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It's been over three years since the first High Strung was released, and fans of the dancetastic movie have been itching for more ever since. Thankfully, the film's sequel, High Strung: Free Dance, is set to premiere tomorrow, October 11.
Eagerly awaiting "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series"? In the meantime, you'll want to check out "Shook," Disney's dance-filled short-form series that's guaranteed to leave you...well...shook! The show—which just premiered on the Disney Channel's YouTube page—features fabulous dancer-actress Sofia Wylie, whom you may recognize from "Andi Mack." (Sofia will also be starring in the new "High School Musical" show, which launches on Disney+ November 12.)
In "Shook," Wylie plays Mia, a teenager with dreams of being the next Beyoncé—or Misty Copeland. But Mia has to balance chasing her passion for dance with her family obligations, as she cares for her younger sister and helps out her single mom. Through street dance and hip hop, Mia learns about herself and the art of self expression. The series is remarkable for the diversity of its cast, which reflects the reality of many young dancers and artists.
We spoke with Wylie about why "Shook" is sure to resonate with dancers, and what she hopes audiences will take away from the series.
The Disney Channel's Descendants movies have been fan favorites since the original's premiere back in 2015, thanks to their huge musical numbers and powerful storylines. Following the lives of the children of four notorious Disney villains, the films are chock-full of talented dancers. (Those dancers include Cameron Boyce, whose untimely death last month devastated fans around the world.)
Ahead of the Descendants 3 premiere tonight, we talked to Booboo Stewart, who plays Jay—aka the son of Aladdin's Jafar—about growing up dancing with Boyce, what it's been like to get back to his dance roots, and his love for director/choreographer Kenny Ortega.
Every year, dance-world luminaries gather on picturesque Fire Island for the Fire Island Dance Festival, a celebration and fundraiser hosted by Dancers Responding to AIDS. This year, the festival celebrated its 25th anniversary—and more than $6 million raised to help those struggling with AIDS—with a phenomenal lineup (hosted by Cabaret's OG Emcee Joel Grey) including a premiere by Emmy Award nominee Al Blackstone, back for his fourth (!) time.
Few new musicals get rave reviews from The New York Times during their pre-Broadway runs, when they're still working out their kinks. But Moulin Rouge!, based on the 2001 movie of the same name, accomplished just that: The Times called the show's out-of-town tryout in Boston last year a "smart, shameless, and extravagantly entertaining production." And now the show is dancing its way over to Broadway, beginning previews tonight and officially opening July 25.
The annual Tony Awards are Broadway's biggest night, and among those honored are the amazing choreographers and dancers who push the art form forward with their work each season. In recognition of the 73rd Tony ceremony (airing tonight at 8 pm EST on CBS), we rounded up a bunch of fun, dancy Tony facts.
Recital season is officially upon us—and yep, we're all stressed! Between academic finals and final rehearsals, we basically have no free time. But we know the craziness will all be worth it once we get up on that stage. Here are 10 GIFs that totally sum up what it's like to survive recital season.
"So You Think You Can Dance," the show that has inspired, moved, and motivated us for 15 (!) seasons, is officially back! And we're especially excited for Season 16, because two of our favorite artists are joining the judging panel: Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval and Laurieann Gibson.
D-Trix has had a fantastic career in the industry since making it to the top 8 on "SYTYCD" Season 3; Gibson is best known for working with huge stars like Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears and Katy Perry. (The two of them will sit alongside longtime judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy.)
We caught up with D-Trix and Gibson before the Season 16 premiere to talk all things "SYTYCD."
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Calling all Little Monsters! Fresh off her Oscar win for Best Original Song, Lady Gaga will head back to the Park Theater in Las Vegas this May. She'll perform her Enigma show, as well as her stripped-down Jazz & Piano show. Dancer Montana Efaw has worked with Gaga for a whole decade, and now joins her onstage in Enigma. We caught up with Efaw to get the inside scoop on the show, and what it's like dancing with a pop icon.
It's safe to say that we're obsessed with the "So You Think You Can Dance" All Stars. Over the past few seasons, we've loved seeing them up on that "SYT" stage, guiding each new batch of contestants. Unsurprisingly, many of the All Stars are as charismatic online as they are onscreen. While we wait to hear which All Stars will be involved in Season 16, here are six from years past that you should totally be following on Insta.
There's nothing like a showmance—and "So You Think You Can Dance" has turned out to be an especially good breeding ground for love. (Which isn't all that surprising, given how gorgeous and talented its competitors inevitably are.) Here are 6 "SYTYCD" couples we'll stan forever.
Getting ready for a performance is stressful, to put it mildly. We rehearse for so long that the thought of messing up onstage is enough to give us heart palpitations. Everyone has their pre-performance rituals and superstitions—but here are five things NOT to do if you want to have your best show ever.