Saturday Video Break: Jabbawockeez Style
Move over, LXD, there's a new sci-fi hip-hop series on the web. The Jabbawockeez—"America's Best Dance Crew" Season 1 winners—have their own short film on YouTube, and its cliff-hanger ending most certainly calls for a sequel. Directed by Kevin Tancharoen (who also directed Fame and Glee: The 3D Concert Movie), "Regenerate" is set in a "grim new world," where, according to the film's description, "art and culture have been outlawed and freedom is a thing of the past." Eerie, right?
The film premiered earlier this week before Jabbawockeez' regularly scheduled show, "PRiSM" at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. And while we at DS are game for anything new that feeds our inner dance-geeks, there are a few things in "Regenerate" that stick out as especially clever:
1. The code that Alison plays to awaken the crew is written in notes that correspond to a keyboard.
2. The vestibules holding the Jabbawockeez look a lot like tanks wearing headphones.
3. Alison recites a pretty powerful verse to help control the Jabbawockeez. SPOILER: Twenty standing-Os to you if you guessed that it was part of Lewis Carrolls' "The Jabberwocky" from Through the Looking-Glass. (OK, so it wasn't word for word. Close enough, I say.)
It does take a little while for the dancing to get started—it seems like they're trying to build up the plot (which is also not the easiest to follow). But my advice is to get comfy, sit back and enjoy the Jabbawockeez' amazing skillz:
Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2018 Cover Model Search finalists: Sydney Burtis, Shelby Patterson, and Jacalyn Tatro! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's October 2018 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.
Because winning the Junior Division on last summer's inaugural season of "World of Dance" (suuuuuuuuuuper casual) just wasn't enough.
Let's start with the obvious: Over the weekend, Beyoncé and Jay-Z released a joint album, Everything Is Love. Bey and Jay also dropped a video for the album's lead track, which they filmed inside the actual Louvre museum in Paris (as one does, when one is a member of the Carter family). And the vid features not only thought-provoking commentary on the Western art tradition, but also some really incredible dancing.
So, who choreographed this epic? And who are the dancers bringing it to life in those already-iconic bodystockings?
We caught up with former Rockette Trina Simon at Showstopper's Myrtle Beach dance convention to get her expert advice on how to work as a professional dancer. Trina's work on Broadway has given her insight into the key things to focus on as a professional dancer looking for jobs and making a name for yourself, whether you are new to the world of professional dance or you have been making your way from one audition to the next for a while.
Dance dads are awesome for lots of reasons. They support our dreams no matter what, inspire us with their unique improv skills, prove that you really can't be tutu committed to Parents' Night at the dance studio, and have always been our first—and favorite!—dance partners.
"So You Think You Can Dance" is often a launching pad for a dancer's career. While many "SYT" alums go on to perform for iconic artists or join high-profile companies, some also become choreographers—and a few even come full-circle, making dances for the show where it all began. Here are 8 talented choreographers who got their start as "SYTYCD" hopefuls.
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Juliet Doherty has been at home in the studio and the spotlight since before she could walk. The 21-year-old comes from a long line of dancers: She practically grew up at the school her grandmother owned, Fishback Studio of the Dance in Albuquerque, NM, and her mom was her longtime teacher. As a young student, Doherty competed at the world's toughest ballet competitions and performed as Clara in the Radio City Christmas SpectacularRadio City Christmas Spectacular. Eventually, she left Albuquerque to train at the San Francisco Ballet School for three years, and then she danced with Phoenix Ballet for two years.
Along the way, Doherty discovered another great love: acting. In 2014, she was part of the cast of the Susan Stroman–directed musical Little Dancer (alongside Tiler Peck). And in 2017, she appeared in her first film, On Pointe—playing, naturally, an ambitious young dancer.
Now, Doherty's on the big screen again, starring as Barlow in High Strung: Free Dance. Plus, she has a new city to call home: NYC. Doherty sat down with us to talk about the film, her transition into acting, and what's next.