Dance Spiritis beyond excited to announce the first round of 2018 Future Star winners! Every year, DS partners with competitions to recognize dancers with exceptional presence and ability. The second round of winners will be featured in our January issue, so stay tuned.
Josefina Scaglione as Maria (with Jeremy Jordan as Tony) in the 2008 Broadway revival of "West Side Story" (via @thelightsonbroadway on Instagram)
Every scrap of news coming from the highly-anticipated West Side Story remake has been nothing short of thrilling, tbh. First, there was the open casting call here in NYC for dancers to play the Jets and Sharks. Next, we heard the unsurprising-yet-awesome news that Justin Peck will choreograph the new movie. Now, there's possibly the most exciting news flash yet: You (yes, YOU) could play the star-making role of Maria opposite the dreamy Ansel Elgort as Tony!
17-year-old Autumn Miller is one of our (and over 900 thousand other fans') favorite dancers to follow on Instagram, where her bubbly posts include insane turning combinations, beautiful dance shots, and adorable family snaps. Turns out Autumn is just as fun and chic IRL. We got the inside scoop on how to steal her California-cool studio style.
Photo by Eva Nys Photography, courtesy Yolanda Walmsley
When you hear Elliana Walmsley's name, your first thought is probably "Dance Moms," but that's far from the tween's only claim to fame. Since first appearing on Season 6 of the show, Elliana's won Youth America Grand Prix's Hope Award and starred in the off-Broadway musical Dance Divas Nutcracker. Most recently, she won the title of 2018 Mini Female Best Dancer at The Dance Awards—and started work on "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" the following day.
Winning 2018 Mini Female Best Dancer was a dream come true. I used to watch the dance-offs and solos, thinking it would be so cool just to get to the improv round. But a teacher told me that it was out of my reach, that I'd never be able to do it. I never forgot that comment, and I'm so glad that I proved her wrong.
Jillian Vanstone and Joe Chapman in The Dream. (Karolina Kuras, courtesy National Ballet of Canada)
Next weekend, the National Ballet of Canada will perform The Dream, Frederick Ashton's 1964 one-act version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Y'all know that dancing the roles of fairies, mischievous sprites, and star-crossed lovers is all in a typical day's work for professional ballet dancers. What's less typical for the three male dancers who perform as Bottom, the bumbling rustic who gets turned into a donkey? Dancing en pointe.
It's one of those iconic only-in-NYC images: Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia making music with their feet in the middle of the legendary toy store FAO Schwarz. The uber-charming "giant piano" scene (choreographed by Pat Birch of Grease and the Martha Graham Dance Company) from the 1988 movie Big has since found its well-deserved place in many a supercut and pop-culture deep dive. But the Big piano has sadly been silent since FAO Schwarz suddenly closed its doors—seemingly for good—on July 15, 2015. Until today, that is!
Juan Pablo di Pace and Cheryl Burke performing their tango to (what else?) "Libertango." (screenshot via YouTube)
OK, there was NOTHING "semi-" about last night's semi-finals of "Dancing with the Stars." With a completely shocking elimination, several perfect scores among the remaining contestants, and a salsa that was just...NO, there was hardly a moment in last night's episode that didn't take our breath away. So let's get right into the extreme drama, shall we!
"Final exams." Those two words can strike fear in the heart of even the most confident collegiate dancer. To help you get through the pressure cooker of your dance exams, Dance Spirit asked two recent dance grads for their best stress-relief and time-management tips.