And the “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 14 Winner Is…
After hundreds of routines, millions of votes, and dozens of mispronunciations of a certain contestant's name, last night the winner of "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 14 was finally crowned. But first, of course, there was a whole lotta fanfare and a ton of dancing down memory lane.
The two-hour finale included the usual looks back at the best and most memorable routines of the season, plus some super special moments and new routines. Mia Michaels returned not just for a chilling, emotional group piece for the Top 10 and the All Stars, but also for a Mia mentor session with the Top 4 contestants. If you're on the hunt for a great therapist, look no further than Mama Mia, who not only got the remaining contestants to open up to her and confess their insecurities and dreams, but also gave them the hope and confidence they needed to power through the last few performances. Bless you, Mia Michaels.
Then there was that seemingly impossible duet from Shaping Sound head honcho Travis Wall and company member and Top 4 contestant Lex. Impossible as in impossibly beautiful, yes, but also literally impossible because uh, according to Instagram, Travis is off getting proposed to in Italy right now. Ah, the magic of "live TV"! But the routine was a treat, whether it was pre-taped or not.
And because there's no such thing as too many montages on a finale show, we also got a mashup of all the times Mary, Nigel, Cat, and the choreographers totally butchered Koine's name (including such gems as "Kanoy," "Koiñe," "Kione," and "Quinoa"). Finally, before kicking off the eliminations, a barefoot Vanessa Hudgens took the stage for a song-and-dance performance, accompanied by All-Star Robert.
Dancing with an earpiece in: major bonus points. (Adam Rose/FOX)
This season may have felt long (seriously, did The Academy go on for 19 weeks or what?), but it was jam-packed with incredible choreography, breathtaking performances, and a tremendous amount of personal growth. As we were reminded every week, this is, ultimately, a competition, which meant the last few eliminations—no matter how dreaded and painful—were inevitable.
And in the final elimination of Season 14, the last dancer standing was...
Koine nabbed the runner-up spot, with Taylor coming in third and Kiki rounding out the Top 4.
Congratulations to all of this season's stunning dancers—and an extra special congrats to Lex, who is officially Dance Spirit's December cover star!
Paige Fraser has performed on world-class stages and alongside Beyoncé—yet some of her most meaningful dance moments happened in tiny classrooms on a small island 1,000 miles from America. This past spring, Fraser, who's danced with Ailey II and is a founding member of Visceral Dance Chicago, teamed up with the non-profit Milk Carton on a String to bring dance to underprivileged children in Haiti. Fraser taught daily ballet and modern dance classes and used YouTube videos and social media to introduce the students to other aspects of dance they hadn't been exposed to.
Now, Fraser plans to continue to use dance to give back through her own newly-funded non-profit, The Paige Fraser Foundation. But instead of traveling outside the country, Fraiser will be helping kids in her childhood home: the Bronx. She wants her foundation to assist aspiring dancers no matter their color or abilities.
Read our interview with the dancer and do-gooder—and discover the life-changing diagnosis that inspired her to help other dancers achieve their dreams.
Kyle Van Newkirk is a tap dancer you probably remember from the premiere season of NBC's World of Dance. In case you missed it, he is also one of Showstopper's incredible convention teachers. What makes Kyle stand apart from some of today's other incredible tappers? He isn't afraid to change what tap means to his audience and even himself. This modern view of tap dancing is important because it shows us that tap dancers are just as versatile and dynamic as dancers of any other genre. We sat down with Kyle to get his advice on bringing tap dancing into the 21st century.
Sure, dancers definitely have some unique identifying characteristics. (We're all obsessed with Center Stage? FACT.) But we're also subjected to all kinds of annoying, inaccurate stereotyping. Here are 10 dancer stereotypes that we never want to hear again.
They say there's no "I" in "team"—and nowhere is that truer than the world of college dance teams, where precision reigns, uniformity is key, and a single misstep from any given "I" can cost a group a championship trophy. So it's unsurprising that securing a spot on one of the best dance teams in the country is no easy feat.
Members of these highly athletic teams rehearse for hours every week—on top of academic classes and commitments—and perform at football and basketball games, annual concerts, and nationally televised competitions (hi, ESPN). And "no I" rule notwithstanding, each of these top teams is made up of highly trained, highly technical, highly hard-core individuals, who come together to create a ready-for-victory pack.
These six teams aren't one-off success stories—they're consistently strong, and earn the top spots at major competitions like UDA and NDA nearly every year. Up for the challenge? Here's what to know before you go to auditions.
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The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center is the 54,000 square foot home of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, one of the largest facilities dedicated to dance on a private university campus. Designed for their innovative new curriculum, that supports a range of dance styles, the school's staff designated Harlequin to provide wall-to-wall flooring for the large 3,500 square foot Performance Studio as well as five dance studios in their new state-of-the-art building.
Last night was both the best and the worst night of "Dancing with the Stars: Athletes." The best, because one lean, mean, dancing machine of a couple got to take home the Mirrorball trophy. The worst, because we won't be able to tune in to "DWTS" each Monday to get our weekly dose of dance mania until the fall. But all good things must come to an end, and "DWTS: Athletes" was certainly one of the best seasons yet. The remaining three couples all brought their A-games to the dance floor for the finale, showcasing two dances: a traditional ballroom routine and a freestyle. Here's the final recap.
DancerPalooza, America's Largest Dance Festival, is moving to sunny SAN DIEGO, California from July 24-29, 2018.
Check out all of the NEW Intensives DancerPalooza has to offer this year!
When Janet Jackson puts out a call for new dancers, basically the ENTIRE WORLD responds. More than 75,000 people entered Jackson's epic #DanceWithJanet contest, announced earlier this spring, which let hopefuls from around the globe audition via social media for a chance to perform with the icon.
So, out of those tens of thousands, who became the newest members of the #JTribe? Meet Phillip Galbert and L'Vala "Lala" Moss, the winners of the competition. Last night, they joined Janet onstage at the Billboard Music Awards. And they more than earned their place in the spotlight.