#FlashbackFriday with Britney, JT, Simrin Player & More
Sometimes, you have every intention of participating in #throwbackthursday, but then things get busy, deadlines pile up and the next thing you know, you're online shopping for a second pair of zebra-print workout pants...and the online holiday has passed.
Fortunately, there's always #flashbackfriday to fall back on. And just like "fetch," this is something I hope actually catches on.
So in the spirit of throwing back, flashing back and remembering all the good times, here are a few of my favorite dance videos that just never get old...
Britney Spears, "(You Drive Me) Crazy"
Baby, I was sooooo into this. It's got that somethin'...what can I do? See what I did there? Watching this brings me so much joy. The choreography was way fun and I definitely spent hours trying to learn it in my living room and in the dance studio with my friends. All I needed was that shiny green crop top and a cameo by Melissa Joan Hart. (I had the crimped hair going for me, so don't worry about that.)
'NSYNC, Live at the 2000 MTV VMAs
Before JT was JT, he was a member of the best boy band ever. And these dudes could move. The best part of this performance, in my ever-so-humble opinion, was when they danced behind the giant TV screens. Classic. Also the massive dance party at the end. I wanted to go to that dance party.
In the Heights at the 2008 Tony Awards
In the Heights is my favorite musical of all time. The show's creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, is my idol. I saw this show on Broadway four times, and each time I cried the entire time, both out of sheer joy and out of sadness, because the second act was sad before it got happy again. Andy Blankenbuehler's choreography for this show was perfect, the cast was off-the-charts amazing and the music makes for a perfect running soundtrack. This show was perfect. (Bring it back, Broadway. Bring it back.)
Simrin Player, "My New Philosophy"
Four years ago, little Simi did a sweet musical theater solo at competition. Now, she's on the cover of our November issue. (Click here to read about Simrin and the six other rising stars we've dubbed "Hip Hop's Next Generation.")
And for something that's not-so-throwback, here's the latest from the Forever Queen of Pop, Ms. Britney Spears. She released a new music video this week, and while I personally don't think it's her best-ever work (She seems a little late on some of the choreography, right? And the baggy pants look just isn't my favorite, sorry, Brit.), I'm a big fan of dancing in the desert. Aren't we all?
Now get to work!
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.
The groundwork for Erin Carpenter's company, Nude Barre, began when she was a teenager. At 16, she earned a spot in the residency program at The Kennedy Center in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem. "We were required to wear nude—as in, our actual skin tone—tights and shoes," she remembers. Carpenter brought her "sun tan" tights and a pair of pink ballet shoes with her, because that was all she could find. But she wasn't allowed in class because her dancewear didn't match her skin. "I was so embarrassed," she says. "I looked unprepared. I just didn't have the right nudes." Her teacher explained that the dancers dyed their tights and pancaked their shoes.
There are dancers and then there are DANCERS! Whitney Jensen, soloist at Norwegian National Ballet, is the latter. The former Boston Ballet principal can do it all. From contemporary to the classics this prima has the technical talent most bunheads dream about. Need proof? Look no further.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's dance inducing hit, "Despacito," is so catchy it should probably come with a disclaimer that warns people of an uncontrollable itch to tap your feet or bob your head. Some might even feel inclined to go all out and break it down. Niana Guerrero is a prime example of "Despacito's" uncanny ability to unleash the red dressed emoji dancer within. 💃🏽 💃🏽