Back in the early '90s, "The Mickey Mouse Club" show on the Disney channel helped launch the careers of Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, and would-be ballet dancer Ryan Gosling, to name just the danciest few. (And back in the '50s—more than 60 years ago!—the original "Mickey Mouse Club" show started the M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E phenomenon.) Now, Disney is relaunching "MMC" as Club Mickey Mouse, a Facebook- and Instagram-exclusive series that'll be taking over your feeds for the next seven weeks. And the latest Mousketeers? They are a verrrrry impressive bunch.
"Whatcha gon, whatcha gon do with that dessert?"
I can't even read that sentence without getting Dawin's "Dessert" stuck in my head. And now I can't think of "Dessert" without feeling an immediate need to watch Gabe De Guzman and Kaycee Rice's new video on repeat. Indefinitely.
They're barely teenagers, but I'm not exaggerating when I say that Gabe and Kaycee are two of the best dancers in L.A. right now. Nobody knows that better than Tricia Miranda, who put the dynamic duo together and choreographed their first competition duet (that'd be "Monster"—you're already obsessed with it). Miranda is also the mastermind behind the Gabe-Kaycee "Dessert," which features the two young'uns doing her pitch-perfect choreo alongside animated ice cream sundaes, donuts and Twinkies.
It sounds cheesy, but it's not. The only thing it has in common with cheese is DELICIOUSNESS.
Enjoy. And Gabe and Kaycee fans? Let's just say you're going to enjoy our January issue. Stay tuned!
Last month, on the finale of "tWitch and Allison's Kids Dance Challenge" (Ellen DeGeneres' new dance series, for those who haven't been following along), the competition came down to two finalists: DS co-cover stars Gabe De Guzman and Kaycee Rice. Not exactly shocking, thanks to their super-fierce moves—but we were incredibly torn. How in the world were tWitch and Allison going to choose between the members of our favorite hip-hop duo???
Turns out, they didn't have to: Ellen named both Gabe and Kaycee winners, giving both the chance to perform on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Cue a major sigh of relief, because there's just something magical about these two dancing together.
On Friday, the pair finally got their chance to shine on "Ellen," dancing alongside series judges tWitch and Allison. The double duet was great on so many levels. And new mama Allison proved she's still got it—the performance marked her first foray back into dancing since giving birth to little #BabyBoss.
Check it out:
When news first dropped about 'tWitch & Allison's Dance Challenge,' it was a big deal—a dance show featuring some of our all-time favorite minis and mentors, competing for a chance to perform on "The Ellen Show"? Yeah, safe to say we were obsessed from day one. And although each episode is as amazing and packed with talent as the last, it was especially exciting to see our January 2016 cover stars Kaycee Rice and Gabe de Guzman take the floor. The two wunderkinds told viewers how despite living three hours apart, they always managed to find a way to dance together because they bring out the best in each other's dancing <3 (#ICan't). It goes without saying that tWitch and Allison were blown away. But what was the final decision? Check out the video below to find out:
It has been quite the year for dance littles. First, "So You Think You Can Dance" announced its new format, which will feature competitors between the ages of 8 and 13 (we crashed the NYC auditions and the talent was insane!), and now Ellen DeGeneres’ newly released "tWitch and Allison's Kids Dance Challenge" allows kids ages 10–14 to compete for a performance slot on "The Ellen Show."
The 8-episode online series features our fave husband-and-wife-duo tWitch and Allison as judges, mentors and, unsurprisingly, really great hosts. They'll choose 6 young dancers out of submissions from all over the world, then split them into two teams: Team tWitch and Team Allison. The two teams will be given various choreography challenges and one star dancer from each team will be picked to compete against each other in a final dance battle. The last dancer standing gets to perform live on Ellen's show!
Episode 1 dropped today over on Ellentube and we're already in love with 11-year-old hip-hopper Romeo Blanco who joined #TeamtWitch. And tWitch already dished up some fab mentor wisdom about perseverance. We also saw tons of familiar faces in the preview footage (Oh hey, former cover stars Kaycee Rice and Gabe De Guzman, and comp queen McKenzie Morales!). So, long story short, we're officially hooked.
See for yourself:
It's easy to forget that Gabe De Guzman and Kaycee Rice are kids.
They're seasoned professionals with crazy-good resumés. They're the stars of pretty much every dance class they set foot in. They're some of the savviest self-marketers around, always finding new ways to grow their (already huge) fan base.
But yes: They're also just barely teenagers. So it's kind of fun that their latest video, "CLUBHOUSE," lets them get in touch with their silly-kid side.
Choreographed by Janelle Ginestra, the vid features Gabe and Kaycee doing their best Mickey and Minnie Mouse impressions to a medley of Disney and Disney-inspired ("Hey Mickey," anyone?) songs. Scooters, hot dogs and lots of special-effect sparkles are involved. And the dancing is, of course, everything we've come to expect from a De Guzman/Rice/Ginestra production.
There's no shortage of amazing young talent in the dance world right now. Case in point: Taylor Hatala (one half of the amazing Fraternal Twins), Kyndall Harris and the explosive members of Boy Squad (Josh Price, Sean Lew and our January 2016 cover star, Gabe de Guzman). Evidence? I mean, we've got tons of that (seriously, tons). But incase you need more, behold—this insane new video to "Lean and Dabb" by iLoveMemphis, choreographed by Oth'Than Burnside. The film, shot under L.A.'s Sixth Street Bridge, features the boys versus the girls in everything from a dabb-off to some intense stank-facing. And as per usual, the resulting vid is amazing, once again proving that these dancers are out-of-control talented. Check it out below.