In need of a gram freshen up? The Instagram world is forever evolving, and sometimes it can feel tricky to keep up with the changing landscape. To help in this continuous battle here is our current seven favourite dance accounts to follow:
This account ticks the boxes from aesthetics to movement; the grid that has been curated by founder Joanna Warren will be your new go-to for neon-centric dancing. Filmed on the roof of her apartment with the sky as the studio, her movement mixes ballet, contemporary and improvisation. Not only is her dancing free and experimental, but so is her style. Using layering of bright primary colours, the clothes that are chosen by the dancer creates a colour scheme throughout the account which feels like a toddler's birthday party minus the sticky fingers. If you want a custom dance from Warren, she is currently selling them starting from $20 with the choice of a different location, prop, themes, colour and song choice. The ideal isolation birthday present for your not-so-nearest but indeed dearest.
Named after the term for dancer's feet that tend towards poor-form and naughty behaviour, this account allows people to submit videos of their dancing flaws and failures. Founded by soloist ballerina Shelby Williams, this collection of light-hearted content creates a place for dancers to come together and remember that there is a course of failures before they reach 'perfection'.
Originating from Russia, this account highlights the alter-ego of professional ballerina Michael Cusumano, Madame Olga. Starting dancing at the tender age of six, Cusumano was able to triple pirouette within his first year of dancing and went on to have a successful career winning multiple awards and even being on Broadway in Chicago for seven years. Cusumano also became the youngest male dancer in the American Ballet Theatre at the age of 15. Madame Olga allows Cusumano to bring a light-hearted energy to what can often be a severe teaching environment when running ballet classes. While in keeping with all traditional ballet teachings, Madame Olga's style is as exuberant as her teaching practices. Turning up to class traditionally in a turban, wrap skirt, oversized accessories and bold makeup, she has become somewhat of an Instagram sensation within the ballet community.
Managing to combine movement and style, this Instagram account has created an archive documenting what dancers are wearing in and out of the studio. Started in 2018 initially by Joy-Marie Thompson and passed onto Dava Huesca, people submit images in their favourite outfits which are then chosen for the grid. So whether you decide to watch from the sidelines as a source of inspiration or use the account to flaunt your style, this should be added to your following list asap.
Founder Jada Hudson started this pole dancing fitness blog and Instagram account as a movement for women to celebrate and embrace their bodies. After falling in love with pole fitness, Hudson noticed a lack of diverse body types in her classes. Since its creation, this grid has become a safe space for women to share their mutual adoration of the dance style, which can often be looked down on. Hudson has also started virtual dance classes for all levels under the name '50 Shades of Flow' while in quarantine.
Leiomy Maldonado is known as one of the best vogue dancers on the scene, and her Instagram documents each step of her journey. Best known for the popular television series Pose, Maldonado initially gained a following when she auditioned for America's Best Dance Crew Season Four where her group made it to the top five. Now teaching vogue workshops at Broadway Dance Center in New York, Maldonado has become a leading figure in the LGBTQIA+ community, after using her dance form to feel freer around her gender identity and allowing others to experience the same feeling.
James B Whiteside is the current Principal Dancer and Choreographer at the American Ballet Theatre (ABT). Despite the job role sounding like a very serious one, Whiteside's Instagram is far from it. Sharing moments from his professional work, his drag-persona Ühu Betch and popstar JbDubs, it's not a surprise that his account boasts 236k followers and a blue tick. Starting his ballet training at the age of nine, Whiteside went on to become a principal dancer at the Boston Ballet and then moved to ABT in 2012 where the same progression happened. Alongside all of his other creative outlets, Whiteside also has his podcast called The Stage Rightside with James Whiteside. The podcast is the place where the principal dancer speaks with fellow dance contributors, i.e. choreographers, stagehands and makeup artists, to discuss different topics in a humorous yet informative manner.
By Niamh Rooney
All images sourced from Instagram accounts mentioned in copy.