Here at DS, we know all too well that the only thing better than a great dancer is a great dancer who also happens to bevery young. And so we present installment #874234 in our "How Fantastic Are These Dancing Kids?" series. This time, we've got some wee salsa dancers to amaze you.
Here is where I should say that when it comes to salsa, I'm no impartial observer: I'm totally obsessed. For a few years I went through a pretty intense salsa phase where I was out salsa-ing every night. And guys: It is so. much. fun. Go take a salsa class right now. Seriously! GO.
That said, I also know from experience how crazy hard it is to salsa in a way that looks both relaxed and technically impressive. That's why the stylings of salsa prodigies Kevin and Beberly just overwhelm me. They are the definition of "naturals"—though I'm sure they've also spent hours in the studio polishing up their impossibly smooth moves.
Here's the dynamic duo performing at the Israel Salsa Congress this past weekend. Enjoy! (And if you happen to know more about Kevin and Beberly, drop us a line!)
(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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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.
When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.