Now that we're done collectively freaking out about the questionable pointework in Ciara's new video (YEEPS), let's celebrate two dancers who are absolute masters of their craft, shall we?
Meet Bailey and Kenneth!
I'm talking about Bailey Sok and Kenneth San Jose. The California-based young'uns—Kenneth is 12, and Bailey is just 11—have kind of unbelievable hip-hop skills. But you don't have to take my word for it. Watch this new video of them taking down a routine to Meek Mill's "Monster," choreographed by Matt Steffanina:
Bailey and Kenneth are part of a growing group of littles—including Charlize Glass, Sean Lew, Soni Bringas, Gabe De Guzman and Taylor Hatala, to name just a few—who seem to be taking over the hip-hop industry, thanks in part to their appearances in videos like this one. They are insanely good, you guys. And they have some impressive grown-up mentors, too. Steffania, the genius responsible for the choreography above, is the same guy who brought Taylor Hatala viral fame, for example, and nearly all the kids listed above are members of Will "WilldaBeast" Adams' fantastic LilBeasts crew.
Let's just say we're definitely not complaining about the trend. More on that in our April issue!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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 by clicking on their names here:
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Dancers are naturally "in their heads" all the time—but not always in productive ways. Long days of receiving and applying corrections, taking class, and performing can get to even the most composed individuals. What should you do when you feel like your mind is just as busy as your rehearsal schedule? Try meditation. Dance Spirit turned to Adreanna Limbach, a head teacher at NYC-based meditation studio MNDFL, for a breakdown of this highly beneficial practice.
Liz Imperio teaching at Hollywood Vibe, Courtesy of Hollywood Vibe
It's an increasingly common scenario: A talented dancer wins big at a competition, is offered an assistantship with a famous faculty member, and ends up leaving her hometown studio to travel with a convention. Convention-hopping has obvious benefits. Every event generates new content for dancers to post on social media, gives them a better shot at ending up on their favorite choreographers' accounts, lets them learn from the best of the best, and helps them make valuable connections. "Traveling is a great way for dancers to gain admirers around the country," says Jen Jarnot, owner of Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Thornton, CO. "That's something every dancer craves." So it's no surprise that weekend FOMO has been blazing through studios like wildfire.
But is this jet-setter lifestyle really the most effective road to take? Can weekends of dancing with top talent truly replace the bread and butter of daily work at your home studio? The answer, according to most industry experts, is no. We asked five pros to explain why.