A couple of recent music videos have put dance front and center. First, there's Florence + The Machine's video for "Spectrum," which channels Kanye West's "Runaway" video with its cast of tutu-clad ballet dancers. (They're all from California's Southland Ballet Academy/Festival Ballet Theatre.)
It's crazy and kooky and completely over the top, as Florence + The Machine tends to be. (I'm guessing Ms. Welch has watched Black Swan more than a few times.) But I do kind of love the way the dancers are incorporated into the story.
My favorite, though, is this video for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' "Man on Fire." "Come dance with me," ask the lyrics—and the video is all about dancers and athletes, from the National Double Dutch League to, at the end, the New York City Ballet. It's simple, low-tech, a little quirky, and a lot beautiful.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.
When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.