All the Dance Highlights of the 2019 Grammy Awards

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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A Letter from the Editor in Chief

Hi, dance friends. It is a strange time to be a person in the world, and an especially strange time to be a dancer. As the dance community faces the coronavirus crisis, a lot of you are coping with closed studios, canceled performances and competitions, and a general sense of anxiety about how your world will look going forward.

Yes, dancers are super resilient, and there's been a lot of inspiring community-building happening. #LivingRoomDances and Instagram dance parties and virtual ballet classes with the pros are wonderful. Dance can, and should, be a bright spot in the darkness. But that weird, empty feeling you have? It might be grief. The loss of the certainty of daily class, the loss of the promise of that big end-of-year performance—that's real. The dance studio has always been a safe place; it's especially hard not to have that outlet now, when you need it most.

We're here for you. We—and our friends at Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, The Dance Edit, and Dance Business Weekly—are doing our best to document the hurdles facing the dance industry, and to advocate for dancers in need. We're developing more online content that will help you maintain and improve your technique while you're at home, and process the mental and emotional fallout of all this upheaval. (You can keep up with the latest stories here.) And we're still making our print magazine. We have issues planned and shot, full of great dance stories and beautiful photos. We're not going anywhere.

We want to hear from you. Talk to us. Or dance to us. Or both. We won't stop moving, and you shouldn't, either.

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