DS talked to 7 cute young men about dancing, kissing and the perfect date.
Noteworthy: “So You Think You Can Dance” season 3 Favorite role: Big Beau in the chorus of Twyla Tharp’s The Times They Are A-Changin’ on Broadway. “I got to work with amazing dancers and it was a really great experience.” Perfect day:â€ˆ“Class at Steps on Broadway, meet friends to eat and hang out, and go to Central Park.” Dream date: “I would take my girlfriend to her favorite restaurant and then on a ride around Central Park in a horse-drawn carriage. Then we’d watch a movie.” The person of his dreams must: “Enjoy my cooking.” (Neil’s specialties are eggs and spaghetti.) —Alison Feller
Proudest career moment: “The Super Bowl with Janet Jackson. It was an honor to be dancing and rehearsing with those people.” Hobbies: Fashion and improv comedy—Preston belongs to an improv group called False Sense of Security. Can’t live without: Chocolate-covered pretzels. Perfect day: “Make myself breakfast, sit out at the pool and eat, go to the gym, have a few auditions—or a lot of auditions!—make myself a good dinner, then go see an improv show at night.” First kiss: “Confusing.” Relationship status: “Single—but hopefully not by Valentine’s Day!” —Kristin Lewis
Favorite gig: Justin Timberlake’s “FutureSex/Love Show” tour. “It’s the style of dance I love, and I get to be around great people.” Proudest career moment: Having the guts to move to L.A. at 21. “You only get one chance in life, so you have to be willing to take risks.” Favorite vacation spot: A tropical island or a secluded cabin in the mountains. Dream date: “Something personal, without a lot of people, so I can really devote my attention to my girl.” First kiss:â€ˆ“Nervous.” Class or performance? “Class. It’s kind of like therapy where I can take out my frustrations from everyday life.” —Lauren Levinson
Dances with: The Joffrey Ballet Hobbies: “Writing poetry, listening to music and hanging out with friends.” Favorite vacation spot: “Disney World!” Perfect day: “Going to work and doing the best that I can do.” Can’t live without: “Cuban food!” Best Valentine: “I haven’t really gotten any presents, but an ex once prepared dinner and we had an awesome night.” Celebrity crush: Jennifer Love Hewitt Best pick-up line: “I’m not a very flirtatious kind of guy; I joke around. If I like someone, I just strike up a conversation.” Relationship status:â€ˆTaken.
Dances with: NYC-based modern companies Keigwin + Company, David Dorfman Dance and Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance Describes his dancing as: “Full-bodied play.” Favorite vacation spot: “The beach. Any beach.” Perfect day: “Good conversation in a park under a tree.” Can’t live without: “My mom.” Dream date: “Cooking dinner for someone.” Best Valentine: “One year my friend and I were both bitter that we didn’t have significant others on Valentine’s Day, so we got each other presents. She got me a gigantic stuffed teddy bear.” First kiss: “Awful.” Relationship status: Single.
Broadway gigs:A Chorus Line, Sweet Charity, Hairspray and The Boy from Oz. Currently working on The Studio with Christopher d’Amboise. Proudest career moment:â€ˆ“I got cast in the first national Fosse tour. Being able to perform that work with the amazing caliber of dancers was surreal.”â€ˆ Best Valentine: “A box of chocolate from my mom.” Perfect day: “Sleep in, hang out in Central Park, see a silly movie, eat a delicious dinner and end my day with a deep tissue massage.” Dream date: “Someone surprising me with a spontaneous adventure like skydiving.” The person of his dreams must have: “A sense of humor.” —Lauren Kay
Dances with: M.A.D.D. Rhythms Proudest career moment: “A tap on my shoe cracked and the whole thing came off. I kept dancing and the audience went crazy, like, ‘Oh he dances with one foot.’ That was the greatest moment.” Hobbies: Rapping, basketball, football, writing poetry, designing a line of T-Shirts Can’t live without: “My tap shoes.” Dream date: “Whatever makes the girl I’m going out with have a good time. A dream date would be with a girl who’s really outgoing and fun to talk to. That way it doesn’t matter where we go. Justin Timberlake or bach? “Stevie Wonder.” —Kristin