What brought on my latest these-children-are-so-good-I-have-to-sit-down-for-a-minute attack, which is becoming a pretty much daily occurrence? That'd be this video by choreographer Janelle Ginestra and director Tim Milgram, featuring the hip-hop stylings of power duo Taylor Hatala and Larsen Thompson. Set to Big Sean's "IDFWU" (don't worry, Mom—they used the clean version), it's basically a stank face tutorial let by an 11-year-old (Taylor) and a 15-year-old (Larsen). And it is exactly as amazing as that sounds.
This isn't the first time Ginestra has custom-tailored choreo for Taylor and Larsen, and hopefully it's not the last. There's something about the chemistry of that trio that creates all kinds of dance magic.
Now excuse me while I fashion a bandana headband and practice my stank face in the mirror for two hours.
(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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Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)
Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer