What happens when legend Brian Friedman teaches at WilldaBeast and Janelle Ginestra's fabulous IMMA SPACE? A merging of the B Free and ImmaBEAST tribes that includes a mind-boggling number of A-list Hollywood dancers. Ryan Parma was there to capture the whole thing on film, and the result is basically the class video to end all class videos.
Remember when getting a selfie/making a dance video in the Rain Room was the coolest of cool-kid things to do? Now there's a fabulous new place to create Instagram magic: The Attention Room, an immersive exhibit in L.A. promoting Charlie Puth's newest single, "Attention." It's basically a big black box filled with crazy LED projections that make you look like you're suspended in a disco queen's re-imagining of deep space.
Naturally, genius filmmaker/ultimate cool kid Tim Milgram just made a dance video there. And he casually brought Jade Chynoweth, Sean Lew, Jake Kodish and Jason Glover (to name just a few) along for the ride.
We'll always love watching Janelle Ginestra's harder-hitting choreo. But there's something special about her newest video, which is less about slaying and more about FEELING. (Well, feeling while slaying. Ginestra's never not slaying.)
Oh, you knew it was coming.
As soon as Beyoncé dropped the internet-breaking "Formation" video—complete with epic choreo by Dana Foglia, JaQuel Knight and Chris Grant—you could practically hear choreographers around the world dropping everything to work on "Formation" routines of their own.
But you probably weren't expecting those routines to be QUITE as good as WilldaBeast's "Formation" creation.
Then again, do we expect anything less than perfection from WilldaBeast these days? Because that's exactly what his spin on the instant Bey classic delivers: take-no-prisoners, make-no-excuses perfection.
The video (filmed by Tim Milgram, naturally) even features one of Beyoncé's own Super Bowl ladies, the fabulous China Taylor. (Her lip-syncing skills actually give me chills.) And as always, we get to see the stylings of a whole crowd of WilldaBeast devotees, including Jade Chynoweth, Sean Lew, Will Simmons and (does she sleep??) Kaycee Rice.
Watch them slay. (They slay.) All day. (ALL DAY.)
No matter the style, 12-year-old Sean Lew attacks every movement with technique and flair. Sean landed his first professional gig dancing on “Glee” at age 8, and has since appeared on “The X Factor” and the Kids’ Choice Awards. Last September, a video of Sean dancing a Miguel Zarate combination to Lady Gaga’s “Applause” went viral, making him an overnight sensation. More recently, Sean has taken his talents to the road, touring the U.S. with The PULSE On Tour as an Elite Protégé.
"If you ever have a dream, no matter your age, don’t let anyone put you down. Never give up until you reach that goal."
(Photo by Miya Lew)
Birthday: November 25, 2001
Hometown: Walnut, CA
Studio: Mather Dance Studio
Who would play him in a movie? “I would audition for the role, of course!”
Favorite food: “My mom’s cooking.”
Hidden talent: “A lot of people don’t know I’m also a choreographer.”
His go-to stress reliever: “Playing basketball with my dad, and hanging out with my family in general, really helps me take my mind off things.”
Favorite dance movie: Step Up 3D
Dream dance role: “I’d love to have my own TV show or to perform with any huge artist.”
I had the weirdest dream last night, you guys.
I dreamed that Brian Friedman choreographed a fantabulous routine to Ariana Grande's "Into You."
OK, that part's not so weird. Brian Friedman being fantabulous is pretty much par for the course, actually.
Here's the crazy part: I dreamed the choreography video featured LITERALLY EVERY DANCER I'M OBSESSED WITH RIGHT NOW.
Best dream ever. (Screenshot via YouTube)
May/June 2016 cover girl Larsen Thompson was there. So was 2016 Cover Model Search finalist Kerrynton Jones. And January 2013 cover girl Ryan Ramirez. And March 2014 "You Should Know"-er Sean Lew. And—yes—2015 May/June cover star Maddie Ziegler made an appearance, too.
Then I woke up and discovered IT WAS ALL REAL.
Happy Friday to me! Happy Friday to everybody!
There's no shortage of amazing young talent in the dance world right now. Case in point: Taylor Hatala (one half of the amazing Fraternal Twins), Kyndall Harris and the explosive members of Boy Squad (Josh Price, Sean Lew and our January 2016 cover star, Gabe de Guzman). Evidence? I mean, we've got tons of that (seriously, tons). But incase you need more, behold—this insane new video to "Lean and Dabb" by iLoveMemphis, choreographed by Oth'Than Burnside. The film, shot under L.A.'s Sixth Street Bridge, features the boys versus the girls in everything from a dabb-off to some intense stank-facing. And as per usual, the resulting vid is amazing, once again proving that these dancers are out-of-control talented. Check it out below.
And by boys, we mean our favorite #BoySquad: Sean Lew, Gabe De Guzman, Josh Price, Kenneth San Jose and Will Simmons. This crew is the stuff of dreams. We couldn't have handpicked a better group to dance choreo by Alexander Chung to Jovanie's track, "What's the Move?"
Living for that slo-mo (via DanceOn)
Every single one of these dancers is insanely talented. They've got the facials, acro and musicality on lock, and every video is somehow more amazing than the last. It's hard to pick a favorite moment, so we'll leave that up to you. Watch the full video below!