The Dirt: Lauren Adams
With her exquisite, Grace Kelly-esque features and impeccable technique, Lauren Adams oozes both sophistication and talent. Watching Adams at work, whether she’s dancing onstage or teaching students at a packed convention, is like watching your favorite movie: Even though you may have seen it a million times, it’s too intriguing to look away.
Adams’ passion for dance and her quirky contemporary choreography have made her one of the most adored instructors on the competition and convention circuit. She has a packed resumé, including stints with IV Dance Company and Jason Parsons’ Parsons Dance Project. Her work was showcased at the 2004 Jazz Dance World Congress and the 25th Anniversary Gala of the Jackson International Ballet Competition, and she has been a contributing choreographer for Broadway Underground, :pushing progress and the Fire Island Dance Festival. Adams, who lives in NYC, has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and The Juilliard School, and she’s a faculty member with New York City Dance Alliance. Read on for The Dirt from this clever choreographer. —Alison Feller
Must-see TV show: "Modern Family"
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Baked Treats: cookies, doughnuts & scones...oh my!
What is something people don’t know about you? I was born exactly 100 years to the day after Pablo Picasso! (But I can't draw to save my life.)
If you weren’t a choreographer what would you be? A nurse.
Who would play you in a movie? Reese Witherspoon
Who is your dance crush? Mikhail Baryshnikov
If you happened to be in NYC in April, you may have seen something weird: 30 dancers—including Jakob Karr, Sabra Johnson and Ida Saki—dressed in shiny blue unitards, imitating sea monkeys.
The flash-mob–like project was the brainchild of Lauren Adams. “The idea came from my weird, crazy mind,” she says. “I made up a combination for young dancers at conventions and people went crazy for it. I kept picturing the combo being done by a bunch of my friends—dressed as sea monkeys.” Adams gathered a group of dancers (including “So You Think You Can Dance” alums, Juilliard students and friends from Steps on Broadway), called BalTogs to snag some unitards and hired a videographer to capture the event. Then, on April 20, the dancers converged in Central Park, where they spent three hours wandering and performing the routine.
“I wanted to do something to make people smile,” Adams says. “People just need to laugh.”
Kyle Van Newkirk is a tap dancer you probably remember from the premiere season of NBC's World of Dance. In case you missed it, he is also one of Showstopper's incredible convention teachers. What makes Kyle stand apart from some of today's other incredible tappers? He isn't afraid to change what tap means to his audience and even himself. This modern view of tap dancing is important because it shows us that tap dancers are just as versatile and dynamic as dancers of any other genre. We sat down with Kyle to get his advice on bringing tap dancing into the 21st century.
Sure, dancers definitely have some unique identifying characteristics. (We're all obsessed with Center Stage? FACT.) But we're also subjected to all kinds of annoying, inaccurate stereotyping. Here are 10 dancer stereotypes that we never want to hear again.
They say there's no "I" in "team"—and nowhere is that truer than the world of college dance teams, where precision reigns, uniformity is key, and a single misstep from any given "I" can cost a group a championship trophy. So it's unsurprising that securing a spot on one of the best dance teams in the country is no easy feat.
Members of these highly athletic teams rehearse for hours every week—on top of academic classes and commitments—and perform at football and basketball games, annual concerts, and nationally televised competitions (hi, ESPN). And "no I" rule notwithstanding, each of these top teams is made up of highly trained, highly technical, highly hard-core individuals, who come together to create a ready-for-victory pack.
These six teams aren't one-off success stories—they're consistently strong, and earn the top spots at major competitions like UDA and NDA nearly every year. Up for the challenge? Here's what to know before you go to auditions.
When Janet Jackson puts out a call for new dancers, basically the ENTIRE WORLD responds. More than 75,000 people entered Jackson's epic #DanceWithJanet contest, announced earlier this spring, which let hopefuls from around the globe audition via social media for a chance to perform with the icon.
So, out of those tens of thousands, who became the newest members of the #JTribe? Meet Phillip Galbert and L'Vala "Lala" Moss, the winners of the competition. Last night, they joined Janet onstage at the Billboard Music Awards. And they more than earned their place in the spotlight.
The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center is the 54,000 square foot home of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, one of the largest facilities dedicated to dance on a private university campus. Designed for their innovative new curriculum, that supports a range of dance styles, the school's staff designated Harlequin to provide wall-to-wall flooring for the large 3,500 square foot Performance Studio as well as five dance studios in their new state-of-the-art building.
Last May, we told you about a special exhibition of the Mark Ryden artwork that sparked Alexei Ratmansky's sweet-treat of a ballet, Whipped Cream. Well, hold on to your tiaras, bunheads, because there's a brand-new exhibit featuring actual costumes from this megahit production. The Nutcracker's Land of Sweets has some serious competition!
DancerPalooza, America's Largest Dance Festival, is moving to sunny SAN DIEGO, California from July 24-29, 2018.
Check out all of the NEW Intensives DancerPalooza has to offer this year!
Picture this: You've scored tickets to Ellen DeGeneres' hit show, "Ellen." The day has come, the show is as hysterical as ever, Ellen is debating the biggest hot-button issue since the blue/black or white/gold dress, "Laurel vs. Yanny" (side note: it's LAUREL, people), and tWitch is killing it over at the DJ booth, as always. Ellen decides it's the perfect time to single out an audience member and, lo and behold, that person is "SYTYCD" champ ( and December 2017 cover star!) Lex Ishimoto.
If diamonds are a girl's best friend, it's safe to say that faux-diamond earrings are a dancer's best friend. A fixture onstage at just about every competition weekend, these blinged-out baubles are also the surest sign that recital season is upon us again. And what better way to get into the sparkly spirit than by drooling over these 5 diamonds in the rough? (Sorry not sorry!)