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Calling all NYC-area bunheads! Misty Copeland is holding a meet-and-greet tomorrow night—and you're gonna want to be there. 🎉

In celebration of the release of her new book, Ballerina Body, Copeland will be meeting fans and signing copies at Barnes and Noble Union Square. Copeland is famous for her body positivity, and Ballerina Body is her take on all things wellness, offering everything from workout routines to meal plans.

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If you're in the L.A. area tomorrow, don't miss your chance to see WilldaBeast make his TEDx debut. Wait, say what?

According to an Instagram from the other day, our favorite choreographer/dancer/entrepreneur/all-around dance revolutionary WilldaBeast has been invited to speak at TEDx Watts, an independently organized all-day conference showcasing "ideas worth spreading."

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We're going to take a minute off from obsessing over WHAT THE HECK WENT DOWN during the Best Picture award presentation last night (seriously, how did that happen?). Because while that'll be the moment most people remember from the 89th Academy Awards, we need to recognize the actual best moment of the evening. And that would be its first one: Justin Timberlake, in perfect form, opening the show with a delightfully dance-y rendition of "Can't Stop the Feeling!"

(In case you're one of the three people who need a "why" for a JT performance, the song was, in fact, nominated for an Oscar. It was featured in Trolls.)

It's pretty unusual for a musical performance to open the Oscars, rather than some kind of skit or monologue by the evening's host. But kudos to whoever gave this new route the green light. Because there are few better ways to shake the stiffness out of a sometimes very stiff ceremony than to have our favorite *NSYNC alum and a group of a-list dancers boogie down the aisles of the Dolby Theatre.

Speaking of those a-list dancers: Unsurprisingly, several of our (and JT's) long-time faves graced the stage/aisles last night, including Marty Kudelka, Matt Aylward, Ivan Koumaev and Dana Wilson.

TL;DR: The whole thing made us want to dance, dance, dance, c'mon. And we weren't alone...

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If there's one thing that never gets old, it's watching Lil Buck effortlessly glide around as he shows off his top-notch jookin' skills. And if you've been needing a Lil Buck fix lately, you're in luck—he stars in Tritonal's new music video for their song, "Strangers." The crazy-catchy beat is the perfect track for the trademark moves we've all come to love, and the colorful spotlight is a stunning way to showcase Lil Buck's mind-boggling talent. It's a winning combo, and we can't stop watching (and listening). Check it out below!

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My ballet boyfriend David Hallberg has a new love Down Under, and it's low-key breaking my heart. Okay, I'll be a little less melodramatic (and maybe explain what I'm talking about): Hallberg, who's basically a real-life Apollo of ballet, has been recovering in Sydney ever since he suffered a pretty gnarly ankle injury in 2014.

David Hallberg (photo by Henry Leutwyler)

Cue two and a half dark, dark years for those of us who love seeing him onstage with American Ballet Theatre, where he's a principal danseur. The bright light at the end of the Hallberg-less tunnel was next month's premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream, in which he'll dance the role of Prince Coffee. *swoons*

But now there's news via The New York Times that the land of dingoes and didgeridoos still gets to keep Hallberg—at least, for part of the year. The Times reported this morning that the Australian Ballet has named Hallberg their first-ever international resident guest artist. David McAllister, the artistic director of Australian Ballet, says that means Hallberg "comes to Australia every year and performs with us in selected repertoire and he has very generously also agreed to do some coaching and mentoring during these visits.”

Well, don't forget how much your American fans miss you, Hallberg. Oh yeah, and don't be surprised if we decide this is a great excuse to take a trip down under. G'Day, Australian Ballet!

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What do you think when you hear "Washington, D.C." these days? Actually, no, bad question—don't tell us. But odds are good that "joy" wasn't the first word that came to mind.

A new video starring the fabulous dancers of The Washington Ballet just might change that. Commissioned by the shopping and dining development CityCenterDC, it aims to re-brand the capitol as the "District of Joy"—by showing colorfully attired artists frolicking through the cityscape, performing charmingly dorky '60s-style choreo by former TWB director Septime Webre.

Webre told The Washington Post that his inspirations were West Side Story and the 1967 French musical The Young Girls of Rochefort. But those of us who just saw/fell in love with La La Land—so, all of us—will notice a lot of parallels between the smash-hit film and this vid. They're both exactly the kind of vibrant, optimistic fun the world needs right now.

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Remember a few weeks back, when Vanity Fair put out a video featuring Petra Collins, who is very much not a professional dancer or dance teacher, teaching ballet? Well, this week, the mag has Elle Fanning, who is also very much not a professional dancer or dance teacher, demonstrating how to do a piqué turn on pointe. And we love us some Elle, but...this is not good:

Let @ElleFanning show you ballet basics—no tutu required.

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Look, we get it: The video is part of a series called "Secret Talent Theatre," featuring actors showing off their little-known skills—or "skills." (Emma Stone teaches us how to use a pogo stick; Elle's sis Dakota proves she can name all the American Presidents.) It's supposed to be goofy and fun.

But having a non-expert "teach" pointework? That's straight-up dangerous. Somebody's gonna break an ankle, guys.

Thankfully, Elle didn't—though she made us anxious for a second.

Vanity Fair, we beseech you: Please go back to your usual thoughtful, fascinating ballet coverage! Remember when you profiled Julie Kent? And Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck? How about that brilliant history of George Balanchine's Nutcracker? We need more of that amazingness! And if you're not sure if a dance story's legit, why not run it by legendary ballerina Heather Watts, who's been a contributing editor at your mag since 1995? Problem: solved.

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As a Valentine's Day special event last week, the Philadelphia Dance Center invited aspiring ballerinas' dads to take class. The results were, predictably, ridiculously funny—and totally endearing.

 

So very many creative variations on a piqué turn:

Dad's moving right along the floor tonight!!! Jumping turning, so impressive!!!

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Tchaikovsky's "Waltz of the [Dads]":

Daddy Daughter Valentine's Ballet Class ❤❤❤

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You GUYS. The tutus! I just can't. It's too amazing.

Dad's are MOVING ALONG TONIGHT!!!❤💯

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It's also worth pointing out that PDC invited moms to take a hip hop class last week, too—and, uh, they kinda killed it. Werk it, moms!

 

How do you think your parents would do in your dance classes? Let us know in the comments!

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