Lex Ishimoto teaching a class for CLI Studios

Jordan Richbart, Courtesy CLI Studios

Free Streaming Friday: 5 Classes from CLI Studios to Benefit the AAPI Community

To honor the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, online dance platform CLI Studios is hosting a free, virtual event that will get you moving.

This Friday, April 16, starting at 2 pm Pacific, CLI Studios presents the livestream of "Movement Speaks," five classes featuring prominent artists from the AAPI community.

Tune in via YouTube for the following lineup (all times Pacific):

  • 2:15–2:35 pm: Jazz progressions with USC Kaufman alumni Justin Pham
  • 2:45–3:15 pm: Intermediate low-fly with "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 14 winner, Lex Ishimoto, who will share a combination set to "Passport" by Masego
  • 3:30–4 pm: "Manifest Your Goals" session with Mel Mah, filmmaker, yoga teacher and dancer
  • 4:15–5 pm: Advanced hip hop with Kinjaz dance group co-creator Anthony Lee, who will teach choreography set to "2U" by David Guetta (feat. Justin Bieber)
  • 5–5:30 pm: Cypher with the Kinjaz

In lieu of class fees, CLI Studios encourages participants to consider donating to the Asian American Arts Alliance, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, AAPI Women Lead, or the Asian Mental Health Collective.

Latest Posts

Photo by Joe Toreno. Hair by Marina Migliaccio and makeup by Lisa Chamberlain, both for the Rex Agency.

Sienna Lalau: The Dynamite Dancer and Choreographer Helping BTS Make Magic

At just 20 years old, Sienna Lalau is the living definition of "dynamite dancer": bold, confident, almost addicting to watch, and, at her core, overflowing with pure passion. From her work with The Lab Studios to Video Music Award–winning choreography for BTS, there's no stopping this starlet from bringing her love of dance to the global stage.

"Dance is something that can truly connect people," Sienna tells Dance Spirit. "It's a universal language. We may not speak the same language physically, but when we dance, there's a connection where we understand each other on another level."

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Evolve Photo and Video

Olivia Wang is Your April Cover Model Search Editors' Choice Winner

Congratulations to the April Cover Model Search Editors' Choice video winner, Olivia Wang! Catch her solo below, and make sure to enter the Cover Model Search here.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Houston Ballet Demi Soloist Natalie Varnum shows off her signature style (Claire McAdams, courtesy Houston Ballet)

Fashion Forward: 3 Pros Share What Goes into Their Dancewear Choices

When it comes to in-studio dancewear, the pros know that the right look, piece, or material can mean the difference between a day feeling confident and comfortable, or just plain out of sorts. With so much time spent honing their craft in dance clothes, choosing those items takes equal parts strategy, creativity and a healthy dose of fun.

Here, professional dancers Ian Eastwood, Karilyn Ashley Surratt, and Natlie Varnum share what goes into their fashion choices that enables them to look good, feel great, and turn heads in the studio.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

Enter the Cover Model Search