Let's talk about Phillip Chbeeb for a second. You know, the insanely awesome popper from "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 5? And a member of I.aM.mE—the Season 6 "America's Best Dance Crew" champs? Lately, he's been popping up all over the Internets and we couldn't be happier about it. Not only does he seem like a genuinely sweet guy (What is it with these hip-hop boys?! tWitch, Cyrus, Joshua—swoon!), but he's SICK. As in so ridiculously talented you can't take your eyes off him sick. Don't believe me? Watch him become water. Yep, you read that right—water. (It starts off a bit slow, but at 1:00, your jaw will drop.)
Take one look at Kaeli Ware's Instagram page and you'll be captivated. The elegant, impossibly long-limbed ballet dancer has over 110 thousand followers hooked on her every polished move. But the 19-year-old phenom isn't just a social media sensation. Having already conquered the competition scene and the world of dance reality TV, Ware recently joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet as a trainee. These days, she splits her time between NYC and Philadelphia, PA, where she continues to beef up her classical training at The Rock School for Dance Education.
She's not a traditional bunhead, and she's not a run-of-the-mill social influencer, either. Instead, Ware is creating her own hybrid career path—and it's taking her to impressive places.
Their technique might seem effortless onstage, but even the most seasoned ballet professionals have that one step that still drives them crazy. We asked five principal dancers to open up about the skills they still find challenging, and how they're working to finesse them.
In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured!
Do I need private lessons? I'm a professional-track dancer, and my teachers say that I should start scheduling privates to advance more quickly. But they're so expensive. Will I make it if I stick to group classes?