6 Powerful Concept Videos You Need to Watch Right Now
Why limit dance to the stage? Dance and film are made for each other—and these days, technology allows choreographers to create pretty incredible things for the camera. We've rounded up 6 of our favorite dance concept videos for your viewing pleasure.
1. Without The Lights - Philip Chbeeb
Philip Chbeeb directed, choreographed and starred in the music video for Elliot Moss's "Without the Lights." He represents of violence in an abusive relationship, tainting the image that dancer Erica Klein has of herself. "Without the Lights" was released in October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
2. Let It Go - Talia Favia
Talia Favia's choreography to James Bay's 'Let It Go' portrays the emotions a couple experiences while breaking up. Danced by Chaz Buzan and Courtney Schwartz, the choreography is athletic, innovative, and emotionally relatable. We spoke to Favia and director Tim Millgram about the making of this video in our April 2016 Issue.
3. Unsteady - Tyce Diorio
Though this video began production before the mass shooting in Orlando in June, it was released as a tribute to the 49 people who lost their lives that day. Choreographed by Tyce Diorio, it features Will Johnston and Kent Boyd as a couple who care for each other deeply but might be ending their relationship. This video was Diorio's way of exploring love as a vulnerable and brave thing to commit to.
4. Nightdare - Jaja Vankova
You know Jaja Vankova from Season 12 of "So You Think You Can Dance": She was labeled a Street dancer in the Stage vs. Street format, but constantly blew us away when she was challenged with a more technical dance. Her concept video, "Nightdare," explores the nightmares and terrors of a child. The choreography seems to be a collaborative effort between Vankova and her dancers—a majority of whom are fellow "SYT" alumni.
5. Kids - A'Drey Vinogradov
A'Drey Vinogradov's video to OneRepublic's song, "Kids," takes place in an urban setting with a group of young dancers. The paint gives the whole thing a nostalgic, carefree feeling, which matches the vibe of the track.
6. Easy - Tom Richardson
In this video, set to "Easy" by Son Lux, choreographer Tom Richardson chooses a pretty simple setting and lets the dancing do the talking. As the song repeats, "Pull out your heart to make being alone easy," Richardson explores how we're supposed to move forward after we've been hurt.
Much of Janelle Ginestra's career has been about helping others shine. She's dedicated herself to supporting and cheerleading her partner, WilldaBeast Adams; the emerging talents in their dance company, ImmaBEAST; and the countless dancers she inspires at master classes and conventions. Her YouTube channel has become a launching pad for young talents like "Fraternal Twins" Larsen Thompson and Taylor Hatala, thanks to viral videos featuring Ginestra's creative vision.
But Ginestra's a skyrocketing success in her own right—an in-demand choreographer, a social media influencer, and a dance entrepreneur, building a legacy one eight-count at a time. It's time for her turn in the spotlight. And she's more than ready. "I want to be a legend in whatever I do," she says. We'd argue that she already is.
Week five of "Dancing with the Stars" proved to be one of the best weeks of the season so far. (And we're not just saying that because Mickey made a cameo debut on the piano during one of the routines—although that certainly didn't hurt!) Everyone brought their A-game, and with such a fun theme the contestants were able to really let their guards down. There was true sincerity in their dancing that we hadn't seen before. But not all Disney stories end with a "happily ever after," and one couple still had to hang up their dancing shoes.
If there's one week you should watch all the routines of it's undoubtedly this one... But, ICYMI, scroll below for our highlights of the night.
Almost a month out, Puerto Rico continues to suffer the devastating aftereffects of Hurricane Maria. Many of the island's residents still lack power, clean water, and safe housing. Ballet classes? For Puerto Rican dance students, they must feel like an impossible luxury.
But a dance studio in Florida is working to allow a group of young Puerto Ricans to continue their training. And it needs your help.
Yes, I am a dancer, and yes, I am fat.
There's nothing quite as soul-crushing as the reactions I've received when I've told people I dance. They can range from disbelief to confusion to shock. To many people, it's somehow incomprehensible that a plus-size person like myself could grace a stage. While the body-positive movement has been trucking along at full force over the past few years, it hasn't made much progress in the dance community yet. In fact, the words "body positivity" and "dance" are almost never used together in the same sentence.
Despite that fact, dance is what helped me learn to love my larger frame. In honor of National Body Confidence Day, I wanted to talk about my first time in a studio, and about the tremendous progress I've made since.
If you've ever seen a Janelle Ginestra class video, you know how lit her combos are. What you don't see in those clips is how devoted Ginestra is to her students. We went behind the scenes at one of her sold-out IMMA SPACE classes to see Ginestra in her element, mentoring some of L.A.'s most talented dancers. It was an inspiration feedback loop.
All photos by Joe Toreno.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email email@example.com for a chance to be featured!
I love ballet, and I've been told that I have a lot of potential. I can see myself dancing professionally one day. But I'm also working toward my black belt in karate—and I'm passionate about that, too. How can I keep up my technique while also making time for the other things I love? Is that even possible?