The Addams ancestors. Karla is in the center, dressed as a Native American. (Jeremy Daniel, courtesy Type A Marketing)
Karla Puno Garcia is one seriously versatile performer. Dubbed a contemporary dancer on Season 5 of “So You Think You Can Dance,” the D.C. native wowed the judges with her strong technique and fluid movement. She was also a hard-hitting member of hip-hop crew Boogie Bots from “America’s Best Dance Crew” Season 2. But Karla’s skills go far beyond the TV competition world. She’s toured with Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance, performed behind the likes of Jordin Sparks and Akon, and is now making her mark on the Great White Way. Her musical theater chops have earned her dancing roles in the 2005 national tour of Wicked, the 2006 Broadway show Hot Feet and the Broadway revival of West Side Story in 2010.
At only 26 years old, Karla’s not slowing down—she’s now showing off her creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky side in the touring cast of The Addams Family musical. Check out theaddamsfamilymusicaltour.com to see where Karla and the rest of the cast are heading
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Most-played song on your iPod: Lately it’s been “Moves Like Jagger,” and plenty of Bruno Mars and The Roots.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Watching “The Real Housewives” and “The Millionaire Matchmaker.”
One thing most people don’t know about you: At 10 years old, I created full productions in my basement with my little brother and sister. We had costumes, lighting cues, sets and choreography. It was intense!
Who would play you in a movie? Could Mila Kunis do it? I love her.
Favorite city in the world: So far it’s New York, baby! Lanai, Hawaii, and Sydney, Australia, are amazing too.
Who is your dance crush? All the boys I did West Side Story with. That choreography brings out such a strong, masculine energy.
What is your pet peeve? When someone taps you repeatedly with their index finger to get your attention.
What’s the strangest thing in your dance bag? When I first moved to NYC, my dad gave me a can of pepper spray to protect myself. Luckily, I’ve never had to use it.
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.