Zendaya has come a long way since her first hip-hop classes at 8 years old. Growing up in Oakland, CA, she danced with the troupe Future Shock Oakland. Now 17, the triple threat is unstoppable. She’s performed at the White House, starred in the Disney Channel series “Shake It Up” and cha-chaed her way to second place on “Dancing with the Stars” Season 16. Last summer, she dropped her debut single, “Replay,” complete with a killer video choreographed by The PULSE on Tour’s Ian Eastwood. This June, Zendaya’s dance skills will be on display in the new Disney Channel movie Zapped, where she plays Zoey Stevens, a high school dance teamer who discovers a unique power in her pocket—a smartphone app that can control the unruly boys in her life. Want more Zendaya? Read on for The Dirt.
Zendaya as Zoe Stevens in "Zapped." (Photo by David Bukach/Disney Enterprises)
What are you listening to right now?
Beyoncé's whole album.
"Coming to America."
Biggest guilty pleasure:
Häagen-Dazs coffee ice cream.
Who is your dance crush?
Channing Tatum...he can get down!
What are your pet peeves?
Chipped nail polish. No, no, no.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Winning Grammys and Nobel Peace Prizes
What was the best part of being on “DWTS”?
Being with Val, he's my big bro for life!
What was your favorite part of being on “Shake It Up”?
Must-see TV show:
"Scandal." I'm obsessed.
Favorite city in the world:
Oakland, my hometown.
What's the strangest thing in your purse?
A jar of Nutella...DON'T JUDGE!
Nearly 80,000 dance-loving Instagram followers can't be wrong: Quinn Starner is one to watch. And what's just as impressive as the 15-year-old's rabid online following is her ever-growing list of competition accolades. Quinn, who trains at Indiana Ballet Conservatory and Stars Dance Company, been named first runner-up at The Dance Awards for two years in a row (as a junior and a teen); was the 2016 West Coast Dance Explosion Teen National Champion; earned first place in contemporary and third place in the classical division at Youth America Grand Prix Regionals in Pittsburgh last year; has won the Grand Prix Award at ADC|IBC; and was a gold medalist at World Ballet Art Competition Grand Prix. Plus, she made it to the Academy round on last year's "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation," and has performed as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Here's what Quinn has to say about her favorite songs, teachers, and career highlights.
Want a chance to get personally involved in the HOTLY anticipated TV show "World of Dance"? Of course you do. That's why J. Lo. and the rest of the "WOD" team have launched an interactive version of the upcoming NBC series that lets Snapchatters get in on the action.
On Saturday morning, Russell Horning—aka 15-year-old Instagram king @i_got_barzz—was already kind of famous. His admittedly bad but weirdly mesmerizing dance videos had earned him shoutouts from the likes of Rihanna (and dance tributes from the likes of Josh Killacky).
But by Sunday morning? By Sunday morning, Russell Got Barzz had reached an entirely different level of memedom. Because Katy Perry tapped the teen—signature backpack and all—to perform "Swish Swish" with her on "Saturday Night Live." And the internet lost its darn mind.
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.
Fashion looks better in motion—that's why runways exist. But when does fashion look REALLY amazing? In dancey motion. And exhibit #69372 in the case for the inescapable connection between dance and fashion is this new video from Harper's Bazaar, featuring our favorite dancer/model/rock star, Larsen Thompson.