Have you ever been happier to see Tom Bergeron? We missed you, Tom! (ABC)

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!

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Hip-hop queen Dana Alexa slaying it in the new "Snitch" music video (via YouTube)

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."

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The ever-fabulous Emma Portner (photo by Quinn Wharton for Dance Magazine)

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.

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Jimmy Fallon's signature dance sketches are always a good time. But when he gets actual legit dancers to do them with him, they become something truly magical.

So when we heard that Jennifer Lopez—who a) is promoting the surprisingly dancy movie Hustlers, and b) started out as a backup dancer—would be stopping by "The Tonight Show" this week, we got excited. And hoo, boy: We were NOT disappointed.

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Each September, as throngs of models and designers descend upon the Big Apple for New York Fashion Week, we at Dance Spirit wait with bated breath for the inevitable fashion/dance collabs to pop up in our Insta feeds. And while the fashion industry has a long, sometimes complicated, sometimes amazing, history with the dance world, it's done nothing but wow us as of late. Case in point? 21-year-old model/dancer extraordinaire Alton Mason's star turn at the Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya show Sunday night (which took place at the historic Apollo Theater, no less).

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Jellicle cats, come one and all—because there's even more (and even more amazing) behind-the-scenes footage from the new Cats movie, and it is full of dancy goodness. So, paws whatever you're doing, and go watch this new BTS video right meow (and no, the cat puns aren't stopping).

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Pep rallies are generally pretty fun. But at Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, AZ, homecoming assemblies are on a different level. A slightly-too-long speech by the principal and the marching band's pitch-challenged rendition of "Seven Nation Army"? PLEASE. Instead, at Walden Grove, students are treated to a fabulous themed performance by the school's PAC Dance Team. And for the past few years, those homecoming numbers have absolutely shut down the internet.

This year, the group pulled off a Marvel-themed routine that referenced Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, to the delight of everyone at the school and online:

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Courtesy Madison Goodman

Congratulations to the August Cover Model Search Editors' Choice video winner, Madison Goodman! Catch her solo below, and make sure to enter the Cover Model Search here.

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It's official: Alyson Stoner is Having A Moment.

We've been unable to stop thinking about the fabulous dancer since Monday, when she made her showstopping cameo in Missy Elliott's VMAs set. And we're in good company: Ellen DeGeneres—like most of the internet—is newly (re-)obsessed with Stoner, too. So much so that she dipped into the "Ellen" archives to pull a gem of a clip from 2003, when Stoner appeared on the show after her star-making turn in Elliott's "Work It" video.

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We're never going to stop talking about Missy Elliott's iconic performance (via YouTube)

The MTV Video Music Awards are really a dancer's dream awards show. Think about it: we get to hear our favorite songs sung live, see the music industry's brightest stars decked out in ridiculous, over-the-top costumes, and watch some insanely full-out performances, courtesy of the dance world's most talented dancers and choreographers.

This year's VMAs were no exception. From start to finish, we saw act after act chock-full of some of the best dancing television has seen in a minute. In the (highly unlikely) event you missed the show, we gathered up all of the best dancing from last night.


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Hip-hop choreographer Bailey Sok leading class (Jody Carter, courtesy Sok)

Over the past few years, social media platforms have become launching pads for a new generation of choreographers. Many of these young artists grew up in front of the camera lens, dancing in the class videos of pioneers like Matt Steffanina and Tricia Miranda. Now, these familiar faces are flexing their choreographic muscles for huge YouTube and Instagram audiences, inviting subscribers to follow their journeys. Here are five up-and-coming dancemakers you should keep an eye on (literally).

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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.)

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From left: Douane Gosa, Gianni Goffredo, James Whiteside, Maxfield Haynes and Matthew Poppe in WTF. Yo Poosh, Courtesy Kimberly Giannelli PR.

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.

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Moments before Jordan Fisher was awarded the Season 25 Mirrorball Trophy (Adam Rose/ABC)

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.

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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.

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