Throwback Thursday: Dance Video Edition!
I love the Throwback Thursday (hashtag it: #tbt) trend on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram—especially when my favorite dancers tag themselves in hilarious little kid recital photos.
Another thing I love?
Getting lost in the internet, re-watching all of my favorite dance performances from "So You Think You Can Dance," the Dance Spirit Cover Model Search (click here to enter!) and, naturally, flash mob proposals.
So, for your viewing pleasure, here's a little #tbt of my own, dance video-style! (Not my own dance videos—sadly those exist only on old-school VHS tapes—but rather a few of my all-time favorite clips from the past few years.)
Misha Gabriel & Teddy Forance's piece, Bulletproof, at the 2010 Capezio A.C.E. Awards:
Two of my forever-favorite choreographers + a neon-clad Dusty Button + that magic moment at the 3:23 mark = sheer genius. I screamed so loudly in the audience throughout this entire piece and I re-watch the video all the time.
The "Sound of Music" flash mob at Antwerp Central Station:
This was my introduction to flash mobs and I loved it so much I actually cried. Real, happy tears, falling down my face. This is the most joyful thing I can imagine.
Sarah Pippin's "Black Hawk Waltz" at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals:
Tiny Sarah, you are everything. This routine was even better in person. That balance at 1:11 had me holding my breath (not necessary: she nailed it), and when the music changed at 1:48 I vaguely recall yelling out an over-eager, "YEAHHHH!!!" That tiny ferocity matched perfectly with Travis Wall's choreography. A brilliant performance.
"Sexy Back" by the "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 2 Top 4:
I tried to learn it in my friend's living room. Wade Robson, I know you've done a lot of really amazing stuff throughout your career, but I think this is your best, funnest work ever.
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.
If you've ever seen a Janelle Ginestra class video, you know how lit her combos are. What you don't see in those clips is how devoted Ginestra is to her students. We went behind the scenes at one of her sold-out IMMA SPACE classes to see Ginestra in her element, mentoring some of L.A.'s most talented dancers. It was an inspiration feedback loop.
All photos by Joe Toreno.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email email@example.com for a chance to be featured!
I love ballet, and I've been told that I have a lot of potential. I can see myself dancing professionally one day. But I'm also working toward my black belt in karate—and I'm passionate about that, too. How can I keep up my technique while also making time for the other things I love? Is that even possible?
What do you get when you combine a Beyoncé anthem, fierce girls from all over the world, and choreography by legends like Ellenore Scott and Lamar Lee? You get the epic music video below. The viral video features little girls who live everywhere from Tanzania to Washington D.C. dancing and lip-syncing to Queen Bey's song "Freedom," and the result is electrifying. These littles can dance—and they bring a determination and enthusiasm to their movement that's truly inspiring.