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The news is out, and we couldn't be more excited: Olympic figure skater/performer of gorgeous Benji Schwimmer choreography/patron saint of sequins/all-around fabulous human Adam Rippon will appear on the upcoming athletes-only "Dancing with the Stars" cycle! Even better, he's been paired with one of our fave pros, Jenna Johnson—the ultimate #dreamteam.
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.
We're just going to say it: Center Stage is the best dance movie of all time.
Seriously, though, is there anything better than this oh-so-quotable classic? Not only does it star some brilliant dancers, but it's also chock-full of wisdom. If you're a die-hard Center Stage fan (which, like, c'mon, we know you are), you'll be familiar with these 8 life lessons straight from the movie.
Sure, dancers definitely have some unique identifying characteristics. (We're all obsessed with Center Stage? FACT.) But we're also subjected to all kinds of annoying, inaccurate stereotyping. Here are 10 dancer stereotypes that we never want to hear again.
Dance competitions are where great memories are made. But—between the traveling, the challenging routines, and the bazillion costume changes—they're also the source of many, many #struggles. If you're a comp kid, you'll 100 percent be able to relate to these 10 problems.
A pas de deux can be one of the most mesmerizing parts of a ballet. But a lot goes into a beautiful duet—and getting tricky partnering right takes tons of practice and training.
Auditions for Season 15 of "So You Think You Can Dance" are right around the corner, and we're so ready to see the talented turnout (pun VERY much intended!). Want a little audition-spiration? Whether you're preparing to try out yourself or are just looking to get into the "SYTYCD" mood, here are 8 phenomenal past auditions we're still obsessing over.