Marquese "Nonstop" Scott Brings Jaw-Dropping Animation to Venice Beach
But in our (very subjective) opinion, no one does a beach day quite like Marquese "Nonstop" Scott. The uber-popular animation dancer recently spent a weekend at Venice Beach making a series of short dance films. As usual, we're entranced by his mind-boggling popping, tutting and footwork. But what we love about this series in particular is how he embodies the SoCal vibe so perfectly—it makes us want to pack our swimsuits and head straight for L.A.
Scott's feet in this solo appear to skate along the boardwalk as the rest of him snakes and pops through a series of isolations, each body part getting its own moment to shine. Almost as entertaining is watching the reactions from surprised passersby.
In this collaboration with fellow animation dancer Dytto, Scott melts into mesmerizing slow motion. If it weren't for the fact that he's moving right next to Dytto, his incredible body control would make the speed look like a trick of the camera.
Here, let's just say #squadgoals. Our favorite part of this video is the duet that starts about 30 seconds in, when Scott picks up the tempo and passes the movement back and forth with Julius "iGlide" Chisolm. Yes, they're wearing a lotta clothes for so much sunshine. But we love how they become part of the brightly-colored street art.
Who else is ready for a beach day?
Social media has made the dance world a lot smaller, giving users instant access to artists and companies around the world. For aspiring pros, platforms like Instagram can offer a tantalizing glimpse into the life of a working performer. But there's a fine line between taking advantage of what social media can offer and relying too heavily on it.
If you think becoming a trainee or apprentice is the only path to gaining experience in a dance company environment, think again.
The University of Arizona, located in the heart of Tucson, acclimates dancers to the pace and rigor of company life while offering all the academic opportunities of a globally-ranked university. If you're looking to get a head-start on your professional dance career—or to just have a college experience that balances company-level training and repertory with rigorous academics—the University of Arizona's undergraduate and graduate programs have myriad opportunites to offer:
Yes, we realize it's only August. But we can't help but to already be musing about all the incredible dance happenings of 2019.
We're getting ready for our annual Readers' Choice feature, and we want to hear from you about the shows you can't stop thinking about, the dance videos that blew your mind and the artists you discovered this year who everyone should know about.
On August 19, 1929, shockwaves were felt throughout the dance world as news spread that impresario Sergei Diaghilev had died. The founder of the Ballets Russes rewrote the course of ballet history as the company toured Europe and the U.S., championing collaborations with modernist composers, artists and designers such as Igor Stravinsky, Pablo Picasso and Coco Chanel. The company launched the careers of its five principal choreographers: Michel Fokine, Vaslav Nijinsky, Léonide Massine, Bronislava Nijinska and George Balanchine.