Dance News
Including Justin Peck, who got a nod for The National's "Dark Side of the Gym" music video (screenshot via Vimeo)

You know how angry we get about the fact that mainstream awards shows tend to sideline (or straight-up ignore) choreography. Which is why we love, love, love the World Choreography Awards, recognizing excellence in choreo in movies, TV, music video and other media. A whole glittery event dedicated to honoring fabulous dancing? YES. YES PLEASE.

This year marks the WCA's 8th anni, and the organization just announced its list of nominees. As usual, it's absolutely jam-packed with A-list names from all different parts of the dance world.

Check out the full list below. Winners will be revealed at the ceremony on October 23rd at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, where icon Debbie Allen will also receive the Joe Tremaine Legacy Award. Merde, everybody!

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Dance News
Sequins! Balloons! Super-talented minis! (ABC)

We legit can't stop smiling.

Why? Because during last night's episode of the grown-up "Dancing with the Stars," we got a sneak peek at the gloriousness that is about to be "Dancing with the Stars Juniors," set to premiere on Sunday, October 7th.

Not only did we finally meet the full cast of mini celebrity contestants (which includes Mackenzie Ziegler!). We also got to see those stars, their junior partners, and their grown-up mentors strut their stuff on the ballroom floor in not one but two infectiously happy numbers.

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Dance Videos
Exactly what we needed today (CBS)

Do you wanna see hip-hop genius Fik-Shun Stegall—co-winner of "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 10, "World of Dance" standout, and star of the new movie All Styles—do the robot while dressed as a robot? Of course you do.

Does "The Late Late Show" host James Cordon wanna see it?

Thank the dance gods, he does.

Fik-Shun popped up on Cordon's show last night during the "James Wanna See It" bit, featuring a wheel of things that Cordon may or may not want to see. "A Robot Doing the Robot," one of the wheel's options, made the cut—and after a lackluster still drawing of said animatron failed to impress Cordon, Fik-Shun came out in full robot regalia to show everyone how it's really done.

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Dance News
Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope in An American in Paris (courtesy Trafalgar Releasing)

Couldn't make it to the Tony Award–winning Broadway revival of An American in Paris? Or DID make it to the show, but now miss it like ca-razy? Either way, we have fabulous news: Both today and Sunday, September 23, movie theaters across America are screening the gorgeous musical, directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.

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Photo by Kate Glicksberg, courtesy NYC & Company

Are you more at home in the world of Rent, A Chorus Line, Cats, Oklahoma, or Grease? Take our quiz to find out!

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Dance Videos
It includes a peek at a chimney-sweep number that's giving us ALL KINDS of Newsies vibes. (Walt Disney Studios)

What could be more super(califragilisticexpialidocious) than a Mary Poppins sequel? How about a Mary Poppins sequel helmed by fabulous director/choreographer Rob Marshall and starring the likes of Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda?

Yup, Mary Poppins Returns is happening, friends! In fact, there's now a trailer out for the much-anticipated follow-up to the Disney classic, set to hit theaters December 18th. And from a dance perspective, the new film looks practically perfect in every way.

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Dance Videos
The routine was epic the first time around—and last night, a special twist made it EVEN EPIC-ER. (Adam Rose/FOX)

Anybody else still breathless from last night's fabulous "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 15 finale? In addition to finding out who earned the title of America's Favorite Dancer (and the December cover of Dance Spirit!) we were treated to no fewer than 18 performances, including the judges' favorites from the season, the dancers' own throwback picks, and even a brand-new number for the Top 10. But one routine in particular from the jam-packed show had us literally jumping out of our seats.

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Dance News
Taylor Sieve and Robert Roldan in Mandy Moore's "To Make You Feel My Love" on Season 14 of "So You Think You Can Dance" (via YouTube)

First, huge congrats to the five exceptional choreographers nominated for 2018 Emmy Awards. These days, with all the fabulous dancing happening on the small screen, the choreo category is routinely stacked. But the 2018 group—Chloe Arnold (a first-timer!), Mandy Moore, Travis Wall, Al Blackstone, and Christopher Scott—was even more stacked than usual. Seriously, we didn't know who to root for going into this weekend's Creative Arts Emmys ceremonies.

So, who took home the top prize last night, during the second evening of the two-night Creative Arts Emmys extravaganza?

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Dance News
A still from the 1961 film version of West Side Story

Calling all aspiring Jets and Sharks: There's about to be an open dance call for the Steven Spielberg/Tony Kushner film adaptation of West Side Story!

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Dance Videos
Misty Copeland in the final trailer for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Disney)

Well, we knew from the first we heard of it that Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms would be a far cry from the sugary-sweet holiday ballet we all love. And each trailer we've seen in the lead-up to the film's November 2nd premiere has confirmed that we're in for a very wild, very nutty ride.

But the final Nutcracker and the Four Realms trailer, which just dropped, is next-level spooktacular. Gothic techno remixes of Tchaikovsky's score? Check. Helen Mirren, aka evil Mother Ginger, unleashing armies of not only mice, but also what appear to be devilish nesting dolls? Check. Keira Knightley, aka the Sugar Plum Fairy, doing a voice that'll make your hair stand on end? Check. This film is DARK.

Luckily, to sate our dance-related curiosities, the trailer also gifts us a few more glimpses of the much-talked-about appearances by Misty Copeland and Sergei Polunin. Take a peek—and be sure to look for our interview with jookin star Lil Buck, who also dances in the film, in the upcoming November issue!

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Dancer to Dancer
18-year-old Justin Souriau-Levine (indicated by arrow) takes us backstage as an ABT supernumerary. (Photo by Kyle Froman)

American Ballet Theatre boasts nearly 90 dancers. But when the company is mounting an elaborate story ballet at NYC's cavernous Metropolitan Opera House, it actually needs more bodies to complete the picture onstage. Enter supernumeraries, aka "supers." These supplementary performers are hired for non-dancing background roles (think "third courtier from the left" or "tall market lady"). Being a super is a fabulous way to get onstage experience—not to mention an up-close-and-personal look at some of the dance world's biggest stars.

All photos by Kyle Froman

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Just for Fun
All hail Queen Serena. (via YouTube)

How obsessed are you with Serena Williams right now? In addition to rocking multiple tennis tutus at the US Open—and, you know, generally dominating the tournament—Williams just put out a new commercial for Beats by Dre that's the danciest thing she's done since getting down with Beyoncé. (Or getting down on the tarmac. Or getting down with Taylor Hatala and Willdabeast.)

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Dance News
Cheryl and Jenna and (newbie alert) Brandon, oh my! (original images ABC)

We are less than a month out from the 27th—twenty-seventh—season of "Dancing with the Stars"! The latest iteration of the be-sequined show kicks off (literally) September 24th on ABC. And while we still don't know which celebs will be taking to the ballroom floor (only that the group won't include any athletes), we were just gifted the names of the 13 pros who'll be squiring them.

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Just for Fun
Including "Singin' in the Rain," of course. (Giphy)

Happy birthday, Gene Kelly! The dance icon would've been 106 years old today—and his legacy is still burning bright. We thought we'd honor the incredible performer with a look at five of his greatest routines ever.

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Dance Videos
Mendes breaking it down in The Chainsmokers' "Side Effects" video (via YouTube)

Sure, we've known for a bit now that Camila Mendes—aka Veronica Lodge on "Riverdale"—has some moves. (Exhibit A being, of course, the kind of epic Veronica/Cheryl dance battle that happened on the show last year.) But this month, Mendes has been taking her dancing up a notch in not one but two music videos that y'all need to watch right now.

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Dance Videos
Kiki[saurus], do you love me? (screenshot via YouTube)

Hi guys. Are you sick of #InMyFeelingsChallenge videos cluttering your feed? Has your Aunt Linda started asking you about "that dance Will Smith did on a bridge"? Is the whole meme starting to seem a bit...done?

Well, genius choreographer Kyle Hanagami just achieved the seemingly impossible: He made a video that got us feeling feelings about "In My Feelings" again.

How? By putting his dancers in inflatable dinosaur suits. OBVIOUSLY.

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