#FollowFriday: @issadancelook Is the Dance Fashion Account You're About to Be Obsessed With
2018 graduate Meredith Santoro in a shot from the PURCHASE DANCE x SUPREME series (screenshot via @issadancelook on Instagram)
Our story begins on January 3, 2018, when an account called @issadancelook suddenly appeared on the Insta-horizon. Almost immediately, the page was chock-full of artsy shots of SUNY Purchase dancers in their quirkiest, most stylish classwear and rehearsalwear. Barely half a year later, the page has an intensely engaged base of followers and plans to highlight looks from dancers around the world.
Why are we obsessed with this account (and you should be, too)? First of all, the fashion choices are EVERYTHING. Clearly, Purchase attracts students who apply creativity to every part of their lives. (First among equals being Joy-Marie Thompson, who started and ran the page through the end of last month, and Dava Huesca, a rising senior who recently took on the project.) But what's really hooked followers like yours truly are the fantastic captions replete with dancer humor, excellent emoji use, and fascinating backstories behind the clothing pieces that make up dancers' in-studio wardrobes.
"Joy-Marie created this account as a platform to celebrate her peers at the Conservatory, as well as embrace our uniqueness in ways that aren't critiqued and in which technical ability doesn't matter," Huesca said in an email. "Issadancelook highlights our artistry through fashion. People are often curious about life behind the curtain; this page is a sneak peek into our eclectic style and ability to pull together looks that can be worn both inside and outside of the studio."
We're not the only ones impressed by these looks. The end of last month saw a collab conceptualized by Robert Wagoner, a freelance photographer and Purchase alumnus, with dancers modeling clothing by NYC-based clothing brand Supreme. I mean, will you just look at these in. cred. i. ble. pictures!
By now, you're probably wondering if what you're wearing to class or rehearsal today in fact issa dance look or, um, is not. There's only one way to find out: The page accepts submissions! So what are you waiting for? Hit those DMs with your best ensemble and prepare for your 15 minutes of studio-style fame. And, in the wise words of Joy-Marie, "Stay looking good. Always arrive to the studio in your BEST attire and your BEST intentions." We couldn't agree more.
(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 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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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
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