"DWTS" Week 8 Recap: Trio Night
I'll admit it: Being relatively new to the whole "DWTS" game, I was doubtful even the super-talented pro dancers could come up with really cool and exciting ways to do ballroom trio numbers. But boy, was I blown away by the creativity and energy of last night's routines. In honor of three turning out to *actually* be a magic number, here are my three favorite trios from Trio Night. (How many times can I say "trio" in this recap before I drive all of us nuts?)
1. Rashad, Emma and Whitney's tango trio
Okay, so the "other woman" cliché is one of the oldest in the book. But this number's hot-to-the-touch choreo told an engaging story and also provided so many jaw-droppingly beautiful dance moments. Can we please talk about those gorgeous few seconds when Rashad lifted and spun both Emma and Whitney simultaneously? Partnering #goals.
2. Normani, Val and Alan's jive trio
I mean, please sign me up for any "DWTS" number that involves not one, but TWO shirtless men. Beyond the sheer awesomeness that is bare-chested Valan—yes, I just invented "Valan" and no, I don't want to talk about it—Normani was (appropriately!) the real star of this routine. Showing off her precise attack and sparkly stage presence (not to mention her own impressive set of abs!), Normani went from being a promising underdog to possibly the frontrunner in his whole shebang.
3. Simone, Sasha and Brittany's paso trio
I'm a sucker for a well-executed theme, but what really won me over here was seeing a whole new side of Simone. Gone was the smiley young girl on display in her foxtrot with Sasha earlier in the episode. In her place was an interstellar ice queen, capable of hushing the crowd with a swirl of her skirt and a cool glare straight into the camera. Here's hoping we see more of this mature, grounded Simone in future numbers.
At the end of the night, Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess went home. I see why it was time for him to go (his trio was low-energy and bizarre), but oh, how I'll miss that drawl—and his earnest honesty.
Kyle Van Newkirk is a tap dancer you probably remember from the premiere season of NBC's World of Dance. In case you missed it, he is also one of Showstopper's incredible convention teachers. What makes Kyle stand apart from some of today's other incredible tappers? He isn't afraid to change what tap means to his audience and even himself. This modern view of tap dancing is important because it shows us that tap dancers are just as versatile and dynamic as dancers of any other genre. We sat down with Kyle to get his advice on bringing tap dancing into the 21st century.
Sure, dancers definitely have some unique identifying characteristics. (We're all obsessed with Center Stage? FACT.) But we're also subjected to all kinds of annoying, inaccurate stereotyping. Here are 10 dancer stereotypes that we never want to hear again.
They say there's no "I" in "team"—and nowhere is that truer than the world of college dance teams, where precision reigns, uniformity is key, and a single misstep from any given "I" can cost a group a championship trophy. So it's unsurprising that securing a spot on one of the best dance teams in the country is no easy feat.
Members of these highly athletic teams rehearse for hours every week—on top of academic classes and commitments—and perform at football and basketball games, annual concerts, and nationally televised competitions (hi, ESPN). And "no I" rule notwithstanding, each of these top teams is made up of highly trained, highly technical, highly hard-core individuals, who come together to create a ready-for-victory pack.
These six teams aren't one-off success stories—they're consistently strong, and earn the top spots at major competitions like UDA and NDA nearly every year. Up for the challenge? Here's what to know before you go to auditions.
When Janet Jackson puts out a call for new dancers, basically the ENTIRE WORLD responds. More than 75,000 people entered Jackson's epic #DanceWithJanet contest, announced earlier this spring, which let hopefuls from around the globe audition via social media for a chance to perform with the icon.
So, out of those tens of thousands, who became the newest members of the #JTribe? Meet Phillip Galbert and L'Vala "Lala" Moss, the winners of the competition. Last night, they joined Janet onstage at the Billboard Music Awards. And they more than earned their place in the spotlight.
The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center is the 54,000 square foot home of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, one of the largest facilities dedicated to dance on a private university campus. Designed for their innovative new curriculum, that supports a range of dance styles, the school's staff designated Harlequin to provide wall-to-wall flooring for the large 3,500 square foot Performance Studio as well as five dance studios in their new state-of-the-art building.
Last May, we told you about a special exhibition of the Mark Ryden artwork that sparked Alexei Ratmansky's sweet-treat of a ballet, Whipped Cream. Well, hold on to your tiaras, bunheads, because there's a brand-new exhibit featuring actual costumes from this megahit production. The Nutcracker's Land of Sweets has some serious competition!
DancerPalooza, America's Largest Dance Festival, is moving to sunny SAN DIEGO, California from July 24-29, 2018.
Check out all of the NEW Intensives DancerPalooza has to offer this year!
Picture this: You've scored tickets to Ellen DeGeneres' hit show, "Ellen." The day has come, the show is as hysterical as ever, Ellen is debating the biggest hot-button issue since the blue/black or white/gold dress, "Laurel vs. Yanny" (side note: it's LAUREL, people), and tWitch is killing it over at the DJ booth, as always. Ellen decides it's the perfect time to single out an audience member and, lo and behold, that person is "SYTYCD" champ ( and December 2017 cover star!) Lex Ishimoto.
If diamonds are a girl's best friend, it's safe to say that faux-diamond earrings are a dancer's best friend. A fixture onstage at just about every competition weekend, these blinged-out baubles are also the surest sign that recital season is upon us again. And what better way to get into the sparkly spirit than by drooling over these 5 diamonds in the rough? (Sorry not sorry!)