Hey everyone! You know what I'd like right now? Something gentle, groovy, intricate but still open to interpretation...basically, Kyle Hanagami choreo. Do you agree? Then look no further than his latest class video, set to Shawn Mendes' "Mercy."
We love that Hanagami is taking time to make these class vids. Yes, everybody's doing it, and yes we still love his high-concept stuff, but it's a great way to stealth-learn his moves, scope some of his favorite dancers and watch his style evolve in a more casual setting.
Of course, we already know that J.Lo is an executive producer (among other roles) but Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo are also executive producers on the show, and they're super involved in the hip-hop competition circuit, so it's no surprise they tapped a young choreographic talent like Hanagami. We're not sure if being a supervisor means he'll be selecting choreographers in different styles, or if we'll see the contestants perform Hanagami's own work—we're holding out for both!
We'll continue to update you as we learn more, but for now we're happy to sit back and watch the dance stars align. Here's one of Hanagami's latest choreo vids to help hold you over until the show starts:
You know it's a good day when Kyle Hanagami drops a new video. The choreo king's latest combo, set to Moana's "How Far I'll Go," is giving us #allthefeels. Hanagami's always-inventive moves pair perfectly with the song, and the dancers give it their all. Check it out below and keep your eye out for lots of familiar faces (hiiii Kaycee Rice and Hailee Payne).
Haley Fitzgerald—aka the leading lady in some of our favorite Kyle Hanagami videos and dancer in Jennifer Lopez: All I Have in Las Vegas—has the inside scoop on dance-class style, plus advice for dancers building their own look.
How would you define your style?
Quirky, individual and intriguing. For me, comfort is a fundamental part of my look. It makes me feel confident. As long as I remain true to myself, what others think of my style doesn't matter.
How do you pull your look together?
The Bernard Baruch quote, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind," describes my thought process when I'm building a look. One of my favorite hobbies is finding clothing no one else wants and making it into something I love.
What advice do you have for dancers creating their own looks?
Being unique is the strongest style statement you can make. People don't want “cool"—they want you. That's what makes you stand out. Find what you like and don't be afraid to wear it. You might just start a trend yourself!
(Clockwise from top left) Hat, Just For Kix; Tube socks, Just For Kix; Jacket, Capezio; Shorts, Jo + Jax; Sneakers, Discount Dance Supply; T-Shirt, Sugar and Bruno (photos by Lucas Chilczuk)
Even though he's one of the kings of hip hop, Kyle Hanagami's latest video, danced to Lukas Graham's "7 Years," is—dare I say it?—very nearly a contemporary duet. Yes, it's performed by two regulars from his hip-hop #squad: Haley Fitzgerald and Guero Charles. And yes, it's very much a Kyle Hanagami video, from the moody lighting to the rhythmically punctuated choreo. But this one is also light and gentle, something that doesn't always show up in his work.
How would you describe this dance? Contemporary? Hip hop? A little bit of both? Let us know in the comments section, below.
So it's no surprise that one of his latest projects also involved a big group of very happy dancers. But this time, instead of a high-concept video, it was an invite-only class for some of the hottest young people in the industry.
It's easy to see why these crazy-amazing kids were invited. Not only are they nailing the choreo, they're doing it all with a genuine smile. I love me some stank face, but I really love the unbridled joy of performing. Check it out:
Side note: Are you as obsessed with the evolution of Kyle's choreography as I am? His range is growing and this combo has his signature swagger mixed with concert-dance technical elements. This makes me very excited for things to come!
Last month, Kyle Hanagmi, one of our favorite up-and-coming choreographers, dropped his latest video, "Youth." (DS also got to send a photographer to the set, getting some gorgeous images of Hanagami in action.) Well, if you've been craving more Kyle (and let's get real—who wouldn't be?), today's your lucky day: his latest creation, "Move Together," just hit YouTube!
Kyle and company show us how to #MoveTogether (Screenshot via YouTube)
Set to "Move Together" by James Bay and covered by Leroy Sanchez, the vid is choreographed by Hanagami and danced by Haley Fitzgerald (also the co-choreographer), Zack Everhart, Whitney Bezzant, Rudy Abreu and Ashley Gonzales. This video is classic Kyle—dynamic, fluid, precise and always original. Check it out below:
(Photo by Joe Toreno)
Choreographer Kyle Hanagami rarely holds casting calls: He’s already got an awesome crew of seven dancers who star in his frequently viral dance videos. This spring, five of those dancers—Whitney Bezzant, Guero Charles, Brandon Dumlao, Haley Fitzgerald and Ashley Gonzales—gathered at L.A.’s Movement Lifestyle dance studio to shoot a new video, set to the song “Youth,” by Daughter. (The missing two had good excuses: They were off shooting VH1’s “Hit the Floor” and touring with Taylor Swift!)
(All photos by Joe Toreno)
Though Hanagami often shoots straight choreography vids—his most popular being “Yoncé,” an ode to Queen Bey that’s gotten more than 9 million views—this shoot was for one of his high-concept pieces, which are more like short films. “It was based around the idea of how frustrating life can be,” Hanagami says. “I walked in knowing some of the camera shots, the lighting I wanted and the feel of the song, but I had zero choreography. We just got in the studio and did what felt natural.”
(Photo by Joe Toreno)
The outcome? An emotional, intense exploration of relationships, which Bezzant calls “darker and more personal” than anything Hanagami has done before. The look of the video fits the mood: Most of the shots were filmed against the black walls of the studio, and the lighting was minimal. “We wanted a candid, Blair Witch-meets-American Apparel feel,” Hanagami says.
(Photo by Joe Toreno)
The dancers went to a pretty dark place, too. One scene required them to yell and scream at each other, which was a challenge for the close-knit bunch. “It took us a while to get it,” Bezzant admits. But the resulting footage is powerful.
(Photo by Joe Toreno)
What’s the secret to Hanagami’s YouTube success? Passion. “Many people don’t realize that most of the dancers who are popular on YouTube don’t do it to become famous,” Hanagami says. “They have a vision they want to share with people.”
Click here to watch "Youth."
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