The world first got to know Alyson Stoner as the tiny b-girl in Missy Elliott's "Work It" video. But, as she says, "A lot's happened since then." Now 24, the dancer, choreographer and director has matured as both an artist and a person. She has a resumé that includes roles in the films Camp Rock, Step Up, and Step Up 3D, and she also releases a new video on her YouTube channel every Thursday—a series for which she recently won a Streamy Award. We caught up with Stoner to talk about her creative process, how she balances her hectic schedule, and her advice for young dancers.
Traditionally, breaking has been a male-dominated field—but there are plenty of extraordinary b-girls out there, too. And these days, breaking is becoming even more inclusive, as young girls are exposed to it through events like BGirl City and the B-Girl Be Festival. Here are five insanely good b-girls who deserve your attention.
There's so much history in the ballet world! Some of the dances that are being performed today date back to a century ago, and you wouldn't know it if you didn't study it. It's important to know the origin of the companies and choreography we've come to know and love. The following are nine legendary ballet dancers who've achieved a lot of success and created many opportunities in the ballet world.
Keone and Mari Madrid on "World of Dance." Mari recently opened up about her struggles with depression. (NBC)
Recently, our friends at Dance Magazine posted a thought-provoking article about the dance world's inability to address dancers' mental health. It was one of their most-read articles to date, and it encouraged dancers, parents and teachers to share their own personal stories.
That group of storytellers includes some very high-profile dancers, and we're especially thankful for their courage. We hope that their willingness to discuss such a personal issue will help younger dancers feel comfortable talking about mental health as well, and hopefully help lead to better support systems within the dance community.
Here are two big names who've been open about their struggles.
Bob Fosse in the studio (courtesy Dance Magazine Archives)
It's important to know about the artists who paved the way for us—especially in the musical theater world, which has been driven from the beginning by charismatic dancers and choreographers whose work continues to inspire Broadway babies. If you're a Great White Way fan, you should get to know these legendary artists, some of whom are still making moves.
A still from Kyle Hanagami's video set to Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" (via YouTube)
You know how it goes: a fantastic new song drops, and next thing you know, you can't go to a dance competition or scroll through Instagram without seeing a routine choreographed to it. Certain music has the power to speak to a lot of choreographers—often in completely different ways. Below are six recently released albums that have made a big impact on the dance community. Will they inspire your next piece of choreo?
Still from New York City Ballet's 2017-2018 season trailer
We've said it before and we'll say it again: dance and film are made for each other. In the past couple of years, ballet companies have used the medium to promote new work, creating "trailers" that give beautiful peeks at upcoming premieres. These short films reach many people who are unable to see the ballets performed live—and they definitely debunk the misconception that ballet is boring. Here are five of our all-time favorites.
Dance and fashion are constantly collaborating and believe us when we say, we're here for it. But what deserves to get attention are the dancers that are fashionable in their own right. Fashion, just like dance, is all about having a personal style and being proud of it. The following six dancers, whether they're commercial or classical, have honed in on their style and don't seem to go a day (or at least an Instagram post) without looking good.
One of the benefits of social media is that it gives everyone a platform to showcase their work—and that's especially valuable for gifted dancers. Here are five SERIOUSLY talented dance artists, all on the cusp of superstardom, who inspire us on the daily on Instagram. If you want more positive messages, choreographic inspirations, and gorgeous photos in your Insta feed, give them a a follow.
Sabra Johnson and Neil Haskell in "Sweet Dreams" (Kelsey McNeal/FOX)
"So You Think You Can Dance" just announced its 16th (!) season and audition schedule! And while every season has its twists—whether they involve the overall format or the people sitting at the judges' table—you can always count on the hit show for exceptional dancing. In anticipation of the new season, we've rounded up our favorite routine from each and every "SYTYCD" winner.
There's something extra heartwarming about the bond between dancers and their doggies. A companion who'll cuddle with you while you stretch, or sit patiently while you're warming up at the barre? I mean, that's pretty special. These four dog and dancer relationships prove dogs really are a dancer's best friend.
Sadaise Arencibia in Don Quixote (photo courtesy Teatro Regio di Torino)
While people come from all over the world to train in cities like NYC and L.A., we American dancers often forget to look outside of the U.S. bubble. Here are five artists from around the world that you've probably never heard of—but are about to be obsessed with.
How crazy has the rise of the class video been? Within the past year or so, we've basically come to expect that L.A.'s top commercial choreographers will put out a new internet-breaking vid every week. Here are five of our all-time favorites. (And be sure to read a whole lot more about the class video trend in the May/June issue of Dance Spirit.)
Why limit dance to the stage? Dance and film are made for each other—and these days, technology allows choreographers to create pretty incredible things for the camera. We've rounded up 6 of our favorite dance concept videos for your viewing pleasure.