Tiny Dancers NAIL It in Matt Steffanina's New Video
I could spend hours watching dance videos, whether they're from recent classes or full-on performances. I think I’m just on YouTube to watch one clip–and next thing you know, I’m scrolling through the side bar.
After coming across Matt Steffanina’s videos, I’m officially obsessed with his choreography. But I'm even more obsessed with the tiny dancers who kill it in his adult classes. So. Much. Swag. Let's refresh our memories: There was Taylor Hatala, who aced the remix to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off", and then Bailey Sok and Kenneth San Jose, who dominated the choreo to Meek Mill's "Monster." All of them are under the age of 13, by the way.
Steffanina's latest video, set to Trey Songz' “Slow Motion," features one of our fave 8-year-olds, Aidan Prince. He dances alongside Sheaden Gabriel and Tahani Anderson. Point blank: They're naturals. Steffanina originally posted this video to his Facebook page and now it has over 4 million views. (He even gave each of the dancers a little shout out to say how proud he was. Precious.) Safe to say these little hip-hoppers will one day be big names in the dance world.
TINY Dancers KILL "Slow Motion" - Trey Songz | Matt Steffanina ChoreographyTINY Dancers KILL "Slow Motion" in Matt Steffanina's adult hip hop class!TUTORIAL: & INSTAGRAM: @MattSteffaninaChoreography by: Matt SteffaninaFilmed at IDA Hollywood (Los Angeles)This is the FIRST video that Tahani has been in and after training really hard in class this year she blew me away on this one!!! WOW, you are a little star young lady! And Aidan & Sheadan are amazing as always -- you have to watch this one 3 times so you can watch all of them! :)Twitter & Instagram: @MattSteffaninaWebsite: www.MattSteffanina.comBooking: MattSteffanina@gmail.comYouTube: youtube.com/MattSdanceTutorials: youtube.com/DanceTutorialsLIVE
(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.