Your Chance to Dance with The Biebs
For dancers who dream of making it big on the commercial scene, Los Angeles is pretty much the place to be. But it's not home to all of the dance world's finest. And Justin Bieber and Jon M. Chu want the best of the best, even if they don't happen to call the City of Angels home.
That's why the duo are not only holding L.A. auditions for Biebers' Believe tour, which Chu is directing—they've also launched an online search for dancers. No matter where you're based, upload a video showing off your hottest moves before August 17 and you could end up onstage with Justin.
Want the details, Beliebers? Visit Chu's site ds2dio.com or watch the video below.
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.
The groundwork for Erin Carpenter's company, Nude Barre, began when she was a teenager. At 16, she earned a spot in the residency program at The Kennedy Center in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem. "We were required to wear nude—as in, our actual skin tone—tights and shoes," she remembers. Carpenter brought her "sun tan" tights and a pair of pink ballet shoes with her, because that was all she could find. But she wasn't allowed in class because her dancewear didn't match her skin. "I was so embarrassed," she says. "I looked unprepared. I just didn't have the right nudes." Her teacher explained that the dancers dyed their tights and pancaked their shoes.