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A still from one of the Dance in Paradise videos

Forget everything you thought you knew about Polynesian dance. French filmmaker Nyko PK16, who's based in Tahiti, has created a video series that showcases the beauty of the under-appreciated form in a unique way.

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Past "SYTYCD" hopefuls at The Academy (Adam Rose/FOX)

More fabulous TWall routines. More passengers on the Hot Tamale Train. MORE CAT DEELEY BEING DELIGHTFUL.

That's right, y'all: "So You Think You Can Dance" was just renewed for a 16th (!) season, to air this summer on Fox. And audition dates have already been announced.

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It includes this familiar face! (Erin Baiano)

Something's coming, I don't know when
But it's soon...maybe tonight?

Those iconic lyrics have basically been our #mood ever since we first heard a remake of the West Side Story film, directed by Steven Spielberg and choreographed by Justin Peck, was in the works. THE CASTING. THE CASTING WAS COMING.

Well, last night—after an extensive search process that focused on finding the best actors within the Puerto Rican/Latinx community—the WSS team finally revealed who'll be playing Maria, Anita, Bernardo, and Chino (joining Ansel Elgort, who was cast as Tony last fall). And you guys: It is a truly epic group.

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Cover Model Search
A few of our 12 talented semifinalists (all via Instagram)

Each month in 2018, we chose one 2019 Cover Model Search semifinalist from the pool of very talented entrants. Last week, we selected our December winner—which means we now have all 12 of our 2019 Cover Model Search semifinalists. And what does that mean? It means that one of the gorgeous dancers below will be our Cover Model Search winner, gracing our October 2019 cover!

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YouTube Red

In case you haven't heard (but you have), "Step Up: High Water"—the brilliantly cast, fantastically dancy YouTube Red series based on the Step Up franchise—is returning for a second season. And while we still don't know exactly when round two will premiere, the show did just gift us an extremely tasty trailer.

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USPS

Gregory Hines revolutionized the tap scene in the '80s and '90s with his incredibly charismatic, effortlessly virtuosic performances on Broadway and the big screen. Now, the trailblazing entertainer—who died in 2003—is being recognized by the US Postal Service with a commemorative stamp. And we are SO HERE FOR IT.

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A photo from Miko Fogarty's 2015 cover shoot (Nathan Sayers)

Back in 2015, gorgeous ballerina Miko Fogarty was on top of the ballet world (and on the cover of Dance Spirit). After starring in the 2011 dance doc First Position, she'd racked up numerous competition titles, achieved social media stardom, and earned a contract with the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Then, suddenly, she disappeared.

Well—not exactly. As she revealed last summer, Fogarty decided to switch gears, trading the ballet world for the world of academia. She's currently majoring in integrative biology at UC Berkeley. And now she's been tapped to give a TEDx talk about why, and how, she made the transition.

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The Broadway cast of Mean Girls (Joan Marcus, courtesy Boneau/Bryan-Brown)

It can't help that it's so popular!

Our friends over at Mean Girls the musical are having an especially happy new year: Broadway.com asked its readers to vote for their favorite shows of 2018, and the site just revealed that the fabulously fetch Mean Girls earned the top spot.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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