Broadway's All Shook Up
In 1954, Elvis Presley started a rock and roll revolution with his legendary music and dance moves, quickly earning the title, “The King of Rock and Roll.” Forty years later, Presley’s songs live on as the basis of the hot new Broadway musical, All Shook Up, which opens March 24. Works such as “Devil in Disguise,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Burning Love,” help tell the tale of a mysterious stranger named Chad, who arrives in a small town where dancing is prohibited. Chad embodies Elvis’s rebellious spirit as he challenges the town’s dance ban.
Under the guidance of choreographer Ken Roberson, who choreographed Broadway’s Avenue Q and was the assistant choreographer for Jelly’s Last Jam, 30 cast members get all shook up as they dance their way through the plot. As the music builds, so does the dancing. In fact, the dancers had to report to rehearsals one week earlier than the rest of the cast in order to perfect the 1950s groove steps.
According to cast member Michael James Scott, who is making his Broadway debut, the choreography always appears to be fun and energetic, but is also highly technical. The moves are generally “low to the ground—in plié most of the time—a very masculine style of dance,” Scott explains. “The dancing shifts from a simple ‘step-touch,’ at the beginning, to exuberance at the end.”
There's a reason Mia Michaels' nickname is "Mama Mia." The legendary choreographer invests deeply in her dancers, whether they're competitors on "So You Think You Can Dance," members of the Radio City Rockettes, or part of her own elite assistant squad. And now, Michaels is launching a project that aims to give more dancers access to her gifts as a teacher and mentor.
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Want a chance to get personally involved in the HOTLY anticipated TV show "World of Dance"? Of course you do. That's why J. Lo. and the rest of the "WOD" team have launched an interactive version of the upcoming NBC series that lets Snapchatters get in on the action.
On Saturday morning, Russell Horning—aka 15-year-old Instagram king @i_got_barzz—was already kind of famous. His admittedly bad but weirdly mesmerizing dance videos had earned him shoutouts from the likes of Rihanna (and dance tributes from the likes of Josh Killacky).
But by Sunday morning? By Sunday morning, Russell Got Barzz had reached an entirely different level of memedom. Because Katy Perry tapped the teen—signature backpack and all—to perform "Swish Swish" with her on "Saturday Night Live." And the internet lost its darn mind.
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