Members of the Paris Opéra Ballet give a surprise performance on an Air France flight from Shanghai to Paris. Courtesy Air France.
Just imagine: You're settling in for a long international flight, when suddenly Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake starts playing on the intercom—and a group of feather-clad ballerinas bourrée down the aisle. That's exactly what happened last week to Air France customers on a Paris-bound flight from Shanghai, when 10 members of the Paris Opéra Ballet gave a impromptu performance throughout the plane's cabins.
NDD routine dancers (from left) Chelsie Hill, Jashaun Gamble, Tatiana McQuay, Matt Steffanina, Hannahlei Cabanilla, Criscilla Anderson and Will Simmons (courtesy American Dance Movement)
Grab your dancing shoes and put on those thinking caps—the dance video we've been waiting for is here!
American Dance Movement (formerly known as Dizzy Feet) just released this year's Official National Dance Day (NDD) routine, and it has us feeling electric.
The routine is choreographed by none other than Matt Steffanina (who's casually the most-followed dancer in the world, thanks to his 10 million YouTube subscribers), and set to the high-energy Dua Lipa/Silk City collab "Electricity."
What has us feeling patriotic this Fourth of July week? #TheGitUpChallenge. Because only in the US of A could a country-meets-trap song inspire a viral dance craze. Bless you, Blanco Brown. Bless you, America.
For those who only understood about a third of the words in that first paragraph (hi, Mom!): "The Git Up" is a breakout hit song by Atlanta country/hip-hop artist Blanco Brown. Thanks to its instructional lyrics ("Do the 2 step, then cowboy boogie…"), which Brown illustrates in its official music video—and the fact that it's a bona fide banger—the track has spawned #TheGitUpChallenge, in which fans try to recreate the choreo.
The dancers-slay-choreo-while-onlookers-cheer class video is pretty popular these days. And if you've watched a viral class video within the past 24 hours, there's a good chance it was filmed by Tim Milgram. With 3.1 million subscribers and counting on his YouTube channel, TMilly TV, it's obvious that online audiences love his video style, with its dramatic lighting and choreographed camera work.
But while many in the dance community appreciate class videos as a way to show their work and expand their online following, others have spoken out against the practice, questioning how it negatively affects dancers' training and priorities. Acknowledging those complaints, Milgram recently decided to open his own studio, TMilly TV, in North Hollywood, CA. It aims to create a better balance between time spent learning and time spent filming. Already, the studio has attracted some big-name faculty, from Dominique Kelley to Jake Kodish.
We caught up with Milgram to get the scoop on his new studio, and how he hopes to improve the dance community's perception of the class video.
[Light spoilers for Us ahead.] Jordan Peele's bonkers/genius horror film Us uses dance in a terrifyingly effective way: Peele intercuts the big final fight scene with snippets of teenage Adelaide and her Tethered doppelgänger, Red, performing to music from The Nutcracker (specifically, the andante from the Sugar Plum Fairy's pas de deux). As choreographed by Madeline Hollander and danced by Ashley McKoy, the twisted ballet is chilling—even when seen in chopped-up bits.
But now Us is out on DVD and available on demand, and fans have been offered the complete version of Hollander's choreo as a bonus feature. Take a look:
The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.
14-year-old phenom Madison Brown excels in both ballet and contemporary—and we're talking a wins-basically-every-competition-she-enters level of excellence. How does she do it? Read her Summer 2019 cover story, here on dancespirit.com, to find out.
I almost can't handle the level of full-out fabulousness coming out of Pride Month (just kidding, please keep it coming). Today, Travis Wall blessed our feeds with this clip of him dancing with the gorgeously talented Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Travis shared in his caption that he "Learned a routine in 60 secs." Casual! (I guess we're not too surprised about that, right?)
We're completely geeking out over Vanity Fair's new "Movies in Motion" YouTube series. It features dance/married couple #goals Chris Grant and Lauren Yalango-Grant—whom you may recognize as two of the artists currently bringing King Kong to life on Broadway—breaking down the choreography, inspiration, and history behind some of Hollywood's most famous dance numbers.
In theory, it's a simple story, culminating in a simple video:
Over the weekend, K-pop supergroupBTS performed in Paris. The sensational seven brought out surprise guest Halsey to perform their chart-breaking collab "Boy with Luv." The whole crew warmed up for the show by having a dance party backstage. Halsey documented said dance party for Instagram.
In practice, though? In practice, there's something deeply, almost unsettlingly perfect about the dance party vid, as the two million fans who viewed it within four hours discovered.