The "DWTS Juniors" Cast's Debut Was SO GOOD, YOU GUYS
Sequins! Balloons! Super-talented minis! (ABC)
We legit can't stop smiling.
Why? Because during last night's episode of the grown-up "Dancing with the Stars," we got a sneak peek at the gloriousness that is about to be "Dancing with the Stars Juniors," set to premiere on Sunday, October 7th.
First, the big reveal! Competing on the inaugural season of the junior show are:
-Tripp Johnston, partnered by Hailey Bills and mentored by Jenna Johnson -Sophia Pippen, partnered by Jake Monreal and mentored by Sasha Farber -Addison Osta Smith, partnered by Lev Khmelev and mentored by Keo Motsepe -Alana Thompson (aka Honey Boo Boo), partnered by Tristan Ianiero and mentored by Artem Chigvinstev -Jason Maybaum, partnered by Elliana Walmsley and mentored by Emma Slater -Hudson West, partnered by Kameron Couch and mentored by Hayley Erbert -Miles Brown, partnered by Rylee Arnold and mentored by Lindsay Arnold -Sky Brown, partnered by JT Church and mentored by Alan Bersten -Mackenzie Ziegler, partnered by Sage Rosen and mentored by Gleb Savchenko -Mandla Morris, partnered by Brightyn Brems and mentored by Cheryl Burke -Ariana Greenblatt, partnered by Artyon Celestine and mentored by Brandon Armstrong -Akash Vukoti, partnered by Kamri Peterson and mentored by Witney Carson
The whole crew broke it down together to "Dance" by DNCE:
And then the junior pros got a special chance to shine in a number to "Born Ready" by Disco Fries featuring Hope Murphy:
You're smiling now too, right? It's basically impossible not to. These kids are just so darn good. 🙌🙌🙌
Catch them in action each Sunday beginning October 7 on ABC!
(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 by clicking on their names here:
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.
When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.
James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)
Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.
Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.