So You Want to Be a Brooklynette?

If you’ve ever dreamed of joining an NBA dance team, this is YOUR MOMENT. Next Saturday, June 10, the Brooklyn Nets’ (totally fierce) Brooklynettes dance team is holding an open call audition at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus. Think you have what it takes?

First, make sure you:

  • Are 18 or older
  • Have extensive training in hip hop and jazz
  • Are available for a potential callback on June 11, and (if you become a finalist!) in the evening on June 12 & 13

We already know the Brooklynettes are incredible—we put three of their most talented dancers on our April 2015 cover. To give DS readers that extra leg up in next weekend’s auditions, we looked back at the audition advice that (above, left to right) former Brooklynettes Liz Chestang and Amanda Robinson and current team member Anna Smyczynski had to offer hopefuls…

“Train like crazy. And take lots of different classes to improve your versatility. Yes, we do a lot of hip hop, but we also have Afro-Caribbean and jazz numbers.” —LC

“At the audition, let your true self shine. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Be genuine.” —AR

“Always believe in what you’re doing. Don’t let anyone put you off track. You can make things happen—it’s about will, not just talent.” —AS

Merde to everyone auditioning on Saturday! May the fierce be with you.

Sabra Johnson and Neil Haskell in “Sweet Dreams” (Kelsey McNeal/FOX)
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(Joan Marcus ©2016, via The Chicago Tribune)

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The 31-year-old corps member was waiting for the train at NYC’s 72nd Street Station on Saturday night with his wife, soloist Cassandra Trenary, who’d just performed in The Golden Cockerel at the Met Opera House. When they saw a woman push a man onto the tracks, Davis jumped down after him, risking his life to lift the man to safety.

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(Photo by Lee Gumbs Photography)

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Why? That’s the first Moves with Limón Dance of 2017. In my humble opinion one of the best “secret” freebies of an NYC summer, these open-level modern dance classes happen every Saturday from 10 to 11 am in Bryant Park through September 30.

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Diana Pombo performing her solo on “World of Dance” (NBC)

Well, that was perhaps the fastest hour of television ever.

We knew that NBC’s “World of Dance” competitor lineup was stacked, but the show’s premiere episode last night gave us just a taste of the deep talent field, with performances by only seven acts. None of them disappointed. But in the words of J.Lo herself (spoken, in her case, about a gorgeously understated routine by Kinjaz): We want more. Can we have some more?

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Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s Michael Montgomery and Kara Wilkes (RJ Muna, courtesy LINES Ballet)

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Alison Stroming’s feet (photo by Lucas Chilczuk)

The Washington Post just ran a rather epic story about ballerinas’ intense, inherently abusive relationships with their feet. And while a lot of it is stuff that serious dancers already know—getting up on pointe requires dancers to be as strong as football players, every dancer has her own pointe shoe break-in method, etc—the piece also includes anecdotal gems from the likes of Lauren Lovette and Julie Kent. (And some pretty photos of Washington Ballet dancers Sona Kharatian and Ashley Murphy.)

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Photo by Walter McBride for BroadwayWorld

Dancer Yesenia Ayala first caught our eye in the off-Broadway production of Sweet Charity with Sutton Foster earlier this year. So, we were super excited when we found out she was making her Broadway debut in this spring’s sweetest new show Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (Both productions were choreographed by Joshua Bergasse.)

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Since the NYC premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Whipped Cream at American Ballet Theatre’s spring gala Monday night, the DS editors haven’t stopped talking about its creepy-cute sets and costumes, created by artist Mark Ryden. Well, the obsession is about to get even crazier, because we just heard that Ryden’s artwork for the ballet is now on display in not one, but TWO locations in NYC.

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There’s a reason Mia Michaels’ nickname is “Mama Mia.” The legendary choreographer invests deeply in her dancers, whether they’re competitors on “So You Think You Can Dance,” members of the Radio City Rockettes, or part of her own elite assistant squad. And now, Michaels is launching a project that aims to give more dancers access to her gifts as a teacher and mentor.

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And that’s a wrap on “Dancing with the StarsSeason 24, ladies and gents! It’s certainly been one for the books. From injuries to shocking eliminations, let’s just say Season 24 has had its emotional ups and downs. But despite all that, the season made for some seriously phenom dancing and some killer performances. And as usual, we’ve loved watching every second of those cha chas, foxtrots, and waltzes.

Let’s get right to the exciting stuff, though: Last night’s winning couple of “Dancing with the Stars” is…

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Nearly 80,000 dance-loving Instagram followers can’t be wrong: Quinn Starner is one to watch. And what’s just as impressive as the 15-year-old’s rabid online following is her ever-growing list of competition accolades. Quinn, who trains at Indiana Ballet Conservatory and Stars Dance Company, been named first runner-up at The Dance Awards for two years in a row (as a junior and a teen); was the 2016 West Coast Dance Explosion Teen National Champion; earned first place in contemporary and third place in the classical division at Youth America Grand Prix Regionals in Pittsburgh last year; has won the Grand Prix Award at ADC|IBC; and was a gold medalist at World Ballet Art Competition Grand Prix. Plus, she made it to the Academy round on last year’s “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation,” and has performed as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Here’s what Quinn has to say about her favorite songs, teachers, and career highlights.

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