OK, yes: The OTT role was technically part of his prize as the winner of "So You Think You Can Dance." So this is not, in the strict sense of the word, news. But Broadway shows are a a fickle business; there was always a chance that the blessed event might not actually occur.
We did a little heel-click for joy when we heard that the date for Ubeda's Broadway debut had been set—especially since his cheek-pinchable brand of cuteness is just right for the old-school world of OTT. He was basically born to be a sailor, amirite? Or at least to wear sailor whites, as we saw during choreographer Josh Bergasse's OTT-inspired Broadway routine for Season 11's Top 20. (Just look at him being adorable there in the back row!)
Ubeda will perform in the show through April 26. Get your tickets now, people! And in the meantime, take a look at a few of the OTT-inspired shots we just happened to take at Ubeda's cover shoot. #Sorrynotsorry for the Photoshopped sailor hats.
Original photos by Lucas Chilczuk for Dance Spirit
(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.
We also want you to
get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.
Liz Imperio teaching at Hollywood Vibe, Courtesy of Hollywood Vibe
It's an increasingly common scenario: A talented dancer wins big at a competition, is offered an assistantship with a famous faculty member, and ends up leaving her hometown studio to travel with a convention. Convention-hopping has obvious benefits. Every event generates new content for dancers to post on social media, gives them a better shot at ending up on their favorite choreographers' accounts, lets them learn from the best of the best, and helps them make valuable connections. "Traveling is a great way for dancers to gain admirers around the country," says Jen Jarnot, owner of Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Thornton, CO. "That's something every dancer craves." So it's no surprise that weekend FOMO has been blazing through studios like wildfire.
But is this jet-setter lifestyle really the most effective road to take? Can weekends of dancing with top talent truly replace the bread and butter of daily work at your home studio? The answer, according to most industry experts, is no. We asked five pros to explain why.