Long story short: It. Was. 🔥. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella via The Cut)
Beyoncé became the first black woman to headline at Coachella this weekend, and people are (justifiably) freaking out over her performance. ICYMI, you can catch the entire performance here. But be warned, you'll never be the same. 👑🐝 Here's our list of highlights.
1. The dancing was insane.
Not only was Beyoncé on point for almost TWO HOURS STRAIGHT, but her seemingly endless supply of backup dancers (more than 150 to be exact) seriously slayed.
All jokes aside, though, it's no small feat getting that many dancers in formation (pun definitely intended), but choreographers
JaQuel Knight and Chris Grant pulled it off—and then some. Everything was so precise and so perfectly musical. The dancers were also joined by a full marching band and drumline for the set's opening, designed to celebrate the atmosphere often found at historically black college football games and homecomings. It was epic.
2. Solange and Beyoncé had the FIERCEST sister dance party.
That's right, Solange made a surprise appearance and it was so adorable our hearts immediately melted.
3. The whole thing prompted the BEST dancy reactions.
It wasn't just the glowing reviews that broke the Internet afterwards (The
New York Times gushed "Beyoncé Is Bigger Than Coachella" and The Guardian wrote the "greatest star of her generation writes herself into history"). Celebs, they're just like us, and all joined in on the collective Bey worship.
Rihanna couldn't help but dance along in the front row:
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: