DISNEY! NIGHT! Disney Night on "Dancing with the Stars"! Sorry, but we're still not over the bedazzled amazing-ness that was last night's episode. If last week's lack of glitz and glamour left us feeling a bit underwhelmed, Disney Night made up for it doubly—starting with one of the best opening numbers we've seen in a minute (filmed on-site at Disneyland, nbd).
You already know how much we love Vanity Fair's "Movies in Motion" YouTube series, with its deep dives into the most iconic movie dance scenes of all time. (It's basically SparkNotes for your required dance-movie watching.)
Now it's back—and this time, our favorite dynamic dance duo (and IRL couple), Chris Grant and Lauren Yalango-Grant, are breaking down the epic finale of the 1987 cult classic Dirty Dancing. Set to "Time of My Life," the familiar scene was originally choreographed by the legend himself, Kenny Ortega.
We're not sure which is the best part—Chris' goofy dance moves between takes, the couple's struggle to achieve the famous final lift (come on, you know you've tried it too), or the interesting movie trivia they spill while attempting to perfect the choreo. Watch the full video below!
How, you ask? Why, with a frightfully delightful Lizzo-meets-Elphaba dance mashup for the ages, of course. (A special thank-you, Mark, for introducing us to the #broomtwerk.)
Was it just us, or was this week's "Dancing with the Stars" the quick-and-dirty edition? There was no theme, and no opening number. It felt like we were just barreling on towards the second elimination of the season. (Maybe it was a palette cleanser before next week's Disney Night to look forward to, which is bound to be chock full of the glitz and glamour we love so much?)
Luckily, the episode wasn't lacking on the dance front. In case you missed it, we rounded up the highlights.
Israel Adesanya is a gifted Nigerian-New Zealander mixed martial artist who, on Saturday night, became the Ultimate Fighting Championship's middleweight champion.
But why are we, over here at Dance Spirit, obsessed with Adesanya? Because he's also a really, really great dancer. And on Saturday—after a long battle with UFC officials outside the ring—he was finally allowed to show off his dance skills during a fight entrance.
Well, it's official: Filming for the Steven Spielberg remake of West Side Story—choreographed by Justin Peck and starring pretty much all your favorite dancers—concluded on Friday. And while everyone knows that there ain't no party like a movie wrap party, there REALLY ain't no party like a DANCE movie wrap party.
Luckily for us, the WSS team had a 360-degree camera on hand at the movie's post-filming fete. And that means there's truly great video of all the unsurprisingly epic dancing that went down. Gaby Diaz salsa-ing with Ricky Ubeda! Ariana DeBose doing a saucy little "interpretive dance" with Paloma Garcia-Lee! Peck being totally adorable with Patricia Delgado! Jess LeProtto giving SO MUCH 'TUDE!
Last night was Movie Night on "Dancing with the Stars," which marks the first themed night of the season! And boy, was it ever themed—but, of course, we totally loved it. The show began with a dazzling opening number from Kathryn Burns (of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" fame), and from there, the dancing couples went on to re-create a whole bunch of iconic movies, from Titanic to Saturday Night Fever.
The beautiful short film, titled "Mobile Devices" (we see what they did there!), is directed by former Miami City Ballet dancer Ezra Hurwitz. It follows a day in the life of American Ballet Theatre soloist Calvin Royal III and New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns, and also includes appearances by NYCB principal Gonzalo Garcia and ABT principal Isabella Boylston. "I wanted to showcase the experience of an African American male ballet dancer alongside the more traditionally featured white female ballerina," says Hurwitz, who frequently collaborates with stars of the dance world. "That said, I also wanted to keep it fun and visually driven, and make it a real celebration of these dancers' artistry, athleticism and determination."
The whimsical film is believe it or not, entirely shot on the new iPhone 11 Pro Max. Hurwitz was one of the first artists to try out the new phone last month. "What better way to showcase its capabilities than with the world's greatest dancers?" he says.
B-boy Bailey Muñoz was recently announced as America's favorite dancer on season 16 of "So You Think You Can Dance," and one of his prizes was a spot on the cover of Dance Spirit. Go behind the scenes of Bailey's photo shoot, and watch him pay tribute to his fellow Top Ten dancers (and best friends).
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Is it just us, or was last night's episode of "Dancing with the Stars" particularly dramatic? It wasn't just the new live voting setup (which forced us to stress-text our votes in during each commercial break)—the celebs also shared some truly heart-wrenching stories with their partners. Plus, there was the first elimination of the season, which sent one of our favorite couples packing.
In case you missed last night's emotional rollercoaster of an episode, we rounded up the highlights for you.
TikTok seems tailor-made for dancers. The app's short-form video format makes it easy to show off your best moves to a song that's gone viral. And an algorithm that favors unknown users means up-and-coming dancers have a better chance of reaching a large audience than they might on Instagram or YouTube.
Dance challenges are especially popular on TikTok, with over one billion views for the hashtag #DanceChallenge alone. Even people who've never heard of the platform know about campaigns like #TheGitUpChallenge, which started on TikTok, spilled over into Instagram and YouTube, and ultimately helped propel musical artist Blanco Brown to stardom.
The growing trend has had a wide-ranging impact on both the music and dance communities. Rising rapper Ambjaay's song "Uno" went viral on TikTok this past summer thanks in part to the #UnoDanceChallenge. "It's given me more fans and a bigger fan base, and I've been able to build more relationships and meet more people," Ambjaay says. "Dance gave the song more room to grow and create a different way to have fun."
Here are five of the best, most influential TikTok dance challenges.
Before this season even started, it was already the most dramatic season of "Dancing with the Stars." Not only did we have to wait a year in serious anticipation, but once Season 28 was announced, the drama didn't stop.
Between the revamp of the ballroom and the voting system, the loss of both the troupe and some of our favorite pros (we miss you, Sharna and Artem!), the controversy over certain stars joining the lineup, and then, just yesterday, the announcement that a last-minute mother-daughter switch-up would take place following a serious, in-rehearsal injury? Whew. We feel like we've had a season's worth of action, and it's only the premiere, folks!
We absolutely stan a music video that makes a commitment to showcasing serious dancers. Which is why we're full-blown excited for the new video for Netsky's "Snitch."
Tucked into an almost two-hour Apple announcement video is pure dance gold: a promo for the newest version of the Apple Watch featuring none other than the trailblazing jack-of-all-styles herself, Emma Portner.