Amazing Little-Known Facts About 10 Famous Dancers
Dancers are multi-layered, complicated people. Which is why it makes sense that there's a lot about our favorite pros that we don't know. Read on for the most surprising facts Dance Spirit has learned throughout the years.
Ian Eastwood, commercial dancer
Photo by Erin Baiano
What's something most people don't know about you?
"I have a life-sized Spider-Man cutout in my room that is staring at me right now."
"I always have my lucky bunny in my dressing room. My dad gave it to me when I was a baby and it goes everywhere with me."
Laura Osnes, Broadway triple threat
Laura Osnes (center) in Bandstand (Photo by Jeremy Daniel via Boneau/Bryan Brown)
What's your most embarrassing onstage moment?
"It was during a matinee performance of South Pacific on Broadway for a bunch of students. I was wearing only a bathing suit, and I tripped and fell on one of the set pieces with my bare legs flailing everywhere. The kids were not forgiving with their laughter. I made it through the scene, but started bawling the second I got offstage. I was so embarrassed."
Mark Kanemura, commercial dancer
Mark Kanemura (left) and Jeremy Hudson (Photo by Joe Toreno)
If you weren't a dancer, what would you be?
"Hmmm… Maybe a geisha, maybe a zoologist, maybe a pirate? So many fun things to be."
Zendaya, commercial triple threat
What's the strangest thing in your purse?
A jar of Nutella…DON'T JUDGE!
Leanne Cope, former soloist with The Royal Ballet and principal in "An American in Paris"
(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?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.