What word would you use to describe American Ballet Theatre principal/fashion icon James Whiteside's sense of style? Epic? Fabulous? How about...stellar?
Our favorite danseur has teamed up with NYC-based sneaker brand KOIO for "Starstruck," a new video that has a sneaker-clad Whiteside showing off his beautiful technique in a place "where the earth and the stars connect." Also featuring tattoo artist JonBoy and pro surfer Quincy Davis, and directed by Tyler Greco, it's a gorgeous intergalactic fantasy.
We always love a good #tututuesday post. But when that post comes from an A-list Hollywood celebrity—and features some of our all-time favorite ballet dancers? That is next-level stuff.
Meet ballet fangirl Jennifer Garner. Yes, we've had a soft spot for Garner ever since she showed off her "Thriller" dance moves in 13 Going on 30. But for the past two weeks, she's been highlighting ballet's finest with Insta posts that show a truly legit knowledge of world-class ballet—including its inside jokes. And now we might be in love.
Would you like to absolutely drown in beauty today? Yes? Of course you would. And we've got just the video for you: "Now More Than Ever," created by Ezra Hurwitz for the Ballet Across America festival, which is currently underway in D.C. The four-minute fantasia features American Ballet Theatre stars Isabella Boylston, Stella Abrera, James Whiteside, Marcelo Gomes and Calvin Royall III performing ravishing bits of choreography in, on and around the historic Kennedy Center.
Here is a sentence that will immediately brighten your day: American Ballet Theatre principal/#queen James Whiteside—or, rather, his pop-art alter ego, JbDubs—just released a music video that is, and here we are quoting directly from the YouTube description, "an homage to his life in NYC, Britney Spears, and 90s competition jazz."
Friends, it is exactly as magical as those 13 words make it sound.
"NYC Piece of Me" cleverly retools Britney's "Piece of Me" with lyrics about Whiteside's own experiences ("I'm Mr. 'Who is this queen?' since I was 17, don't matter if I'm Prince Siegfried or JB in them red high heels"). But the real highlight is, unsurprisingly, the dancing.
Why? First, because Whiteside's choreo pays cheeky tribute to his early days as a comp kid/jazzerina (Luigi warmups!), which, YUP YUP YUP. But also because his co-stars in the video are ABT's Jeffrey Cirio, Courtney Lavine, Calvin Royal III and Cassandra Trenary. And while we already knew they could do things like this...
...we didn't know they could do things like THIS:
We will never, ever tire of seeing super-classical dancers getting in touch with their nasty selves. Especially when it turns out they're really good at it.
Recovering from a major sugar hangover right now? Here, this'll make you feel better: Gaze in wonder at the Halloween costumes American Ballet Theatre's dancers pulled out yesterday, which are seriously, seriously on point(e).
Yes, we know—we already did our "best of" Halloween roundup. We already talked about the amazing Maddie thing that Heidi Klum did on "Ellen." But some late-arriving social media posts make a strong case for ABT as the official winner of Halloween 2016.
Let's progress to the (literally) cheeky, aka principal Jeffrey Cirio as Tom Cruise in Risky Business:
Soloist Cassandra Trenary's Ethan Stiefel/Cooper Nielson impression—including a Charlie cameo!—was truly inspired:
And the all-around winner? That'd be Erica Lall, who ABSOLUTELY NAILED Aunt Viv from "Fresh Prince," good lord:
Bonus: While we didn't get a peek at Misty Copeland's costume, she did repost this adorable little ballerina-in-the-making's Misty ensemble. D'awwwwww!
#Repost @chrisannibell ・・・ Our 2 year old Nia has been telling everyone she's met over the past few weeks that she is going to be world renown ballerina #MistyCopeland for Halloween. Thank you @mistyonpointe for inspiring our little brown babygirl. #blackgirlmagic #ballet #halloween2016 @imanimiller1
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