Why You Should Know Dancing Duo Artyon Celestine and Paige Glenn
Artyon Celestine and Paige Glenn showing off their lift skills (photo by Kristin Glenn, courtesy Glenn)
Yes, they're quite possibly the cutest dance duo since, well, ever. But put Paige Glenn and Artyon Celestine onstage, and it's immediately clear they mean business. That was apparent to millions across the country last summer, when Artyon and Paige's unbelievable extensions, fearless turning, and infectious energy propelled them to the quarterfinals of "America's Got Talent." They've also appeared (together or individually) on "Little Big Shots," "Lip Sync Battle Shorties," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," and "Access Hollywood Live"—not to mention the competition titles they've won as a pair.
"Simon Cowell came backstage during 'AGT' and told us, 'Go out there and do your best. They're going to like you.' "—Artyon
Ages: 9 (Paige) and turning 11 this month (Artyon)
Birthdays: October 6, 2008 (Paige) and May 1, 2007 (Artyon)
Hometowns: Murrieta, CA (Paige) and Wildomar, CA (Artyon)
Train at: Academy of Ballet Arts in Murrieta, CA; Murrieta Dance Project in Murrieta, CA; ImmaBEAST in L.A.
Nicknames for each other: Artyon-Artyon and Paigie-Waigie
Artists they're dying to work with: Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake
Three words to describe Paige's dancing: "Flexible, cool, professional" —Artyon
Three words to describe Artyon's dancing: "Funky, incredible, inspiring" —Paige
If Paige were a superhero, her power would be: "Turning!" —Artyon
If Artyon were a superhero, his power would be: "Flipping!" —Paige
Non-dance hobbies: "Skating on my Heelys, riding my dirt bike, and having playdates with Paige." —Artyon
"Doing art, playing baseball with my brother and my dad, and playdates with Artyon!" —Paige
A version of this story appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Dance Spirit with the title "You Should Know: Artyon Celestine and Paige Glenn."
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list: