A while back, we told you about Karen X. Cheng, who wanted to learn how to dance—and documented her progress, on film, over the course of a year. The finished video, which compiled chronological clips from the 365-day project, was surprisingly inspiring. Its time-lapse quality made the improvements that are so hard to notice on a day-by-day basis startlingly, impressively apparent.
Cheng toward the end of her dancing journey
According to TechCrunch, Cheng got an overwhelming response to her video and website. One of the hundreds of emails she received was from a woman named Cynthia, who wrote about re-learning to walk after the onset of multiple sclerosis.
That gave Cheng an idea. Together with engineer Finbarr Taylor, she created GiveIt100, a video-based site where people can show themselves learning a new skill—any skill—over the course of 100 days.
What does it take to participate? Uploading a short video showing your progress at whatever it is you're working on, every day. It's a real commitment—but, as Cheng already knows, a commitment that will definitely pay off.
There are already a few truly inspiring journeys documented on the site. (Cynthia is on day 71 of her "Walking" series.) But there are also a bunch of projects that are just plain fun, like "Canine Freestyling" and "Making Silly, Pretty and Ridiculous Sounds with My Body."
Have you been meaning to take up tap, or hip hop, or acro? Well, maybe now is the time. Maybe 100 days from now, you'll have your own video series showing just how far you've come. Go for it—give it 100!
On Saturday morning, Russell Horning—aka 15-year-old Instagram king @i_got_barzz—was already kind of famous. His admittedly bad but weirdly mesmerizing dance videos had earned him shoutouts from the likes of Rihanna (and dance tributes from the likes of Josh Killacky).
But by Sunday morning? By Sunday morning, Russell Got Barzz had reached an entirely different level of memedom. Because Katy Perry tapped the teen—signature backpack and all—to perform "Swish Swish" with her on "Saturday Night Live." And the internet lost its darn mind.
If, like me, you've ever wondered (and wondered) how that stunning opening scene in La La Land came together, do we have a treat for you.
Fashion looks better in motion—that's why runways exist. But when does fashion look REALLY amazing? In dancey motion. And exhibit #69372 in the case for the inescapable connection between dance and fashion is this new video from Harper's Bazaar, featuring our favorite dancer/model/rock star, Larsen Thompson.
But when you're the only male ballet student at your studio, fighting dumb stereotypes about ballet being for girls, it's easy to feel alone. That's what makes this video featuring Gabriel Romero, an 11-year-old ballet student at Philadelphia Dance Center, especially meaningful.