A still from Kyle Hanagami's video set to Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" (via YouTube)
You know how it goes: a fantastic new song drops, and next thing you know, you can't go to a dance competition or scroll through Instagram without seeing a routine choreographed to it. Certain music has the power to speak to a lot of choreographers—often in completely different ways. Below are six recently released albums that have made a big impact on the dance community. Will they inspire your next piece of choreo?
1. "Grateful" - DJ Khaled
You've probably seen at least 10 different class videos choreographed to "Wild Thoughts," but this one is our personal favorite. The song is definitely having a moment, so much so that we wonder if it's the song of the summer—and it's just a matter of time before more songs off of the album become popular.
2. "American Teen" - Khalid
Khalid's lyrics are genuine and relatable, and his music has a unique vibe. Jake Kodish and Bryan Tanaka tapped into that with their smooth, storytelling choreography.
3. "Divide" - Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" and "Castle on the Hill" have been on everyone's playlists for a bit now, and the rest of his album does not disappoint. His diverse talents have inspired a lot of choreographers, including Matt Steffanina, Blake McGrath, Hamilton Evans, and our personal fave, Kyle Hanagami.
5. "24K Magic" - Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars' newest singles, "24K Magic" and "That's What I Like," became very popular super quickly. His music was clearly perfect for the stylings of Ian Eastwood & The Young Lions. (Refer back to their first "World of Dance" performance if you need additional proof.) But they're not the only ones inspired by Bruno Mars' musical artistry: Janelle Ginestra and Wildabeast, Kyle Hanagami, and Jake Kodish have all choreographed class combos to songs from "24K Magic."
Drake's chill, island vibe has never been more irresistible than it is on this album. And it's not just two great singles plus a bunch of filler: Many of the album's tracks have had widespread success. Candace Brown's choreography to "Madiba Riddim" shows that even its lesser-known songs have serious dance potential.
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.