As Far As We're Concerned, Kate Hansen Wins the Olympics
Dance may not be an official Olympic sport. But, man, has it managed to sneak its way into Sochi, or what?!
It seems like everyone's been talking about dance this Olympic season. First, there was CBS Sport's interview with Canadian skeleton racer Sarah Reid about her ballet background. Then, U.S. figure skater Gracie Gold talked to NBC about her ballet training. And who could forget "Today"'s pre-Sochi interview with Mariinsky Ballet dancer Keenan Kampa?
We kinda thought the gloriously ballet-filled opening ceremony would be the last of it. But we were wrong. Thanks to U.S. luger Kate Hansen, dance is still the talk of the town (or rather, the Olympic village).
Due to a broken foot, Hansen has designed a unique warmup: Before she hits the ice, she puts on her head phones, blasts some Beyoncé and breaks. it. down.
(GIF courtesy @dhm)
Here's a reel of Hansen's moves set to an inspirational soundtrack:
And here it is edited to "Pony" by Ginuwine:
Somehow, we don't think we've seen the last of these video edits and GIFs. At this rate, Hansen's warmup dance is on track to become one of the memories that characterize Sochi 2014. Way to go, girl. (And keep doin' your thing!)
Hansen shows off her moves for NBC (GIF via BuzzFeed)
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The 27-year-old is a Palestinian refugee, whose decision to pursue his passion for ballet has made him the target of death threats from terrorist organizations. Despite the danger, Joudeh has decided to continue on his path as a dancer, using his performances as an opportunity to spread a message of peace and cultural awareness.
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"Late Late Show" host James Corden was one of the many, many people shocked by President Trump's sudden decision to ban transgender people from the military yesterday. And he decided to voice his outrage in the way most likely to rile a President who's uncomfortable with anything "un-manly": through a big, beautiful, extra-sparkly song-and-dance routine.
In addition to training, competing and winning titles in just about every style you can think of, 13-year-old Kaylee Quinn is a regular on the sci-fi drama "Stitchers," playing the younger version of the show's main character. Her path in dance hasn't been without challenges, though. Last summer, Kaylee won the Hope Award at her regional Youth America Grand Prix, but wasn't sure she'd be able to compete at the NYC finals due to a broken foot. Patience paid off: With her doctor's blessing, Kaylee danced her variations in flat shoes and won the gold medal.
Week 2 of Misty Copeland as guest judge, week 2 of merciless cuts...How can the final episodes of "World of Dance" possibly live up to the sheer dramaaaaaaaaa of last night's episode? Well, based on the nail-biting results dished out by Copeland and Co. last night, the competition is only going to get fiercer from here. Without further ado, last night's results, as told by Kween Misty.
Every ballet dancer knows the time, sweat, and occasional tears the art form demands. But many non-dancers are clueless about just how much work a ballet dancer puts into perfecting his or her dancing. So when the mainstream crowd recognizes our crazy work ethic, we'll accept the round of applause any way it comes—even if it comes via four men in tutus. Yep, we're talking about "The Try Guys Try Ballet" video.