All Your Ballet Faves (And Jennifer Garner) Are Obsessed with This Choreographer

You know you've got something going for you when stars from New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre—plus our favorite celebrity dance fan, Jennifer Garner—are all fangirling about you on Instagram.

The man of the hour is Nick Palmquist, a choreographer and teacher who can often be found dishing out irresistibly sultry commercial jazz combos at New York City's Steps on Broadway. (You may have also heard of his boyfriend, ABT star Marcelo Gomes.)


We've been in love with his contagious musicality for a while now, but this week he's been getting extra love with what dancers are calling the #nickpalmquistchallenge.

It all started when Gomes and Gillian Murphy tried out some of Palmquist's moves during a Nutcracker intermission. (Sadly we don't have evidence of this happening.)

Then, ABT power couple Stella Abrera and Sascha Radetsky got in on the action from their kitchen in the Catskills:

Ugh, couple goals. From there, the challenge exploded:

NYCB's Tiler Peck and Tyler Angle also took a Nutcracker break with this sassy snippet:

ABT principals Devon Teuscher and Cory Stearns got groovy in their Cinderella dressing room:

Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside (aka the Cindies) went all out in typical Cindy fashion:

And even though Jennifer Garner didn't technically participate in the #nickpalmquistchallenge, her tribute to him was pretty epic:

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When it comes to equipment, dancers don't need much—just shoes and whatever can fit in their dance bag. But between rehearsals in the studio and performances on stage, one major piece of equipment often goes overlooked—the floor.

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We spoke with experts from every corner of the dance industry to see how Harlequin's products have become their everyday essentials:

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