Eastwood teaching at The PULSE On Tour
“My mom always told me, ‘Your goal should be to get paid for what you truly love to do,’” Ian Eastwood says. “Now I get to make her proud every day.” This dancer/choreographer is living the dream, all right. You probably recognize him from “America’s Best Dance Crew” Season 7, where he dominated the stage with Mos Wanted Crew. At 19, Eastwood has already danced in a commercial for Ubisoft/The Black Eyed Peas Experience, won Youth Choreographer of the Year from World of Dance and choreographed a music video for the group 5LP. The Chicago native has also taught his signature style across the globe, hosting regular events and workshops with Millennium Dance Complex, Coastal Dance Rage, Movement Lifestyle and The PULSE On Tour. Want to learn more about this rising superstar? Read on for The Dirt.
If you could choreograph for any performer, past or present, who would it be? Justin Timberlake or Justin Bieber. I feel like my style of movement would fit most naturally on them.
If you could dance with any performer, past or present, who would it be? JT is making a comeback, and I always used to dream of dancing next to him.
Must-see TV shows: “The Office” has been my favorite since I started watching the first season in middle school. And “Fawlty Towers,” a British cult classic.
Favorite food: My dad’s crabmeat eggs Benedict served with hash brown patties…only made on special occasions!
Something most people don’t know about you: I have a life-sized Spider-Man cutout in my room that is staring at me right now.
Biggest guilty pleasure: Reading comic books!
If you weren’t a dancer, what would you be? I would probably be a photographer. Click click!
One thing you can’t live without: I couldn’t live without art!
Favorite city in the world: Chicago. There are some close competitors like Rome, but you all need to go to Chicago. *Biased*
Who is your dance crush? *Insert deflective answer*
Do you have a pre-performance ritual? My shoes always have to be double knotted.
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.