum, last year, percussionist Nicholas Van Young was by her side as an equal partner. Successful collaborations require compatibility between artists, direct and honest communication, and flexible, open minds. But when the stars align, working with a composer can be extremely rewarding.
For ballerinas, it's the dream role to end all dream roles: Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, the type of part dancers spend years preparing for and whole careers perfecting. And it's a role that New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck never thought she'd dance. Though Peck is one of the world's preeminent ballerinas, her short stature made Odette/Odile, typically performed by longer, leggier dancers, seem (almost literally) out of reach.
Then—surprise!—her name popped up on the cast list for NYCB's fall season run of Swan Lake.
Lani Dickinson's power, grace, and raw presence make her a standout with AXIS Dance Company, whose mission is to change the face of dance and disability by featuring a mix of disabled and non-disabled performers. Born in China, Dickinson was adopted by an American couple and started dancing at 8 in Towson, MD. She attended the Boston Ballet School for two summers, studied at the Idyllwild Arts Academy for the last two years of high school, and graduated with a dance degree from Alonzo King LINES Ballet's BFA program with Dominican University of California. In 2015, she joined AXIS and won a Princess Grace Award. Catch her this month during AXIS Dance Company's 30th-anniversary season—and read on for The Dirt!
Week five of "Dancing with the Stars" proved to be one of the best weeks of the season so far. (And we're not just saying that because Mickey made a cameo debut on the piano during one of the routines—although that certainly didn't hurt!) Everyone brought their A-game, and with such a fun theme the contestants were able to really let their guards down. There was true sincerity in their dancing that we hadn't seen before. But not all Disney stories end with a "happily ever after," and one couple still had to hang up their dancing shoes.
If there's one week you should watch all the routines of it's undoubtedly this one... But, ICYMI, scroll below for our highlights of the night.