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The string of amazing, tiny dancers continues, and this week we have a ballroom baby for you.

Eight-year-old Charlie completely nails Patrick Swayze's hips from Dirty Dancing. While he doesn't provide much variation on the basic ballroom step that Swayze's character uses in the final scene of the movie, that doesn't stop him from performing full out. Ballroom newbs on "So You Think You Can Dance" could learn a thing or two from this kid's commitment and lack of self-consciousness.

 

 

Charlie met Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson backstage at a taping of the The Queen Latifah Show, where he showed off his moves.

(Photo via People magazine)

 

If that wasn't enough cuteness, there's also a video of four-year-old Charlie performing his version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller." He's hilariously adorable and it's actually kind of amazing how much swagger he had, even as a toddler. Check it out.

 

 

 

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Wait for it: Abigail Breslin, the hero of Little Miss Sunshine, will star as the character Baby in a TV-musical remake of the iconic 80s film Dirty Dancing.

She can act, and she can sing. And we know she can dance.

Breslin has undoubtedly polished her moves since her Sunshine days. But the ability to pull off quirky awkwardness will definitely work in her favor for the first part of Dirty Dancing, when Baby desperately wants to be cool like the ballroom instructors at her family's resort.

Now, I have mixed feelings about the idea of a remake. Tinkering with something so beloved can end terribly. Or, it can be amazing—which is, of course, what I'm pulling for since Dirty Dancing is one of my favorite movies ever. And we know it's possible to take a movie with a dance-heavy plot and turn it into an amazing musical (Hi, Hairspray!)

If you haven't seen the original Dirty Dancing, you really should. How else will you set your standards for a date WAY TOO HIGH?

Casual.

And how else will you learn the best thing to never say when your crush finally asks you a question?

Shhhh...

Indeed. We'll fill you in as soon as we know details about the rest of cast, including who will fill Patrick Swayze's nearly untouchable shoes.

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Last night’s “Dancing with the Stars” was jam-packed with memorable moments: Three pairs earned perfect scores, Alexa PenaVega performed with a live snake and Hayes Grier embraced his inner John Travolta.

Famous Dances Night opened with a high-energy performance to “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston, which included nods to Flashdance (yes, water and all), Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This,” Chicago and more.

Andy Grammer and Allison Holker took us back (way back) to the 1950s with their take on “Good Morning” from Singin’ in the Rain. Holker choreographed the power duo’s jazz piece, which had them dancing on stairs, a countertop and, yes, Couches. Straight 10s across the board.

Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough had the time of their lives recreating the iconic final routine from Dirty Dancing. The couple even worked with the original Baby, Jennifer Grey, to master The Lift and the passionate rumba steps. Irwin and Hough also received a perfect 10 from each judge.

Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson turned up the HEAT with their oh-so-sexy rumba routine to “Pony” by Ginuwine, à la Magic Mike. Channeling Channing Tatum, PenaVega overcame his discomfort and owned the steps (that shirt tear, though!). The duo scored 38/40 and received A LOT of gratitude from all the ladies in the room.

Tamar Braxton and Valentin Chmerkovskiy SLAYED their jazz routine to Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation,” scoring 40/40. Braxton didn’t miss a beat, despite losing rehearsal time because she was sick.

At the end of the night, Paula Deen and Louis van Amstel were sent home. What did you think? Were you ready to dance along on your couch to “Good Morning,” or try the Dirty Dancing lift in your living room? Let us know in the comments—and tune in next Monday for Halloween–themed routines.

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Is it Friday yet? WOMP. If you, like us, are suffering from a severe case of the Mondays, we've got a little something to ease your pain (or at least distract you from whatever productive thing you "should" be doing).

You know we love a good dance-in-movies supercut, and today, we're sharing perhaps the most epic montage yet. It features 88 dance scenes in just over three minutes (88!)—and it's set to Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance," which is pretty much always good advice.

The coolest thing about this supercut is its range: It has your classic dance flicks—Dirty Dancing, Center Stage, Footloose, Save the Last Dance, Flashdance, White Nights—and a number of movies you wouldn't automatically associate with dance. Like who'd have thought to include Perks of Being A Wallflower in a dance supercut? Or what about She's All That, or (500) Days of Summer? This supercut genius thought outside the box, and we're pretty pleased with the results.

Now that we've given you a head start, it's time to test your dance-in-movies chops. Watch the supercut, and see how many of the 88 scenes you can name. (Or, you can cheat and read the comments—the movies are listed frame by frame.)

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Oh my gosh, you guys. This. THIS FOR EVER AND EVER.

Sorry—had a cuteness blackout for a second there. Backing up!

