Our Rippon obsession is so real. And that means that in the days since the "DWTS" cast announcement, our minds have been busy imagining all the routines we know Adam and Jenna could slay. Here are 5 numbers that'd totally impress the judges. ("DWTS" producers: You're welcome.)
A Jive to "Stitches" by Shawn Mendes, Ideally with a Cameo by Shawn Mendes
We already know that Rippon has his eye on the adorable singer (whom he met for the first time at the Oscars, as one does)—so why not play matchmaker, "DWTS" producers? We're picturing Rippon in hospital gear with Johnson as his ER doc ("stitches," see what we did there?), and if Mendes wants to show up dressed as a nurse for a jiving trio, we're 1000 percent here for it!
A Broadway Jazz Number to "Carrying the Banner" from "Newsies"
Adam and Broadway go together like Ultra Clutch hairspray and comp kids: It's a perfect pairing. And how cute would he be in a newsboy cap? If Rippon he can pull out a bunch of fouettés on a pape like Ryan Steele (see above)—which, given that fouettés are a distant cousin of skating's scratch spin, seems likely—even better.
A Gorgeous "Greatest Showman"-Themed Waltz—Trapeze Optional
Rippon as Zac Efron and and Johnson as Zendaya, waltzing along to "Rewrite the Stars"? YES. And maybe, just maybe, some aerial acrobatics? YAAAAAS.
A Heartbreaking Travis Wall Contemporary Piece to a Sam Smith Ballad
Adam's worked with Travis. Jenna's worked with Travis. You KNOW this combination would be on point. Add a painfully gorgeous song like Sam Smith's "Too Good at Goodbyes" to the mix, and you're bound to have the judges ugly-face crying.
A "DWTS" Version of #Beychella
Based on his Spotify playlist, it's clear that Rippon's part of the #Beyhive (same). So a Beyoncé-themed number is, obviously, a necessity. "Love on Top?" "Run the World?" "Flawless?" We honestly don't care which song he and Johnson choose, as long as Rippon gets to go full #Beychella in his own bedazzled yellow sweatshirt and knee-high fringe boots.
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list: