Hypothetical question: If you could dance behind any living legend of popular music, who would it be? For me, the choice is easy—Madonna. After all, the original Material Girl has conquered basically every facet of the entertainment world: Acting! Writing! Directing! And (of course) singing and dancing her way to the top of the show business universe.
So guess what? That hypothetical question will actually become a reality for 30 lucky dancers later this week—but not before a grueling, totally Hollywood-worthy audition process. (Hey, who ever said that dreams come true by themselves?)
First, there was an online registration process, which whittled down the pool of hopefuls to just 500 auditionees. That group attends an open call on Wednesday at NYC’s Broadway Dance Center, showing their stuff to several of Madge’s fitness consultants and trainers. Only 50 dancers survive the next cut, thus earning their chance to dance for Nicole Winhoffer, head trainer on the MDNA tour (which was, by the way, the highest-grossing tour of 2012!). At last, the final 30 will learn the super-dancey “Addicted to Sweat” workout that got Madonna into fighting shape for the tour—and perform the routine live on Thursday with Madonna herself!
The only bad news is that registration for the audition is already closed, but never fear: you can still get your Madonna fix! 4 different “Addicted to Sweat” workout DVDs are now available online, and be sure to catch the premiere of her behind-the scenes documentary, Madonna: the MDNA Tour, June 22 on EPIX, at 8 pm Eastern Time.
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.