Broadway Razzle Dazzles Fat Boy Slim's New Music Video

If the music video for Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Gene Kelly’s On the Town were woven together in a magic movie-editing process, the result would resemble DJ Fatboy Slim’s latest video, Wonderful Night. Bay Area rapper Lateef struts around Manhattan’s West Village and Meatpacking District while professional musical theater dancers Christopher Davis and Kenway Kua hitch kick, barrel turn and pirouette at his side until a full moon transforms Lateef into a werewolf and he decides to go clubbing.

It took three all-nighters to shoot the video, and though most of the dance sequences were rehearsed in a studio beforehand, first-time music video choreographer Dan Knechtges says he had to adapt some of the choreography on the spot due to rubble and potholes. A scene involving a shoeshine stand also proved problematic: “We didn’t have the [props] until we got on set, so my assistant and I choreographed that section in ten minutes,” explains Knechtges. “A lot of people find [impromptu choreography] stressful, but I actually find it fun.” Knechtges also admits to a surprisingly strong affection for music video choreography—though he’s not leaving theater, his first love, just yet. You can currently catch Knechtges’ moves onstage in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, playing off-Broadway through this month. For more,; for more on Wonderful Night,

Latest Posts

Because there's never been a better time to binge-watch "Bunheads" (via Freeform)

5 of the Danciest TV Shows Streaming Right Now (and Where to Stream Them)

We're about two months into #SocialDisDancing, and let's be real—while we all wish we were spending every spare minute stretching, cross-training, or taking online classes, sometimes we just need to Netflix and chill.

We figure, if you're going to be watching TV anyways, why not make it dancy TV? After all, watching pros dance on-screen is basically dance class homework...or at least we'll say it is. Here are five of the danciest TV shows for you to watch—and where to find them.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
The cast of Center Stage in a promotional poster (courtesy Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

The Making of "Center Stage," as Remembered by Its Dance Stars

Whether you first watched it in a theater two decades ago or on Netflix last week, odds are you feel a deep connection to Center Stage. The cult classic, which premiered May 12, 2000, is arguably the greatest dance film ever made. (Dance obsessives might take issue with the "cult" before "classic," not to mention the "dance" before "film.") Jody Sawyer's ballet journey—which combines oh-wow-I've-had-those-blisters realism with wait-does-she-have-magic-color-changing-pointe-shoes fantasy—stands the test of time, early-aughts fashion be darned. We've memorized its highly quotable lines, laughed with (and, gently, at) its heroes, and been inspired by its sincere love of dance and dancers.

To celebrate Center Stage's 20th anniversary, we asked five of its dance stars to talk through their memories of the filming process. Here are their stories of on-set bonding, post-puke kissing scenes, and life imitating art imitating life.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

2020 Dance Grads: We Want to Put You on Our Cover!

Hello, all you members of the great Dance Class of 2020. With the world on lockdown, this hasn't been the graduation season you expected. You likely weren't able to go to prom; your commencement ceremonies have probably been delayed or canceled; and you might not have been able to take your planned-for final bow onstage.

Since you're missing out on so much, we'd like to give you a virtual ovation, to recognize all you've accomplished. And what's the highest honor we can bestow? The cover of Dance Spirit!

Here's the plan:

  • If you're a high school or college senior dancer, use this form to submit your information and dance portrait.
  • Each day during the month of May, we'll create a digital Dance Spirit cover starring one of you, chosen at random—31 covers in total.
  • At the end of the month, we'll create a "commencement video" featuring even more of your submitted dance photos.
  • 100 of you, selected by lottery, will also receive free one-year subscriptions to the print magazine.

Merde, 2020 graduates, as you dance your way into the future!

High School and College Senior Dancers: Submit Your Photo Here

Editors' Picks

Enter the Cover Model Search