What's better then a Disney movie remake? The answer: A Disney movie remake in the form of a musical! Disney Channel's giving the 2003 hit comedy "Freaky Friday" a reboot with all the singing and dancing your heart could ever desire. But choreographing the remake of a classic Disney-movie-turned-TV-musical is no joke, which is why two-time Tony nominee John Carrafa was the perfect man for the job. Known for incorporating real life, everyday movement into his dances, Carrafa brings magic into even the most mundane of movements. From having dancers "slice oranges to the rhythm of the music" to using energetic athleticism, Carrafa's choreography is bound to bring an exciting new spin to this tale.
It's August—the sun is shining, summer intensives are winding down, and Nutcracker seems very far away. But this new trailer for Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is already getting us in the holiday mood. While this modern take on the classic holiday story, in theaters November 2, is not a dance film, it does include mega-stars Misty Copeland and Sergei Polunin as the Ballerina Princess and Nutcracker Prince.
What goes into the making of an instant-classic dance video? You'll find the answer in the mini documentary Ciara's team just released. Following the creation of the pop star's latest music vid, "Level Up"—choreographed by the ever-epic Parris Goebel, and featuring the magical dancers of Goebel's ReQuest crew—it's a very, very real look at all the sweat and struggles that made the finished product possible. Crazy-talented musical artists: They're just like us! (In that they spend ages rehearsing in the studio, at least.)
It's no secret that we're kind of obsessed with the new-ish boy band on the block, PRETTYMUCH. And why shouldn't we be? These boys don't just carry a tune, they can also groove to the beat—and despite the high bar the Backstreet Boys set back in the day with their super dancy music videos, it's not super common these days. What's even more unique is boy bands collaborating with some of the best choreographers in the business. Enter, Ian Eastwood. The dance phenom has been working with the boys on a number of different projects, including their latest release "Summer on You."
Ballet legend David Hallberg and hip-hop dancer Metter Towley may seem like an unlikely pair, especially on the dance floor—but Revlon's new "Lash Loudly" mascara campaign proves otherwise. The ad features Hallberg and Towley as they freestyle to the song "Flava" by Princess Nokia. And surprisingly, the contrasts between these two dancers and their dance genres actually compliments their individuality on and off the dance floor.
We always love dance-infused music videos, but the vid for Ryan Blyth's new hit "Raise A Glass" is on a whole different level. Why? Because it stars none other than Amanda LaCount, the dance maverick who's challenging preconceptions on and off the dance floor with her beautiful curves and her message of #breakingthestereotype. Not only does Amanda deliver a fabulously high-energy performance, but she also appears to have choreographed the number (is there anything this dancing dynamo can't do?).
Raise your hands if you're completely, utterly obsessed with Karen y Ricardo. ✋✋✋✋✋
The sensational salsa dancers are the current frontrunners on NBC's "World of Dance," after earning the highest score ever given on the show during their first appearance and then (mild spoiler alert) breezing through the Duels round last night. Not only do they serve up gravity-defying tricks with ease, but they also bring impeccable musicality and irrepressible joy to every performance. They're just SO MUCH FUN to watch.
But Karen [Forcano] of Argentina and Ricardo [Vega] of Chile were making salsa sparks (and offstage sparks—they're a real-life couple!) together long before "WOD" came calling. They've been dance partners since 2009, and since then have won more than 15 national and international titles, in addition to teaching and performing at dance congresses around the world.
Because we can't get enough of this fabulous pair, we thought we'd round up some of their most impressive non-"WOD" performances—from championship-winning competitive routines to oh-so-effortless seaside dances in the sand. 😍😍😍
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There's nothing dynamic duo Kaycee Rice and Sean Lew can't do. From dominating in class vids to qualifying on "World of Dance," this pair has taken the industry by storm. And their latest video, directed by the talented Tim Milgram and choreographed by the Emmy Award-winning Tessandra Chavez? We can't stop watching it.
It made us so, so happy just to type those three very bold-faced names into a single title. So you can imagine how excited we are to share this clip from the performance that group of legends put together for the Fire Island Dance Festival this weekend.
Dancer and choreographer Sherrie Silver is living her best life. The 23 year old, who's most recent choreography was featured in Childish Gambino's controversial "This Is America" music video, continues to bring African dance to the forefront of pop culture with the help of Vogue magazine. Brooklyn is the perfect backdrop for this dancing queen as she breaks down five of her favorite Afro dance moves: the Gwara Gwara, the Hipjook, the Neza, the Snakula, and the Shaku Shaku.
What do you get when dance all-stars like Fik-Shun Stegall, Heather Morris, and Christopher Scott join forces for a movie? That'd be All Styles, the new dance film that just might give Step Up a run for its money. And you can watch the trailer exclusively right here.
We all spend hours online perusing one dance vid after another, from silly to serious, funny to fierce. Now, SELF has asked two of our fave dance pros for their takes on some of the most famous internet dance moves.
You'll live for Maddie Ziegler and Derek Hough's reviews of everything from finger breakdancing and Harlem shakes to Sergei Polunin and Shakira. And the two of them even bust some moves of their own: Ziegler moonwalks, and Hough breaks into a salsa. Trust us, you don't want to miss it.
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.
This Tuesday, July 17, New York City Ballet begins its 52nd summer residency in Saratoga Springs, NY. This annual tradition sees the company's world-class dancers bringing their signature works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Justin Peck, and others to the outdoor Saratoga Performing Arts Center (or SPAC for short).
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.