Video Break Time: Parris Goebel's New Single/Music Video is FIERCE
You guys. Is there anything the 24-year-old director/choreographer/dancer extraordinaire Parris Goebelcan't do? Probably not, since she's added "recording artist and singer" to her long list of accomplishments. Goebel just dropped her first single, "Friday," along with a crazy/awesome dance-y music video, and it's been on repeat allllll day long over here.
The New Zealander already made music history last year when she choreographed some of the Biebs' music videos for "Purpose: The Movement" and they went viral in like .2 seconds. So there was no doubt in our minds that she'd eventually rock her own lyrics, too. She debuted the song this past Friday night with a live performance at Hip Hop International's competition in Las Vegas.
Goebel told the Los Angeles Timesthat the idea to record music and take this next career step happened unexpectedly, while she was helping out a friend. "It just kind of sparked a light in me and inspired me to take it a bit more seriously and see if I could fuse all of my gifts and talents together to create something really special," she says. She also revealed some details about the forthcoming full album: "I rap and sing, and I've co-written and co-produced a lot of the music." #Wonderwoman
The "Friday" track is a super-fun hip-hop song and the colorful music video's choreo is, naturally, on point. Plus, all the fun and trendy leggings, tights, socks and sleepwear featured in the looks are available to purchase through Hue here. The brand partnered with Parris for the video, and later this fall will debut an exclusive line of tights and socks branded with Parris' logo. Check out the magic for yourself:
Gabriel Figueredo in a variation from Raymonda. VAM Productions, Courtesy YAGP.
This week, over 1,000 young hopefuls gathered in New York City for the Youth America Grand Prix finals, giving them the chance to compete for scholarships and contracts to some of the world's top ballet schools and companies. Roughly 85 dancers made it to the final round at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Wednesday. Today, the 20th anniversary of YAGP came to a close at the competition's awards ceremony. Read on to find out who won!
After a string of ballet-company rejections, Jennifer Sydor (here in Laura Peterson's "Failure") found success in other areas of the dance world. (Stephen Delas Heras, courtesy Jennifer Sydor)
In her senior year at Butler University, Jennifer Sydor auditioned for more than a dozen regional ballet companies—and got a string of "no, thank you" responses. "I have an athletic build, and my movement quality isn't the typical ballet aesthetic," Sydor says. "But I'd been laser-focused on ballet. When I didn't get a ballet contract, I was heartbroken."
Her one job offer came from Kim Robards Dance, a small modern company based in Aurora, CO. After attending KRD's summer intensive, Sydor ended up accepting a yearlong position with the troupe. "I was relieved and happy to begin my career," she says. She's been working as a contemporary dancer ever since.
In the dance world, rejection is part of the package. That doesn't make it any more pleasant. But whether you didn't get the Nutcracker role of your dreams or you weren't picked for a job despite feeling like you aced the audition, you can emerge from even the most gut-wrenching "no" smarter and stronger.
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!