Y'all already know that the lineup of "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" pros is stacked with DS favorites. So, how to pick our absolute favorite number from Sunday night's premiere ep? A few crucial factors weighed in Artyon Celestine and Ariana Greenblatt's favor.
First, they danced to Carly Rae Jepsen's irresistibly dancy (Mark Kanemura agrees wholeheartedly, btw) "Cut to the Feeling." This song IS pure joy. It was all we could do not to burst through our TV screens, get up onstage, and join their party.
Second, these two make for the perfect pair. SO. MUCH. ENERGY! Who needs coffee when you're watching them cha cha (or even just squealing upon meeting each other for the first time)? No wonder they tied with Mandla Morris and Brightyn Brems for the night's top score (24/30).
Third, those outfits. I mean, honestly. Li'l Gamora here was born to wear canary-yellow ruffles, and Artyon's lemony one-piece tracksuit shines bright like a [yellow] diamond.
We can't wait to see more of what Team Bite-Sized (not to mention all the other pint-size pairs!) cooks up in the coming weeks. What was your favorite performance from Sunday night's premiere episode?
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)
Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer