5 of the Hottest Albums Choreographers Are Using
You know how it goes: a fantastic new song drops, and next thing you know, you can't go to a dance competition or scroll through Instagram without seeing a routine choreographed to it. Certain music has the power to speak to a lot of choreographers—often in completely different ways. Below are six recently released albums that have made a big impact on the dance community. Will they inspire your next piece of choreo?
1. "Grateful" - DJ Khaled
You've probably seen at least 10 different class videos choreographed to "Wild Thoughts," but this one is our personal favorite. The song is definitely having a moment, so much so that we wonder if it's the song of the summer—and it's just a matter of time before more songs off of the album become popular.
2. "American Teen" - Khalid
Khalid's lyrics are genuine and relatable, and his music has a unique vibe. Jake Kodish and Bryan Tanaka tapped into that with their smooth, storytelling choreography.
3. "Divide" - Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" and "Castle on the Hill" have been on everyone's playlists for a bit now, and the rest of his album does not disappoint. His diverse talents have inspired a lot of choreographers, including Matt Steffanina, Blake McGrath, Hamilton Evans, and our personal fave, Kyle Hanagami.
5. "24K Magic" - Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars' newest singles, "24K Magic" and "That's What I Like," became very popular super quickly. His music was clearly perfect for the stylings of Ian Eastwood & The Young Lions. (Refer back to their first "World of Dance" performance if you need additional proof.) But they're not the only ones inspired by Bruno Mars' musical artistry: Janelle Ginestra and Wildabeast, Kyle Hanagami, and Jake Kodish have all choreographed class combos to songs from "24K Magic."
5. "More Life" - Drake
Drake's chill, island vibe has never been more irresistible than it is on this album. And it's not just two great singles plus a bunch of filler: Many of the album's tracks have had widespread success. Candace Brown's choreography to "Madiba Riddim" shows that even its lesser-known songs have serious dance potential.
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But by that point, the hip-hop mini had already performed at the MTV Video Music Awards and on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," and won first runner-up with her crew, 8 Flavahz, on "America's Best Dance Crew." And her Queen Bey Insta shout-out wasn't even the pinnacle of her tween career: She earned a spot on The PULSE On Tour as an Elite Protégé for the 2014–2015 season, and performed with Missy Elliott at the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show in 2015.
These days, the 16-year-old spends her time touring the country as Brian Friedman's assistant at Radix Dance Convention and blowing up YouTube and Instagram with her class-video cameos. And while the Char Char we fell in love with was a hip-hop cutie pie, the more mature artist we see today is sure to rock the dance world for years to come.
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