Nobody is better at getting A-listers to make endearing goofballs of themselves than Jimmy Fallon. And we're eternally grateful that his preferred goofball-making method is silly dancing.
Earlier this week—in a sketch that was kind of a bizarro cousin to his "History of Dad Dancing" and "History of Mom Dancing" bits—Fallon got your best friend Jennifer Lawrence to take the dance bait. Unsurprisingly, given all the practicing she's been doing on top of Billy Joel's piano, she aced it.
The setup? Lawrence and Fallon played Des and Dash, two vaguely sad, aggressively wigged, weirdly small-mouthed rave kids in an infomercial for a series of instructional dance tapes called "Come Dance with Us."
Just...process that for a second.
Anyway, in true Fallon fashion, the moves included such gems as "Check the Door"...
..."Lunch Box Salute"...
...and "Kick Waterfall."
There was something delightfully Romy and Michele about the whole thing. (And not just the fact that their outfits could totally be R&M designs.) I think it was J. Law and Fallon's steadfast commitment to the crazy—which is the only way this particular brand of crazy works.
I'll come dance with you, Des and Dash! Let me just dig up my rainbow Muppet arm warmers. Because I legitimately own a pair. (Thanks for that, college.)
We talk a lot about power couples here at DS. It seems like all corners of the dance world have their respective royal couples: Hip hop's got dynamic duos like the Madrids and NappyTabs; ballet's got Tyler and Robbie; and Mark and Jeremy rep the commercial world.
But what about the competitive world of jumbotron dancers? What fearless dance couple will lead the way for performers hoping to show off their best running men, sprinklers, Roger Rabbits and schmoney dances?
(via "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon")
Last week on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," Fallon and T. Swift "reminisced" about the days when they used to rule the jumbotron with their epic dance moves. As if we needed another reason to be obsessed with these two celebrity dance lovers...
Mmk, guys. I expect to see you two strutting your stuff at the next NYC sporting event I attend. Pics (/videos) or it didn't happen!
First, he brought in Michelle Obama to teach us The Evolution of Mom Dancing. Then, he enlisted the help of Justin Timberlake to demonstrate The Evolution of End Zone Dancing. How could Jimmy Fallon one-up himself for his "Tonight Show" debut?
By bringing in this guy:
We all know Will Smith's got the moves. So he was the perfect pick for Fallon's latest installment of dance history: The Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing. Here are five of our favorite moments from last night's demonstration:
1. The duo shows us the really important part of break dancing:
2. They're honest about how you feel after "making it rain":
3. And about some moves that are kind of impossible:
4. Will Smith goes back to his "Fresh Prince" roots:
5. And Jimmy Fallon reminds us of the VMA twerktastrophe:
Watch the full video and pick your own favorite moments of hip-hop history!
How do we love Michelle Obama's moves? Let us count the ways:
-We love them when she's center stage with the President in an insanely gorgeous gown at the inaugural ball. Fancy dancing!
-We love them when she's breaking it down with a bunch of Disney characters in support of her "Let's Move!" campaign. Cartoony dancing!
-We love them when she's doing choreography—namely, the #GimmeFive dance, especially when the scenario involves her bestie Ellen DeGeneres and a bunch of "SYTYCD" alums. Healthy dancing!
-Most of all, though, we love them when they're classic MObama mom moves, which she first showed off on Jimmy Fallon's show back in 2013. MOM DANCING!
Yes, we have to tip our hats to Fallon for showing the world the wonderfulness that is the first lady's momography. Last night, to celebrate the crazy virality of MObama's #GimmeFive campaign (haaay Beyoncé!), Fallon and Obama gave us round 2 of "The Evolution of Mom Dancing." It was quite possibly even more glorious than the first edition:
(Though, lbh, there's no way Michelle "Even Mom Choreo Can't Make Me Look Bad" Obama would ever be one move behind in Zumba class.)
Happy Friday, everybody!
By now, you're accustomed to Dance Spirit's obsession with Jimmy Fallon's dance obsession. But this week, our infatuation jumped to a whole new level when Fallon invited Brad Pitt to take part in the fun on "The Tonight Show." Yes, ladies. Brad. Pitt. Dancing.
OK, OK—so it's probably not the swooniest of swoon-worthy men doing those back-spins, handstands or off-the-wall flips. But the skit sure is funny. And Pitt and Fallon have glorious dance doubles—the moves are solid! Take a look:
Whatever your political leanings, you've gotta give it up for a politician who's willing to dance on national television. And Jimmy Fallon seems to be especially good at getting politicians to do just that.
A couple of years ago, to celebrate Father's Day, Fallon came up with a delicious little sketch called "The Evolution of Dad Dancing," which he performed solo on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon...
...and it spawned a meme that A) just won't quit and B) has somehow become the perfect dance vehicle for politicians. First Lady Michelle Obama showed off her Mom Dancing to promote her "Let's Move" campaign last year...
...and last night, in honor of Father's Day, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joined Fallon for part two of "Evolution of Dad Dancing" on The Tonight Show. While Christie's moves might not be the most dextrous—frankly, they make us a tad uncomfortable—we've got to give him an A for effort. (And for his excellent fist pumping. Dude's from Jersey, after all.)
Happy Father's Day weekend, everyone—and thanks to all the dance dads out there!
Oh hey there, Ansel Elgort.
Elgort photographed for Flaunt magazine by Davis Factor
You probably know the adorable actor as Caleb Prior from the film version of Divergent—and his new movie, The Fault in Our Stars, comes out Friday. But he's more than just a thespian. In fact, he started out as a dancer.
A tap dancer, to be specific. Elgort, a NYC native, went to the Fiorella H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts—a.k.a. the Fame school—and fell in love with with tap after seeing master tapper Savion Glover perform.
How do we know all this? Because Elgort spilled the dance beans to Jimmy Fallon when he appeared on "The Tonight Show" earlier this week. And he put his money where his feet were, too, busting out a few moves right on the "Tonight Show" stage. (Naturally, Fallon then had to show off his best "tapping," too.)
Take a look—and get ready to fall (even deeper) in love with this dude:
"It's gonna be a dance-off." We <3 you, Jimmy Fallon!
Let's face it. "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" is on TV pretty late, especially on school nights. Luckily, there's the Internet to recirculate all the hilarity that ensues after our bedtimes and to help keep us laughing during the daytime. And you already know just how much Dance Spirit loves our Jimmy Fallon.
This segment aired a few weeks ago (during the week of Equal Pay Day...when Congress failed again to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act). But it also happens to be perfect for a Friday video break when you need a little extra something to make it to the weekend. It's called "Questions and Danswers." You guessed it—a reporter on the street asks a question, and the interviewee must dance his or her answer. It's simply amazing. (And don't forget to keep scrolling down...there's a bonus!)
Now the bonus: This wasn't the first time this segment aired. There's another! About a month ago, Jimmy sent a reporter to ask about the Crimean conflict. Now, this version isn't as great...and the reporter even does one of the same joke moves. But one man in particular—the
robot guy in the red shirt—really breaks it down. His moves are the greatest.