Allison Holker and Stephen "tWitch" Boss, aka The World's Most Perfect Married Couple, have been having a lot of fun over at BuzzFeed recently. And in Allison and tWitch land, "having a lot of fun" translates to "reenacting famous dance movies in photos and gifs."

Sounds amazing, right? Well, it looks AMAZINGER. Here's just a taste of the amazingness:

Wait—it gets even better:

(All images/gifs via BuzzFeed)

For the full shebang, head over to BuzzFeed. And why are tWitchison bestowing these beautiful gif(t)s upon us right now? That'd be because both Allison and tWitch are about to perform as All-Stars on "So You Think You Can Dance," and tWitch is also starring in the upcoming Step Up All In, in theaters August 8. Those underachievers.

(Can't get enough of Hollywood dance power couples? Have we got treats for you.)

Hey, Buzzfeed: We have a bit of a bone to pick with you.

This is rare for us. We are usually big fans of the sweet, sweet procrastination your listicles provide. And in the past you have done very, very right by dancers.

But this week, Buzzfeed, you took things a little too far. You published a piece called "12 Dance Movies That Are Still Amazing Despite Their Terrible Plots."

OK. Look. We will agree with you that the You Got Served plot is, perhaps, a bit thin. We'll even give you Honey, though we will happily watch it every time a cable channel plays it at 2 pm on a Sunday. (Jessica Alba's abs are plot enough.)

But guys: Why is Step Up on this list? Why is Dirty Dancing on this list? WHY IS CENTER STAGE ON THIS LIST?

There are some dance movies that we just refuse to hear anything negative about—even if the criticism is made with love. Especially Center Stage, The Greatest Dance Movie of Our Times.

Forget Margot Fonteyn and her feet: Center Stage may not have great dialogue, but when Center Stage is on screen, you can't tear your eyes away from it.

Are we clear? Good. Now let's get back to being best friends, Buzzfeed. We really need you this week.

Why is it that short weeks always feel the longest? If, like me, you've woken up each of the past three days thinking it was Friday, never fear, my friends: I have a video that will snap you right out of your funk.

What is this magical film, you ask? It's a supercut of all (well, most) of the great dance scenes in movies. And as if that weren't enough, it's set to "Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats.

We've got Singin' in the Rain and Saturday Night Fever and Footloose (old AND new), Dirty Dancing and Pulp Fiction and Austin Powers, even Mean Girls and Little Miss Sunshine and Silver Linings Playbook. (It looks like there might be a few music videos slipped in there too, but we're not going to complain about seeing Michael Jackson's moves anytime soon.)

Let the healing begin:

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You probably know Doriana Sanchez as the force behind the high-energy disco routines on “So You Think You Can Dance” and the creator, director and choreographer of Cher’s Living Proof tour. But those are only two entries on her impressive resumé. Sanchez began studying ballroom at age 3 with her father, Frank, a master ballroom teacher, and later trained in various styles with Pat Jackson in San Luis Obispo, CA. After performing in Las Vegas and in various movies (Dirty Dancing!), Sanchez began choreographing. She went on to make dances for music legends including Shakira, Peter Gabriel and Jane’s Addiction.

Sanchez had to undergo major brain surgery in 2011, but not even the removal of a large tumor could stop her from making a routine for the season finale of “SYTYCD.” Now recovered, Sanchez is choreographing worldwide. —Gretchen Schmid

 

Doriana as a young dancer

Dearest Doriana (young girl self),

As a third-generation dancer, you have lived, breathed and loved dance your entire life. I’m proud you’re working so hard in every class and every rehearsal.

In your small town, people don’t really “get” what dance is, but you have been blessed to be able to study with the amazing Pat Jackson, who is giving you brilliant training, and your father, who is teaching you everything about partnering and the art and discipline of dance.

To make sure you’re on the right path, here’s some advice: Don’t ever be afraid to try new things. Work hard, be on time, be professional, be humble. Respect your teachers, choreographers and directors—even when you’re frustrated. And be sure to take care of your body. Don’t party too much. Your health is more important.

Doriana in Dirty Dancing

As a Latina, it will sometimes be a struggle for you to get hired. You will have to work harder than everyone else to prove a point. You will dance on some of the world’s biggest—and smallest—stages. No matter what the job is, do your best. Don’t judge it, just do it.

My final pieces of advice? Have no regrets—and never give up! All of your experiences will help you grow as a person and an artist. When you’re older and have to endure 18 hours of microscopic brain surgery to remove a massive tumor, your discipline and commitment to movement will save your life. Two days after surgery, you will get up and do pliés in the hallway of the hospital.

Keep dancing…and then dance some more!

Love and gratitude,

Doriana (big girl self)

 

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