If, like me, you've ever wondered (and wondered) how that stunning opening scene in La La Land came together, do we have a treat for you.
Dance celebs are having quite a moment in the mainstream media right now, and let me tell you: I am ALL about it. The entire DS team has been living for Elle magazine's "The Movement" video series, not to mention Kween Misty's presence in just about every print or online media outlet.
There are few things we love more than adorable dance couples, especially when one-half of that couple is our very own 2016 Cover Model Search winner, Briar Nolet. She and her boyfriend Myles Erlick, known to fans everywhere as "Bryles" (<3), aren't just the cutest couple—they're easily the most talented (take, for example, their last sizzling collab). It's no surprise, then, that the duo's newest video is out-of-control amazing.
I don't know about you guys, but I'm willing to hear someone say "sorry" whenever and wherever...as long as that sorry is a Justin Bieber "Sorry."
Even though the original music video is basically perfect, I don't think I'll ever get tired of the variations, covers and updates that YouTube delivers unto us. My current favorite is this Bollywood version, which combines bhangra, Bharatnatyam, Bollywood moves and hip hop for one of the freshest remixes this side of the Syncopated Ladies' "Formation" video.
Maafi, a dance video choreographed by Canadian dancer Shereen Ladha, features dancers Gowtham Ratnaraj, Rahim Printer, Arnold Wallang, Vanessa Mangar, Shama Kassam, Karina D'Mello, Akshina Taploo, Pratik Marathe, Rahul Ravi, Deepta Banik, Raj Soordhar and Jasvir Tamber. The music was remixed by J Raj Music, and the resulting mashup of Bollywood and Bieber will make your week.
How do you spell glamour? P-O-B. That's the Paris Opéra Ballet, of course—the endlessly glam home of some of the world's best dancers. I'm sure you've already drooled over the new POB website and its accompanying 3e Scene, a platform where performance meets digital art.
You may have also noticed that the étoiles have new, beautifully poetic portraits alongside their biographies. Thanks to photographer James Bort, we have a chance to glimpse these swiftly moving artists in a rare still moment. Even more special, POB has released a behind-the-scenes video that shows just how majestic the company's stars are.
Tim Federle (by Rex Bonomelli)
In our February issue (in subscribers' hands now and on sale online), we got dancer-turned-author Tim Federle to spill the beans about making the transition from the stage to the page. If you read his debut novel Better Nate Than Ever (DS's April 2013 "Pick of the Month"), you know that Tim's writing is not only laugh-out-loud funny, but is also full of heart and inspiration for anyone who's ever felt like an outcast. To celebrate the release of sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, Dance Spirit is giving away 10 copies of the brand-spanking-new book.
But before you enter, check out this oh-so-adorable video trailer for Tim's books (that just happens to feature DS "You Should Know" Jared Parker aka Nigel in Broadway's Matilda).
Wait! That's not all. In addition to his hilarious article in February Dance Spirit, we also asked Tim to share his best advice for young dancers finding their way in the world. Here's what he said:
I had just under a billion mentors in my life, so here’s me giving you some advice: Don’t worry about agents, or head shots or your "career." Worry about being nice, and worry about perfecting your technique. That’s it.
Oh, also, be careful what you Instagram. Seriously. When I was a kid, your reputation only started when you graduated high school. Now, your reputation starts the minute you take a selfie at a funeral. Be smart. Be discreet. And go read a book or something while you’re at it. Better yet: write one!
OK, now you should really read the February issue and enter the giveaway for a copy of Five, Six, Seven, Nate! Trust us, you'll love this book.