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Sure, we love a good over-the-top music video. But sometimes it's refreshing to find one that goes back to basics. And that's why we're obsessed with Grace VanderWaal's new music video, "Moonlight."

Relying solely on the song's unique sound and some phenomenal choreography by Kristin McQuaid (whose work has appeared on "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dance Moms"), the vid proves that you don't need 15 costume changes and a fog machine to make something powerful. To top it off, the song promotes a message that gives us all the feels, pointing out that while people may seem OK on the outside, you never know what they might be struggling with internally, and that it's important to accept people no matter what. So check out "Moonlight"—and don't be surprised if you suddenly feel like you have to drop everything and dance.

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Here at Dance Spirit, we have a proud and long-running tradition of highlighting super-dancey music videos. Today's new entry in the canon is especially, um, special though: Not only does it feature five up-and-coming dancers/choreographers you should definitely know, but their sweet moves are ANIMATED—making the final product a stunning new way of looking at dance.

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A still from "Congratulations, You're A Doll" (via YouTube)

What's better than a beautiful dancer freestyling to a lovely song? A beautiful dancer freestyling to a lovely song in triplicate, that's what.

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Here's an especially great addition to the ever-growing group of ballet-inspired music videos: Soulful singer-songwriter Charlotte OC asked ravishing New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck to star in a video for her new song "Medicine Man." Unsurprisingly, the result is both beautiful and moving.

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Perry performing "Swish Swish" on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

We know, we know: so many dance challenges, so little time. But taking the #SwishSwishChallenge, which the ever-fabulous Katy Perry announced yesterday, could earn you a prize bigger than run-of-the-mill internet fame: a chance to star in Perry's "Swish Swish" music video.

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Hi friends! Do you have awesome weekend plans that involve taking over the dance floor with your #squad? Or maybe you have equally awesome plans that involve spending Saturday night in your fleece onesie, lip-synching to "The Greatest"? (Me.)

Either way, we've rounded up our three favorite music video moves for you to bust out this weekend, whether that's in the privacy of your bedroom or in the middle of a school dance.

  1. Beyoncé's walk and drop from "Crazy In Love." Literally iconic, I scream every time I see this. With a little practice, we can all tap into our inner Bey.

2. The creepy monster clap in Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance." When you're feeling quirky, there's no better way to climb out of your futuristic pod.

3. The strut and smash from Justin Bieber's "Sorry." The untouchable ladies of ReQuest Crew show us how to turn up.

Have a great weekend!

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You could calmly discuss the merits of "GIRLZ," a super fun new music video by girl-group L2M, which features one of our favorite LilBeasts, Tati McQuay, along with her fellow band-mates.

Or, you could just freak out over the sheer awesomeness of their #girlpower anthem, positive message, hip-hop moves and amazing outfits. That's what I did, at least.

We're not surprised in the least that L2M features so much swag. Tati and her squad (Mariangeli Collado of "HitStreak," Lexi Drew, Mckenzie Mack and Jenna Simmons) are, variously, accomplished singers, dancers, actors, athletes and fashion designers. Oh, and they're all under the age of 13. As always, littles for the win!

Here are the members of L2M talking about their song and video.

These ladies remind me of one of our other favorite crews, Suga n' Spice. Their dance video to Fifth Harmony's "Bo$$" made my life when it came out last spring. This year, we have L2M singing their own song and dancing in their own video. With all these talented girls sharing their commitment to dance and music, I think we definitively know who run the world.

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A still from Sia's "Chandelier" video.

Maddie Ziegler's not in Pittsburgh anymore. Yesterday, Sia released the official music video for her song, "Chandelier," and it stars none other than the 11-year-old "Dance Moms" phenom herself. (Somewhere in PA, Christi is whining that Chloe wasn't chosen.)

The video, choreographed by Ryan Heffington (owner of L.A.'s Sweat Spot), features Maddie—wearing a nude leo and a sweet platinum wig—tilting, turning, leaping, and pretty much going berserk in an empty, dingy house. And while those curtsies at the end of the video are super-creepy, this just may be Maddie's best performance yet. Take a look:

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