Raising the Bar(re) on the Wedding First Dance
Ah, the first dance: that sweet but awkward wedding ritual involving a lot of swaying back and forth self-consciously in a way that might sort of be related to the beat.
Unless, that is, you're Ryan and Frankie van Horn, who kicked off their wedding reception with this choreographed swing routine to Benny Goodman's "Sing Sing Sing":
That is the result of some serious time and love and sweat right there!
There've been a rash of great wedding dance videos recently, from the ironically funny Justin Bieber groomsmen to the truly impressive World Wedding Dance 2012 montage—and then there is, of course, the video that started it all (and its spoof on "The Office"...and its royal wedding spoof). But I think Ryan and Frankie are my favorite. They're not doing this to make people laugh, to become internet famous, to show off. They're just two people who love to dance, and who wanted to share that on a day celebrating how much they love each other. Awesome.
Dance is a powerful form of expression, and Ahmad Joudeh is using its influence to promote peace.
The 27-year-old is a Palestinian refugee, whose decision to pursue his passion for ballet has made him the target of death threats from terrorist organizations. Despite the danger, Joudeh has decided to continue on his path as a dancer, using his performances as an opportunity to spread a message of peace and cultural awareness.
"Late Late Show" host James Corden was one of the many, many people shocked by President Trump's sudden decision to ban transgender people from the military yesterday. And he decided to voice his outrage in the way most likely to rile a President who's uncomfortable with anything "un-manly": through a big, beautiful, extra-sparkly song-and-dance routine.
In addition to training, competing and winning titles in just about every style you can think of, 13-year-old Kaylee Quinn is a regular on the sci-fi drama "Stitchers," playing the younger version of the show's main character. Her path in dance hasn't been without challenges, though. Last summer, Kaylee won the Hope Award at her regional Youth America Grand Prix, but wasn't sure she'd be able to compete at the NYC finals due to a broken foot. Patience paid off: With her doctor's blessing, Kaylee danced her variations in flat shoes and won the gold medal.
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.