25 to Watch 2018: Kelsey McCowan and Caley Carr

Taking cues from old-Hollywood legends like Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, tap duo Kelsey McCowan and Caley Carr have become known for their smooth, effortless and highly stylized movement reminiscent of a bygone era. However, their work is anything but dated, thanks to crystal-clear sounds and incredibly intricate, rhythmic footwork. "We always think, Why try to do what everyone else is doing, when what we do makes us happy?" says McCowan.


That uniqueness has certainly paid off. The duo has contributed tap choreography for Derek Hough that has been featured on "Dancing with the Stars," "Good Morning America," The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration and the Move Live tour with his sister, Julianne. They had their work performed on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and coached Bette Midler for her Tony Award–winning performance in Broadway's Hello, Dolly! revival. McCowan also recorded tap sounds for La La Land and was a contributing choreographer for Derek Hough's Emmy-nominated "DWTS" performance "Kairos." Hollywood, it seems, is their oyster.


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