Get excited, Jellicle fans: It's almost time meow!
We're about a month out from the release of the new movie version of Cats. To mark the occasion, the film's team has dropped another dance-filled trailer. The vid offers further peeks at Andy Blankenbuehler's choreography—and at the "digital fur technology"-enhanced versions of the celebrities (dance-world and, uh, world-world) involved, from Taylor Swift to Francesca Hayward.
If you haven't yet watched last night's episode of "Dancing with the Stars," we're going to kindly recommend that you grab the tissues before doing so. Because, OH. WOW. We were teary-eyed through the whole darn thing. And we weren't the only ones: The entire ballroom seemed to be on the verge of waterworks, from the stars to the pros to, yes, even the judges.
That's not a huge surprise, really. It was the semi-finals, so naturally tensions were running high. And we only have one more week left with all our incredible stars, which is cause enough for crying. But before we start tearing up again, let's get to some of the incredible dancing we saw last night—of which there was plenty!
Last night's episode of "Dancing with the Stars" saw our pros and stars performing to music by all of our fave boy bands and girl groups, including the Spice Girls, One Direction, and K-Pop sensation BTS. As a bonus, the judges were joined by "DWTS" alumni and boy band aficionado/veteran Joey Fatone.
As we get closer and closer to the finale (the semi-finals are next week, folks!), the dancing is only getting better. And last night also featured the elimination of one of the most controversial stars in "DWTS" history—talk about drama! In case you missed it, we rounded up the episode's danciest highlights.
We're always here for a good dance-tech collab. If it involves genius choreographer Kyle Hanagami? Even better. How about Kyle Hanagami and a crew of A-list dancers? Yes please. What about Kyle Hanagami, A-list dancers, and a device that might actually be useful to dancers and choreographers? That's a YAAAAAAAS.
The new Google Nest Hub Max has a nifty feature: You can use hand signals to start and stop music on the device, without actually touching it. The smart folks at Google recognized that that's the kind of thing choreographers could use all the time. (How convenient not to have to walk back and forth across the studio repeatedly while you're working out a phrase?) So they got Hanagami to make a video illustrating exactly how handy the Nest is.
Further showing that whatever mere humans can do, ballerinas can do more gracefully, the Australian Ballet created the most beautiful obstacle course we've ever seen, and then put their dancers to the test. Naturally, when it came to execution, the company members went above and beyond: Why jump over a hurdle when you could pas de chat, or run to the finish when you could chaîné?
Watch the full video (which first premiered on World Ballet Day) below, featuring soloist Nicola Curry and dancers of the Australian Ballet.
When Chance the Rapper took to the "Saturday Night Live" stage over the weekend to perform "Zanies and Fools," were you obsessed with his backup dancers? Specifically, did you lose it for the three talented kids who appeared right as Chance referenced Destiny's Child, like mini versions of Kelly, Michelle, and Beyoncé?
Turns out, those young dancers—Jade Nicole Collins, Allie Francois, and Emma Lesly Francis—are Chloe and Maud Foundation students, mentored by iconic dance sister duo Chloe and Maud Arnold. (The Chloe and Maud Foundation is a nonprofit that provides scholarships, master classes, and other support for dance students in need.)
Well, it's official: Selena is BACK.
One day after dropping the breakup ballad of the year, "Lose You to Love Me," Selena Gomez has gifted us with its dancefloor-ready counterpart, "Look At Her Now." And when we say "dancefloor-ready," we're not speaking hypothetically. In the song's music video, Gomez and an all-girl crew of backup dancers nail intricate choreography in a room ablaze with neon lights. Because the best way to get over heartbreak is to dance right through it.
Between their flawless onstage performances and carefully crafted class videos, dancers can seem superhuman—especially to the general public. But even the most famous dancers have surprisingly relatable, offstage lives. For the select few who take audiences behind the scenes, a quick dive into their YouTube channels will show you exactly that.
Robbie Downey may spend most of her time performing in Colorado Ballet's Studio Company, but she also has fun goofing around backstage. Mackenzie Davis, a trainee at CityDance School and Conservatory in Bethesda, MD, makes ballet look easy but admits that learning to drive was a #struggle. And Rollettes Dance Team founder Chelsie Hill is on the stereotype-busting-dancer grind nonstop, but she also loves to take fun vacations.Dance Spirit spoke to the top dancers in the vlogosphere to learn how they're using their videos to connect with their fans and share their unique perspectives.
It finally feels like Season 28 of "Dancing with the Stars" is hitting its stride. All of the celebs seem to be getting more comfortable with dancing—meaning we're starting to see some more difficult dance styles and some more impressive choreo. In other words: We're ready to start placing bets as to who's going to take home the Mirrorball Trophy!
In case you missed last night's episode—which was chock-full of some of the best dancing we've seen yet this season—we rounded up the highlights.
If you've even glanced at your feeds recently, odds are good you've noticed a video of a fabulous kid dominating some choreo alongside her equally fabulous teacher. It's the kind of clip that gets everyone and their mom (no, really—my mom is OBSESSED) cheering. Celebs ranging from Kate Couric to American Ballet Theatre principal James Whiteside have shared it. So, what's the story behind the video?
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If you want some quick inspo on how to #doitall, look no further than Tate McRae. The 16-year-old somehow manages to balance approximately 25 different careers in fields including dance, singing, songwriting, acting, and modeling. Every project is imbued with her signature off-beat relatability.
It's National Bullying Prevention Month—and Houston Ballet breakout star Harper Watters is exactly the advocate young dancers facing bullying need. Watters is no novice when it comes to slaying on social media, but his Bullying Prevention Month collaboration with Teen Vogue and Instagram is him at his most raw, speaking about his own experiences with bullies, and how his love of dance helped him to overcome adversity. Watters even penned an incredible op-ed for Teen Vogue's website, where he talks candidly about growing up queer. Catch his amazing anti-bullying video here—and, as Watters says, "Stay fabulous, stay flawless, stay flexible, but most importantly, stay fearless."
Bailey Muñoz's journey to stardom on "So You Think You Can Dance" may have seemed instantaneous (he and his partner Mariah Russell quickly won over viewers' hearts and became the last two contestants standing). But as it turns out, Bailey's been showing off his b-boy chops on TV for longer than you'd think: He competed on "America's Got Talent" in 2010, and was featured on "Dancing With The Stars" in 2011. And our hands-down favorite throwback performance? That'd be this segment from "Make Your Mark" on Disney Channel, which shows Bailey performing at World of Dance New York in 2013.
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!