There were only so many more cereal boxes, fruit cups, and soup cans that a three year old could knock over dancing through the aisles of the grocery store; my mom had no choice but to replace aisle 10 with Studio C at our local dance studio in Washington State. From then on, there was no turning back. I danced competitively in all styles until refining my focus to ballet as I entered high school, all the while acknowledging my love for writing. Currently a company member of Butler Ballet and a dance arts administration and journalism double major at Butler University, I am fortunate enough to meld both passions while interning here at Dance Spirit.
Childhood photos are always cute—but add dance to the mix, and boy, are you in for a treat. Awkward poses, retro costumes, and adorable grins: What more could you ask for? Here are seven adorable chubby-cheeked little dance kids who grew up to be big stars.
(From left) Misty Copeland, Ebony Williams, and Ashley Murphy in pancaked shoes (photo by Nathan Sayers)
No two pairs of pointe shoes are the same, from their shanks to their boxes, their color to their shine. To make an array of shoes more uniform or to get them to a shade closer to your skin tone, dance teachers might ask that you "pancake" your pointe shoes before going onstage. But what does that entail, exactly? We're here to show you.
We all spend hours online perusing one dance vid after another, from silly to serious, funny to fierce. Now, SELF has asked two of our fave dance pros for their takes on some of the most famous internet dance moves.
You'll live for Maddie Ziegler and Derek Hough's reviews of everything from finger breakdancing and Harlem shakes to Sergei Polunin and Shakira. And the two of them even bust some moves of their own: Ziegler moonwalks, and Hough breaks into a salsa. Trust us, you don't want to miss it.
Fik-Shun and Cyrus getting in on the Fortnite fun (via Instagram)
A year (and five seasons) after being released, the video game sensation, Fortnite, is here to stay—and so is the totally unexpected dance craze it's launched. The game's comical dance moves have sparked legions of real-life recreations by everyone from professional actors to World Cup players.
And now even seasoned dancers like "SYTYCD" stars Fik-Shun and Cyrus have jumped on the Fortnite train:
There's nothing more purrrrfect than some fabulous trinas and their feline friends. We're not kitten: These bonds are paw-sitively adorable! From hanging out backstage to working out together and more, these pairs will pas de chat their way straight into your heart.
It took no fewer than three years for choreographers Chris Martin and Larkin Poynton to create Project Home, a 45-minute film that brings together artists from all over the world (including the inspirational Mari Madrid!). And their finished product is sure to take your breath away. Seriously, guys: It's beautiful.
A lot of what's happening in the world today can be hard to talk about—It's too upsetting, too controversial, or too ugly for words to do it justice. But dance can. And crew Choreo Cookies showed us just how powerful dance's impact can be with its latest performance, a meditation on discrimination in America, at Arena Dance Competition in LA.
Ballet Austin summer intensive students with associate artistic director, Michelle Martin (Anne Marie Bloodgood, courtesy Ballet Austin)
You're in a studio that's not your own, surrounded by dancers you don't know. You're excited and nervous, all at the same time. It's the first day of your summer intensive, and you're eager to make a good impression. But how? We asked the experts for advice.
It's America's birthday week, which means gold sparklers, family BBQs, and festive parades are just around the corner. But what happens when our enthusiasm for red, white, and blue moves from the backyard to the stage? Like a firework, sparks fly! See for yourself with these three patriotic dance classics.
In honor of its 10th anniversary, the fan-favorite dance crew Royal Family has announced three Instagram challenges with seriously incredible prizes: a visit from/workshop with Parris Goebel, VIP tix to any RF show, and all kinds of free merch. Go ahead and freak out a little—OR A LOT.
With all prizes valid anywhere in the world, these challenges are open to anyone. But entries end soon, so read on for the deets.
The dance dressing room is a mecca of excitement and nerves, tulle and jewels, lipsticks and falsies. But with so much going on, it can start to get a bit too crazy. Here are seven dressing room hacks that'll help you stay cool in the chaos—and give your best performance yet.
Lucky for us, some of Hollywood's most incredible dance scenes have been compiled into this amazing montage, featuring close to 300 films in only seven minutes. So grab the popcorn, cozy on up, and watch the moves that made the movies.
The Future Kingz auditioning for "AGT" (courtesy TFK's Instagram)
An amazing dance crew starring some adorable little hip-hoppers? Yep, we're sold. This week on "America's Got Talent," The Future Kingz, a multi-age dance group from the Chicago area, wowed the judges with their high-flying flips, out-of-this-world contortions, and insane synchronization.