Team Barbie has been on a roll recently, amirite? After giving us Barbie dolls in several different, closer-to-real-life shapes back in January, this morning Mattel introduced a doll that dance fans can really get behind: the Misty Copeland Barbie.
This isn't just a run-of-the-mill Barbie in a ballet costume. Copeland herself was apparently very much involved in the doll's design, helping Mattel create a new "ballerina body" in her own likeness. (Including, it should be noted, pretty nice feet—though no doll is going to live up to Misty's incredible real-life physique.) The Barbie's fashion was even inspired by Copeland's costume for the title role in Alexei Ratmansky's Firebird, one of her first principal parts.
Misty and mini-Misty (and one gorgeous engagement ring) (photo via Mattel, Inc)
Copeland appeared on "Good Morning America" today, accompanied by some very cute baby ballerinas, to announce the new Barbie. (She also spent a few moments paying tribute to Prince, who counted her among his special muses, and talking about her Jason Wu dress for tonight's Met Gala.) Watch the clip here:
As if last night's Oscars didn't feature enough dance goodness (still obsessed with that swoon-worthy Justin Timberlake opener), "Good Morning America" gifted us with another fab show this morning—featuring a few of our fave dancers.
The performance on "GMA" was set to La La Land's catchy opening song "Another Day of Sun" and featured some fantastically old-Hollywood-esque choreo by Mandy Moore (she choreographed the film) and Al Blackstone.
Check out the appearance for yourself and get ready for it to make your wholeee week:
Oh, dance #pranks!
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd, as if it needs to be said, are incredible ballroom dancers with multiple "Dancing with the Stars" championships to their names. (They're also a smokin'-hot offstage couple.) But what if Maks and Peta were just two not-so-talented olds trying to shuffle their way through an open dance class?
That's the question "Good Morning America" posed this week. For a special "GMA Undercover" segment, the show put Maks and Peta in some pretty effective disguises—fake bellies and aggressive wigs were involved—and dropped them into a musical theater class at NYC's Steps on Broadway, where the duo did their best bad dancing.
Maks and Peta's alter egos (via @petamurgatroyd)
Basically, they tried to look like Aunt Linda and Uncle Jerry* on the dance floor at cousin Ashley's wedding—and because they're overachievers in everything they do, they were darn convincing. Not that it was easy for them to go against all their better dance instincts. “I was trying not to laugh at the people who were laughing at me,” Murgatroyd said. “It was kind of hard to be off beat, actually.”
Eventually Maks and Peta couldn't help but bust out a fabulous little salsa number, cluing in their legitimately clueless classmates. You just can't keep world-class dancers down.
Enjoy all the delightful awkwardness:
*For the record, their official code names were Bob and Ronda. Which is amazing.
Today marked the last of Broadway Week on NBC's "TODAY." And while we were treated to performances from many shows on The Great White Way—including On the Town, Chicago and Something Rotten!—one giant, dance-filled production was missing: Finding Neverland. As luck would have it, rival show "Good Morning America" took care of that over on ABC yesterday.
Matthew Morrison (with a swoon-worthy Scottish accent as Peter Pan playwright J.M. Barrie) led the Broadway cast in the number "Believe." Hooked? It gets better. The legendary Mia Michaels set the moves for Finding Neverland—which becomes pretty apparent as the number gets going and her signature style shines through. Like she said back in our March issue, "You’ll definitely see 'Mia' in there...it’s 'Mia' with more of a theatrical, Broadway-esque feel."
Watch the video below, and look out for "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 8 winner—and Dance Spirit cover girl—Melanie Moore!
You know, it's funny: Just the other day, I was thinking, "Hmm, I haven't heard anything about Derek and Julianne Hough recently. They've really been flying under the radar, those underachievers. What are they doing with themselves?"
Oh nope sorry scratch that—they are LITERALLY EVERYWHERE AT ALL TIMES and possibly the busiest dancers in showbiz.
