The Dirt: Tyne Stecklein

There’s a group of blonde bombshells headed to a cinema near you this month. Burlesque, which follows a small-town girl finding her niche at a burlesque club in L.A., features a cast of gorgeous women—including Christina Aguilera, Julianne Hough and Kristen Bell—getting their grooves on. But Tyne Stecklein, the head-turner who plays Jesse, will get you to tear your eyes away from those superstars.

 

Tyne’s no stranger to being a part of a stellar cast. This commercial dancer has shared the screen and stage with the likes of Zac Efron, in High School Musical 2 and 17 Again; Bebe Neuwirth, in Fame; Will Ferrell, in Step Brothers; and the King of Pop himself, as a dancer booked on Michael Jackson’s This Is It tour. The former comp kid was also a member of Justin Giles’ contemporary company, Soul Escape. Check out Burlesque in theaters November 24 and read on for The Dirt!

One thing you can’t live without: Performing!...and coffee in the morning

Who would play you in a movie? Rachel McAdams

Most-played song on your iPod: "Fast Cars and Freedom" by Rascal Flatts

Must-see T.V. show: My favorite TV show has always been "Friends." I still watch the reruns. Now I like "Modern Family" and I love that "Glee uses so many dancers.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Ice cream and chocolate :)

One thing most people don’t know about you: I watch football every Sunday but don't understand the game, even though my dad was a coach.

 

Photo of Tyne Stecklein in Burlesque by Stephen Vaughan.

(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to 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 on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

Chrissy

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Would that we could all live in Taylor Swift's Pride-topia, booty-popping with Todrick Hall and sharing snow cones with Adam Rippon in our rainbow-flag-bedecked RV park. But much as we're loving "You Need to Calm Down" and other similarly upbeat celebrations of Pride month, this is also a time to recognize the battles the members of the LGBTQIA+ community have fought—and are still fighting. That's one of the reasons why "I'm Gay," a new dance video by Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys, is so important.

The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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