We know, we know: A musical based on the cartoon "SpongeBob SquarePants" might be hard to get excited about. But tbh, our anticipation for The SpongeBob Musical is seriously building. The reviews of its out-of-town run in Chicago last year were all pretty great. And we'll bet you didn't realize that the score includes original hits by HUGE names like Sara Bareilles, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At The Disco, Plain White T's, T.I., and David Bowie—or that the choreography is by Tony Award winner and all-around god Christopher Gattelli of Newsiesfame.
That's why we're happy to hear that the new show will get a Broadway run at the Palace Theatre. Previews start November 6 and the formal opening date is set for December 4.
Everyone's favorite characters (Patrick, Sandy, and Squidward included) make appearances in the show, working together to save their underworld paradise Bikini Bottoms from total annihilation. But, no, the production won't feature the types of giant costumed heads you'd find at theme parks. Instead, it'll take a more realistic approach to the cartoon world:
(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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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.