Sara Mearns is back! The gorgeous New York City Ballet principal has been out for eight months—eight months—with a back injury. But a couple of weeks ago she was finally able to return to the stage, and we were finally able to recover from our SMearns withdrawal.
The news gets even better: Sara has decided to document her comeback in a series of weekly video blogs for The Huffington Post called (cutely) "Barre None." Why? Because, as she explains in her introduction,
"...what you see on the stage does not begin to capture what ballet or our lives are all about. You see the performance, but what you don't see—the rehearsals, the costume designs, the frazzled nerves, the learning of a new ballet, the constant travels around the world, the injuries and the oftentimes long, painful road to recovery that lead us to wonder if this is the injury that can end a career—it's all a part of what we do and who we are."
Her debut video, which went up on Friday, is a series of little confessional-style updates over the course of her first day back in the swing of things. She gives us a tour of her dressing room (which includes a photo of her with her idol, Natalia Makarova), shows us her super-dramatic stage makeup, talks about her nerves as she prepares to dance the "Waltz Girl" in Serenade for the first time, and then gives us a post-performance recap, showing off some beautiful flowers from her "good friend David Hallberg" (the American Ballet Theatre/Bolshoi Ballet superstar—because of course, of course they're friends). She also wears a fabulous babushka scarf that I need, like, right now.
Take a look—and visit HuffPo each Friday for a new video from Sara!
And that's a wrap on "Dancing with the Stars" Season 24, ladies and gents! It's certainly been one for the books. From injuries to shocking eliminations, let's just say Season 24 has had its emotional ups and downs. But despite all that, the season made for some seriously phenom dancing and some killer performances. And as usual, we've loved watching every second of those cha chas, foxtrots, and waltzes.
Let's get right to the exciting stuff, though: Last night's winning couple of "Dancing with the Stars" is...
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.