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!
Where would Step Up’s MSA crew be without the lovably hilarious Jenny Kido? Since co-starring in Step Up 2: The Streets in 2008, Mari Koda (the real-life Kido) has appeared in each Step Up installment, most recently coming to the crew’s rescue in this summer’s Step Up: All In. Koda, a Rock Steady Crew member who moved from her home in Japan to the U.S. after high school, has toured with World of Dance and travels internationally to lead master classes and workshops. DS spoke with Koda to get the inside scoop on the fifth Step Up—including that beyond-fabulous finale featuring fire dancers, roller skaters and chandelier stunts—and her scariest moment during filming.
(Photo by Hudon Taylor)
Dance Spirit: Who were you closest with while filming?
Mari Koda: Briana Evigan and I have been working together since 2007, and we’re always hanging out. Even when we’re not filming, we’ll hang. I call her whenever I’m in L.A., and she calls me when she comes to NYC. It was also awesome to meet and work with b-boy Kid david from California and Parris Goebel from ReQuest Dance Crew in Australia. Parris and I spent a lot of time together—I was really happy to hear she had an accent, too!
DS: What was it like to film the final dance number?
MK: It was pretty emotional, actually! It’s the best part of the movie, and each crew just looks amazing. But when we were filming in Vancouver, I got hit by a car. I don’t remember exactly what happened—I passed out and was taken to an emergency room. Luckily, I didn’t break any bones; I was just badly bruised. The other dancers were so supportive and stayed with me in the hospital. I was in a lot of pain, but I was there to do a movie, and nothing was going to stop me! I wasn’t able to rehearse much, and I learned my part on set. When we watched the scene after filming it, we were all crying.
DS: What do you love most about Jenny Kido?
MK: She always wants to help her friends, no matter what. If Moose or Andie ever need help, she’ll be there—she’s gone from Baltimore to New York to Miami, and now she’s in L.A. She’ll always show up. I just wish she would fall in love! She hasn’t had a romance in any of the films. Maybe in Step Up 6. I’ll wait for it.
Who We’re Watching this Fall
Move over, “Dance Moms”! “The Road to Nationals,” a new web series that goes behind the closed doors of real dance studio rehearsals, premieres this fall. Follow four gifted dancers from North Carolina studio CC & Co. Dance Complex as they prepare for—and attend—Nationals. You’ll see senior dancers Jake Tribus and Sarah Pippin (a 2014 Cover Model Search finalist!) master their solos for New York City Dance Alliance Nationals in NYC, and watch junior powerhouses Alexa Robertson and Tori Kent kill it at The PULSE On Tour’s Summer NYC finale event. Catch the full series at dancespirit.com/.
We don't know about you, but whenever we imagine Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum's home life, we pretty much picture it as a 24-7 version of that club scene from Step Up. (You know, the one where everyone suddenly knows the same choreographed dance? Just like in real life? Ah, movies.)
Well, imagine our delight when we discovered that the couple's life actually is a dance party, at least some of the time—even post-baby. A couple of nights ago, Team Tatum hit the town in Miami to celebrate Jenna's cover for Ocean Drive magazine. And by "hit the town," we mean "spent the entire night on the dance floor."
There isn't a whole lot of video evidence—you can see a quick clip here—but there are photos. How cute is this?
And thank you to E! Online for beating us to the punch and comparing the dynamic duo's Miami moves to their Step Up choreo:
Seth Browarnik/startraksphoto.com; Touchstone Pictures
Anyway, let's not kid ourselves: This post is just an excuse to bring out that Step Up club scene again. Here you go!
Hey, Buzzfeed: We have a bit of a bone to pick with you.
This is rare for us. We are usually big fans of the sweet, sweet procrastination your listicles provide. And in the past you have done very, very right by dancers.
But this week, Buzzfeed, you took things a little too far. You published a piece called "12 Dance Movies That Are Still Amazing Despite Their Terrible Plots."
OK. Look. We will agree with you that the You Got Served plot is, perhaps, a bit thin. We'll even give you Honey, though we will happily watch it every time a cable channel plays it at 2 pm on a Sunday. (Jessica Alba's abs are plot enough.)
But guys: Why is Step Up on this list? Why is Dirty Dancing on this list? WHY IS CENTER STAGE ON THIS LIST?
There are some dance movies that we just refuse to hear anything negative about—even if the criticism is made with love. Especially Center Stage, The Greatest Dance Movie of Our Times.
Forget Margot Fonteyn and her feet: Center Stage may not have great dialogue, but when Center Stage is on screen, you can't tear your eyes away from it.
Are we clear? Good. Now let's get back to being best friends, Buzzfeed. We really need you this week.