Executive producers Channing and Jenna Dewan Tatum weren't onstage, sadly. But the newest "Step Up" crew—led by the flawless Jade Chynoweth and Kendra Oyesanya—did #TeamTatum proud.
In case you were wondering whether Channing and Jenna Dewan Tatum knew how to cast a dance show, surprise! THEY DO, GUYS. And the new trailer for the upcoming series "Step Up: High Water," which #TeamTatum is executive producing, proves it.
Bless Channing and Jenna Dewan Tatum for understanding that our Step Up love burns with a flame that will never die. It's just been announced that the magical twosome are executive producing "Step Up: High Water," a new series based on the Step Up franchise coming to YouTube Red this fall. And as you'd expect of a Tatum family production, the dancing looks like it's going to be very, very legit.
If you're like us, we're guessing you're counting the days until Step Up: All In—the fifth installment in the still-chugging Step Up series—hits theaters. (For the record: 59 days to go! It opens August 8.) Crazy dance sequences featuring alllll the stars of the past movies, including Alyson Stoner, Briana Evigan, Ryan Guzman, Adam Sevani, Misha Gabriel, tWitch and the Lombard Twins? Yes. Yes PLEASE.
Well, good news for the impatient: There's a brand-new trailer for this extravaganza, and it's a solid two-and-a-half minutes of dance-y goodness. Cheesy goodness, too—Step Up films are never hesitant about layering on the cheese—but honestly, we wouldn't have it any other way. (Would we even recognize a Step Up movie if it didn't include lines like, "There's a magic that happens when you dance...for one perfect moment, you feel totally alive"?)
Ever since we first saw the delightful Lauren Gottlieb on Season 3 of "So You Think You Can Dance," we knew she was going places.
Did we imagine that one of those places would be India? Uh, maybe not. (Though, come to think of it, she was pretty great in that cute Bollywood number with Kent Boyd on "SYTYCD" Season 7.)
But we shouldn't have underestimated this jet-setting star: Lauren's new Bollywood film, ABCD (Any Body Can Dance), opens today worldwide. And she didn't take the Bollywood challenge lightly. Apparently she studied Bharatnatyam and Kathak dance, as well as spoken Hindi, before filming began.
The 3D movie, which sounds like India's answer to the Step Up series (yay!), follows various crews of dancers as they prepare for the Ganpati Dance Battle, "an annual festival that pits Mumbai's best dance groups against each other." What does that look like onscreen? Well, based on the official trailer, it appears to involve flames, head spins, feathers, fouettés, chili peppers, Lauren's midriff, parkour, pointe shoes, lasers, clowns, a giant rainstorm, and at least some dialogue in English.
It looks, in other words, totally awesome.
Check it out!
Here's a delightful development, which makes so much sense we're actually shocked it didn't happen years ago:
NBC has greenlit a dance competition project headed by dancer/actress/expert Paula Abdul lip-syncer Jenna Dewan-Tatum, who'll serve as a judge and mentor for the series. And her hubby Channing, one of our favorite interpreters of the Beyoncé ouevre? Oh, yes: He'll appear on the show, too.
AND EVERY EPISODE WILL OPEN WITH A RE-ENACTMENT OF THIS STEP UP SCENE. (Ideally.)
We don't know a whole lot more about the as-yet-untitled project. But honestly, those snippets of info alone are enough to get all of us #TeamTatum 'shippers on board. (For the three or so of you who aren't yet obsessed with The Family Tatum—may we refer you to this, this and, oh goodness, THIS?)
More to come as we hear it, obviously!
It's been almost 10 years since Step Up first introduced us to Jenna Dewan—and introduced Jenna to now-hubby Channing Tatum. Basically, the pair fell in love dancing on set, which is the most romantical of all romantical things.
Well, she's still got it, guys. And she proved just how much she's still got it at the Dizzy Feet Foundation Celebration of Dance Gala on Saturday night.
Mind you, this gala was a Nigel Lythgoe production, so it wasn't hurting for dance stars. Everybody from Joffrey Ballet's Fabrice Calmels to the Academy of Villains to Adam Shankman took the stage in support of the DFF.
But Jenna's duet with (of course) Travis Wall was an indisputable highlight. They danced to Ed Sheeran's "Make It Rain"—and by "danced," I don't mean "Travis carted Jenna around the stage for a while." I mean they did serious choreo.
Not messing around. (screenshot via USA Today)
Enjoy a clip of the goodness below...and then pray to the dance gods that Channing and Jenna reenact the duet at next year's DFF gala. (Maybe? Please? We can dream.)
You know, we're always in the mood for a good Romeo and Juliet–style dance movie: boy meets girl, boy dances with girl, girl gets mad at boy, girl and boy make up in an epic dance scene...you know the drill. But every once in a while, it's nice to mix things up—and John M. Chu, director of Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D, is about to do just that. You guys, he's planning a '90s-themed dance comedy!
There's not much info available yet, other than the title: Can't Touch This. So we thought we'd help Mr. Chu out a bit by suggesting some not-to-be-missed '90s dance moves. Naturally, we expect to see some serious Hammer Time-ing, since it was the signature move in MC Hammer's 1990 hit "U Can't Touch This." For your reference:
"Stop. Hammer Time."
After a bit of Google-ing, we've come up with a list of six other dance moves that simply must be included in Can't Touch This. Here ya go:
1. Da' Dip, aptly named for the 1996 Freak Nasty classic.
"I put my hand upon your hip. When I dip, you dip, we dip." —Freak Nasty
2. The Funky Charleston, as made famous by the early '90s hip-hop duo Kid 'N Play in their movie House Party. (Oh for the days when pop stars had their own movies...)
Welcome to Kid 'N Play's house party.
Dat blue track suit doe.
5. The "Bye Bye Bye"—technically a hit from 2000, but *NSYNC was soo '90s, we think it still counts.
TBT to JT's mushroom 'fro, amirite?
Alright, guys, it's your turn to get in on the fun. Google "90s dance moves" and see what historical gems you can dig up. Happy Saturday!