Ian Eastwood Continues to Inspire

Confession: We're just slightly obsessed with choreographer/dancer/director Ian Eastwood. We may or may not have spent a really long time discussing what it would be like to date him dance with him.

Eastwood draws people in with his inventive style, but he keeps them coming back with solid work ethic and passion for dance. So it's no surprise that his first major brand deal is with Ray-Ban, maker of those uber-cool sunglasses that have been worn by everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Michael Jackson. Classic elegance, combined with edgy modernity and longevity? Sounds like the way Eastwood might describe his own career.

(Photo by Alexandra Gavillet for Ray-Ban)

His interview with Ray-Ban is super-inspiring. A few nuggets: He loves to teach and takes it very seriously, and he quit the industry scene right when he was getting started because he believed in and wanted to focus on his own choreography.

Check out the video below:

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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.

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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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