Much of Janelle Ginestra's career has been about helping others shine. She's dedicated herself to supporting and cheerleading her partner, WilldaBeast Adams; the emerging talents in their dance company, ImmaBEAST; and the countless dancers she inspires at master classes and conventions. Her YouTube channel has become a launching pad for young talents like "Fraternal Twins" Larsen Thompson and Taylor Hatala, thanks to viral videos featuring Ginestra's creative vision.
But Ginestra's a skyrocketing success in her own right—an in-demand choreographer, a social media influencer, and a dance entrepreneur, building a legacy one eight-count at a time. It's time for her turn in the spotlight. And she's more than ready. "I want to be a legend in whatever I do," she says. We'd argue that she already is.
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.)
If there's one thing to know about Dance Spirit, it's that we loooove viral dance vids. And apparently, so does the entire country—YouTube clicks don't lie! So naturally, Lifetime (home of the OG dance show, "Dance Moms") decided a reality show where eight of the most famous young talents in the commercial world competed against one another to make a dance video for a music superstar would be a good idea. And thus "Dance Video Throwdown," which premiered last night, was born. If you missed the episode, which featured Omi's oh-so-earwormy song "Cheerleader," we've got you covered with the top five reasons we're obsessed with this show:
1. It's like a family reunion of our many talented DS regulars—from "You Should Know" alums Bailey Sok, Larsen Thompson and Charlize Glass, to #BoySquad faves Kenneth San Jose and Will Simmons. Rounding out the amazing eight is otherworldly hip hop queen Taylor Hatala (who's one half of The Fraternal Twins with Larsen), PULSE Protégé Sierra Neudeck and freestyle sensation Timmy Hall.
2. As much as we love our May/June cover girls together, it's sort of fun to see The Fraternal Twins, Larsen and Taylor, battling it out on opposite teams. They're incredible as a unit, but this show really highlights their individuality. It's clear, though, that together or apart, they're still both insanely talented.
3. Omi, the genius behind the forever-catchy "Cheerleader," is so obviously impressed by all the contestants, and it's adorable to watch.
4. The choreographers and directors are the cream of the crop. Brandon Shaw, Ellen Kim, Ryan Parma and Rick Wayne guaranteed that each team's music video was going to be conceptual, bold and beautifully filmed.
5. Travis Wall <3 Need we say more? No, but we're gonna: Watching him marvel at everyone's talent never gets old. And even in the show's most high-pressure moments, he's there to calm everyone down and remind them just how capable they are.
Missed the premiere? Head over to Lifetime to check it out, and don't miss the winning video below:
URGENT. Stop whatever you're doing, grab some leftover holiday cookies and watch Larsen Thompson and Taylor Hatala's latest amazing video. These two powerhouses, who we all know and love as the Fraternal Twins, teamed up with SweetyHigh for their latest production, which is directed by Veronica Zelle and creative directed by Janelle Ginestra and Will "WilldaBeast" Adams. We saw a sneak peek of the vid in the first episode of Ginestra and Adams' "Making the Beast," and oh my goodness it does not disappoint.
Obsessed. (Screenshot via YouTube)
This video is the first of what we hope will be many from SweetyHigh's "Dance Haul" series, which focuses on #GirlPower, and features some of today's most inspiring young dancers. Check it out below!
It's no secret that we're obsessed with class videos. It's also no secret that we #bowdown to Taylor Hatala. So naturally, we're doubly obsessed with this amazing new vid featuring Taylor leading a workshop like a true star. We'd jump at the chance to take class from Taylor. She's a born leader, and everyone clearly thinks so—the energy is off the charts, and it's amazing to watch everyone dance so full out. We've been watching on repeat, and bet you will be, too.
Taylor Hatala, one half of our favorite dancing duo The Fraternal Twins and queen of serving the fiercest face, just dropped a new vid that, naturally, we can't stop obsessing over. And the best part? Not only does she #slay throughout the whole thing, but she choreographed it with Josh Beauchamp, her partner in the vid. Their super-sharp, unique moves are made better by the on-point filming, location (The West Edmonton Mall in Canada, which looks like the coolest place ever) and nod to the best scene in Center Stage. Check it out below!
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If you thought this long holiday weekend couldn't get any better, we're glad to report that you thought wrong. The dance gods have once again gifted us with a video of epic proportions—like, Serena Williams + Taylor Hatala + Willdabeast epic. It's no secret that tennis superstar Williams can hold her own on the dance floor, so naturally she slayed in this collaboration with Willdabeast and Janelle Ginestra for Delta Airlines. The video, which also features Fraternal Twin (and one of the all-time #stankface greats) Taylor Hatala, is a minute of high-octane, trademark Willdabeast and Ginestra choreo, and we're loving every second. See for yourself below!
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We never get bored watching the fierce and fabulous ladies of Brian Friedman's Suga N Spice crew. In their latest video, to "Hit the Gas" by Raven Felix, Amanda Kinert, Sarah Kinert, Trinity Inay, Amy Magsam, Taylor Knight, Leah Roga, Taylor Hatala, Larsen Thompson, Soraia Esteves and Kerrynton Jones hit it hard. This one is definitely more spicy than sweet.
Usually we try to give you a moment of Zen on Fridays, but this video, directed by Ryan Parma and choreographed by Robert Green, has us feeling psyched for the weekend. Enjoy!