Meet the Same-Gender Salsa Duo Set to Bring the 🔥🔥🔥 to "World of Dance"
Jonathan y Jorge are all the #goals. (Andrew Eccles/NBC)
To say that we were obsessed with salsa sensations Karen y Ricardo on Season 2 of NBC's "World of Dance" would actually be a bit of an understatement. We COULD NOT GET OVER their jaw-dropping routines—and we loved the fact that they were bringing salsa dance to primetime television.
When Season 3 of "WOD" premieres tonight, another fabulous salsa duo will be competing for the show's million-dollar prize. And Jonathan Troncoso and Jorge Valcarecel aren't just here to slay (although, yes, they are definitely here to slay). They're also breaking new ground as the show's first same-gender salsa pair.
"We want to bring awareness to the same-gender dance community," the duo, who'll be known as Jonathan y Jorge on the show, told Out magazine. "We want everyone to see that same-gender dancing can be just as strong and impactful as traditional dancing. We want people to see us and like or dislike us as dancers and not simply because we're two men dancing together."
Jonathan y Jorge have more than earned their place in the spotlight, with multiple dance titles to their names. Just a month ago, they earned top honors at the World Salsa Summit in the same gender category. (If you want to go down the BEST YouTube rabbit hole, btw, search for "World Salsa Summit same gender.")
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list: