Everyone had their game faces on last night, as the final six "World of Dance" acts competed for a coveted spot in the World Finals. To say that all of them #slayed on the dance floor would be an understatement of epic proportions. Here's the low down on who emerged victorious— and who ended their journey toward the $1 million prize.
It's one of the most magical times of the year—and we don't mean "magical" in the holiday-spirit sense, but in the wands-and-wizards sense: Today is Harry Potter's birthday! Whether you're a Slytherin, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw, its time to celebrate not only the birth of "The Boy Who Lived," but more importantly the creation of a world that has captivated the imagination of children and adults alike for the past two decades.
You know what I want for my birthday? A box full of supermodel Karlie Kloss and Les Twins. We could just hang out, have a dance-off, become bffs. It might sound weird at first, but really think about what hanging out with these tall and talented folks would be like: #squadgoals times one million, amirite? Also, I'm pretty small and I could definitely fit in a box with the three of them.
As it turns out, British Vogue understands that my birthday wishes must be met, so the magazine packed Karlie and Les Twins into a too-cute video that features some sweet moves and a lot of smizing...in a box.
You know those days when you're a little bit down on dance? Maybe you just don't feel like going to ballet class, or staying after school for dance team rehearsal, or spending your weekend at a competition. You've temporarily lost your dance love. But don't worry, I have a cure.
The city of Montreal hosts a huge swing dance festival every year, and this year some of the participants engaged in an invitational dance-off, showcasing Lindy-Hoppers versus street dancers. Um? Yes. Yes they did.
Think those dance styles don't have anything in common? Think again, and watch their footwork closely. The street dancers pay homage to old-school jazz and vaudeville, while the swing dancers funk-up their super-fast style with some isolations and freezes.
The video is long, so get comfy and prepare to smile for fifteen minutes straight—and if this doesn't remind you of why you love to dance, I don't know what will!
You can never really have enough Romeo-and-Juliet-esque dance dramas, amiright? I mean, we'll continue to eat up every new Step Up movie until they stop bangin' them out (#teamstepup6). So naturally, we're pretty psyched for tomorrow's digital release of the new star-crossed saga, Dance-Off.
Dance-Off tells the story of Jasmine (played by the gorgeous "SYTYCD" All-Star extraordinaire Kathryn McCormick) and Brandon (played by Shane Harper). The two dancers were childhood duet partners, but life's circumstances pulled them apart—and Jasmine has been heart-broken ever since.
Several years later, the two meet again; however, this time, it's as competitors. Jasmine dances for the affluent Diamond Dance studio, whereas Brandon dances for the inner-city Shockwave Studios (rich in talent, but not so rich in funding). In a gloriously dramatic twist, Jasmine and Brandon are each chosen by their respective studios to compete head-to-head, mano-y-mano, to determine the top studio in the area. As if that isn't enough pressure, Brandon has to win in order to save his studio with the prize money—and it certainly doesn't help that Jasmine's over-the-top dance mom tends to intervene at the least desirable moments.
Throw in a good dose of romantic tension (and some stellar dancing—including tap!), and you've got a smash hit.
Dance-Off releases tomorrow, October 7, but you can pre-order it now on iTunes. To help you pass the time, we've rounded up a couple of Dance-Off clips. First, the trailer:
Next up, a Hulu exclusive clip:
And one more exclusive to round it out:
Are you a Gryffindor or a Slytherin? #TeamJacob or #TeamEdward? It's been a while since we've asked ourselves these deep and self-defining questions...
It's really an age-old question, isn't it? (L to R: via Eclipse, via Dhesia)
But no matter which house/team you claim, or even if you're not so much of a fantasy fan, we promise you'll get a good laugh out of this: Recently, the band Scott & Brendo released a video entitled "Harry Potter vs. Twilight Dance Battle," and let's just say, it's even better than Harry Potter weekend on ABC Family.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if Harry, Ron and Hermione confronted Bella, Jacob and Edward in an enchanted forest? OK, you probably haven't. But regardless, this video answers that question. Obviously, they'd have a dance battle.
Here's a couple of things I love about this video: 1. Hagrid is the DJ, and he's completely absurd. 2. The dancing is actually pretty good! Turns out vampires, werewolves and wizards have got some swag. 3. A certain white wizard shows up. And no folks, it's not Dumbledore (because that would make too much sense).
This video pretty much speaks for itself, so I'll stop rambling and let you get to it:
Remember Evian's gloriously adorable dancing babies commercial? Well imagine what would happen if that commercial were bitten by a radioactive spider...'cause that's pretty much what happened this week.
In celebration of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which hits theaters on May 2, Evian released a new version of their viral Baby & Me campaign—one featuring none other than Spider-Man and his baby counterpart. (So strangely cute!)
The commercial is based on that same original premise—adult sees baby in reflection and begins dancing with it—but it's so much more intense. First of all, there's lots of swinging from buildings, which means Spider-Man catches his baby reflection in all kinds of surprising ways. Second of all, there are spidey webs, so that's pretty cool. But the biggest difference is that this is no dance party. This is a battle. And we think that Baby Spider-Man just may be the winner. (Watch out for his grand rond de jambe into a lunge at the end. This kid is not messing around.)
Who do you think won?
Happy Veterans Day, everyone!
As the country takes a moment to honor all the amazing men and women who've served in armed service, we'd like to celebrate a few of our own favorite members of the military—namely, the ones who had a pretty fantastic dance-off at the annual US Marine Corps ball this weekend.
Think the Marine Corps is all buttoned up? Think again. Because even when literally buttoned up in their uniforms, these guys know how to let loose. And the results are, in a word, awesome.
Enjoy! Don't forget to take a minute to post an #HonoringVets message today.