"My Mom Will Battle Your Mom"
Since we last talked about Korean singer Psy's "Gangnam Style" video and its Internet-exploding invisible horse dance, the phenomenon has racked up more than 100,000,000 (and counting) views on YouTube. You know what that means: It's time for some awesome video responses to start popping up. (Can this song please become the next "Call Me Maybe"? Biebs, will you get on that?)
A simple YouTube search already reveals all kinds of riches, from a video featuring the University of Oregon Duck to "Pony Gangnam Style," starring one funky My Little Pony. But our favorite here in the DS office is "Gangnam Style Mom."
Dancer Mike Song taught his 60-year-old mother—who'd never danced before—a little routine to the song, which the two of them performed together. And it turns out Mom has moves.
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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.