Trip of Love
One of the perks of working at DS is that we sometimes get a glimpse of all-things-dance before they hit the stage, the TV or the big screen. Yesterday I attended a dance rehearsal for Trip of Love, a brand-new, 1960s/Alice in Wonderland-inspired dance musical that's slated to hit the Great White Way in spring 2009.
Having no idea what to expect, I arrived at the rehearsal space at 37 Arts hoping to see a few cool moves and maybe even some singing. By the end of the run-through, I was totally blown away.
Because the show is headed to Japan for previews in April, there were Japanese film crews all over the studio doing interviews with the director, choreographer and cast members. I think I even got in the background of a few shots! I took my seat at the front of the studio while the dancers—clad in lots o' spandex, lycra and tiny tank tops—ran over their moves one last time before the official press-only rehearsal began.
With a full ensemble of musicians set up in the room (a huge drum set, a piano and other instruments I couldn't even label), the dancers took their beginning poses and started to run through each of their dance numbers from the show. To summarize the show in one word: ENERGY! My favorite routine was "Wipeout," in which the female dancers simulated surfing and swimming in the ocean—all while balancing on the feet of the male dancers, who were laying on the floor on their backs. Totally impressive! The choreography was fun, upbeat and sexy. Think: lots of hip rolls, shimmying and shaking. You'll know plenty of the tunes in Trip of Love, like the 60s classics "Downtown" and "These Boots Were Made For Walkin.'"
What was most humbling to me was to see these dancers rehearsing in the studio without costumes, makeup or sets to hide behind. It was so raw that it made relating to these Broadway-bound dancers easy. It was also refreshing to see that, although they are always so perfect onstage, even the best dancers mess up sometimes! Before one of the numbers, two of the girls were questioning the moves they had to perform and during the number, one of them even messed up a bit. Isn't it nice to know that not everyone can be perfect all the time?!
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.
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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?).