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Booboo Stewart in Descendants 3 (David Bukach, courtesy Disney Enterprises, Inc.)
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.
Jamar Roberts And Dancers performing at the 2018 Fire Island Dance Festival (Matthew Murphy, courtesy Fire Island Dance Festival)
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.
Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler with "Moulin Rouge!" company members (Matthew Murphy, courtesy Boneau/Bryan-Brown)
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.
(From left) Mary Murphy, Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval, Laurieann Gibson, and Nigel Lythgoe at the judges' table (Adam Rose/FOX)
"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."
Montana Efaw (center) performing with Lady Gaga (left) (Oliver James L'Eroe, courtesy Efaw)
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.
Three of our Insta faves (Jenna Johnson Chmerkovskiy, Robert Roldan, and Gaby Diaz) in one photo!
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.
Two of our fave couples in one photo, eee! (Adam Rose/FOX)
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.
Season 16 of "So You Think You Can Dance" is almost here and we are SO. EXCITED. While we wait for the new season to roll around (it premieres Monday, June 12!), we figured we'd reminisce about some of the most iconic auditions from last year. And...cue music!
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.
At first glance, being a male dancer comes with serious perks. After all, since fewer boys than girls study dance, men are often in demand when it comes time for casting, and male students are also far more likely to get scholarships to prestigious dance schools and summer intensives.
But many boys give up on their dance training because of the struggles that come with it. From experiencing bullying and homophobic remarks to feeling forced to project as stereotypically masculine, being a young boy in dance is far from easy. To shed some light on these issues, Dance Spirit asked five male professional dancers to share their experiences and offer the advice they wish they'd received as students.