And it hits select movie theaters across the country TODAY.
Hip-hop has Step Up. Ballet has Center Stage. Jazz has Chicago. And now, salsa has SHINE, the Kickstarter-funded flick that you're about to be completely obsessed with.
(courtesy GVN Releasing)
Set in NYC, SHINE tells the story of two Puerto Rican brothers from Spanish Harlem separated by tragedy who come together again through salsa dance years later—but on opposing sides of the issue of gentrification. Ralphi comes back after seven years away to develop commercial real estate in his old neighborhood. He soon encounters his estranged brother, Junior, who followed in their father's footsteps to become an elite salsa dancer and an unwavering activist against gentrification of their neighborhood. When the new owner of their father's dance studio reveals she's behind on mortgage payments, Junior rallies the local dance community to raise funds to save the studio.
Based on the intense, dance-filled trailer, this looks to be the kind of drama-suffused, choreo-heavy flick that we—and salsa—deserve. So what are you waiting for? Find out if the movie is playing near you! (Maybe leave the littlest ones at home, though: SHINE is rated R for strong language.)
(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