Move over, Sergei Polunin*: There's a new ballet heartthrob in town.
Well, not "new," exactly: The fabulously talented Isaac Hernández has been a lead principal with the English National Ballet since 2015, and previously danced with Dutch National Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. (He's also part of a distinguished dance family: You met his brother, SFB corps member Esteban, in our March issue roundup of up-and-coming danseurs.)
But a dreamy new video by filmmaker Ezra Hurwitz—"Despertares" [Wake Up], featuring Hernández dancing in studios and on rooftops all over NYC—makes a strong case for this beautiful dancer becoming your next ballet crush:
Pretty much every class at L.A.'s Millennium Dance Complex features a combo set to a serious banger of a song. But not every class brings in the ACTUAL POP STAR BEHIND THE SONG to watch dancers take on that combo.
A few days ago, Demi Lovato dropped by Jojo Gomez's class at Millennium to see what Gomez had made of her hit "Sorry Not Sorry." Gomez's 🔥 choreo—and the incredible performances by some of Hollywood's best dancers/most devoted Lovatics, including Kaycee Rice—didn't disappoint.
Um, how fantastic was last night's ep of "So You Think You Can Dance"? As if the performances by this season's fabulous Top 10 and their All Star partners weren't enough to send us to dance heaven, we were also treated to a guest performance by the Lethal Ladies step team from the crazy-fierce documentary STEP. And as if that guest performance wasn't enough to get us to dance nirvana, the Ladies were also joined onstage by the All Stars themselves:
With all the ugly headlines these days, it's inspiring to see people who can move past their differences—especially when they find common ground in dance. And a new video from Jubilee Media proves that dance can even transcend language barriers.
Executive producers Channing and Jenna Dewan Tatum weren't onstage, sadly. But the newest "Step Up" crew—led by the flawless Jade Chynoweth and Kendra Oyesanya—did #TeamTatum proud.
Well, OK: It's not an audition per se. But Jesse Tyler Ferguson—"Modern Family" star, frequent "So You Think You Can Dance" guest judge, and #1 member of the Travis Wall Fan Club (we're #2, for the record)—just made a video in which he shows off his best dance moves in a Shaping Sound t-shirt. Is it exactly as hilarious as you think it'll be? Yes. Is his dancing also surprisingly impressive? Um, yes!
GET IT, JTF:
The Vail Dance Festival in Vail, CO, is famous for pairing dancers from different companies with each other. And we love geeking out over that kind of fantasy casting. (Speaking of which: You HAVE to watch these videos of American Ballet Theatre's Calvin Royal III and New York City Ballet's Unity Phelan rehearsing Balanchine's Agon pas de deux. 🔥 🔥 🔥 )
But VDF director Damian Woetzel also likes to have dancers try on completely foreign dance styles. And sometimes the results of those mad-scientist experiments are magical—especially when NYCB's Tiler Peck is involved.
In need of a little #VideoBreak? Choreographer Chehon Wespi-Tschopp is here for you with this captivating concept video, "SPLIT x IAF." It's eerie in the best possible way and features some of our favorite young dancers (Hey former cover star Tate McRae! And Lucy Vallely! And Taylor Sieve!!). The ladies, clad in icy-cool white wigs, put on stunning performances to "Dangerous" by Son Lux.