Woofy Dancer’s Search For Room To Rent Becomes Viral Thirst Trap

Saverio Pescucci went looking for a room to rent but became a viral sensation
Saverio Pescucci (images via Instagram)

Saverio Pescucci’s search for a room to rent in New York City went viral after he attached a few photos to his search ad.

A professional dancer by trade, Pescucci posted his search in the 284,800-member Gypsy Housing group on Facebook.

Describing himself as “super chill, friendly, gay, [and] Covid responsible,” Pescucci included the photos so people could put a face to the ad.

“I saw a lot of people … were posting pictures of themselves, like selfies and casual photos, to show that they’re not sociopaths or what kind of lifestyle they have,” the 29-year-old told the New York Post. “I did the same [but] I was not imagining that it would turn into an episode of ‘The Bachelor.’ “

Pescucci says the pics were a general assortment of vacation selfies and photos of him dancing.

To his surprise, the ad went viral garnering over 600 Likes and 400+ responses.

It’s pretty easy to see why the native of Tuscany, Italy, got such a reaction.

 

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One woman commented on Pescucci’s ad writing, “[The] hot ones are never straight.”

Another couldn’t resist chiming in with “You’re cute … that’s all I have to offer you. A compliment.”

Gay men were a bit more to the point (as gay men can be don’t you know…)

“You won’t be paying rent for too long once you get here … [you’re] f–king hot.”

“I don’t have a room but I am single,” wrote Hassan Salazar, a drag performer who resides in Queens. Getting straight to the point, Salazar just put it all out there saying, “I’m just here to snatch myself a good man. He can have my apartment lol.”

Salazar told The Post that he liked that Pescucci is a dancer, and his eyebrows – he really liked his eyebrows.

“I’m going to consider my marriage proposal as pending,” added Salazar.

 

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Pescucci told The Post that he didn’t intend for the ad to be “a thirst trap.” And while he wasn’t “uncomfortable” with the comments, he admits to being “really overwhelmed” by the responses.

He tried to respond to the comments individually but finally gave up by addressing everyone on the post.

“Omg, just waking up and what is happening on this post!?!??,” he wrote. “I just wanted a room!!!!”

He also thanked his new admirers “for all the sweet and kind words” and promised to read all of the comments as soon as he gets a chance.

Originally trained at Milan’s prestigious La Scala ballet academy, Saverio Pescucci has danced around the world with elite companies like the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Finnish National Ballet. In 2017, he made his Broadway debut in The Phantom of the Opera.

Unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he’s hung up his dance shoes for a while and will begin a new gig working at an Italian food distributor.

And yes – the housing search was successful. Our furry hero did find a room to rent.

 

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Broadway Actor Adam Perry’s 109 Days Of COVID-19

Broadway actor Adam Perry backstage at Frozen (image via Instagram)

Adam Perry, who’s appeared in numerous Broadway shows (Frozen, Rocky, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes, Promises, Promises, A Chorus Line, Wicked) shared his ongoing journey with the coronavirus having lived with symptoms now for over 100 days.

For months now, the myth of the coronavirus has been that it “only affects the elderly.”

But Perry, who has been in peak physical condition for years thanks to dancing on Broadway and hitting the gym regularly, says his experience with COVID-19 has been “terrifying.”

“There is nothing like the feeling of not being able to breathe,” he told CNN’s Kate Bolduan on Erin Burnett OutFront.

Since testing positive for the virus on March 17, Perry says his ongoing symptoms start with a cough and then develop into tightness in his chest.

Even more disconcerting, every time the veteran Broadway performer thinks he’s beaten the disease, his symptoms return.

“I would feel better for a few days and then it would just come and smack me again,” Perry said. “I had two days of symptoms and then felt like a million bucks for three days. So I thought I was off the hook, thought I beat it, but then it came back with a vengeance.”

A serious concern for Perry today is struggling with his ‘new normal.’

