Mark Kanemura Celebrated RuPaul's Hollywood Star in the Most Delightful Way Possible
On Friday night, the iconic RuPaul made history as the first drag queen ever to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And it didn't take long for the world's most fabulous RuPaul fan/one of our favorite human beings, Mark Kanemura, to commemorate his idol's accomplishment with—naturally—a WALK to end all walks.
If you're a "So You Think You Can Dance" person (which, obviously, you are), you've been a thousand percent here for Kanemura's RuPaul obsession since Kanemura created a group routine to RuPaul's "Call Me Mother" for "SYT" last summer. Kanemura has also appeared as a dancer on "RuPaul's Drag Race," and—especially given the amazing drag vids that tend to pop up oh-so-casually on his Instagram—we're not the only ones who think he should maybe consider a run on the show as a contestant.
But we digress: The delightful video Kanemura posted yesterday was all about honoring RuPaul's trailblazing work. As Kanemura himself said: Condragulations! SHANTE YOU STAY.
More than once, when I'm sporting my faded, well-loved ballet hoodie, some slight variation of this conversation ensues:
"Is your daughter the dancer?"
"Actually," I say, "I am."
"Wow!" they enthuse. "Who do you dance with? Or have you retired...?"
"I don't dance with a company. I'm not a professional. I just take classes."
Insert mic drop/record scratch/quizzical looks.
You nominated your favorite dance moments so far in 2019, and we narrowed them down to this list. Now it's time to cast your vote to help decide who will be deemed our Readers' Choice picks for the year!
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Just four years ago, the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance welcomed its first class of BFA students. The program—which boasts world-class faculty and a revolutionary approach to training focused on collaboration and hybridity—immediately established itself as one of the country's most prestigious and most innovative.
Now, the first graduating class is entering the dance field. Here, six of the 33 graduates share what they're doing post-grad, what made their experience at USC Kaufman so meaningful and how it prepared them for their next steps:
The 2019–20 season is here, and with it more performances than any one person could reasonably catch. But fear not: We polled our writers and editors and selected the 31 most promising tickets, adding up to one endlessly intriguing year of dance.