The Cool Kids

Yes, they’re cute. But the Brooklyn Nets Kids, who perform at Nets basketball games throughout the year, are so much more. Many of these little ones, who range in age from 6 to 13, have resumés full-grown dancers would covet. And all of them have the kind of charisma that can’t be taught.

“These kids keep me cool,” says Tanisha Scott, who coaches and choreographs for the BNK. “Dance-wise, they’re just as good as the adults—because they’re already going to conferences and workshops and doing music videos. They know anything and everything about the dance scene.”  —Margaret Fuhrer

(Photo by Erin Baiano)

Alex Rubiano

Age: 11

Hometown: Manalapan, NJ

Favorite thing about being a BNK: “The fans! And the fact that I get to dance on the actual court.”

Dream job: “I either want to be a Harlem Globetrotter—because they dance and play basketball—or a cool choreographer, like Ian Eastwood and Will ‘WilldaBeast’ Adams.” (Alex is one of WilldaBeast’s LilBeasts.)

 

 

(Photo by Erin Baiano)

 

Fiona Krkuti

Age: 10

Hometown: Manalapan, NJ

Favorite thing about being a BNK: “When the fans cheer for you. It makes you feel so good inside!”

Coolest moment as a BNK: “We were on ‘LIVE with Kelly and Michael’—and then a few days later, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan came to the game and danced right in front of us. Their moves were pretty good.”

(Photo by Erin Baiano)

 

Devin Neal

Age: 11

Hometown: West Orange, NJ

Favorite thing about being a BNK: “I love getting the crowd amped up.”

Signature moves: “I’m also a gymnast, so I get really happy when we do lots of flips on the court. I like to do back tucks and one-handed stuff.”

 

 

(Photo by Erin Baiano)

 

Mario Braxton Jr.

Age: 12

Hometown: Shirley, NY

Favorite thing about being a BNK: “Doing special appearances—like being in Dance Spirit!”

Dream job: “Right now, I’m part of a crew called Childz Play, and when I grow up, I want to be a professional b-boy, like B-Boy Gravity or B-Boy Morris.”

(Photo by Erin Baiano)

 

Serena Quadrato

Age: 10

Hometown: Staten Island, NY

Favorite thing about being a BNK: “Dancing center court with all the fans cheering you on. It’s just an amazing experience, having a blast out there with your friends.”

Coolest person she’s ever danced with: President Barack Obama. “I danced backup for Mariah Carey at the White House Christmas tree lighting—and I ended up getting to dance with the President!

(Photo by Erin Baiano)

 

 

 

Frankie Signorelli

Age: 12

Hometown: Staten Island, NY

Favorite thing about being a BNK: “You feel like a celebrity out there. Sometimes you’re dancing for celebrities, too.”

Coolest moment as a BNK: “At one game, Jay-Z and Beyoncé were there—and we did a dance to Jay-Z’s ‘Hard Knock Life’! They were both laughing and having a good time. Jay-Z gave us a standing ovation.”

Show Comments ()
Popular

Summer dance camp season will be here before you know it and you might be starting to wonder what you need to pack in your bag. Don't stress, we have 5 of the top must haves for camp this summer!

Keep reading... Show less
Dance Videos
Safe to say that flexibility is still not an issue for the talented Ms. Igo. (screenshot via YouTube)

Because winning the Junior Division on last summer's inaugural season of "World of Dance" (suuuuuuuuuuper casual) just wasn't enough.

Keep reading... Show less
Dance Videos
Screenshot via YouTube
Keep reading... Show less
Sponsored

We caught up with former Rockette Trina Simon at Showstopper's Myrtle Beach dance convention to get her expert advice on how to work as a professional dancer. Trina's work on Broadway has given her insight into the key things to focus on as a professional dancer looking for jobs and making a name for yourself, whether you are new to the world of professional dance or you have been making your way from one audition to the next for a while.

Keep reading... Show less
Dance Videos
Safe to say that flexibility is still not an issue for the talented Ms. Igo. (screenshot via YouTube)

Because winning the Junior Division on last summer's inaugural season of "World of Dance" (suuuuuuuuuuper casual) just wasn't enough.

Keep reading... Show less
Dancer to Dancer
Including Travis Wall, obviously! (Adam Rose/FOX)

"So You Think You Can Dance" is often a launching pad for a dancer's career. While many "SYT" alums go on to perform for iconic artists or join high-profile companies, some also become choreographers—and a few even come full-circle, making dances for the show where it all began. Here are 8 talented choreographers who got their start as "SYTYCD" hopefuls.

Keep reading... Show less
Cover Story
Photo by Lucas Chilczuk

Click here to get the inside scoop on the film High Strung: Free Dance!

Juliet Doherty has been at home in the studio and the spotlight since before she could walk. The 21-year-old comes from a long line of dancers: She practically grew up at the school her grandmother owned, Fishback Studio of the Dance in Albuquerque, NM, and her mom was her longtime teacher. As a young student, Doherty competed at the world's toughest ballet competitions and performed as Clara in the Radio City Christmas SpectacularRadio City Christmas Spectacular. Eventually, she left Albuquerque to train at the San Francisco Ballet School for three years, and then she danced with Phoenix Ballet for two years.

Along the way, Doherty discovered another great love: acting. In 2014, she was part of the cast of the Susan Stroman–directed musical Little Dancer (alongside Tiler Peck). And in 2017, she appeared in her first film, On Pointe—playing, naturally, an ambitious young dancer.

Now, Doherty's on the big screen again, starring as Barlow in High Strung: Free Dance. Plus, she has a new city to call home: NYC. Doherty sat down with us to talk about the film, her transition into acting, and what's next.

Keep reading... Show less
Giveaways
Keep reading... Show less

Sponsored

Want to Be on Our Cover?

covermodelsearch-image

Video

Sponsored

mailbox

Get Dance Spirit in your inbox

Sponsored