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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How I Deal with Racist Remarks as a Ballet Dancer of Color

After years of rigorous training, ballet dancers become accustomed to constructive and oftentimes harsh criticism. Being scrutinized is something that comes with the territory.

I myself spent the better half of my high school years in Russia, where political correctness does not get in the way of progress. We were trained to use criticism as fuel to propel us forward. Everything said in class or rehearsal was meant to help better ourselves and not to be taken personally.

But where is the line between helpful advice and offensive language?

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