We don't usually turn to ESPN.com for dance coverage, but we have to give them snaps for their fantastic new profile of the untouchable Tricia Miranda. You're obsessed with her, we're obsessed with her, and now a bunch of sports fans who might otherwise never have known her name are obsessed with her. Basically, she's one step closer to world domination. (It's only a matter of time.)
You already know some of the story told in the ESPN profile—Miranda's career as a dancer, her work with industry heavy-hitters, the viral success of her can't-look-away class videos—but the piece also includes many other choice nuggets. Did you know that Miranda decided to transition from dancing to choreographing full-time after an especially trying experience filming Britney Spears' "Circus" video? "My knees were bleeding from doing ground work in the gravel, and I was just starting to feel over it," Miranda told ESPN. "It's not fair to take a spot from a hungry dancer who deserves to be there just to get a check. I'm not that person, that's not for me." We also learn that Missy Elliot actually got on the phone herself to ask Miranda to choreograph that epic Super Bowl performance: "Missy called me personally and was like, 'Listen ... I need four kids in my show and I don't trust nobody else to work with children but you'," Miranda said. NBD.
Most intriguing of all is the info we get about Miranda's upcoming MTV series, "Going Off," which is set to premiere in January. Apparently each episode will feature Miranda leading a class full of dance-world A-listers—and booking one of them for a job at the end of the session. "A bootcamp for industry dancers is kind of what it looks like," she told ESPN. Color us verrrrrry intrigued.
Read the whole profile here—and then take a little #TBT walk down memory lane with these classic Tricia Miranda vids. (Heads-up: Some of them include dirty lyrics. Proceed with school/studio-appropriate caution.)
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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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.