It's getting kind of absurd how frequently talented hip-hop littles are popping up on our radar recently. That's why we just had to take a closer look at the kids dominating the scene in our brand-new hip-hop issue. (PSA: Turn to p. 47 of your April issue to learn more about littles like Taylor Hatala, then obsess over the gloriousness that is the Brooklyn Nets Kids on p. 42.)
Of course, we have Will "WilldaBeast" Adams to thank for discovering and nurturing many of these tiny talents. But he's not the only one: Choreographer Alexander Chung of NXG Crew is getting the under 12 crowd to rock some pretty challenging hip-hop choreo, too.
Recently, he released a video featuring a few familiar faces—Taylor Hatala, Bailey Sok and Kenneth San Jose—and some fresh ones—11-year-old Kesh Kesh and 12-year-old Ryan Phuong. OMG, you guys—so. good. The choreo is gritty and rough, while still being relatively kid-appropriate, and the tweenage dancers definitely do it justice.
Go ahead and revel in the awesomeness. (And be on the lookout for a cameo by Taylor's 8-year-old sister Reese, aka the cutest bouncer ever.)
At the risk of sounding like my mom, I have to ask: Seriously, what are they feeding kids these days? And, more importantly, where can I get some?
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?