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You're obsessed with class videos. We're obsessed with class videos. The passion, energy, and talent showcased in these clips, which give us an insider-y peek at the commercial dance world's hottest classes, are totally irresistible.

But at what point does the phenomenon go from being a good thing to a bad thing for dancers and the dance world? Is the focus on filming distracting from the work dancers are supposed to be doing in class? Are overproduced videos presenting a dangerously misleading picture of the dance world? Is the pressure to be a class video star becoming too much for dancers to handle? These are some of the questions A-list dancer and choreographer Ian Eastwood—no stranger to the class video himself—has been asking on Twitter. And they've sparked a lively, important debate.

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Dancer to Dancer

Mollee Gray (left) and Kent Boyd (right) in Teen Beach Movie (by Francisco Roman/Disney Channel)

What do you get when you mix sand, retro bikinis and your favorite dancers rockin’ out on top of surfboards? Find out July 19 when Teen Beach Movie premieres on Disney Channel. To celebrate this red-hot made-for-TV musical, DS caught up with two of the film’s star dancers, “So You Think You Can Dance” alums Mollee Gray and Kent Boyd. Read on for The Dirt. 

Mollee Gray

What did you want to be when you were a kid? When I was younger I was obsessed with Elle Woods from Legally Blonde! Because of her, I really wanted to be a lawyer!!

Performer/dancer you would drop everything to go see: Taylor Swift!!

Biggest guilty pleasure: Frozen yogurt…I could eat it for every meal and be so happy!!

Favorite food: Steak salad

Something most people don’t know about you: I still collect Pokémon cards! (I have them displayed in my room HA HA)

Who is your dance crush? Kent Boyd <3 He is the cutest thing I have ever seen and has such an incredible personality!

What has been your proudest career moment so far? Well I have two! One was getting to act alongside Ashton Kutcher in No Strings Attached, and the second was landing the role of Giggles in Disney’s Teen Beach Movie.

What’s your favorite part of Teen Beach Movie? Definitely dancing on the beach for one of the surfers’ songs called “Surf Crazy.” Such a dream come true! Also the message this movie sends about befriending those who aren’t a part of your “clique” or “group” is something I believe our generation needs to be inspired by.

Kent Boyd 

Favorite movies: Seabiscuit and Lilo & Stitch (It made me cry)

Biggest guilty pleasure: Pranking people

Favorite food: Two years ago it was Hot Pockets! But now I’m trying to expand my taste buds! I love “Top Chef”!

Something most people don’t know about you: I dabble on the harmonica!

Who would play you in a movie? Channing Tatum…but, younger, shorter & buffer! HA HA!

What’s the strangest thing in your dance bag? Five ChapSticks! Because ya can’t have too many!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? A family…dog…yard…and a mantel with 3 Oscars! ;-)

What has been your proudest career moment so far? Creating and producing my own short film, It Remains, & playing Rascal in Disney’s Teen Beach Movie.

What’s your favorite part of Teen Beach Movie? Musical numbers on the beach…with an awesome cast in Puerto Rico! Living the Dream! #Blessed!


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