Yes, dance artists are turning up more and more frequently in the pages of mainstream publications (and YAY for that trend!). But it's pretty rare for the renowned New York Times to feature a teenage dancer.
Then again, it's pretty rare for anyone to be as all-around fabulous as Larsen Thompson.
Larsen Thompson's done it again. And by "it" we mean she's slaying the fashion world with her fierce dance moves. The dancer turned model is featured in a new ad for the clothing line Fame and Partners, where she makes dancing in elegant evening wear look as effortless as a plié.
Larsen Thompson showing off her dance (left) and modeling (right) skills (left photo by Jayme Thornton; right by Felipe Espinal, courtesy Thompson)
Before dance phenom Larsen Thompson booked her first modeling job, she'd never even considered modeling. "I was working on a commercial as a lead dancer, and a woman approached me to ask me to model for a print campaign," Thompson remembers. "At first I didn't think much of it, but then I realized I could incorporate my love of movement into my modeling." After she made that connection, Thompson's modeling career took off.
These days, a lot of young dancers are feeling the urge to branch out into dance-adjacent fields like singing, acting, modeling, and designing. In fact, especially in the commercial world, agents and casting directors increasingly expect that dancers will have the chops to book jobs as actors and models. But how can you explore non-dance passions while maintaining your technique? We spoke with Thompson and three other multitalented dancers to hear their advice on navigating the changing demands of the entertainment industry.
If you're even half as obsessed with Mean Girls as we are, you're counting the days until its Broadway debut this March. And if you need a little something extra to hold you over till then, look no further: Larsen Thompson and her squad have given us an early Christmas present in the form of a Mean Girls-inspired dance routine. That's right, they've done the impossible—they've made fetch happen...in Santa suits and 6-inch heels, no less.
Much of Janelle Ginestra's career has been about helping others shine. She's dedicated herself to supporting and cheerleading her partner, WilldaBeast Adams; the emerging talents in their dance company, ImmaBEAST; and the countless dancers she inspires at master classes and conventions. Her YouTube channel has become a launching pad for young talents like "Fraternal Twins" Larsen Thompson and Taylor Hatala, thanks to viral videos featuring Ginestra's creative vision.
But Ginestra's a skyrocketing success in her own right—an in-demand choreographer, a social media influencer, and a dance entrepreneur, building a legacy one eight-count at a time. It's time for her turn in the spotlight. And she's more than ready. "I want to be a legend in whatever I do," she says. We'd argue that she already is.
It's no secret that Larsen Thompson (one-half of the Fraternal Twins) is a total chameleon, serving up some of the meanest #stankface one minute, then modeling in fashion ads like a seasoned pro the next. The latest evidence? This wonderfully dreamy music video for BØRNS' "American Money," directed by Olivia Bee. Larsen floats from scene to scene with authority, unleashing her signature power moves (and red hair!) while serving some insane face. It's a totally new side of our May/June cover girl, and we're loving it. Check out the video below:
If there's one thing to know about Dance Spirit, it's that we loooove viral dance vids. And apparently, so does the entire country—YouTube clicks don't lie! So naturally, Lifetime (home of the OG dance show, "Dance Moms") decided a reality show where eight of the most famous young talents in the commercial world competed against one another to make a dance video for a music superstar would be a good idea. And thus "Dance Video Throwdown," which premiered last night, was born. If you missed the episode, which featured Omi's oh-so-earwormy song "Cheerleader," we've got you covered with the top five reasons we're obsessed with this show:
2. As much as we love our May/June cover girls together, it's sort of fun to see The Fraternal Twins, Larsen and Taylor, battling it out on opposite teams. They're incredible as a unit, but this show really highlights their individuality. It's clear, though, that together or apart, they're still both insanely talented.
3. Omi, the genius behind the forever-catchy "Cheerleader," is so obviously impressed by all the contestants, and it's adorable to watch.
4. The choreographers and directors are the cream of the crop. Brandon Shaw, Ellen Kim, Ryan Parma and Rick Wayne guaranteed that each team's music video was going to be conceptual, bold and beautifully filmed.
5. Travis Wall <3 Need we say more? No, but we're gonna: Watching him marvel at everyone's talent never gets old. And even in the show's most high-pressure moments, he's there to calm everyone down and remind them just how capable they are.
Unsurprisingly, Larsen's Insta spot, directed by Jason Lee Parry, is great: She grooves and hair-flips her way around downtown L.A., looking gorgeous as ever. It's all very easy and breezy and devastatingly cool.
When GapFit launched their colorful campaign last summer, we collectively obsessed over it—because of the amazing athletic wear, of course, but also because some of our all-time favorite dance stars were leaping through the photos. And the latest familiar face to join is none other than Larsen Thompson, bona fide commercial superstar and one-half of The Fraternal Twins. It's not surprising, since her modeling career's been taking off just as fast as her dance career—girl knows how to sell it. And we're absolutely loving it—check out the video below (and keep your eye out for Martha Graham's PeiJu Chien-Pott and ABT's Calvin Royal III, who was in the last campaign, too!).