There are certain people in the dance universe who can just do no wrong. One of them is Ellen DeGeneres, the ultimate dance fangirl, who regularly features our favorite dancers (including her bestie, tWitch) on her ever-fabulous TV show. Another is Tiler Peck, the insanely versatile New York City Ballet principal who we've never seen give a less-than-jaw-dropping performance, even when she's in tap shoes.
In a way, it was only a matter of time until Peck made her way to DeGeneres' much-danced-upon stage. But when the moment actually came—during last Friday's ep—it was even more epic than we anticipated.
Let's face it: Ellen's got swag.
The friendship between tWitch and Ellen is kind of adorable. We've been in love with the pair ever since Ellen made her surprise "SYTYCD" appearance, filling in for the injured Alex Wong to perform that infamous Nappytabs routine.
They need a cute friend name like tWitchison. tWitchellen? Eh...we'll go with it.
On this season of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," we've gotten to see lots of tWitchellen, because tWitch was a recurring guest DJ on the show. On Wednesday, Ellen took a moment to thank him for bringing joy and dance to the show week-after-week, and to tell him how much she loves him (awwww!!). And tWitch had a little thank you for Ellen, as well. Naturally, it came in the form of dance:
Recognize some of your favorite "SYT" alums? It was the perfect gift for Ellen, given her love for "So You Think You Can Dance." Plus, it came on the morning of the show's Season 11 premiere! Well timed, tWitch, well timed.
What do you do when you're 4-years-old and you already have a viral YouTube following, a fan club including the one and only Ellen DeGeneres and several TV appearances under your belt? It's probably time to expand your brand—and that's exactly what Heaven King has done.Yesterday, Heaven's mom Tianne released a video of the pint-sized diva dancing with her new crew. Five in total, the tiny dancers hit the streets of NYC with an unsurprisingly adorable performance to Silento's "Watch Me."
Btw, the pink Cadillac, complete with a "Heaven" license plate, was a gift from Ellen. #friendsinhighplaces
Here's a riddle for you: What happens when you bring together the First Lady of the United States, one of the funniest women on TV and some of the country's most celebrated commercial dancers?
This. This is what happens. (Photo by Amanda Lucidon, via the White House)
On Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama got together with fellow dance-lover Ellen DeGeneres to talk about her #GimmeFive challenge. In celebration of Let's Move's fifth anniversary, she's asking Americans everywhere to show off five ways they stay fit and healthy. Among those who've accepted the #GimmeFive challenge? Umm...Beyoncé:
NBD. But the First Lady had a different challenge in mind for Ellen: a dance-off of sorts. She challenged Ellen to learn the brand-new #GimmeFive Dance—and to perform it on the show. And, as you can see, they had some serious backup: "So You Think You Can Dance" All-Stars Travis Wall, tWitch Boss, Jasmine Harper, Robert Roldan, Kathryn McCormick and Marko Germar. Phew. No pressure, at all.
See how it all went down!
Here at DS, we talk a lot about cuteness overload (it's a real thing guys...). Case in point: On Tuesday's episode of "Ellen," 3-year-old Heaven returned to the show with a "Happy" dance that would make Pharrell Williams proud. After that, we assumed we'd reached our cuteness quota for the week.
But Ellen wasn't quite done with us yet.
On Thursday, she introduced us to 6-year-old twins Zony and Yony, who flew all the way from their home in Taiwan to perform on the show. Like many of Ellen's mini guests, the twins are YouTube sensations. They posted a video of themselves performing the choreography from a popular K-Pop music video—"Bar Bar Bar" by Crayon Pop—and the internet. went. wild. After Zony and Yony performed their viral dance live, Ellen (true to form) surprised them with a special treat: tWitch will be choreographing a dance for them, which they'll perform with him on "Ellen" next week! (Oh...and they get to go to Disneyland. But tWitch!!)
We can't wait. Can we see Zony and Yony dance with tWitch now please? No? OK, fine, we'll wait. But in the meantime, we're gonna go ahead and watch the video from this week's episode on repeat. #noshame
For today's installment of young break-dancing prodigies with so much talent it freaks us out a little bit:
Meet Mace Maya, a 10-year-old breaker who began dancing at the age of 5. As the story goes, his dad saw him tapping up a storm while watching the movie Happy Feet and said, "Hey, want to learn how to break-dance?" (Or something like that...)
It's no surprise we have Ellen DeGeneres to thank for this discovery—he was a guest on her show this past Wednesday. During the pre-performance interview, Mace really worked the cuteness factor. Seriously, this kid is adorable. But don't let that fool you—this kid's moves are so not cute (in the best way possible). See for yourself!
Who knew tap-dancing penguins could inspire such hardcore breaking?
(Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images)
But today, we want to talk about the über talented, extraordinarily well-rounded Hough siblings.
Together, Derek and Julianne have seven mirror ball trophies, an Emmy and featured roles in the movies Footloose, Rock of Ages, and the upcoming Make Your Move. Plus, there's the Olympic choreography...and we won't even get into all the titles they won before "Dancing with the Stars."
Long story short: These two are impressive human beings.
On Tuesday, they announced that they will tour North America this summer with their new show, Move Live on Tour. It features all dance genres, from ballroom and salsa to tap and hip hop, and will include a mixture of solos, duets and group routines. Julianne will also show off her voice with some country singing, because...why not?
Tickets went on sale today, so grab 'em now before they sell out! The tour kicks off in Valley Center, Kansas, on Wednesday, May 28, and runs until Saturday, July 26. Click here for the full schedule and to purchase your tickets.
And in the meantime, check out Julianne and Derek on yesterday's "Ellen," where they gave a preview performance and spoke about the tour:
In case we haven't mentioned it recently, we love Ellen Degeneres.
And with the 86th Academy Awards just one week away, we're getting pretty anxious to find out what dance-tastic surprises this second-time host has in store for us. Last year's show (somewhat surprisingly) did not disappoint on the dance front—so, needless to say, we've got high expectations.
If Ellen's Oscars trailer (choreographed by none other than tWitch Boss) isn't enough to remind us that we're in good hands, hopefully her quirky and dance-filled Beats commercial will do the trick:
Yep, that's right: Ellen's always just lookin' for some music to groove to.
And with some of the most-ever-talked-about nominees for Best Original Song this year (umm "Happy" please?), we feel pretty confident Ellen will find her jam at the 86th Academy Awards.