Zendaya as Zoe Stevens in "Zapped" (Photo by David Bukach/Disney Enterprises)
Zendaya has come a long way since her first hip-hop classes at 8 years old. Growing up in Oakland, CA, she danced with the troupe Future Shock Oakland. Now 17, the triple threat is unstoppable. She's performed at the White House, starred in the Disney Channel series “Shake It Up" and cha-chaed her way to second place on “Dancing with the Stars" Season 16. Last summer, she dropped her debut single, “Replay," complete with a killer video choreographed by The PULSE on Tour's Ian Eastwood. This June, Zendaya's dance skills will be on display in the new Disney Channel movie Zapped, where she plays Zoey Stevens, a high school dance teamer who discovers a unique power in her pocket—a smartphone app that can control the unruly boys in her life. Want more Zendaya? Read on for The Dirt.
What are you listening to right now?
Beyoncé's whole album.
"Coming to America."
Biggest guilty pleasure:
Häagen-Dazs coffee ice cream.
Who is your dance crush?
Channing Tatum...he can get down!
What are your pet peeves?
Chipped nail polish. No, no, no.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Winning Grammys and Nobel Peace Prizes
What was the best part of being on “DWTS"?
Being with Val, he's my big bro for life!
What was your favorite part of being on “Shake It Up"?
Ralph Lauren is kicking off the celebration bright and early with a gender-neutral capsule collection featuring a rainbow version (naturally) of its pony logo. And the brand chose a bunch of influential LGBTQIA+ community members to model the looks—including our favorite danseur in heels, Houston Ballet soloist Harper Watters.
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.