Ballet West principal Beckanne Sisk as Kitri (Luke Isley, courtesy Ballet West)
Guess who's baaaaack?! Your resident Dance Spirit astrologers! And on the eve of the Youth America Grand Prix awards ceremony, we thought it was the perfect time to pair each zodiac sign with a variation commonly seen during the competition. After many painstaking hours spent researching, consulting the stars, and staring wistfully into the sky, we compiled our data and present you with the definitive list of each star sign as a YAGP variation! As we said last time, don't @ us if you're not happy with your pairing—the stars don't lie, baby!
Luke Barrett performing his solo "Epilogue" (Evolve Photo & Video, courtesy Meredith Barrett)
Luke Barrett's been a standout on the comp scene for years now, thanks to his crystal-clear technique and soulful improv skills. He's a two-time New York City Dance Alliance National Male Outstanding Dancer (Mini in 2016 and Junior in 2018), 2nd runner-up at The Dance Awards (2017), and Beat Squad member (2018). Luke hasn't let negative comments and bullying at school weaken his passion for dance: "Support from my family and my dance friends has made me stronger in pursuing what I love," he says.
Back in the fall, when you applied to your dream dance programs, May 1—aka College Decision Day—felt very far away. But now it's almost here, which means it's time to decide where to dance for the next four years! To help you narrow things down, DS asked Molly Newman (Idyllwild Arts Academy's director of college counseling) and Denayia Miniex (currently a freshman in the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program) for advice on making the right choice for your dance career.
The Kings, proving that they have nothing whatsoever to prove (Trae Patton/NBC)
The stakes are never not high on a show like "World of Dance," but last night's episode—the very last of the Duels eps for this season—felt especially fraught. Why? The theme running through most of the routines (and the scores, and the results) was that age-old competition debate of tricks versus "goosies," as J.Lo would put it. A couple of teams made a point of not including any tricks in their choreo, another netted a perfect 100 from one judge after tons of stunts, and Ne-Yo admitted he's never felt the "goosies." (Um, do you even go here?!) As the Season 3 Duels wrapped up, the real question wasn't which acts would advance to The Cut, but whether it would be gasp-inducing stunts or heart-tugging artistry that would come out on top.