American dancer Julianne Alexandra Hough, who is known for her appearances in ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ has revealed one of her biggest inspirations and how she learned to dance as she paid her tribute to iconic dancer and actress, Ann Reinking.
Actress, dancer, and choreographer Ann Reinking died in her sleep in a Seattle hotel Saturday. She was 71. The devastating news was reported by her sister-in-law, Dahrla King. The cause of her death is not yet known. She has known for her extensive work in musical theater included Broadway productions of Coco, Over Here!, Goodtime Charley, Chicago, Dancin’, and Sweet Charity.
Julianne took to Instagram to say goodbye to the iconic dancer in a beautiful tribute. She shared one of the famous photos of Reinking and also uploaded a video of herself imitating the late dancer’s dance moves.
The 32-year-old dancer also penned down an emotional letter to Ann Reinking and thanked her for everything. In her letter, she said that the legendary dancer was one of the greatest inspirations in dance. She continued and she learned some techniques in dance by watching her shows.
Here’s what she wrote:
“One of my greatest inspirations in dance. Ann Reinking exuded such ferocity and fierceness in who she was, yet somehow embodied innocence and mystery at the same time. I looked up to Ann in so many ways, not only as one of the most iconic dancers on broadway but also for her feminine power.”
She also continued and thanked her:
“A few months back I shared my audition experience for Fosse. The passion, the commitment, the heartbreak, and ultimately the joy and bliss I found in simply studying, learning and pouring all of my energy into not only honoring Ann, but discovering myself in the process. Thank you, Ann. Rest peacefully.”
See the Instagram post below.