Zony & Yony Will Steal Your Hearts
Here at DS, we talk a lot about cuteness overload (it's a real thing guys...). Case in point: On Tuesday's episode of "Ellen," 3-year-old Heaven returned to the show with a "Happy" dance that would make Pharrell Williams proud. After that, we assumed we'd reached our cuteness quota for the week.
But Ellen wasn't quite done with us yet.
On Thursday, she introduced us to 6-year-old twins Zony and Yony, who flew all the way from their home in Taiwan to perform on the show. Like many of Ellen's mini guests, the twins are YouTube sensations. They posted a video of themselves performing the choreography from a popular K-Pop music video—"Bar Bar Bar" by Crayon Pop—and the internet. went. wild. After Zony and Yony performed their viral dance live, Ellen (true to form) surprised them with a special treat: tWitch will be choreographing a dance for them, which they'll perform with him on "Ellen" next week! (Oh...and they get to go to Disneyland. But tWitch!!)
We can't wait. Can we see Zony and Yony dance with tWitch now please? No? OK, fine, we'll wait. But in the meantime, we're gonna go ahead and watch the video from this week's episode on repeat. #noshame
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.
The groundwork for Erin Carpenter's company, Nude Barre, began when she was a teenager. At 16, she earned a spot in the residency program at The Kennedy Center in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem. "We were required to wear nude—as in, our actual skin tone—tights and shoes," she remembers. Carpenter brought her "sun tan" tights and a pair of pink ballet shoes with her, because that was all she could find. But she wasn't allowed in class because her dancewear didn't match her skin. "I was so embarrassed," she says. "I looked unprepared. I just didn't have the right nudes." Her teacher explained that the dancers dyed their tights and pancaked their shoes.
There are dancers and then there are DANCERS! Whitney Jensen, soloist at Norwegian National Ballet, is the latter. The former Boston Ballet principal can do it all. From contemporary to the classics this prima has the technical talent most bunheads dream about. Need proof? Look no further.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's dance inducing hit, "Despacito," is so catchy it should probably come with a disclaimer that warns people of an uncontrollable itch to tap your feet or bob your head. Some might even feel inclined to go all out and break it down. Niana Guerrero is a prime example of "Despacito's" uncanny ability to unleash the red dressed emoji dancer within. 💃🏽 💃🏽