The Dirt with Sloan-Taylor Rabinor and Montana Efaw
They say opposites attract—and that’s certainly the case for best friends Sloan-Taylor Rabinor and Montana Efaw. Rabinor, a brunette contemporary dancer from Arizona, and Efaw, a blonde hip-hopper from Oregon, first met at The PULSE on Tour almost a decade ago, and in 2007 they became the first ever Elite Protégés to travel with the PULSE faculty. That connected them with Laurieann Gibson, who hired them to perform with Lady Gaga at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Rabinor, now 26, and Efaw, 23, have been performing with Gaga ever since, under the direction of Richard Jackson. Want to know more about this dynamic duo? Read on for The Dirt. —JD
Sloan-Taylor Rabinor (left) and Montana Efaw on the streets of Sydney, Australia (photo courtesy Efaw and Rabinor)
What do you love about Sloan-Taylor’s dancing?
I love that she is such a unique mover and that although she is small, she can dance so big.
What are you listening to right now?
Ariana Grande's new album! I can't help it—I love pop music.
What TV show do you hate to miss?
"Real Housewives of"...anything.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?
Getting home at any hour of the day and putting on my robe.
What’s your hidden talent?
Well Sloan said—"The fact that I could ask you to perform the 2009 VMAs right now and you wouldn't miss a step." I have a good memory!
What’s your favorite city in the world?
I have so many! But there is something so special about Tokyo.
What’s your most embarrassing onstage moment?
You can't beat a fall. I fell one night on the Monster Ball Tour in 2010. I went down on all fours and had to do a Little Miss Sunshine crawl to get back up.
What do you love about Montana’s dancing?
Even after all these years of watching that girl move, I'm still a crazed Montana fan. I always love her improv choices.
Who is your dance crush?
What’s your all-time favorite movie?
Perks of Being a Wallflower. It's also my favorite book.
What TV show takes up the most room on your DVR?
"America's Next Top Model" (turning red because I am ashamed).
What can’t you live without?
Yoga, running, spin, weight training—anything that tests my physical strength.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?
What are your pet peeves?
Bad extensions. Do 'em right or don't do 'em at all.
What’s the best part of being on tour?
The crowds. It never gets old. When the show starts and they scream, there is nothing like it.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
We also want you to
get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.
Liz Imperio teaching at Hollywood Vibe, Courtesy of Hollywood Vibe
It's an increasingly common scenario: A talented dancer wins big at a competition, is offered an assistantship with a famous faculty member, and ends up leaving her hometown studio to travel with a convention. Convention-hopping has obvious benefits. Every event generates new content for dancers to post on social media, gives them a better shot at ending up on their favorite choreographers' accounts, lets them learn from the best of the best, and helps them make valuable connections. "Traveling is a great way for dancers to gain admirers around the country," says Jen Jarnot, owner of Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Thornton, CO. "That's something every dancer craves." So it's no surprise that weekend FOMO has been blazing through studios like wildfire.
But is this jet-setter lifestyle really the most effective road to take? Can weekends of dancing with top talent truly replace the bread and butter of daily work at your home studio? The answer, according to most industry experts, is no. We asked five pros to explain why.