Life Lessons With Carlos Acosta

Carlos Acosta

It seems like more and more people are hiring life coaches these days; so if you’re looking for some sound life advice, look no further. Carlos Acosta, who has had an extensive career dancing in the English National Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba, Houston Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, has partnered with BBC World Service to bring us “Three life lessons... from dancer Carlos Acosta.”

Here are some of the things Mr. Acosta says we should know and we need to teach our children. First, keep challenging yourself! According to the ballet master, you never want to get comfortable, because then you won’t push yourself to do anything else. In fact, Acosta says getting comfortable is dangerous and can hinder your potential. 

Second, he says to never fear failure, because there is no such thing as failure. It’s a construct of the human psyche that does not serve you. Lastly, keep evolving. Try new things, learn new skills, and challenge yourself to reach new heights, because it will keep moving you forward in life. Woah…talk about some good advice.

Is it just me, or should we all have a tiny Carlos Acosta in our pockets to pull out when things get difficult? From now on, maybe we should as ourselves W.W.C.D, What Would Carlos Do?

Olympic Athletes Take Over DWTS

Dancing with the Stars

This coming season of Dancing With the Stars is going to be all athletes. But not just any kind of athletes - several are Olympic athletes (go Team USA)! Not to mention that three of these Olympic stars are figure skaters, who are sure to bring their A game.

One of the more well known stars is going to be Tonya Harding, who, thanks to “iTonya,” a new film about her life, is enjoying a second wave of popularity! She has a special talent for jumps, so she is sure to have a spring in her sock hop. The other two figure skaters are Adam Rippon, bronze medalist, and Mirai Nagasu, silver medalist. Both represented USA with grace and beauty at the 2018 Olympics, and both are sure to give Tonya a run for her money.

So with three Olympic figure skaters in the line up, do the other athletes have a fair chance at the title? It’s no secret that figure skaters have dance experience and are basically dancers on ice. They have flexibility, great timing, and excellent coordination. Perhaps the other athletes have a secret weapon up their sleeve, or a secret dance background, because with Tonya, Adam, and Mirai competing, they’ll probably need it.

This Crew Is Breaking The Mold

Ill Abilities BBoy Tommy Guns

There's nothing better than when we stumble upon a group of truly unique and empowering artists doin’ their thang! That’s why we’re so excited to share a hip-hop crew that’s not only breaking onto dance scene, but breaking some stereotypes along the way.

Meet ILL-Abilites, a crew of dancers that’s made up of a variety of artists that are differently-abled. The dancers are: Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli from Canada, Tommy “Guns” Ly and Jacob “Kujo” Lyons from the U.S.A, Redouan “Redo” Ait Chitt from The Netherlands, Sergio “Checho” Carvajal from Chile, Jung Soo "Krops" Lee from South Korea, Samuel Henrique "Samuka" da Silveira Lima and Lucas "Perninha" Machado from Brazil.

Patuelli created the company back in 2007. Here’s how they define themselves on their website:

ILL-A•bil•i•ty [‘il-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē] –
noun, plural ILL-A•bil•i•ties~
» an adaptation of power, strength, and creativity.
» believing in yourself ~ to accomplish anything you set your mind to.
» creating advantages from disadvantages.
» exploiting your capabilities ~ to live life to the fullest potential.

The group was created to “inspire audience members with their positive attitudes and unique dance moves.” And these guys are some seriously incredible movers! Check out their amazing videos.

Follow them on social media: @ILLAbilities (Twitter) @ill_abilities (Instagram)

Kida Isn’t Kidding Around

If you watched So You Think You Can Dance: Next Generation, you probably remember winner Kida Burns! His unique hip hop style and choreography skills set him apart from his fellow peers early on in the competition. Now Kida has put forth a challenge for everyone to try, and we’re totally digging it!

@kidathegreat posted a video on Instagram with his buddy Jabari Timmons dancing to an unexpected tune… the Wii song! Yes, you heard correctly, the song that plays when you are picking out your avatar on the Wii, and they totally slay it. The two fellas hit the beat hard with a dynamic kitchen performance that would make your grandma want to dance. The best part? People are joining in on the trend and grooving to this funky song.

So, are you next? How will you take on the Wii song? Pop it and lock it with a buddy, or keep it smooth and cool with your contemporary vibes. Either way, post a video using the hashtag #thewiichallenge.