Judging by their Twitter feeds (@LauraOsnes and @SantinoFontana), you'd never guess that Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana play the starry-eyed fairytale lovers of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. In fact—with tweets like Santino’s “remember when you had chocolate on your teeth the entire 2nd act?”—you might think their characters were a bickering brother-and-sister pair!
But these 2013 Tony Award nominees are, respectively, Broadway’s Cinderella and Prince Charming, and that eight-times-a-week gig makes for some priceless tweets. What do you get when you follow Santino and Laura? Well…
- Pretty, pretty pictures. Let’s just say that your Instagram has got nothing on Cinderella’s. Laura’s always posting photos (and videos, too!) from all kinds of OMG-worthy venues: rehearsals for the Tony Awards, her dressing room at the Broadway Theatre, star-studded fundraisers for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and more. If you’re a Broadway buff, hers is a must-follow handle!
- Hilarious Twitter one-liners. Despite the fact that he just started tweeting in February (on Laura’s suggestion, apparently), Santino is a natural with 140 characters. Whether he’s pairing spontaneous pictures with just the right caption or tweeting as pun-derful Herman the Fish, Santino sure knows how to work a crowd—or, um, keyboard?
- Embarrassing/yucky/ridiculous backstage secrets. This princess isn’t afraid to remind her prince (along with the Twitterverse) that he “belched & blew your breakfast in my face just now while waltzing at the ball.” But that’s not the only showtime crisis the young royals have faced. Santino recently tweeted at Laura: “Remember when I saved your dress from falling off with one hand while singing a love song and dancing? #PrinceMacGyver.” I guess Broadway really is hard work—in more ways than one!
Can’t get enough of these triple-threat goofballs? Watch their Broadway.com “Ask a Star” interview for even more wacky antics!
Dancer Yesenia Ayala first caught our eye in the off-Broadway production of Sweet Charity with Sutton Foster earlier this year. So, we were super excited when we found out she was making her Broadway debut in this spring's sweetest new show Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (Both productions were choreographed by Joshua Bergasse.)
Since the NYC premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream at American Ballet Theatre's spring gala Monday night, the DS editors haven't stopped talking about its creepy-cute sets and costumes, created by artist Mark Ryden. Well, the obsession is about to get even crazier, because we just heard that Ryden's artwork for the ballet is now on display in not one, but TWO locations in NYC.
Yes, yes, we know: Dancers are athletes as well as artists. But we haven't seen anything hammer home just HOW athletic dancers are quite as well as this video from Self magazine, which features American Ballet Theatre principal/fairy princess Isabella Boylston trying to teach top-level CrossFit enthusiasts ballet.
There's a reason Mia Michaels' nickname is "Mama Mia." The legendary choreographer invests deeply in her dancers, whether they're competitors on "So You Think You Can Dance," members of the Radio City Rockettes, or part of her own elite assistant squad. And now, Michaels is launching a project that aims to give more dancers access to her gifts as a teacher and mentor.
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.