The world first got to know Alyson Stoner as the tiny b-girl in Missy Elliott's "Work It" video. But, as she says, "A lot's happened since then." Now 24, the dancer, choreographer and director has matured as both an artist and a person. She has a resumé that includes roles in the films Camp Rock, Step Up, and Step Up 3D, and she also releases a new video on her YouTube channel every Thursday—a series for which she recently won a Streamy Award. We caught up with Stoner to talk about her creative process, how she balances her hectic schedule, and her advice for young dancers.
We'll always love watching Janelle Ginestra's harder-hitting choreo. But there's something special about her newest video, which is less about slaying and more about FEELING. (Well, feeling while slaying. Ginestra's never not slaying.)
If you're like us, we're guessing you're counting the days until Step Up: All In—the fifth installment in the still-chugging Step Up series—hits theaters. (For the record: 59 days to go! It opens August 8.) Crazy dance sequences featuring alllll the stars of the past movies, including Alyson Stoner, Briana Evigan, Ryan Guzman, Adam Sevani, Misha Gabriel, tWitch and the Lombard Twins? Yes. Yes PLEASE.
Well, good news for the impatient: There's a brand-new trailer for this extravaganza, and it's a solid two-and-a-half minutes of dance-y goodness. Cheesy goodness, too—Step Up films are never hesitant about layering on the cheese—but honestly, we wouldn't have it any other way. (Would we even recognize a Step Up movie if it didn't include lines like, "There's a magic that happens when you dance...for one perfect moment, you feel totally alive"?)
Here at DS, we live for the Step Up movies. Whether Channing Tatum is romancing Jenna Dewan with his slick dance moves, or Alyson Stoner and Adam Sevani are sweetly tap dancing through the NYC streets, every Step Up movie is just the best.
OK, so maybe the plot lines leave a bit to be desired, but who cares? The dancing is so good.
This summer, the mega-hit dance franchise gets back to the big screen with Step Up: All In, and we couldn't be more psyched. This time around, all of our past favorites are back: Alyson Stoner (as Camille), Ryan Guzman (as Sean), Adam Sevani (as Moose), Misha Gabriel (as Eddy), plus the Lombard Twins, tWitch, Christopher Scott (who also choreographed) and so many more.
The official trailer for the film was released last week and we can't. stop. watching.
Here ya go:
Step Up: All In hits theaters this summer. We'll race you to the theater!
If you had to name just one dancer as your absolute favorite, could you do it? We love to ask this question when we interview dancers for our "You Should Know" or "The Dirt" columns. More often than not, we either get a long list of names or total silence. With so many fabulous and unique dancers out there, it's a seriously tough question!
But, alas, it's the question FOX's Teen Choice is asking the Twitterverse. The 2015 awards—which will air on Sunday, August 16, at 8/7c—has a brand-new category: Choice Dancer. And they're currently accepting nominations via Twitter. Here's how to submit your nom:
Simply insert the twitter handle of your favorite dancer in the draft below—be sure to include #TeenChoice and #ChoiceDancer—and tweet away! And if you really can't make up your mind, there's nothing that says you can't nominate more than one dancer...
"So You Think You Can Dance"/"Dancing with the Stars" babe Allison Holker is making a serious bid for the top.
Step Up star Alyson Stoner is winning support through her humble spirit.
Former "Dance Moms" fave Chloe Lukasiak doesn't need to campaign—her fans are going above and beyond.
And repin' the dudes, "DWTS" pro Mark Ballas has perhaps the most adorable fan support. (Everybody now: D'awwwww)
There was a time when Alyson Stoner was "that little girl from the Missy Elliott videos." Before reaching double digits, the pigtailed breaker danced her way through three Elliott videos: "Work It" (2001), "Gossip Folks" (2002) and "I'm Really Hot" (2003).
Mini Alyson Stoner gets it in Missy Elliott's "Work It"
As you already know, Stoner went on to have great success in Hollywood, most notably through her role as Camille Gage in Step Up, Step Up 3D and Step Up: All In. But just because she's #allgrownup doesn't mean she's forgotten her roots.
Earlier this month, when Missy Elliott made the ultimate guest appearance during Katy Perry's Superbowl XLIX half-time show, fans we're disappointed not to see their favorite pair of pigtails amongst the crowd of dancers. We won't speculate too much about why Stoner wasn't there. (After all, we were more than pleased with Elliott's new hip-hop littles.) But we will say that, perhaps, she was too busy working on this epic Missy Elliott tribute video, which she released yesterday.
Regardless, we're super happy this video exists. Happy Friday!
Happy Halloween, everyone! One of the best parts of every ghoul's favorite holiday is that it provides a reason to watch Michael Jackson's awesomely creepy "Thriller" video on repeat. (Not that we really need a reason to watch anything MJ-related on repeat, but you know.) This year, rather than just gorging on the original, I decided to put together a round-up of some of my favorite "Thriller" tributes—because truly great music videos inspire truly great imitators.
Let's set the bar verrrry high right off the bat with this detail-oriented remake of the music video by Adam Sevani, aka Moose from the Step Up series (naturally, fellow Step Up-er Alyson Stoner is involved):
On a lower-production-value but equally joyful note, here's the original wedding "Thriller" dance, posted on YouTube in 2006 (13,522,789 views and counting):
How about Jennifer Garner's delightful zombieness from 13 Going on 30 (a film that, I am unashamed to admit, definitely makes my all-time favorites list)?
No "Thriller" list would be complete without the dancing inmates of the Philippines:
I'm especially partial to this spot-on rendition of the "Thriller" dance by the cast of Frozen:
And because a tribute list isn't a tribute list without the one that inspired it all, I'm going to finish this off with the one and only 14-minute original. Stay spooky, friends!