Our Favorite Dance Instagrams of January
It's time to celebrate, people. You know why? Because January is fi-na-lly over. Seriously, hasn't this month felt like a 74-day marathon? (Short answer: yes, it has.) But the one silver lining of a super-long month means our Instagram feeds were gifted with some incredible posts these last 31 days. We've rounded up our favorites below!
1. Easton Payne (@eastonblake)
We profiled Easton a few months back in our "You Should Know" section—and you're about to see why. He's working with Project 21 this season, and the combos coming out of his classes are so, so beyond. Below is a particularly perfect example, featuring Mackenzie Auger and Nina Choi dancing to Billy Joel's "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" (A++ song choice, btw).
2. Lauren Lovette (@laurenlovette)
Lauren Lovette's Instagram is an absolute gem. Every post is accompanied by a caption filled with wisdom, motivational messages, and sincerity. Recently, she and fellow NYCB dancers collaborated with Puma for their "Do You" campaign. Lovette, along with Olivia Boisson, Savannah Lowery, Mimi Staker, Emilie Gerrity, and Unity Phelan, choreographed a small piece in roughly 30 minutes, which they then performed (and posted on Insta for us to admire).
3. Lucy Vallely (@lucy_vallely)
Lucy Vallely epitomizes California cool-girl, and we're so here for it. Her Insta feed is a perfect mix of vintage clothing, improv sessions, collaborations with her many dance friends, and clips from class combos at conventions, like the post below. She and fellow contemporary star Timmy Blankenship assisted Will Loftis during NUVO, and this. combo. is. everything.
4. Jade Chynoweth + Josh Killacky (@jadebug98 and @josh_killacky)
Literally try to name a more iconic duo. Jade Chynoweth, who's Instagram royalty in her own right, danced with fellow commercial world mainstay Josh Killacky, to Killacky's choreo. The song choice? Jaden Smith's "Icon," which could not be more fitting. We've watched this maybe 100 times, and will definitely watch it 100 more.
5. Alex Wong (@alexdwong)
It's safe to say that there is no one better at trolling than Alex Wong. His #AlexWongChallenge videos are works of art (that might even be an understatement). Need proof? Check out his latest dispatch from a mall in Malaysia.
Last May, we told you about a special exhibition of the Mark Ryden artwork that sparked Alexei Ratmansky's sweet-treat of a ballet, Whipped Cream. Well, hold on to your tiaras, bunheads, because there's a brand-new exhibit featuring actual costumes from this megahit production. The Nutcracker's Land of Sweets has some serious competition!
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.
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.
Turnout—a combination of rotational flexibility and the strength to properly hold that rotation—is the foundation of ballet. But it's also a source of frustration for many dancers. After all, not everyone (actually, hardly anyone) is born with 180-degree rotation. “When I first started dancing, my hip flexors were strong, but I was forcing my turnout without using the right muscles," remembers Amanda Cobb, a former dancer with The Washington Ballet.
The good news is that it's possible to both improve your turnout and to dance beautifully with less-than-perfect rotation. But there's a lot of misinformation out there about how turnout works and why it's important. To help separate fact from fiction, DS asked the experts to disprove six turnout myths.
Picture this: You've scored tickets to Ellen DeGeneres' hit show, "Ellen." The day has come, the show is as hysterical as ever, Ellen is debating the biggest hot-button issue since the blue/black or white/gold dress, "Laurel vs. Yanny" (side note: it's LAUREL, people), and tWitch is killing it over at the DJ booth, as always. Ellen decides it's the perfect time to single out an audience member and, lo and behold, that person is "SYTYCD" champ ( and December 2017 cover star!) Lex Ishimoto.
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.
If diamonds are a girl's best friend, it's safe to say that faux-diamond earrings are a dancer's best friend. A fixture onstage at just about every competition weekend, these blinged-out baubles are also the surest sign that recital season is upon us again. And what better way to get into the sparkly spirit than by drooling over these 5 diamonds in the rough? (Sorry not sorry!)
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!
You could say that a perk of dancing with Los Angeles Ballet is its proximity to Hollywood. It's no wonder, then, that when actor and comedian Kevin Hart was looking for someone to teach ballet lessons for his new "What the Fit" YouTube show, he reached out to the nearby company. The series follows Hart and his celebrity friends as they try different forms of exercise (such as sumo wrestling and goat yoga), with hilarious results. For his ballet episode, Hart brings along Hangover star Ken Jeong—and the dancers do their best to keep these madcap comedians under control.