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25 to Watch 2018: Kolton Krouse

There's a delicious bit of mischief in everything Kolton Krouse does. He'll toss off some impossibly difficult sequence—a quintuple pirouette into a prolonged développé into an aerial, say—and end with an impish smile that's the stage equivalent of saying, "How good was that? And how much fun did I have doing it?"


The 21-year-old brings that sense of fun to all his dance pursuits. Currently a junior at The Juilliard School, he performed in CATS on Broadway on and off during 2016 and 2017. (For a few months, he was committed to both Juilliard and CATS full-time.) And he regularly posts virtuosic Instagram clips showcasing his contemporary and commercial skills, including Beyoncé-caliber heels work.

Krouse's versatility is unsurprising given his background as a do-it-all competition kid: He earned the National Senior Male Outstanding Dancer title at New York City Dance Alliance in 2014. "I don't ever want to be boxed into one thing—'Oh, you're a theater dancer' or 'Oh, you're a commercial dancer,' " he says. "I want to do a bit of everything, without limitations."


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These Retired Ballroom Dancers Started a Dance-Themed Coffee Company

Like many dancers, when Lauren Schelfhaudt and Jean Paul retired from professional ballroom dancing in 2016, they felt lost. "There was this huge void," says Schelfhaudt.

But after over 20 years of dancing, plus United States and World Championship titles, reality shows, and high-profile choreography gigs (and Paul's special claim to fame, as "the guy who makes Bradley Cooper look bad" in Silver Linings Playbook), teaching just didn't fill the void. "I got to the point where it wasn't giving me that creative outlet," says Paul.

When the pair (who are life and business partners but were never dance partners—they competed against one another) took a post-retirement trip to Costa Rica, they were ready to restart their lives. They found inspiration in an expected place: A visit to a coffee farm.

Though they had no experience in coffee roasting or business, they began building their own coffee company. In 2018, the duo officially launched Dancing Ox Coffee Roasters, where they create dance-inspired blends out of their headquarters in Belmont, North Carolina.

We talked to Schelfhaudt and Paul about how their dance background makes them better coffee roasters, and why coffee is an art form all its own:

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