You already know the many reasons dance teams rock. And being on a professional basketball dance team is even better: Not only can it potentially lead to big things (like, Paula Abdul big), you also get to perform in jam-packed stadiums at major events around the world. Like seasoned members of the Knicks City Dancers have told us, it's a seriously sweet part-time gig.
Paula Abdul, front and center. The 80s were awesome. (photo via ultimatecheerleaders.com)
If you're over 16 and this sounds like your kind of thing (um, yes please!), get yourself to L.A. this weekend for the Laker Girls workshop. Laker Girls director Lisa Estrada and dance convention/competition Hollywood Connection are hosting an all-day clinic for dance-team hopefuls at California State University Long Beach on Saturday, June 14th. Participants will learn team choreography, experience mock auditions and meet, ask questions and hear feedback from Estrada herself.
The registration fees are a little steep ($110 if you register by Thursday, $120 at the door), but it does seem like a fantastic networking opportunity before the Laker Girls hold auditions in July.
Hopefuls audition for the Knicks City Dancers—this year KCD auditions are June 21! (photo courtesy Madison Square Garden)
Can't make it to L.A.? There may be a clinic for your city's dance team coming up verrry soon since audition season is now in full swing. The Brooklynettes in Brooklyn, NY, for instance, are hosting their second audition intensive on June 23rd before their auditions June 28th. And the Knicks City Dancers are holding four audition clinics (June 11th—that's tonight—and the 12th, 18th and 19th) before their audition June 21st. Check out your city's team (or the city of your dream team's) website for info.
(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