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Receiving an Emmy or Tony Award for your choreography is a HUGE deal. Tbh, being handed one of those famed statues is probably one of the most iconic moments that can happen in your career. From Travis Wall, to Mandy Moore, to Justin Peck, some of our faves have gotten major accolades in recent years, but here are 9 otherswho need to be honored ASAP!
From beauty gurus, to pranksters, to documentary makers (aka Shane Dawson), YouTubers are all the rage nowadays. And thankfully, some of our favorite dancers have hopped on the YouTube train themselves! Here are 8 of them you need to start watching—basically every second of every day.
As dancers, we're a group of super-passionate people. And because of that, we can sometimes snap when people judge us unfairly or do something we just can't stand. Here are 10 things that make all dancers really angry.
Kent Stowell's snow scene for Pacific Northwest Ballet (by Angela Sterling, courtesy Pacific Northwest Ballet)
Nutcracker season is upon us, guys, and the time has come for never-ending rehearsals and like 10 shows a day. So sure, there's a lot of emphasis on all the negative aspects of performing in the show and how to survive this nutty season, but let's be real: There's also a ton of REALLY fun things about this holiday classic. Like getting to dance in the most dreamy costumes you can imagine. Here are the 7 absolute best parts of dancing in a production of The Nutcracker.
If there's one thing we learned from the musical episode of "Riverdale" last season, it's that more television shows should follow along and have at least one dance-tastic episode. Sure, sometimes these can flop, but most of the time they only make us love the show even more. Here are 8 series that we think need an episode filled with dancey goodness RIGHT NOW.
Finding the perfect song to choreograph to can sometimes be a very tricky task. But thankfully, our queen Ariana Grande is constantly releasing dance-worthy bops. Whether from her hit album Dangerous Woman or her most recent Sweetener, there are a ton of songs from the "God is a Woman" singer that need to be on your dance playlist STAT. Here are 10 of our favorites.
Cathleen Meredith is a plus-size performer who's started her own talent agency for fellow plus-size dancers (photo by Elliott Ashby, courtesy Meredith)
For Decades, Thin has been very In in the dance world. The stereotype is especially prevalent in ballet, where young dancers can feel huge pressure to be as skinny as possible. But dance's body-diversity problem isn't limited to the realm of leotards and tights—it's an issue that dancers of all genres encounter. Those who don't fit the thin ideal often find themselves shut out of professional dance, sidelined not because of a lack of talent, but because of a body directors and choreographers deem "too big."
Thankfully, long-overdue change is—slowly but surely—coming. And we'd like you to meet five of the gifted, determined, stereotype-shattering performers leading the way. They're living proof that talent knows no size.
Whether or not you choose to pursue a professional dance career, everyone who grows up in the studio is bound to be successful at whatever they end up doing. How come? Here are 10 reasons why we think so.
Ricky Ubeda and his pup Riot (via Instagram, @rickyubeda11)
Fact of life: Pets make everything better! So it's no surprise that some of our favorite dancers have welcomed a furry friend into their homes over the years. And whether they're on playdates at the park or hanging in the studio, adorable pup-and-dancer duos make for the best photo opps. Here are 10 dancers with the cutest dogs.
Al Blacksone teaching class at JUMP (courtesy Break the Floor Productions)
Is there anything better than a dance convention? Frankly, we don't think so. Although we love getting a guest teacher to come to our studio for a masterclass every so often, there's just something so exciting about packing up our leotards and dance shoes and heading to a convention for the weekend. Here are 7 reasons why dance conventions are, without a doubt, the greatest things ever.
Costumes: We look amazing in them but, boy, sometimes they're the actual worst. Whether they don't fit correctly or they rip right before a performance, here are 10 wardrobe malfunctions all dancers unfortunately suffer through at one point or another.
It's been over five years since "Bunheads" was shockingly canceled—and we're still not over it. TBH, we'll probably be crying #Justice4Bunheads until we finally get a revival. It was truly impossible not to love the ACB Family series, both because it starred Sutton Foster and because it taught us so many life lessons. Here are 7 of the lessons we still hold dear to our hearts today.
Gaby Diaz and her dad (via Instagram, @itsgabydiaz)
Although dance moms get most of the attention, dance dads are true heroes. They may not always know our dance terminology, but they're always ready to support us to the ends of the earth. Here are 7 reasons dance dads are the bomb dot com!
#2: High School Musical. We've waited long enough! (Giphy)
Producers just looooove turning hit movies into huge Broadway shows. From Legally Blonde to Hairspray to Billy Elliot, some of our favorite dancetastic musicals got their start on the big screen. So listen up, Broadway: Here are 10 movies that need to be turned into musicals ASAP.
There's nothing we love more than a dance power couple, and ballroom stars Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy are just that. Honestly, we stan the recently-engaged duo so hard! Here are 10 times they made our hearts burst.