It's no secret that we love the Jabbawockeez. Let's see: Smart choreography? Check. Quirky vibes? Check. Iconic masks? Check. Vegas show? Check. What more could you ask for in a dance crew?
Well, it turns out there's even more to love, and it starts when the masks come off. In a recent interview with Rob Dyrdek (as a part of the web series "Fully Uploaded"), the Jabbawockeez crew members revealed that they're not only insanely talented, but they're also super humble. They believe that any dancer who stays true to themselves can make it big, and we'd say that's a pretty darn good message to live by!
The interview also includes some untold secrets—like why the Jabbawockeez decided to make wearing masks their shtick—and of course, some pretty sick dancing. Enjoy!
(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 by clicking on their names here:
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James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)
Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.
Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.