To me, Thanksgiving means three things: delicious food, quality family time and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Nothing says "It's the holidays!" quite like wrestling a turkey into the oven, while looking over my shoulder to make sure I haven't missed the Radio City Rockettes. (This has yet to end in disaster, knock on wood.)
So each November, I begin scouring the web for hints about the year's dancetastic performers. And I'm super psyched for what 2013 has to offer.
First, there's the pre-parade show, which features an assortment of fun dance numbers to celebrate the year's new Broadway shows. Get excited for excerpts from Motown, Pippin, and Matilda:
The Revolting Children from Matilda the Musical
In case that's not enough, we get a sneak-peek at The Sound of Music, Live!--an NBC telecast, airing December 5 at 8/7c, starring Carrie Underwood:
(courtesy NBC/Everett Collection)
The pre-parade show also features the world-famous Radio City Rockettes, who never fail to kick it up a notch:
The Radio City Rockettes perform at the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (by Taylor Hill/Getty Images North America)
After that, the parade procession begins (led by those ginormous character balloons..Snoopy's coming back this year guys!).
My favorite part of the procession? The various dance teams, who travel from all over the country to show off their spirit and skill in the Big Apple. This year, we'll be entertained by the South Shore Drill Team, Varsity Spirit Cheer, Spirit of America Dance, All That! (a clogging group that appeared on "America's Got Talent") and J.U.M.P. (Jumpers United for Macy's Parade).
Varsity Spirit Cheer brings infectious energy to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Added bonus: Cirque du Soleil is teaming up with Macy's this year to debut Dreamseeker, one of the parade's largest floats (which is sure to feature some of our favorite bendy acrobats).
Get excited! (And don't forget about that turkey in the oven...)
Yes, I've done this before. But during last night's "So You Think You Can Dance" episode, dancer-celebrity doppelgängers kept popping into my head. (Maybe because this season's cast is so ridiculously attractive?) Without further ado:
Matthew Kazmierczak and Ryan Gosling
Janelle Issis and Kourtney Kardashian
Witney Carson and Carrie Underwood
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp and Ricky Martin
Amelia Lowe and Amélie (Audrey Tatou)
and finally: Amber Jackson and Mary J. Blige (OK, yes, this is really just a hair lookalike. But still!).
What do you think? Do you see it, or am I crazy? Let us know your other dancer lookalikes in the comments!
It's been a heck of a year for dance on the interwebs. Since it's about to be 2015, it's time to sum up the last 12 months with a good old fashioned "Best Of" list. So without further ado, here are the top dance videos of 2014.
15. Keone Madrid's turnip tribute. It was a pretty close call between this one and the more serious, tug-at-your-heartstrings video that he and wife Mari created together back in January. But while almost anyone can make a dance about romance, only a true pro can make vegetables appealing.
14. Glen Keane’s Duet. If this animated short doesn’t make you tear up even just a teeny, tiny, little bit, consider yourself a heartless monster.
13. Cloud's musical theater spectacular. It's like "The Office" meets "Glee" meets the Microsoft Surface Pro commercial. And Danny DeVito is everything.
11. Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake's "Love Never Felt So Good." It should've been called, "Love Never Looked So Good When You Put So Many Dancers Together in One Amazing Video."
10. The Company's second-place routine at VIBE. This is the perfectly synchronized hip-hop piece that took over your Facebook news feed back in May—and if you watch it again, you'll see it really is that good.
9. "The A–Z of Dance." Directed by Jacob Sutton—and highlighting 26 fabulous dance styles—this special project for Diesel and i-D will hold a special place in our hearts for years to come.
7. Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off." So cute. So fun. If only Taylor Hatala were in it...amirite?
5. The Australian Ballet's pointe shoe prep. Sure, pointe shoes are beautiful. But it's nice to see dancers beating the poop out of 'em once in a while.
4. Sia's "Chandelier." Yeah, yeah, yeah—everybody knows this one was great. Maddie Z's a pro. There's really nothing left to say.
3. The fabulously heeled Yanis Marshall. He even got a shout out from Beyoncé. #werk
2. Carrie Underwood's "Something in the Water." It's game over when Shaping Sound Dance Company's in your video.
1. Taylor Hatala. If you haven't seen this 11-year-old, who broke the internet in September, welcome back to Earth. No matter how many times you watch her renditions of "Anaconda" (or "All About That Bass" or "Shake It Off"), they just get better and better. And the world agrees—many of her videos are past the 10 million viewer mark.
Happy New Year, dancers!
Ever since Carrie Underwood played Maria Von Trapp in NBC's "The Sound of Music Live!," the country singer has had a special place in our hearts. But last night, when she revealed her new video for "Something in the Water" on Twitter, we fell even deeper in love. Why? Because it features none other than our favorite favorites: the gorgeous dancers of Shaping Sound.
Is that my heart singing—or yours?
Just wait 'til you see these dancers ankle deep in water. Their splish-splashy moves were created by Travis Wall, and they pair perfectly with Carrie's soulful voice. And when you think it can't get any better, minute 2:50 hits: The backup choir starts in with undertones of "Amazing Grace" and Shaping Sound busts out a huge, sweeping finale in unison. Chills. Just chills.
Take a look below (and be sure to enlarge it—Twitter isn't big enough to capture all its gloriousness!):
Here is the new music video for #SomethingInTheWater! #CmaAwards! https://t.co/zzeIeAcX2Q
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) November 6, 2014
What, you ask, could be better than a holiday-season telecast of that classic favorite, The Sound of Music?
How about an all-new version of the iconic musical? How about an all-new version of the iconic musical featuring "American Idol" sweetheart Carrie Underwood, Broadway darling Audra McDonald, "True Blood" hottie Stephen Moyer and Broadway/"Smash" star Christian Borle? How about an all-new version of the iconic musical featuring that whole list of big names—and broadcast LIVE?
Odds are, unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard about the amazingness that will transpire on NBC tonight at 8/7c. But today, as the actual hour approaches, I, for one, am having a hard time concealing my giddiness. Did I mention that Broadway director and choreographer extraordinaire Rob Ashford will be directing this whole shebang? That means we're hopefully in for not just great singing, but some pretty high-caliber dancing.
Here's a little "Making of The Sound of Music" video to tide you over until 8 pm. And if you still want more (of course you do), check out the official Sound of Music LIVE! website, which has a collection of behind-the-scenes photos and interviews with cast members.
Now I'm going to go pat myself on the back for not using a single lyric-based pun in this post. Because good cheesy lyrical references are a few of my favorite...DANG IT.