Broadway Razzle Dazzles Fat Boy Slim's New Music Video
If the music video for Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Gene Kelly’s On the Town were woven together in a magic movie-editing process, the result would resemble DJ Fatboy Slim’s latest video, Wonderful Night. Bay Area rapper Lateef struts around Manhattan’s West Village and Meatpacking District while professional musical theater dancers Christopher Davis and Kenway Kua hitch kick, barrel turn and pirouette at his side until a full moon transforms Lateef into a werewolf and he decides to go clubbing.
It took three all-nighters to shoot the video, and though most of the dance sequences were rehearsed in a studio beforehand, first-time music video choreographer Dan Knechtges says he had to adapt some of the choreography on the spot due to rubble and potholes. A scene involving a shoeshine stand also proved problematic: “We didn’t have the [props] until we got on set, so my assistant and I choreographed that section in ten minutes,” explains Knechtges. “A lot of people find [impromptu choreography] stressful, but I actually find it fun.” Knechtges also admits to a surprisingly strong affection for music video choreography—though he’s not leaving theater, his first love, just yet. You can currently catch Knechtges’ moves onstage in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, playing off-Broadway through this month. For more, secondstagetheatre.com; for more on Wonderful Night, fatboyslim.net.
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.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is some SERIOUS #goals. Her strength and power onstage borders on superhuman. But what's extra magical about Mearns is that she really puts in the fitness and cross-training work outside of the rehearsal studio. And she's overcome her fair share of injuries. Which is why she was the perfect source for Vogue's latest ballet fitness story.
Remember that fabulous old-school clip of dancers tapping in pointe shoes that Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo brought to our attention back in March? As we mentioned then, toe-tap dancing was actually super popular back in the 1920s and 30s—which means there are more videos where that one came from. And because #ToeTapTuesday has a nice ring to it, we thought we'd take this opportunity to introduce you to Dick and Edith Barstow, a toe-tapping brother and sister duo from that era who are nothing short of incredible: