The Dirt: Benny Kimoto

(photo by Damiano Levati, courtesy Cashmere Agency)

Benny Kimoto is one of the world's most distinguished b-boys. He was the first dancer to ever accomplish multiple air twists in a row and his moves have been immortalized in PlayStation's B-Boy game. The Switzerland native has been a member of the Berlin-based crew Flying Steps since its inaugural year in 1993. Since then, the team has won four break-dancing world championship titles and opened the Flying Steps Academy, an urban-dance school in Berlin. Catch Kimoto and the Flying Steps on their award-winning Red Bull Flying Bach tour (which expertly mixes b-boying and the music of Bach) across the U.S. this month. Read on for The Dirt!


What's the most-played song on your playlist?

My own beats—Kimoto Beatz

What's your most-watched TV show?

“The King of Queens"

Who can always make you laugh?

Lil Ceng

What's one food you can't live without?

French fries

What's your biggest piece of advice for young performers?

Do everything from your heart. Believe in your dreams and fight hard-core all day every day.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

Hawaii

Who's your dance crush?

Jennifer Lopez

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Fast food

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

A professional soccer player

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Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

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Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

Chrissy

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The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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