The February issue is headed your way!
Hi DS fans,
If you haven't received yours yet, get excited, because the February 2008 issue is on its way to your mailbox! It's our annual Modern & Audition issue and I can promise that it's jam-packed with great stuff.
My personal favorite bit from this issue is our "Valentine's Day Hotties" special. In honor of February's beloved holiday, we figured we'd give you all a little eye candy to celebrate with. We talked to Neil Haskell, Nick Bass and Rasta Thomas (just to name a few!) to get the scoop on their first kisses, dream dates and career highlights, and we're bringing all that info to you in the form of a Valentine. I got to interview Neil from "So You Think You Can Dance," and I was totally star struck just talking to him on the phone. I can't say I played it very cool when I had to ask him what his first kiss was like! So whether you cut them out and give them to your friends or decide to keep them for your own locker, we hope you enjoy these cute guys as much as we do!
When you're finished drooling over our hotties, head on over to the DS message boards because we want to hear all about your experience at Nationals. Has your studio ever entered crisis-mode during a national competition? Did someone from your team get injured on the way Nationals? Did the airline lose your luggage and leave you without shoes or costumes? If so, how did you recover? We want to know all about your problems and what advice you have for Nationals-bound dancers this year. Chat on the message boards.
And last, but certainly not least, don't forget about some of the great dance flicks coming to the big screen in the next few weeks. How She Move, about a young girl who gets into the world of underground step competitions, hits theaters Jan. 25 and Step Up 2 The Streets is coming your way on Valentine's Day. Get the popcorn ready!
Happy Long Weekend!
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.
The groundwork for Erin Carpenter's company, Nude Barre, began when she was a teenager. At 16, she earned a spot in the residency program at The Kennedy Center in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem. "We were required to wear nude—as in, our actual skin tone—tights and shoes," she remembers. Carpenter brought her "sun tan" tights and a pair of pink ballet shoes with her, because that was all she could find. But she wasn't allowed in class because her dancewear didn't match her skin. "I was so embarrassed," she says. "I looked unprepared. I just didn't have the right nudes." Her teacher explained that the dancers dyed their tights and pancaked their shoes.
There are dancers and then there are DANCERS! Whitney Jensen, soloist at Norwegian National Ballet, is the latter. The former Boston Ballet principal can do it all. From contemporary to the classics this prima has the technical talent most bunheads dream about. Need proof? Look no further.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's dance inducing hit, "Despacito," is so catchy it should probably come with a disclaimer that warns people of an uncontrollable itch to tap your feet or bob your head. Some might even feel inclined to go all out and break it down. Niana Guerrero is a prime example of "Despacito's" uncanny ability to unleash the red dressed emoji dancer within. 💃🏽 💃🏽
Guys, we all knew this was coming—"World of Dance" was eventually going to eliminate someone. But man, is it brutal to watch these talented dancers give their all, only to be sent home. It's the name of the game, though, and after last night's episode, only two dancers per division remain. (At least Misty Copeland guest-judging was a silver lining!) Here's what went down last night: