The Latest TV Dance Show Debuts Tonight!

Did you know that singer/actress Mya could tap dance? Neither did we, but apparently she does. It’s all part of CBS’ new show, “Secret Talents of the Stars,” which will feature celebrities competing each week in a tournament-style format to determine who has the best “hidden talent.” (Think of it as the new “America’s Got Talent.”)


The show, produced by Magic Molehill Productions, Inc., premieres live today, April 8, at 10 pm ET/PT and 7 pm CT. Some of the celebrities featured include country singer Clint Black, former child actor Danny Bonaduce, professional boxer Ric Flair, comedian Ben Stein and Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen. Mya’s routine is choreographed by none other than DT May cover subject Jason Samuels Smith! (Be sure to stay tuned next month to read all about his journey from teen prodigy to spokesman for tap.)

The celebrities’ performances will be critiqued by a yet-to-be-announced judging panel, but it’s home viewer votes that will determine who moves on in the competition. The live finale will air Thursday, May 22 at 8 pm ET/PT, when the four finalists will compete one last time. Who knows, maybe this new experience will help them discover new careers. Now that’s something you definitely can’t miss!

Teaching Tips
Courtesy Jill Randall

Fall may be fast-approaching, but it's never too late to slip in a little summer reading—especially if it'll make you all the more prepared for the perhaps crazier-than-usual season ahead.

Here are six new releases to enrich your coming school year:

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Courtesy A Wish Come True

Studio owners who've been in the recital game for a while have likely seen thousands of dance costumes pass through their hands.

But with the hustle and bustle of recital time, we don't always stop to think about where exactly those costumes are coming from, or how they are made.

If we want our costumes to be of the same high quality as our dancing—and for our costume-buying process to be as seamless as possible—it helps to take the time to learn a bit more about those costumes and the companies making them.

We talked to the team at A Wish Come True—who makes all their costumes at their factory in Bristol, Pennsylvania—to get an inside look at what really goes into making a costume, from conception to stage.

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Studio Owners

Jana Belot's 31-year-old New Jersey–based Gotta Dance has six studios, 1,720 students and, usually, 13 recitals. In a normal year, Belot rents a 1,000-seat venue for up to 20 consecutive days and is known for her epic productions, featuring her studio classes and Gotta Dance's pre-professional dance team, Showstoppers. Until March, she was planning this year's jungle-themed recital in this same way.

When the pandemic hit, Belot soon decided to do a virtual recital instead. Due to the scale of the production—300 to 500 dancers performing in each of the 13 shows—postponing or moving to an outdoor venue wasn't practical. (Canceling, for her, was out of the question.)

Unsurprisingly, Belot's virtual recital was just as epic as her in-person shows—with 10,000 submitted videos, animation, musicians and more. Here's how it all came together, and what it cost her.

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