5 of Our Favorite Class Videos of All Time
How crazy has the rise of the class video been? Within the past year or so, we've basically come to expect that L.A.'s top commercial choreographers will put out a new internet-breaking vid every week. Here are five of our all-time favorites. (And be sure to read a whole lot more about the class video trend in the May/June issue of Dance Spirit.)
"Where They From" - Tricia Miranda
It's a known fact: Tricia Miranda is Queen of the Viral Class Video. While her vid to Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" got over 30 million views on YouTube, her choreography to Missy Elliot's "Where They From" got just as much attention from non-dance outlets. This video features some of our favorite dancers, including Josh Killacky, Kaycee Rice and Aidan Prince Xiong.
"River" - Galen Hooks
Galen Hooks' choreography is so simple, yet so powerful. All the dancers—especially Hooks herself—are invested both physically and emotionally in every movement. Plus, pulling that all off in heels is no mean feat.
"Touch" - Brian Friedman
To be honest, it'd be hard for this list NOT to include a video with Jade Chynoweth front and center. No matter what style she's doing, she's the star of the show. And she's at her best doing Brian Friedman's technical, athletic, sensual choreo.
"Slow Motion" - Matt Stefanina
This video came out in July 2015; we were obsessed with it then and we're obsessed with it now. Two of its teeniest dancers, Tahani Anderson and Sheadan Gabriel, went on to compete on "So You Think You Can Dance" last summer—this video was just a sneak peek at their phenomenal talent.
"Upgrade U" - WilldaBeast
Everyone knows that if you're going to choreograph to Beyoncé, you have to do it justice. And WilldaBeast, who has a whole Beyoncé series, never disappoints on that front. Be prepared to watch this over and over and over again.
Dance Spirit is beyond excited to announce the first round of 2017 Future Star winners! Every year, DS partners with competitions to recognize dancers with exceptional presence and ability. The second round of winners will be featured in our January issue, so stay tuned!
You're obsessed with class videos. We're obsessed with class videos. The passion, energy, and talent showcased in these clips, which give us an insider-y peek at the commercial dance world's hottest classes, are totally irresistible.
But at what point does the phenomenon go from being a good thing to a bad thing for dancers and the dance world? Is the focus on filming distracting from the work dancers are supposed to be doing in class? Are overproduced videos presenting a dangerously misleading picture of the dance world? Is the pressure to be a class video star becoming too much for dancers to handle? These are some of the questions A-list dancer and choreographer Ian Eastwood—no stranger to the class video himself—has been asking on Twitter. And they've sparked a lively, important debate.
Getting corrections from our dance instructors is how we grow, and as students, it's important that we do our best to apply every correction right away. But sometimes—whether it's because we're in physical pain, or have a lot on our minds, or are just not paying attention—those corrections don't sink in. And from a teacher's standpoint, giving the same corrections time and time again gets old very fast. Here are 10 important corrections dance teachers are tired of giving. Take them to heart!
Our favorite drama-filled, dance reality show may have ended this past fall, but "Dance Moms" stars Chloe, Kalani, and Kendall aren't about to let that end their dance careers. In fact, these dancing kweens are taking their moves to a city near you with their Irreplaceables Tour! The girls are going all out for the three-week dance production, which is taking them across the country. And these dazzling dancers aren't just content with showing off their dance skillz—they want to pass along their tips and tricks in a dance workshop where they'll lead fans in stretches and dance routines from the show.
Dance Spirit caught up with Chloe, Kalani, and Kendall to find out what they love about tour life and where they see themselves five years from now.
When most of us think of The Nutcracker, we imagine a growing Christmas tree, dancing mice, and a little girl named Clara (or Marie) traveling to the Land of Sweets. But companies around the world have been reinventing the holiday classic, changing the storyline or adding their own spectacular sets and characters. To get in the Nutcracker spirit this season, check out these out-of-the-box productions.
Aspiring ballerina Katarina Jakimier, a Dallas, TX, native, was just 12 when Dance Spirit first featured her, highlighting the innovative pointe shoe recycling program she created in her community. Now 16, Jakimier is still studying ballet intensively—this past fall she started training at the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart, Germany—and is still on a mission to make the world a better place. Recently, she founded the Silver Swans Ballet Program, which allows senior citizens in retirement homes to experience the magic of ballet, and to reap all of its health benefits. Here, she tells us how the initiative came to be. —Courtney Bowers