10 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Dancers
You love watching your favorite stars light up the screen—but did you know that many of them studied dance, too? Here are 10 celebs you had no idea were also dancers.
Spider-Man: Homecoming breakout star Tom Holland trained as a ballet dancer for most of his childhood in England. In June 2008, he even starred in the West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical, wowing audiences with his skills.
Natalie Portman is famous around the world for films such as Closer and Jackie. But 2010's Black Swan wasn't her first exposure to dance. Portman actually trained for many years in ballet and modern dance at the American Theater Dance Workshop.
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SJP trained as a singer and ballet dancer growing up, making her Broadway debut in the 1976 revival of The Innocents. She also went on to star in Annie and The Heidi Chronicles on Broadway. These days, she's on the board of New York City Ballet.
It's true, Twilight fans! Actor Taylor Lautner had a strong passion for dance growing up. In fact, he performed with both a hip-hop dance group, the LA Hip Kids, and a jazz dance group, the Hot Shots.
13 Going on 30 star Jennifer Garner has never been afraid to show her love for dance. And that makes a lot of sense, given that she studied ballet for over a decade growing up.
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander studied ballet intensively at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm and the School of American Ballet in NYC. You can see some of her skills on display in 2012's Anna Karenina, which features choreography by contemporary dance darling Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
While it was modeling that made Naomi Campbell a household name, she originally planned to follow in the footsteps of her mother, who was a modern dancer. Campbell studied dance from age 3, and attended the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, where she focused primarily on ballet.
Although you probably recognize her from the TV series "Will & Grace," Megan Mullally is also a trained ballet dancer. Growing up in Oklahoma City, OK, Mullally performed with the Oklahoma City Ballet in high school as well as attending the School of American Ballet in NYC.
Australian actress Mia Wasikowska, known for her star turn as Alice in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, trained as a ballerina at the Canberra Dance Development Centre. Although she spent many years immersed in the craft and hoped to dance professionally, she made the switch to acting in 2004.
Spanish actress and model Penelope Cruz studied ballet for nine years at Spain's National Conservatory, as well as training in theater. She's said that her dance upbringing has had a profound impact on her current life.
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.
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.
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.
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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.