The coolest place she's ever performed:
I'd have to say the Super Bowl. The field was so cool, and Katy Perry was right there. And there were so many eyes—definitely the most eyes I've ever performed for!
Something she's constantly working on:
My feet. I'm flat-footed, so I'm always hearing, 'Point your toes!' And I'm like, 'I am!'
My hair! That, and a pair of leggings with a T-shirt or tank top.
What happens when legend Brian Friedman teaches at WilldaBeast and Janelle Ginestra's fabulous IMMA SPACE? A merging of the B Free and ImmaBEAST tribes that includes a mind-boggling number of A-list Hollywood dancers. Ryan Parma was there to capture the whole thing on film, and the result is basically the class video to end all class videos.
This studded crop-top designed by Brian Friedman for Discount Dance Supply is sweet, sassy and everything in between. Rock it in class or at an audition—you're guaranteed to stand out. Be sure to "Like" Dance Spirit on Facebook, and enter below!
How crazy has the rise of the class video been? Within the past year or so, we've basically come to expect that L.A.'s top commercial choreographers will put out a new internet-breaking vid every week. Here are five of our all-time favorites. (And be sure to read a whole lot more about the class video trend in the May/June issue of Dance Spirit.)
One of the best things about "So You Think You Can Dance" is that it's become a launching pad not only for dancers, but also for choreographers. In fact, I'd argue that the best "STY" choreographers, returning season after season, have become the show's brightest-burning stars.
And Nigel Lythgoe knows it. Which is why he's teamed up with DanceOn to produce "Every Single Step," a new choreography-focused reality show premiering today on the go90 app. "ESS" follows 10 up-and-coming choreographers as they navigate fast-paced, themed challenges, "Project Runway"–style. (Oh, dance gods, PLEASE let there be an "unconventional materials" challenge. Choreographing for Roombas? Sourcing props from the "SYT" costume archives? SO MANY POSSIBILITIES.)
The show's Tim Gunn-ish mentor is none other than Brian Friedman. The star power doesn't end there, either: A new celebrity guest judge will arrive to evaluate the contestants each week. We'll hear words of wisdom from Mandy Moore, NappyTabs, Tessandra Chavez, Rich and Tone, Brooke Lipton, WilldaBeast, Miguel Zarate and Ian Eastwood, with Tricia Miranda and Kenny Ortega coming in to judge the grand finale. You'll spot some familiar faces among the contestants, too, including our friend Cat Cogliandro. And the grand prize? A cool 25,000 bucks.
Download the go90 app to watch the first episode of "Every Single Step" right now. Or, if you're one of those people who likes to savor a few appetizers before diving into the main course, start by watching these two yummy little teasers:
We are seriously, seriously 'shipping the epic best-friendship of Brian Friedman and Yanis Marshall, a match made in a heaven where everyone wears fabulous 5-inch stilettos at all times. And when the two of them team up to create a routine to the new Britney Spears song? I MEAN.
For their recent joint class at Millennium, Friedman and Marshall cooked up some spicy flamenco-tinged choreo that perfectly complements Britney's "Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortés)." Naturally, a veritable who's-who of L.A.'s all-star dance scene came out to slay it, including Kaelynn "KK" Harris, Noelle Marsh, Sloan-Taylor Rabinor, Mollee Gray, Madison Cubbage and 2016 Cover Model Search finalist Kerrynton Jones. And, thank the dance gods, Friedman and Marshall decided to kick off the class video themselves, showing the rest of the world what the dance embodiment of the fire emoji looks like. Just #goals for days.
Happy #MotivationMonday, friends:
Is there a big "So You Think You Can Dance"-shaped hole in your life right now? This should help fill it: Choreography reality show "Every Single Step," presented by DanceOn and [*Cat Deeley voice*] Mr. Nigel Lythgoe, returns for its second season this Monday. And it promises to scratch the itch you've been feeling in the days since Kida and Fik-Shun were showered with confetti.
A quick refresher: "Every Single Step," which you can watch on the go90 app, follows 10 emerging choreographers as they tackle a series of themed challenges. Their fairy godmother-esque mentor is the fabulous Brian Friedman; the judges include more big, big names from all over the dance world. And the winner receives a cool $25,000 to help jumpstart his or her choreographic career.
This year's judging panel is thoroughly impressive: Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo, Tessandra Chavez, Tyce Diorio, Dave Scott, Tricia Miranda and Ian Eastwood will all be critiquing the contestants. And heyyyy, Comfort Fedoke—we see you in that contestant pool!
Download the go90 app so you can watch "Every Single Step" Season 2 when it premieres this Monday, September 26. And while you're waiting for Monday to roll around, take a look at the preview video below—which includes Brian Friedman saying the word "bamboozled," our new favorite thing:
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I had the weirdest dream last night, you guys.
I dreamed that Brian Friedman choreographed a fantabulous routine to Ariana Grande's "Into You."
OK, that part's not so weird. Brian Friedman being fantabulous is pretty much par for the course, actually.
Here's the crazy part: I dreamed the choreography video featured LITERALLY EVERY DANCER I'M OBSESSED WITH RIGHT NOW.
Best dream ever. (Screenshot via YouTube)
May/June 2016 cover girl Larsen Thompson was there. So was 2016 Cover Model Search finalist Kerrynton Jones. And January 2013 cover girl Ryan Ramirez. And March 2014 "You Should Know"-er Sean Lew. And—yes—2015 May/June cover star Maddie Ziegler made an appearance, too.
Then I woke up and discovered IT WAS ALL REAL.
Happy Friday to me! Happy Friday to everybody!