Adam Perry (center) in Broadway Bares in 2017 (image via Instagram)

“I have been doing eight shows a week for 15 to 20 years,” he said. “Now the capacity is not the same. I am just praying daily that it will get back to normal and I will be able to do things again.”

The 39-year-old actor shared on his Facebook page that watching the news of new COVID-19 cases surging across the country left him in tears.

“I cried watching the news tonight,” wrote Perry. “Cases are spiking. The president makes jokes about coronavirus. People shame others for wearing masks. The country is making it a partisan issue.”

Perry urged viewers to “come together, wear a mask, socially distance for as long as we can until there’s a vaccine because this thing has an infinite variable of outcomes for people.” He added that, in his view, there’s “a short term, long term, and ‘we just don’t know,’ so it’s just really important that people take care of each other.”

He added, “I just really don’t want other people to have to experience what I experienced.”

Watch Perry’s recent appearance on CNN above along with just a few posts from his Instagram account showing how fit the Broadway veteran has stayed over the years.

 

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Cuntry gal in Cabela’s & vintage Ralph Lauren 🎣

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Pines lighting tho 🌲🧚🏻‍♂️🌲 📷: @lapidustudio

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Golden Pride 💛🏳️‍🌈💛 📸: @esp_bymike

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Jan 1st. Is it summer yet? 🙄 🌊photography by @lapidustudio

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Natural tho 🌿 Photo by @kevinmcdnyc 📷

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Internet Tips Barista $20K After San Diego ‘Karen’ Gets Snarky Over Mask

Barista Lenin Gutierrez says ‘thank you’ (image via GoFundMe)

In this installment of the ‘Karen Chronicles,’ a San Diego woman recently took to Facebook to criticize a Starbucks barista named Lenin who refused to ask her to wear a face mask.

But the snarky post backfired and resulted in over 1,300 social media peeps donating over $20,000 in tips to a GoFundMe campaign in less than two days.

“Meet lenen [sic] from Starbucks who refused to serve me cause I’m not wearing a mask,” read the caption for the photo. “Next time I will wait for cops and bring a medical exemption.”

The post has been shared over 47,000 times and received over 133K comments which are overwhelmingly in support of young Lenin.

This probably isn’t what ‘Karen’ had in mind:

“Listen, Karen, if you can’t be bothered to wear a f**king mask for 10 minutes out of consideration for *other people* AND because it’s store policy, then you’re not only rude, you’re incredibly selfish,” wrote one commenter. “News flash: everything isn’t about you.”

“Being a Karen isn’t a medical exemption,” added another.

“You’re in the store for 10 minutes max to wait for coffee, not taking a trip to Mars for 6 months. If your condition is that bad then you are half dead already and should be having your coffee delivered to you in hospice!”

One person asked, “If you cannot wear a mask, why not go through the drive through?”

Another wrote, “Are you really crying cause you had to wear a mask for 10 minutes to get coffee then leave? Is it really that hard? Just wear the mask, get your coffee then take it off when you leave Karen, Jesus Christ.”

Several people noted that ‘Karen’ had shared many photos on Facebook in the past showing her wearing all kinds of masks – when she wanted to. “You wore all these masks,” wrote one poster.

The ‘Karen’ – who describes herself as a “mother, photographer, yoga instructor, activist, and artist” – tried to troll back, but failed in epic fashion. At one point, she could only muster a lame, “Masks are stupid and so are the people wearing them.”

Earlier in June, she had shared a meme that read, “I have a condition that prevents me from wearing a mask. It’s called intelligence.”

It’s worth noting that, during the coronavirus pandemic, face masks are mandated for everyone in California while in public unless they have a medical condition that prevents them from covering their face.

After internet sleuths identified the barista as Lenin Gutierrez, many expressed they wanted to tip Lenin for having to put up with the ‘Karen.’ And so, Matt Cowan decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign with a goal of $1,000.

