#FlashbackFriday: Alyson Stoner and Missy Elliott Edition

There was a time when Alyson Stoner was "that little girl from the Missy Elliott videos." Before reaching double digits, the pigtailed breaker danced her way through three Elliott videos: "Work It" (2001), "Gossip Folks" (2002) and "I'm Really Hot" (2003).

Mini Alyson Stoner gets it in Missy Elliott's "Work It"

As you already know, Stoner went on to have great success in Hollywood, most notably through her role as Camille Gage in Step Up, Step Up 3D and Step Up: All In. But just because she's #allgrownup doesn't mean she's forgotten her roots.

Earlier this month, when Missy Elliott made the ultimate guest appearance during Katy Perry's Superbowl XLIX half-time show, fans we're disappointed not to see their favorite pair of pigtails amongst the crowd of dancers. We won't speculate too much about why Stoner wasn't there. (After all, we were more than pleased with Elliott's new hip-hop littles.) But we will say that, perhaps, she was too busy working on this epic Missy Elliott tribute video, which she released yesterday.

Regardless, we're super happy this video exists. Happy Friday!

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to 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.

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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

Chrissy

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Would that we could all live in Taylor Swift's Pride-topia, booty-popping with Todrick Hall and sharing snow cones with Adam Rippon in our rainbow-flag-bedecked RV park. But much as we're loving "You Need to Calm Down" and other similarly upbeat celebrations of Pride month, this is also a time to recognize the battles the members of the LGBTQIA+ community have fought—and are still fighting. That's one of the reasons why "I'm Gay," a new dance video by Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys, is so important.

The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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