Luckily for us, their schedule is about to get even crazier. Because in addition to performing with the Rockettes and competing on "Dancing with the Stars" (Derek) and getting Grease-y and judging on "DWTS" (Julianne), the Houghs are bringing back their popular brother-and-sister show, MOVE Live on Tour.
How cute are these two? (photo via MOVE Live on Tour)
That's right: Last year's MOVE tour was so successful that we're getting round two, ladies and gents! Creative directors Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo will return to craft all-new choreography (YAY), and this year's production will also tour to more and larger venues, including Radio City Music Hall in NYC. Just like last year, there'll be plenty of singing and cute sketches in addition to allllll kinds of dancing. (Visit moveliveontour.com for ticket info and the complete list of tour stops.)
Derek and Julianne announced the tour today on "Good Morning America." Naturally, "GMA" being "GMA," they also played a game that involved Derek showing off his running man skills. So, yeah: You should probably watch this.
We love these guys so much we just HAD to put them on our July/August 2012 cover. (Photo by Jacob Pritchard)
Have we mentioned lately that we're obsessed with the Broadway show Newsies? OK, maybe we have once or twice (or maybe it was three times). But can you blame us? I mean, Disney sure knows how to put on a completely dance-tastic show. If you've seen it, you can probably relate to that overwhelming desire to get up out of your seat and seize the day right alongside these über-talented dancers.
Disney has capitalized on that urge as a part of its new "Get Up and Go" campaign. The idea behind it is pretty self-explanatory: It's about using dance—specifically Broadway dance—to get kids moving. Since December, Newsies cast members have been visiting participating NYC schools to talk to students about healthy living and to teach them some of the choreography from the show. (Jealous!)
This week, Disney released a free online tutorial with Newsies choreographer Christopher Gattelli teaching a section of "Seize the Day." Now you don't have to be in one of those NYC schools to get in on the fun! Oh, and they got none other than Michelle Obama to introduce the tutorial. Super casual. If you think about it, it makes sense—"Get Up and Go" has a similar mission to the First Lady's "Let's Move" campaign.
The cast will also include live tutorials in select cities as a part of their upcoming national tour. And this is just the beginning: Disney plans to continue "Get Up and Go" with Aladdin and The Lion King in 2015.
Look out for Gattelli and select cast members on "Good Morning America" this Tuesday, July 22. They'll be teaching the choreo to a live audience in NYC's Times Square. And in the meantime, check out the tutorial below, and get dancin'!
The season of sequined fringe is upon us.
The season 16 cast of "Dancing with the Stars" was announced today on "Good Morning America." Yay?
Sorry. I'm sure the latest season of this weirdly fascinating cultural phenomenon will be just as entertaining as the last 15. I'm just feeling a little sad that one Chelsie Hightower isn't involved in the proceedings this time around. Chelsie! We'll miss you!
The happier news is that Aly Raisman, the awesome surprise hero of last year's U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team, will be competing for the mirrorball trophy. And there are some newbie pros—including "So You Think You Can Dance" alum Lindsay Arnold—on the list who might spice things up a little. Real yay!
Here's the lineup:
Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani
D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff
Lisa Vanderpump and new dancer Gleb Savchenko
Andy Dick and new dancer Sharna Burgess
Victor Ortiz and new dancer Lindsay Arnold
Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas
Ingo Rademache and Kym Johnson
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough
Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus
Tune in for the premiere of "DWTS" on March 28 at 8/7 central on ABC.
Are you a Newsies fan? Do you live in the NYC area? Are you a morning person?
If you answered "yes" to all of these questions, get your bum to Times Square tomorrow, March 22, at 7:30 am to catch the Broadway cast of Newsies performing live on ABC's "Good Morning America." And don't forget to "carry the banner"—i.e., bring a fan-tastic sign or two. Good posters might just get your hifalutin' face on national TV, you king of New York! Click here to find out more.