Cowan told the local ABC News affiliate 10News, “I set it at $1,000 thinking that was a reach but we would be lucky if we hit like $250, and when we hit $100 I was overwhelmed by that.”

When the original goal was quickly reached, Cowan raised his target to $5,000, which was also surpassed in no time.

“You all are absolutely incredible,” wrote Cowan on the GoFundMe page. “Update from Lenin cause he wanted to say thank you to everyone. So you are all aware, he and I will be meeting in San Diego so that he can receive all the funds in person.”

Cowan also shared a photo of Lenin holding a sign which read, “Thank you everyone for the tips!!! Stay Safe.”

On Wednesday, Lenin posted a video message of thanks on his Facebook and shared his side of the incident.

Lenin says that when the woman came in without a mask, he asked if she had one, to which she replied that she doesn’t need one.

As he attempted to show her the official guidelines from Starbucks, she snapped back repeating she didn’t need a mask and began “cussing up a storm.”

“She started calling people ‘sheep’ and she left,” explained Gutierrez. “Within a few minutes she came back and asked for my name, she took a photo of me and said ‘I’m calling corporate’ and started cussing some more at everyone and just left.”

He added that he’s a dancer and before the coronavirus pandemic he’s shared his passion by teaching dance to children. He says he plans to use his sudden windfall to fund his dream of “changing other people’s lives the way dance changed mine.”

A Starbucks spokesman issued the following statement to News10:

We want everyone to feel welcome in our stores. We respectfully request customers follow social distancing and safety protocols recommended by public health officials, including wearing a facial covering when visiting our stores.

Danny Tidwell, Of ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ Dead At 35

Danny Tidwell on So You Think You Can Dance (screen capture)

Acclaimed dancer and choreographer Danny Tidwell, who first came to the national spotlight as the runner-up of Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance, has passed away. He was 35.

Eonline is reporting Tidwell died in a car accident on Friday.

Travis Wall, who was the runner-up of Season 2 of SYTYCD, shared the news via a post on Instagram.

“My heart is broken,” began Wall. “Yesterday I lost a brother. And we all lost a gift. I’m not ready. But I never think I will be. Because I can’t believe this is real.”

“I can’t believe you’re gone,” continued Wall. “You were more than my brother. You were my inspiration. I idolized you growing up. Wanted to dance just like you. Wanted to be you!”

“I wish I could jump in your arms again like we used to when we were kids and onstage dancing,” he added. “We will all remember the joy and passion you brought to everyone you came in contact with through out your journey. A journey cut to short. You are a legend. And I love you so much Danny. Rest In Peace my brother. I can’t believe I’m even typing this . Please pray for my mom and my family during this difficult time.”

 

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My heart is broken. Yesterday I lost a brother . And we all lost a gift. I’m not ready. But I never think I will be. Because I can’t believe this is real. I can’t believe you’re gone. You were more than my brother. You were my inspiration. I idolized you growing up. Wanted to dance just like you. Wanted to be you! I wish I could jump in your arms again like we used to when we were kids and onstage dancing. We will all remember the joy and passion you brought to everyone you came in contact with through out your journey. A journey cut to short. You are a legend. And I love you so much Danny. Rest In Peace my brother. I can’t believe I’m even typing this . Please pray for my mom and my family during this difficult time. 💔💔💔

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Tidwell was adopted by Wall’s mother when he was 12-years-old.

Tidwell began his dance journey when he was only 8-years-old in an after-school program for at-risk kids. He would go on to attend the Kirov Academy of Ballet and win a silver medal in the USA International Ballet Competition.

His performing career included dancing for Debbie Allen, Mia Michaels, and the American Ballet Theatre. In September 2009, he made his Broadway debut in Memphis.

Since September 2010, Tidwell has lived in Oslo where he was hired as a soloist for Norway’s National Ballet.

In 2014, Tidwell married journalist David Benaym who also paid tribute to his late husband on Saturday.

