You know Millennium Dance Complex, right? If you're an aspiring commercial dancer, you've likely taken up a semi-permanent residence at the North Hollywood studio-to-the-stars.
But if you're outside the L.A. area, there's a chance you know all about Millennium—the celebrity choreographers! the palpable energy in every studio! the crazy-stylish dancers grooving in every corner!—but haven't been able to make the trip to Cali for a class.
Great news: Soon you'll be able to get the Millennium experience without having to go all the way to Hollywood!
The world-famous studio announced this week that it will be expanding with a nationwide—and eventually worldwide—franchise program. So cool!
Millennium plans to sign agreements for 10 to 15 franchise units this year, which means the U.S. will be nicely stocked with sister studios offering classes in jazz, hip hop, tap, ballet and contemporary, as well as studio rentals and parties.
Fun Fact: Millennium is the dance home to tons of today's top stars who want a little "5, 6, 7, 8" action in their lives. The North Hollywood original location has catered to the likes of Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Usher, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Pink and Britney Spears. And beyond pop stars, Millennium has also trained Jennifer Love Hewitt, Vanessa Hudgens and Katie Holmes.
(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 by clicking on their names here:
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.
When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.