His musical taste is just as versatile as he is. Photo by Nathan Sayers for Dance Magazine

Alex Wong Shared the Playlist That Gives Him All That Energy

If you know anything about Alex Wong, you know that he's non-stop. The ballet-turned-commercial star is literally always dancing—in the street, in hotels, on tennis courts—and does some of the most mind-blowing cross-training workouts we've ever seen. Plus, we can't keep track of his many high-profile projects, and often find ourselves spotting him in our favorite movies and TV shows—from The Greatest Showman to "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."

What we're saying is that we'll have some of whatever it is he's having. And it turns out that a hype playlist is part of the secret to his endless energy. Lucky for us, Wong shared his go-to warm up songs:


The Power of Good Music and Good Friends

"I was driving in L.A. and was stopped at a stoplight with my best friend. We were shamelessly jamming to "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction and it went "you don't know you're beautif—BOOM!" We had been rear-ended. We were in such a good mood that we looked at each other, asked if each other was OK and started laughing. Just goes to show what a good song and friends can do!"

Why He Can't Stop Listening to The Greatest Showman

"This is an obvious one for me as I was part of the movie. Each song holds a very special place in my heart. They're mostly feel-good songs and great ones to sing along to!"

Why His Keeps His Music Choices Simple

"My tastes in music aren't too deep. I like the typical pop bop that you hear on the radio. Dance-wise, I love things with unique beats or accents. I also love great singers with amazing vocal ability, as well as some great Broadway hits!"

His Favorite Underrated B-Side Track

"I feel like 'Honeymoon Avenue' is the best song Ariana Grande ever made. I'm not sure why she never released it as a single. I love the beat and it reminds me of my friends and I dancing like crazy people."

How He Finds New Music

"I like listening to the radio, or for more unique tracks, I'll find similar artists and go off on a tangent and listen to each song on their album."

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Clockwise from top left: Photo by Loreto Jamlig, Courtesy Ladies of Hip-Hop; Wikimedia Commons; Photo by Alexander Iziliaev, Courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet; Natasha Razina, Courtesy State Academic Mariinsky Theatre; Photo by Will Mayer for Better Half Productions, Courtesy ABT

The 10 Biggest Dance Stories of 2019

What were the dance moments that defined 2019? The stories that kept us talking, week after week? According to our top-clicked articles of the year, they ranged from explorations of dance medicine and dance history, takedowns of Lara Spencer and companies who still charge dancers to audition, and, of course, our list of expert tips on how to succeed in dance today.

We compiled our 10 biggest hits of the year, and broke down why we think they struck a chord:

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I Am a Black Dancer Who Was Dressed Up in Blackface to Perform in La Bayadère

On Instagram this week, Misty Copeland reposted a picture of two Russian ballerinas covered head to toe in black, exposing the Bolshoi's practice of using blackface in the classical ballet La Bayadère. The post has already received over 60,000 likes and 2,000 comments, starting a long overdue conversation.

Comments have been pouring in from every angle imaginable: from history lessons on black face, to people outside of the ballet world expressing disbelief that this happens in 2019, to castigations of Copeland for exposing these young girls to the line of fire for what is ultimately the Bolshoi's costuming choice, to the accusations that the girls—no matter their cultural competence—should have known better.

I am a black dancer, and in 2003, when I was 11 years old, I was dressed up in blackface to perform in the Mariinsky Ballet's production of La Bayadère.

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Here's the First Trailer for the "In the Heights" Movie

Lights up on Washington Heights—because the trailer for the movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical In the Heights has arrived. It's our first look into Lin-Manuel Miranda's latest venture into film—because LMM isn't stopping at three Tony awards, a Grammy award, and an Emmy.

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