“I’m devastated that my Danny, the love of my life, my beloved friend, the artist, the talented angel, fierce mind, legendary dancer, my now late husband, Danny Tidwell died last night in a car crash while his friend was driving him home from work,” wrote Benaym. “We were so lucky to have him, life was so challenging for him. But he was a warrior, and he came back standing, always. We loved each other so much, he was and always will be family.”

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I'm devastated that my Danny, the love of my life, my beloved friend, the artist, the talented angel, fierce mind, legendary dancer, my now late husband, Danny Tidwell died last night in a car crash while his friend was driving him home from work. I'm thinking of Denise, Travis, Scott, Tyler and Shannon, Grandma, his sisters Latoya and Ronda, his friend that was with him, Eddy, that survives him, and all his dance family that is already expressing the state of shock we are all in. We were so lucky to have him, life was so challenging for him. But he was a warrior, and he came back standing, always. We loved each other so much, he was and always will be family. He made me the happiest for so many years, we were able to create so much together, a book and a show, Moving Still, an amazing magazine adventure for 7 years, movmnt magazine, that made us so proud. He had such an impact on the dance world, life gave him so much to deal with from a young age. I will write more about you Danny, tell your story, continue your legacy, make sure that you are not forgotten, that you are celebrated. An angel with no wings you said you were, you were flying all along, and you'll be our guardian angel from now on. I love you, I'll forever miss you. You're now in peace, mon Danny, and I know you know how much you were loved. #dannytidwell

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Rest in peace, Danny Tidwell.

Here’s just a small taste of the talent and brilliance we have lost.

Photography: The Men of “Rocky the Musical” on Broadway

(from left) Okieriete Onoadowan, Adam Perry, Adrian Aguilar & James Brown III

Let’s face it – any Broadway show puts an an actor through their paces.

But being in the cast of ROCKY on Broadway goes over the top.  These guys have to not only look the part but nail the moves of professional boxers.

You can only catch the show on Broadway until August 17th when the show will close at the Winter Garden Theater, so you may need to hurry if you want to see the spectacle that is ROCKY.

But, you can glimpse a bit more here than the show would offer, thanks to Out.com.

Four actors from the cast of ROCKY on Broadway volunteered to be photographed by Cedric Terrell at a studio in Chelsea—with just the barest of essentials.

Here’s just a sample – head over to Out.com for more.

Happy Friday!

Adrian Aguilar – “Rocky” is his Broadway debut

Dance Captain James Brown III – This is his 9th Broadway show

Dance: India’s Got Talent

From “India’s Got Talent”

First of all – how incredible are these two? And can I underscore the fact that they are 13 and 7???

I have to know, how do you follow that?

From the YouTube description: Sumant and Sonali, the two little students of Bivash Academy of Dance perform the most amazing and breathtaking Indian Classical choreographed by Mr. Bivash Chowdhury himself.

The dance was performed in the audition round of India’s got talent Season 4, a reality show of Colors TV.

The return of American Dance Machine

In the 1970s and 1980s, the American Dance Machine was a major force in preserving choreography from significant Broadway musicals.  Now that idea has been resurrected in the form of American Dance Machine for the 21st Century.
American Dance Machine for the 21st Century, an organization committed
to preserving the heritage of musical film and theatre choreography,
will stage recreations of work by Susan Stroman, Jerome Robbins, Hermes Pan and Bob Fosse in a Manhattan workshop presentation Nov. 14 at New York City Center.

“Each piece has been coached by artists intimately involved in their
original productions,” according to ADM21. Numbers from Broadway’s Contact, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway and Big Deal,
as well as the film “Lovely to Look At,” will be presented. The evening
is directed by artistic director Margo Sappington and will feature live
music with musical direction by Eugene Gwozdz.

The 6 PM Nov. 14 show is presented at City Center’s Studio 4.

Go to Playbill.com for more info.