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!
They Try To Learn About Dance Even When They're Totally Lost
Most of the time, our dance dads have no idea what we're talking about, but they always at least try to contribute to our dance conversations!
They Come To All Our Performances
Got a performance coming up? You can count on your dad being there and cheering you on, even if he starts clapping at the wrong time.
They'll Always Dance With You
They may not like being on stage, but dance dads will always dance around the living room with you, making for the best memories ever.
They Try Their Best To Be Cool
Whenever you've got a problem you need to talk about, they try their best to be cool and to help you as much as possible.
They'll Buy You The Best Costumes
Dance dads will always make sure you look your best before taking the stage.
They'll Tell Everyone You're The Best Dancer
Who needs a publicist when you have a dance dad to tell everyone how amazing you are?
A Dance Dad's Love Is Endless
At the end of the day, dance dads love you more than anything and there's no limit on what they'll do to support you.
Everyone loves the multitalented Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler. Everyone loves Olympic figure skater (and pop-culture icon) Adam Rippon. Everyone loves when dancers ice-skate, and vice versa. So what could possibly be more lovable than the latest episode of the YouTube show "Break the Ice with Adam Rippon," in which Rippon teaches the sisters Ziegler to skate? (Nothing. NOTHING is more lovable than this freakishly cute video.)
Three of our Insta faves (Jenna Johnson Chmerkovskiy, Robert Roldan, and Gaby Diaz) in one photo!
It's safe to say that we're obsessed with the "So You Think You Can Dance" All Stars. Over the past few seasons, we've loved seeing them up on that "SYT" stage, guiding each new batch of contestants. Unsurprisingly, many of the All Stars are as charismatic online as they are onscreen. While we wait to hear which All Stars will be involved in Season 16, here are six from years past that you should totally be following on Insta.
Sage Humphries rehearsing "White" (Brooke Trisolini, courtesy Boston Ballet)
It's been an eventful few months for Sage Humphries, to say the least. Last November, the Boston Ballet company member made her (very well-received) choreographic debut with a piece called YOU, part of the company's BB@home: ChoreograpHER program. Just one week later, Humphries sustained an injury that kept her offstage for a couple of months. But she didn't have much downtime: Artistic director Mikko Nissinen soon asked Humphries to make a piece for Boston Ballet's first-ever appearance at Boston Calling Music Festival. Now that Humphries is back in the studio, Dance Spirit caught up with her to talk about making ballet rock, working with her composer brother, and what it's like to see her name next to William Forsythe's.