Dance Videos
"My comeback on 💯" (via YouTube)

We've always been impressed by Ciara's very legit dance skills. But for "Level Up," the first single she's released since 2015, the star decided to create a dance vid that is actually on another level.

How'd she do it? By recruiting choreographer extraordinaire Parris Goebel and her epic ReQuest Dance Crew. We knew "Level Up" was a banger from the second we first heard it, but by their powers combined, Ciara, Goebel, and the ReQuest dancers make it into an absolutely irresistible dance jam.

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Company class at the Royal Ballet during 2017's World Ballet Day livestream (via YouTube)

Bunheads everywhere, rejoice! It was just announced that the always-epic World Ballet Day will be back for round five (FIVE) this year. And the big moment's going to be here faster than you can say "gargouillade."

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SO. MANY. OPTIONS. (via marquee.tv)

Yes, we all love it when Netflix offers up a few tasty dance movies. But there's a new streaming platform in town promising a veritable feast of delicious dance goodies—which means nights in with your studio crew are about to get a whole lot sweeter.

Marquee TV just officially launched in the US, UK, and Canada, allowing users to stream all kinds of gorgeous arts content for about nine (US) bucks a month. Its current dance offerings include stage performances by—take a deep breath before diving into this list—New York City Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Mariinsky Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Paris Opera Ballet, Batsheva Dance Company, San Francisco Ballet, and Mark Morris Dance Group, to name JUST a few. There're also dance films featuring iconic ballerinas Sylvie Guillem, Wendy Whelan, and Darcey Bussell. (And it's not all dance stuff, for the record: Your music, theater, and opera friends will want to get in on this, too.)

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It's just so good. (via YouTube)

Happy Nationals season, everybody! It's that time of year when us lucky editors get to watch so, SO many gorgeous solos by dancers competing for big titles. But even among the insanely gifted artists at the top of the comp circuit, Tate McRae stands out. Just ask anyone who's seen the solo that helped her win Teen Best Dancer at The Dance Awards in Vegas last week.

Choreographed by Travis Wall (naturally), "Woman" is virtuosic both technically and artistically. Are the 180-degree extensions and fluid lyricism that captivated "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation" audiences two years ago still there? Of course they are. But Tate also approaches the solo with a commitment and maturity that's rare in industry veterans, let alone 14-year-old students.

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"I don't know...I've never had a DM before." (via Instagram)

What's the best way to respond to a cute guy who just DMed you? How about sending a 🔥 dance video? That's what our favorites Kyle Hanagami and Haley Fitzgerald suggest, anyway—after claiming they've "never had a DM before." Haha. HAHAHAHAHAHA.

The two dance besties just posted an adorable (if implausible) sketch that turns into said 🔥 dance video, set to Quinn Lewis' "Weekend Luv," on Insta. And it's our new favorite thing. Come for the choreo, stay for the twist ending!

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Oh hi there, Larsen! (via Twitter)

Yes, dance artists are turning up more and more frequently in the pages of mainstream publications (and YAY for that trend!). But it's pretty rare for the renowned New York Times to feature a teenage dancer.

Then again, it's pretty rare for anyone to be as all-around fabulous as Larsen Thompson.

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Dancer to Dancer
The Phantom cast in Masquerade (photo by Alastair Muir, courtesy Broadway Booking Office)

The North American tour production of The Phantom of the Opera is massive, with a large cast and a fabulously elaborate set (including that famous chandelier). How do all those moving parts get from city to city, giving audiences across the country the same spectacular show? Unsurprisingly, cast and crew alike have their travel routines down to exact sciences. We talked to Emily Ramirez, a former professional ballet dancer who stars as Meg Giry, and to production stage manager Heather Chockley about how Phantom hits the road.

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Dancer to Dancer
Jay Ledford is #goals in so many ways. (via Instagram)

World, if you haven't already, meet Jay Ledford.

She's an incredibly gifted 18-year-old student at the Kirov Academy of Ballet with lines for dayyyyys. She's also transgender. And describing her as inspiring is a bit of an understatement.

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Dance News
Start by learning this year's official routine, choreographed by Mandy Moore. (via YouTube)

It's the most wonderful tiiiiime of the year—and by that, we don't mean the winter holidays (obviously), or even the Fourth of July (though yes, tomorrow is the day to wear your most patriotic leotard). Nope: We're talking about the approach of National Dance Day! On July 28th, dancers and dance fans from across the US of A will celebrate this art form we all love so much. And there are tons of ways for you to get in on the dance action.

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"Peel" by Will Johnston and Marissa Osato, winners of 2017's A.C.E. Awards (photo by Joe Toreno)

We have so much ❤️ for the Capezio A.C.E. Awards, the annual competition that highlights gifted emerging choreographers from all over. Since starting in 2009, it's become an eerily reliable predictor of the Next Big Thing in choreography. And that's not an exaggeration: Past winners include Travis Wall, Al Blackstone, Melinda Sullivan, Talia Favia, and Martha Nichols.

This year's A.C.E. Awards will be held August 4 in NYC, and the just-announced list of finalists features some exciting names (if you don't already know Jaclyn Walsh, Nicholas Palmquist, and Rudy Abreu, believe us when we say that YOU WILL SOON):

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Just for Fun
He's a member of the University of Alabama swim team—and the Beyhive. (via Twitter)

High-level competitive swimmers: They're just like us!

Or, at least, University of Alabama swimmer Christian Strycker is. Because the butterfly/freestyle specialist preps for big meets exactly the way we prep for big onstage moments: by recreating Beyoncé choreography.

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Dance Videos
Marshall (center) and his crew performing at the L.A. Pride Parade (via YouTube)

Is there anyone among us who wouldn't gladly walk a mile in Yanis Marshall's (6-inch–heeled) shoes? The fabulous dancer and choreographer seems to be living his best life 1000 percent of the time, whether that involves making viral YouTube videos with Brian Friedman or kindling a bromance with Ryan Reynolds. And you don't have to take our word for it: Vogue just had a video crew follow the heels queen for 24 hours, documenting a period in which Marshall not only rehearsed with A-list dance ladies and gentlemen, but also performed (and generally frolicked) at the L.A. Pride Parade.

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No, she didn't just relevé up to that perfectly placed retiré—this is MID-TURN. (via Twitter)

Do you know a "Xerox" turner? The kind of dancer whose crazy multiple pirouettes are so perfectly balanced that they look like a single turn, carbon-copied two (or four, or eight, or thirty-two) times?

Royal Ballet superstar Marianela Núñez is one of those rare, perfect pirouette beasts, a fact you definitely already know if you follow her fouetté-filled Instagram account. But the Royal just posted a Black Swan pas de deux fouetté video that's a whole new level of impressive.

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The West End revival cast of CATS (courtesy DKC/O&M)

Raise your hand if you grew up watching the classic 1998 film version of CATS repeatedly. Like, until the VHS tape came off its tracks/the DVD was hopelessly scratched. 🖐🖐🖐😻😻😻

Well, fellow Jellicle obsessives, get excited: A new film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical is in the works. And it'll feature brand-spanking-new choreography by Royal Ballet resident choreographer Wayne McGregor. And the search for dancers to fill those famous unitards is basically happening RIGHT NOW. (Paging Georgina Pazcoguin, Eloise Kropp, Ricky Ubeda, and all the other veterans of the recent Broadway revival!)

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Including SpongeBob SquarePants! (Joan Marcus, courtesy Boneau/Bryan-Brown)

Every good trip to NYC should include a Broadway show (or three!), and there are a TON of brilliantly dancy musicals to see right now. But Bway tix can be expensive, especially on a dancer's budget. Which is why we are allll about Broadway in Bryant Park, the annual event that brings some of the greatest stuff happening on the Great White Way to the great outdoors—for free.

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It's already on its way to legendary status. (screenshot via YouTube)

Let's start with the obvious: Over the weekend, Beyoncé and Jay-Z released a joint album, Everything Is Love. Bey and Jay also dropped a video for the album's lead track, which they filmed inside the actual Louvre museum in Paris (as one does, when one is a member of the Carter family). And the vid features not only thought-provoking commentary on the Western art tradition, but also some really incredible dancing.

So, who choreographed this epic? And who are the dancers bringing it to life in those already-iconic bodystockings?

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