6 Dancers With Stellar Fashion Sense
Dance and fashion are constantly collaborating and believe us when we say, we're here for it. But what deserves to get attention are the dancers that are fashionable in their own right. Fashion, just like dance, is all about having a personal style and being proud of it. The following six dancers, whether they're commercial or classical, have honed in on their style and don't seem to go a day (or at least an Instagram post) without looking good.
1. Galen Hooks
You can tell Galen Hooks is fashionable just based on what she wears in her class videos. She always finds a way to incorporate her personal style throughout her class and rehearsal attire. It's edgy, yet simple. It's comfortable, but still makes a statement.
2. Jenna Johnson
Of all the dancers listed if I had to pick someone's wardrobe to borrow, it would be Jenna Johnson's. Whether she's being styled for photoshoots, making TV appearances, or simply being a tourist on vacation, there's not one outfit that I haven't loved. She has the ability to look cool and girly at the same time.
3. Cara Diaz Certosimo
NYC dancer, Cara Diaz Certosimo, has a unique style that gives off vintage vibes. Though her beautiful features, like her tight curls and long legs, would probably stand out in anything, she knows how to accentuate them. (You can catch her dancing in Elephant Pants and probably shopping at Urban Outfitters quite often.)
4. Robert Roldan
It's clear that Robert Roldan puts thought into his daily outfits. Whether it's a simple t-shirt and ripped jeans or a more sophisticated look like the one above, he seems to always be ready for a photo opportunity. We admire men who put tender, love and care into their wardrobe and Roldan definitely does that.
5. Valentin Chmerkovskiy
The Dancing with the Stars pro credits his dad for influencing his sense of style. While his more casual attire is something to be admired, we have to give Chermovskiy credit for always dressing (up) to impress. It's looks like these that match the confidence he has when he dances.
6. Juliet Doherty
19-year-old Juliet Doherty has two sides to her look. On evenings when she's attending galas, she looks mature in a little black dress, but during the day she wears outfits that match her carefree personality. Think bright colors and florals. It's nothing that seems to take a lot of effort, but that's even more of a reason to adopt her fashion sense.
Paige Fraser has performed on world-class stages and alongside Beyoncé—yet some of her most meaningful dance moments happened in tiny classrooms on a small island 1,000 miles from America. This past spring, Fraser, who's danced with Ailey II and is a founding member of Visceral Dance Chicago, teamed up with the non-profit Milk Carton on a String to bring dance to underprivileged children in Haiti. Fraser taught daily ballet and modern dance classes and used YouTube videos and social media to introduce the students to other aspects of dance they hadn't been exposed to.
Now, Fraser plans to continue to use dance to give back through her own newly-funded non-profit, The Paige Fraser Foundation. But instead of traveling outside the country, Fraiser will be helping kids in her childhood home: the Bronx. She wants her foundation to assist aspiring dancers no matter their color or abilities.
Read our interview with the dancer and do-gooder—and discover the life-changing diagnosis that inspired her to help other dancers achieve their dreams.
Kyle Van Newkirk is a tap dancer you probably remember from the premiere season of NBC's World of Dance. In case you missed it, he is also one of Showstopper's incredible convention teachers. What makes Kyle stand apart from some of today's other incredible tappers? He isn't afraid to change what tap means to his audience and even himself. This modern view of tap dancing is important because it shows us that tap dancers are just as versatile and dynamic as dancers of any other genre. We sat down with Kyle to get his advice on bringing tap dancing into the 21st century.
Sure, dancers definitely have some unique identifying characteristics. (We're all obsessed with Center Stage? FACT.) But we're also subjected to all kinds of annoying, inaccurate stereotyping. Here are 10 dancer stereotypes that we never want to hear again.
They say there's no "I" in "team"—and nowhere is that truer than the world of college dance teams, where precision reigns, uniformity is key, and a single misstep from any given "I" can cost a group a championship trophy. So it's unsurprising that securing a spot on one of the best dance teams in the country is no easy feat.
Members of these highly athletic teams rehearse for hours every week—on top of academic classes and commitments—and perform at football and basketball games, annual concerts, and nationally televised competitions (hi, ESPN). And "no I" rule notwithstanding, each of these top teams is made up of highly trained, highly technical, highly hard-core individuals, who come together to create a ready-for-victory pack.
These six teams aren't one-off success stories—they're consistently strong, and earn the top spots at major competitions like UDA and NDA nearly every year. Up for the challenge? Here's what to know before you go to auditions.
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The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center is the 54,000 square foot home of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, one of the largest facilities dedicated to dance on a private university campus. Designed for their innovative new curriculum, that supports a range of dance styles, the school's staff designated Harlequin to provide wall-to-wall flooring for the large 3,500 square foot Performance Studio as well as five dance studios in their new state-of-the-art building.
Last night was both the best and the worst night of "Dancing with the Stars: Athletes." The best, because one lean, mean, dancing machine of a couple got to take home the Mirrorball trophy. The worst, because we won't be able to tune in to "DWTS" each Monday to get our weekly dose of dance mania until the fall. But all good things must come to an end, and "DWTS: Athletes" was certainly one of the best seasons yet. The remaining three couples all brought their A-games to the dance floor for the finale, showcasing two dances: a traditional ballroom routine and a freestyle. Here's the final recap.
DancerPalooza, America's Largest Dance Festival, is moving to sunny SAN DIEGO, California from July 24-29, 2018.
Check out all of the NEW Intensives DancerPalooza has to offer this year!
When Janet Jackson puts out a call for new dancers, basically the ENTIRE WORLD responds. More than 75,000 people entered Jackson's epic #DanceWithJanet contest, announced earlier this spring, which let hopefuls from around the globe audition via social media for a chance to perform with the icon.
So, out of those tens of thousands, who became the newest members of the #JTribe? Meet Phillip Galbert and L'Vala "Lala" Moss, the winners of the competition. Last night, they joined Janet onstage at the Billboard Music Awards. And they more than earned their place in the spotlight.