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ABT besties Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside have a dream: To get the most dancers ever to go on pointe at the same time.

The pair, who go by the joint nickname "The Cindies," have teamed up with the morning talk show "Live with Kelly and Ryan" to try to dance into the record books on live TV. They're inviting anyone who can dance on pointe to join them outside the "Live" studio in New York City on Tuesday, September 10.

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The Season 16 Top 10 in Mandy Moore's oh-so-joyful routine (Eddy Chen/FOX)

We did it! We made it to the live competition shows!

The "we" in question, of course, being the viewers and voters at home, the four hardworking judges, and—yay!—the Season 16 Top 10. Last night, the top five guys and the top five women took to the "So You Think You Can Dance" live stage for the first time, performing for viewer votes. Which is no small feat, as evidenced by the past 15 seasons.

And to kick off the live shows, we had a little something new! Gone are the days of the top dancers strutting onstage to perform a solo eight-count before coming together as a group for that sassy step-ball-change walk downstage and that final "here we are!" pose as Cat Deeley bellows, "Welcome! To So You Think You Can Dance!" Nope: Season 16 is all about that tech. The 10 finalists started onstage, performing those aforementioned eight-counts accompanied by crazy laser beams that were seemingly passed from one dancer to the next. Then the dancers united to perform a joyful routine to "This Is Me" from The Greatest Showman, choreographed by Mandy Moore. It was totally lovely and happy.

As for the rest of the episode: Each member of the Top 10 performed once with a partner and again as part of a mini group. Up for grabs this season are $250,000, the cover of Dance Spirit (!!!), and the title of America's Favorite Dancer. Here's who's most likely to take it all after last night's episode.

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What do you get when you mash up Mean Girls, High School Musical, and Fame, and then add in a cast of social media's top teen influencers? That'd be the upcoming film Next Level. And the movie's new trailer is, well, next-level stuff.

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Get your popcorn ready! (Getty Images)

Pop quiz, dance friends! Select all that apply:

a) You love ballet.
b) You love ballet on TV.
c) You absolutely devoured Tiny Pretty Things, the 2016 YA novel described as "Black Swan meets 'Pretty Little Liars.'"
d) OK you haven't read the book yet but wooowwww does that description sound enticing.

We've got good news for those of you who ticked off literally any of those options: Netflix just ordered a new series based on Tiny Pretty Things, and it's slated to arrive next year. Get your popcorn ready!

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Did long-time frontrunner Gino Cosculluela (here with All-Star Lauren Froderman) make the cut? (Greg Gayne/FOX)

We almost don't dare to say it, but after last night's final, final, final Season 16 audition round, it appears to be true: Next week, IT'S TIME FOR THE LIVE SHOWS!

We're getting ahead of ourselves, though. First, we (as in Nigel, Mary, Dominic, and Laurieann) had to whittle down the top guys. Remember last week, when the Top 10 women became the Top 5? Last night, the "So You Think You Can Dance" judges made the same round of cuts for the remaining 10 men. Each remaining dude was paired with an All-Star and a choreographer to perform a routine outside his comfort zone. Here's what went down, and who made the final cut.

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Booboo Stewart in Descendants 3 (David Bukach, courtesy Disney Enterprises, Inc.)

The Disney Channel's Descendants movies have been fan favorites since the original's premiere back in 2015, thanks to their huge musical numbers and powerful storylines. Following the lives of the children of four notorious Disney villains, the films are chock-full of talented dancers. (Those dancers include Cameron Boyce, whose untimely death last month devastated fans around the world.)

Ahead of the Descendants 3 premiere tonight, we talked to Booboo Stewart, who plays Jay—aka the son of Aladdin's Jafar—about growing up dancing with Boyce, what it's been like to get back to his dance roots, and his love for director/choreographer Kenny Ortega.

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Is fan favorite Madison Jordan (here with All-Star Kiki) one of them? (Greg Gayne/FOX)

Well, unless Nigel Lythgoe (sir!) has something wild and crazy up his sleeves—which he very well may after 16 seasons—it is finally, at very long last, after half a summer and so much patience, almost time to meet the "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 16 Top 10.

Yeah, we're not there quite yet.

On last night's "Final Cut" episode, the Top 10 ladies were each paired with an All-Star and a "legendary choreographer" to learn some critical choreography. (Choreography from outside their comfort zone, that is.) Then, after one last performance for the judges, the 10 became five. Here's what went down, and which women are headed to the live shows next week.

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The Rockettes are getting ready for a growth spurt, and that starts with a newly-created job: artistic director.

While the iconic precision dance troupe has of course always had artistic leaders for each of its shows, its parent organization, Madison Square Garden Company, is now looking to hire someone to oversee the artistic vision of all of the Rockettes' year-round programming. That includes workshops, outreach activities and, intriguingly, new productions.

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Congrats to Kenny Ortega, who just earned a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame!

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Which of these Academy hopefuls made this week's cut? (Adam Rose/FOX)

Last night, "So You Think You Can Dance" gave us The Academy, Part II—which concluded with the judges choosing their Top 10 guys and Top 10 girls. But before that reveal, we got a little more contemporary, a whole lotta Mandy Moore, some solos, and, as always plenty of drama.

"The Academy scares the h--- out of these dancers," Nigel admitted. "And it should." Never one to mince words, that Nigel. Here's how it all went.

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Suffering from Cats-scratch fever after watching that tantalizing trailer all weekend? Eager to know more about the feline-filled film? Well, my fur-loving friends, this should do purrrrfectly (sorry NOT EVEN A TINY BIT sorry):

The new Cats movie famously features artists new to musical theater, from Royal Ballet principal Francesca Hayward to commercial dance sensations Les Twins to, you know, Taylor Swift. But the casting team didn't ignore the show's stage roots. In addition to bringing on choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, the man behind the latest Broadway revival's moves, it also hired several extremely accomplished dancers who're veterans of the Broadway, West End, and/or touring productions of CATS. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Jamar Roberts And Dancers performing at the 2018 Fire Island Dance Festival (Matthew Murphy, courtesy Fire Island Dance Festival)

Every year, dance-world luminaries gather on picturesque Fire Island for the Fire Island Dance Festival, a celebration and fundraiser hosted by Dancers Responding to AIDS. This year, the festival celebrated its 25th anniversary—and more than $6 million raised to help those struggling with AIDS—with a phenomenal lineup (hosted by Cabaret's OG Emcee Joel Grey) including a premiere by Emmy Award nominee Al Blackstone, back for his fourth (!) time.

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Dreams, drama, and capital-D DANCE: The brand-new High Strung Free Dance trailer just dropped, and it is chock-full of everything we love.

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Including this extraordinary Travis Wall number for "So You Think You Can Dance" (Adam Rose/FOX)

The Primetime Emmy Award nominations are out! Congrats to the seven choreographers who earned nods for their exceptional TV work this year. Notably, that work was made for just two shows, "So You Think You Can Dance" and "World of Dance." And there was a particularly remarkable snub: While the dance-filled hit "Fosse/Verdon" earned 17 nominations across many of the major categories, Andy Blankenbuehler's fabulous Fosse remixes weren't recognized in the Outstanding Choreography field.

Here are all the dance routines up for Emmys:

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