On August 20, pop goddess Lizzo tweeted, "Someone do a ballet routine to truth hurts pls," referring to the anthem that's been top on everyone's playlists this summer. Lizzo might not know it yet, but ballet dancers are not known for shying away from a challenge. In the past two days, the internet has exploded which responses, with dancers like Houston Ballet's Harper Watters and American Ballet Theatre's Erica Lall tagging the singer in submissions.
Below are a few of our favorites so far, but we're guessing that this is just the beginning. Ballet world, consider yourselves officially challenged! (Use #LizzoBalletChallenge so we know what you're up to.)
We've always known that Madonna loves dance. After all, the "Queen of Pop" studied at the Martha Graham School in the 1970s. Nevertheless, we were still surprised (and thrilled) to see that she invited James Whiteside to perform at her 61st birthday party in The Hamptons last weekend.
If you feel like "Dancing with the Stars" has been on hiatus for a veritable lifetime, you're not alone. Our lives (and our hearts) have felt a little empty without the unique combination of NFL stars dressing in sparkly costumes, Bachelor contestants attempting to samba, and professional ballroom dancers trying not to laugh at said NFL stars or the Bachelor contestants.
Well, it's official: Former Fifth Harmony member Normani has ARRIVED, as made clear by the new video for her bop of a single, "Motivation."
Channeling the choreo (and swag) of a bevy of 2000s-era pop stars, the vid gets absolutely everything right. It opens with a young Normani watching BET's "106 and Park," and quickly segues to a fantasy sequence in which the grown-up singer pays dance-filled tribute to the iconic music videos of her childhood.
That Normani is a talented dancer is far from news, but her moves in this video are next-level stuff. She does very real justice to choreography inspired by Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love," J. Lo's "I'm Real," and Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time," to name just a few.
The world can't stop watching Instagram and YouTube dance sensation Autumn Miller—on screen AND off. How does the phenom, who's equally at home in contemporary and hip hop, do it all? Learn more about Autumn in her web-exclusive cover story, and go behind the scenes at her Dance Spirit photo shoot below!
Normal human pregnant lady: *reaches the 6-month mark, can only tolerate the stretchiest of stretchy pants, decides walking from the bed to the couch counts as exercise*
Superhuman pregnant dancer: *reaches the 6-month mark, still looks super-cute in crop tops, decides to co-choreograph and then ABSOLUTELY DOMINATE a ridiculously intense hip-hop routine*
You guys already know how much we love a good movie dance scene. But a new mashup game of the highest caliber just took that love to a different level.
It's a simple, and simply brilliant, idea, conceived by Twitter user @lewiswake: Take an iconic onscreen dance. Find a song that's the same tempo as the scene's original music. Dub the new song over the footage. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
Oh, internet challenges. We don't know who starts them or where they come from, but we definitely love it when dancers get involved.
The past few weeks have seen the rise of the #bottlecapchallenge, which involves someone kicking the top off of a plastic bottle. The slow-motion videos show the cap neatly spinning off. Of course, everyone from dogs to celebs have tried their hand (er, foot?) at the challenge. But dancers have taken it to the next level.
What happens when one fabulously talented b-boy/choreographer/director spends more than 300 hours meticulously cutting and arranging 4,000+ pieces of paper? A three-minute video that will leave you absolutely floored.
You probably know Hok Konishi best as a dancer: He's a Quest Crew standout and an alum of "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 3. But Hok's also a gifted director and Emmy-winning choreographer. And those skills are on full display in "Quizás," a new short film that uses stop-motion animation to tell an arresting dance story. It features the same incredible attention to detail that made his performance in the iconic "Hummingbird and the Flower" routine so mesmerizing.
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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.
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.
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."