We've talked before about how obsessed we are with "SYTYCD" Season 2 champ Benji Schwimmer's beautiful choreography for ice skaters. But how does a guy from the dance world come up with movement that reads on ice?
By dancing it out in a skating rink:
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Schwimmer posted the clips of his chilly improv session yesterday. (He's developing a new routine for gorgeous figure skating champion Yuka Sato.) It's a fascinating peek at his creative process. And surprised as the Zamboni guy must have been, the idea makes a lot of sense. What better way to figure out ice-friendly choreography than to step onto the ice yourself?
(Is it just us, or do you guys have an urge to find a skating rink and dance around on it in sneakers now, too?)
It's not surprising that The Movement series by Elle magazine turned out to be really, really cool—I mean, how could a concept centered around dancers ever be bad? Especially when those dancers include Isabella Boylston and Sara Mearns?
A contemporary sighting of Moore is a rare occurrence these days. (She's been gracing the stage in Broadway show after Broadway show, and is currently strutting her stuff with Bette Midler in the revival of Hello Dolly! that opened on the Great White Way this past weekend.) Which is why Moore's video for The Movement is so great. In it, she pulls out her signature, dreamy contemporary moves, and captivates with her breathtaking fluidity and effortless grace. It's simply magical. ✨✨✨
Trust us, you're going to want to watch this one over and over and over...
It's an amazing feeling when everything in class just clicks—everyone's dancing full-out, the energy's high and the choreo just flows. It's even more amazing when a camera captures it all, and your favorite #BoySquad's slaying the choreo, AND the class is Tricia Miranda's.
That's exactly what happened the other day at Millennium Dance Complex, where Sean Lew, Gabe De Guzman, Will Simmons, Josh Price and TreVontae Leggins shut. it. down. Lucky for us, Gabe and Will shared the insanely ridiculous results on Instagram. You can't fake this kind of energy—it was some kind of #lit over at MDC. #BoySquad, we bow down to you.
if u did not show up to @1triciamiranda class that night, u missed out on one of the most mind blowing classes ever 💯🙌🏼 the energy in class blew the roof off the place 🔥🔥 love dancing with these insane aliens 👏🏼 @bigwillsimmons @seanlew @officialjoshprice @treydakiddbomb20 #OGBobbyJohnson 😈
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So this is what you missed in @1triciamiranda amazing class the other day!!!!!!!🙌🏾😭 The energy in the room was so insane and free!!!!💥🔥 We do this cause we love it!!!❤️ Dancing with my brothers @gabedofficial @seanlew @officialjoshprice 🤙🏾😜#ogbobbyjonhson #bigwillsimmons #dance #freestyle #triciamiranda
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What does dance mean to you? That's the question Boston Ballet principal John Lam asks his fellow company members in a moving new short film. The dancers' responses, which we hear as we see them performing fluid choreography by Lam, are lovely: "Joy." "Change." "Truth." "Love." "Freedom."
It'd be a meaningful watch even if it were released in a vacuum. But its message hits with special force because Lam created the video to show support for the embattled National Endowment for the Arts, which faces elimination under President Trump's proposed budget.
Watch and share. Because, as Lam says, life is dance. #SavetheNEA #ArtMatters
When it comes to winning combos, it's hard to beat ballet and black and white. Need proof? Watch this absolutely mesmerizing video for Justin Peck's new ballet, The Decalogue.
The latest from NYCB's always busy, undoubtedly superhuman resident choreographer seems to have all of the "Peck-isms" we've come to love, from super unique formations that appear as quickly as they disappear, to visually delicious shapes carved out by the über-talented NYCB dancers. The trailer's also shot on grainy film, giving the whole thing a nostalgic, romantic vibe that we're absolutely loving. But the best part? The Decalogue marks Sufjan Stevens' second original score for Peck and NYCB (Stevens composed the music for 2014's Everywhere We Go). We won't spoil the rest, so do yourself a favor and check it out below.
Would you like to absolutely drown in beauty today? Yes? Of course you would. And we've got just the video for you: "Now More Than Ever," created by Ezra Hurwitz for the Ballet Across America festival, which is currently underway in D.C. The four-minute fantasia features American Ballet Theatre stars Isabella Boylston, Stella Abrera, James Whiteside, Marcelo Gomes and Calvin Royall III performing ravishing bits of choreography in, on and around the historic Kennedy Center.
There are gauzy, gorgeous ballgowns. There are beautifully unexpected uses of the KenCen's opulent spaces. There are worshipful shots of these extraordinary dancers doing extraordinary things.
It's irresistible. Just luxuriate in it. And D.C.-area friends, be sure not to miss the Ballet Across America programs, which are curated by two complete unknowns named Misty Copeland and Justin Peck.
How crazy has the rise of the class video been? Within the past year or so, we've basically come to expect that L.A.'s top commercial choreographers will put out a new internet-breaking vid every week. Here are five of our all-time favorites. (And be sure to read a whole lot more about the class video trend in the May/June issue of Dance Spirit.)
"Where They From" - Tricia Miranda
It's a known fact: Tricia Miranda is Queen of the Viral Class Video. While her vid to Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" got over 30 million views on YouTube, her choreography to Missy Elliot's "Where They From" got just as much attention from non-dance outlets. This video features some of our favorite dancers, including Josh Killacky, Kaycee Rice and Aidan Prince Xiong.
"River" - Galen Hooks
Galen Hooks' choreography is so simple, yet so powerful. All the dancers—especially Hooks herself—are invested both physically and emotionally in every movement. Plus, pulling that all off in heels is no mean feat.
"Touch" - Brian Friedman
To be honest, it'd be hard for this list NOT to include a video with Jade Chynoweth front and center. No matter what style she's doing, she's the star of the show. And she's at her best doing Brian Friedman's technical, athletic, sensual choreo.
"Slow Motion" - Matt Stefanina
This video came out in July 2015; we were obsessed with it then and we're obsessed with it now. Two of its teeniest dancers, Tahani Anderson and Sheadan Gabriel, went on to compete on "So You Think You Can Dance" last summer—this video was just a sneak peek at their phenomenal talent.
"Upgrade U" - WilldaBeast
Everyone knows that if you're going to choreograph to Beyoncé, you have to do it justice. And WilldaBeast, who has a whole Beyoncé series, never disappoints on that front. Be prepared to watch this over and over and over again.
If, like us, you still can't get enough of Ed Sheeran's earworm hit "Shape of You," you are in for such. a. treat. Lauren Adams, genius choreographer that she is, created a literally sizzling samba for champion ballroom dancers (and real-life couple!) Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov.
Just imagine the fire emoji and the dancing girl emoji times a million, and that is this dance. No exaggeration.
Oh, and fun fact! He never appears in the video, but our collective hip hop crush Kenny Wormald was the lead cinematographer. Cool, right?