Usher Wants to Dance with You
Want to dance like—or with—Usher? You might just get to do both. The pop superstar recently announced two projects that will allow fans to learn from and interact with him—virtually.
First, a concert he'll play June 11 at the Hammersmith Apollo in London (it'll be streamed live here at 4 pm EST) will feature dancing digital avatars created by online viewers. Apparently the specifics of this neat party trick are still being figured out, but a virtual me dancing next to Usher? Sounds pretty awesome.
Usher has also collaborated with Harmonix on "Dance Central 3" for Xbox 360, out later this year. You'll be able to learn routines set to Usher favorites "OMG" and "Scream," with choreography based on the actual dances the star performed on tour and in his music videos. Here's Usher talking about the project, and showing off some of his signature moves at Microsoft's "Dance Central" presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo:
"Late Late Show" host James Corden was one of the many, many people shocked by President Trump's sudden decision to ban transgender people from the military yesterday. And he decided to voice his outrage in the way most likely to rile a President who's uncomfortable with anything "un-manly": through a big, beautiful, extra-sparkly song-and-dance routine.
In addition to training, competing and winning titles in just about every style you can think of, 13-year-old Kaylee Quinn is a regular on the sci-fi drama "Stitchers," playing the younger version of the show's main character. Her path in dance hasn't been without challenges, though. Last summer, Kaylee won the Hope Award at her regional Youth America Grand Prix, but wasn't sure she'd be able to compete at the NYC finals due to a broken foot. Patience paid off: With her doctor's blessing, Kaylee danced her variations in flat shoes and won the gold medal.
Week 2 of Misty Copeland as guest judge, week 2 of merciless cuts...How can the final episodes of "World of Dance" possibly live up to the sheer dramaaaaaaaaa of last night's episode? Well, based on the nail-biting results dished out by Copeland and Co. last night, the competition is only going to get fiercer from here. Without further ado, last night's results, as told by Kween Misty.
Every ballet dancer knows the time, sweat, and occasional tears the art form demands. But many non-dancers are clueless about just how much work a ballet dancer puts into perfecting his or her dancing. So when the mainstream crowd recognizes our crazy work ethic, we'll accept the round of applause any way it comes—even if it comes via four men in tutus. Yep, we're talking about "The Try Guys Try Ballet" video.