All the Dance Highlights of the 2019 Grammy Awards

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Yes, yes, it's a music awards show, but for us, it's *always* all about the dancing. And last night, the Grammy performers—especially the ladies—gave us everything our little dancer hearts desired. Happy early Valentine's Day to us! 😍


4. Camila Cabello performing "Havana"

There are definitely worse ways to open an awards show than with Camila Cabello's chart-topping song. Cabello joined forces with Ricky Martin, J Balvin, jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, her own abuela (!), and a giant crew of dancers for a colorful, cannily choreographed performance that was giving us alllll kinds of West Side Story vibes.

3. Jennifer Lopez's Motown tribute

Lopez may have received some criticism for this performance—skeptics wondered if she was really the right artist for the job—but the dancing in the tribute was indisputably on point. (When Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo are your creative directors, that's pretty much a given.) Also, find someone who looks at you the way A-Rod looks at JLo onstage.

2. Cardi B performing "Money"

OK, yes, everyone's talking about that incredible pianist that opened the set. But let's also talk about Cardi's cadre of catsuit-ed dancers, who helped Cardi create a showgirl-style fantasy (and GIF-able moment after GIF-able moment) on the Grammy stage.

1. Janelle Monae performing "Make Me Feel"

Aka We're Obsessed with Janelle Monae, exhibit #9476. Monae absolutely slayed last night, thanks in no small part to her regiment of fabulous dancers doing Fosse-meets-Janet-meets-fembot choreo. (And yes, those iconic pants from the "PYNK" music video made an appearance.)

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Gabriel Figueredo in a variation from Raymonda. VAM Productions, Courtesy YAGP.

This week, over 1,000 young hopefuls gathered in New York City for the Youth America Grand Prix finals, giving them the chance to compete for scholarships and contracts to some of the world's top ballet schools and companies. Roughly 85 dancers made it to the final round at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Wednesday. Today, the 20th anniversary of YAGP came to a close at the competition's awards ceremony. Read on to find out who won!

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Her one job offer came from Kim Robards Dance, a small modern company based in Aurora, CO. After attending KRD's summer intensive, Sydor ended up accepting a yearlong position with the troupe. "I was relieved and happy to begin my career," she says. She's been working as a contemporary dancer ever since.

In the dance world, rejection is part of the package. That doesn't make it any more pleasant. But whether you didn't get the Nutcracker role of your dreams or you weren't picked for a job despite feeling like you aced the audition, you can emerge from even the most gut-wrenching "no" smarter and stronger.

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