We Hope You're Ready for "America's Best Dance Crew"
Season 8 of MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew" is finally (almost) here, premiering on Wednesday, July 29 at 11:00 PM. We hyped it up earlier this year, and now we've got the deets: the season will feature six "Video Music Award"-themed episodes. This new twist on our old favorite means that each week the all-star crews will focus on choreographing routines inspired by MTV's "VMAs"--think award-show dance routines, super catchy songs and lots and lots of wow-factor.
#throwback to the Season 7 finale (photo via MTV)
Five previous champions are returning: Super Cr3W (Season 2), Quest Crew (Season 3), We Are Heroes (Season 4), I.aM.mE (Season 6) and Elektrolytes (Season 7). And more exciting is that the new crew, Kinjaz, is made up of members from sSeason 1 champs Jabbawockeez and Season 1 fan-faves Kaba Modern). And more awesome is the list of judges: hip-hop superstar T-Pain, recording artist Teyana Taylor and TV/Broadway star Frankie Grande.
Members of the Jabbawockeez reminding us why we fell in love with ABDC from day one (photo via Jabbawockeez YouTube)
Clearly it's going to be an insane season with some mind-blowing dancing, and the whole "Road to the VMAs" theme will definitely add some drama to the mix. Which crew are you calling an early favorite? Tell us in the comments section below!
(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 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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Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)
Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer