Let's take a minute to break that down: Sergei Polunin, the former Royal Ballet principal whose performance in that Hozier video earned him the true love of 16,885,063 (and counting) hearts, is going to be in a ballet movie. A ballet SPY movie. A ballet spy movie ALSO STARRING JENNIFER LAWRENCE.
This screenshot from "Take Me to Church" perfectly encapsulates our feelings about that news.
Do we know a whole lot more about Red Sparrow? Not really. Apparently it's set in modern-day Russia, and involves a young dancer (presumably J. Law) recruited against her will to operate against a CIA officer (presumably Joel Edgerton, the other big Hollywood name involved in the project). And, at some point, we will see Polunin. Hopefully Polunin dancing. Hopefully Polunin dancing with Lawrence.
Of course, this isn't Polunin's first big-screen exposure. The documentary Dancer, following his extraordinary rise-and-fall-and-rise-again career, came out earlier this year. And it sounds like he's also scored a role in another starry Hollywood project, the upcoming Murder on the Orient Express.
If Polunin's even a tenth as talented an actor as he is a dancer, this is going to be major. Need a new happy mantra to chant when you're feeling stressed? Try "Oscar winner Sergei Polunin." Should do the trick!
(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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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.