I have a confession: I'm addicted to reality tv. And while I don't love all the dance reality televison shows, I have given all of them a chance (one regret: Your Mama Don't Dance, I'm sorry, but that was all kinds of terrible). My favorites? So You Think You Can Dance (of course) and Dancing with the Stars.
For all the readers out there who are also fans of DWTS, I just found out about something that you'd love! DWTS' pro and two-time champion Cheryl Burke is teaching Cha Cha master classes in San Francisco at her studio, Cheryl Burke Dance. I have to say, I fell in love with Cheryl's dancing when she was Drew Lachey's partner and have been a fan ever since. She's had so many great moments on the show. Who could forget her country-themed freestyle dance with Drew, and her amazing choreography at the end of this season when she had to work all her movement around Cristián de la Fuente's injured arm? And then there's her wardrobe... whoa, I didn't know a dress could be that backless.
Anyway, if you want to Cha Cha with Cheryl, and you're in the San Francisco area, you can attend one of three classes open to all levels on July 25. The classes are 45 minutes long and begin at 3, 4:15, and 5:30 PM. In addition to your class, you're also invited to the studio's ballroom and social dance party that night! Sounds like a fun and exciting night for any aspiring ballroom dancers!
It's $100 for the master class and entrance to the party, and there are only 30 spots available in each class. I think these openings will go fast, so call Cheryl Burke Dance (415.252.9000) to sign up. For more info on these and other classes at Cheryl's studio check out www.cherylburkedance.com
Can't get enough of Cheryl? Be sure to pick up the September issue of Dance Spirit!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.