The Dirt with Karla Puno Garcia
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
next, and read on for The Dirt!
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.
It's time to get your pirouette on! From September 5th to September 30th, we're hosting a contest to find out who's the best turner of them all.
Put together your most impressive turning combo. Post a video online. Share your turns with us and thousands of other dancers around the world. And if our editors think you're the top turner, you'll win a fabulous prize.
All of 18-year-old Kaylin Maggard's dreams—from scoring the title of National Senior Outstanding Dancer at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals to winning the 2017 Dance Spirit Cover Model Search—are coming true. And to anyone who knows the gorgeous contemporary dancer, that's no surprise.
From the moment the Dance Spirit staff met Kaylin, it was obvious her humility and talent would take her far. Not only did she go full-out during the photo shoot and class at Broadway Dance Center, but she was always cheering on, laughing with, and supporting her fellow CMS contestants Haley Hartsfield and Michelle Quiner. During the voting period, the social media world was abuzz with praise for her work ethic, positive attitude, and generosity.
Since her CMS trip to NYC, Kaylin's moved from her hometown of Columbia, MO, to the Big Apple for her freshman year at Juilliard, and is busy getting acquainted with the city. As for the future? She's taking it one opportunity at a time, but something tells us we'll be seeing this contemporary queen reach new heights every year.
J.Crew's putting a whole new spin on its brand —literally. The popular clothing line's inspired ad campaign has a group of cute male models showing off their best moves in a series of playful dance battles. When we saw one of those models throw down the gauntlet with a rather impressive series of chaîné turns, we knew he had to be a trained dancer, and we were right: He's former New York City Ballet corps member Joshua Thew. Dancer and model Smith Reesie also shows off in a seriously impressive freestyle.
It's fall! The leaves are changing, everything everywhere is pumpkin-spice flavored—and "Dancing with the Stars" is back on the air. For the 25th time. Season TWENTY-FIVE, y'all: Here we go.
Koine. Kiki. Lex. Taylor. Welcome to the fight to the finale!
On last night's show—the last one before the last one—the Top 4 performed roughly one million times, including an opening number, a group routine, a solo, an All Star duet (a favorite from earlier in the season), and a routine paired with a fellow contestant. And best of all: No one went home! (Yet.) Here's a rundown of all the good stuff.
Fourteen-year-old Kennadi Boese is a teenage dance superhero. For one thing, she's successfully living a double life. One day, she's studying dance and going to school in Colorado like a normal teenager; the next, she's booking major L.A. gigs like the Kids' Choice Sports Awards. It's not just Kennadi's schedule that's super-powered: Her turns are effortless and endless, and she's crazy-versatile (flamenco, anyone?).