Cardi B broke out her best moves during her performance. (via IHeartRadio)
ICYMI, one of music's biggest events happened last night: the American Music Awards (aka, a chance for the industry's best singers to strut their stuff—usually with a squad of the fiercest dancers around). The show always brings some fabulously dancy performances, but the ones below were our top faves.
Major Yule Ball vibes from "Harry Potter" alumna Evanna Lynch and her pro partner Keo Motsepe (screenshot via YouTube)
Televised dance competitions are downright notorious for mercilessly manipulating the emotions of contestants and audiences alike. But there's perhaps no other reality-TV phenomenon with the tearjerking potential of the Most Memorable Year tradition on "DWTS." The always-emotional episode comes around super-early each season, letting us get to know intimate, often painfully sad details of each celeb's life, just moments before an unlucky couple gets eliminated. That's right: It's only Week 3, but here come the waterworks already.
Here at Dance Spirit, we get so, so excited when it's revealed that a mainstream celeb secretly (or not-so-secretly!) loves dance. So get this: two-time Grammy-nominated soul singer Leon Bridges grew up dancing—and that background in dance is the secret sauce behind his newest music video.
Gigi and Bella Hadid are what most of us would call #blessed. I mean, they have a wardrobe even Barbie would envy. Turns out the supermodels are blessed in other ways too: They can actually dance. And those dancing chops are on full display in Vogue's latest fashion film called "Hadid! Hadid! Hadid!" In fact, the whole Hadid family breaks it down in the funny parody made to resemble the classic movie Beetlejuice. The clip starts with the Hadid's preparing to enjoy a family dinner, when suddenly Yolanda, Gigi, Bella, and Anwar release their inner dancing queens to Harry Belafonte's "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)."They whip outeverything from classic moves like the Egyptian to more trendy moves like flossing.
Does "The Late Late Show" host James Cordon wanna see it?
Thank the dance gods, he does.
Fik-Shun popped up on Cordon's show last night during the "James Wanna See It" bit, featuring a wheel of things that Cordon may or may not want to see. "A Robot Doing the Robot," one of the wheel's options, made the cut—and after a lackluster still drawing of said animatron failed to impress Cordon, Fik-Shun came out in full robot regalia to show everyone how it's really done.
(L to R) Vikas Arun, Gerson Lanza, and Jabu Graybeal in Chloe Arnold's "GLORY" (screenshot via Facebook)
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Tap dancer and choreographer extraordinaire Chloe Arnold was inspired by these words from Martin Luther King, Jr. to create a piece in solidarity with the #SayTheirNames movement (a campaign to highlight stories of police brutality as told by the victims' families).
Released earlier this week, the heartbreakingly beautiful clip stars Vikas Arun, Jabu Graybeal, and Gerson Lanza, all dancers with Arnold's Apartment 33 company. Watch closely: Reigning NYCDA National Teen Male Outstanding Dancer David Keingatti also makes a memorable cameo towards the end.
Kylie Shea is no stranger to showcasing her quirky take on ballet to the masses. The Instagram star continues to entertain us with her unconventional dance routines on pointe, be it on her social media platforms, in music videos, and even commercials. And her collaboration with the Canadian band MAGIC is one of our favorites yet. Dancing to their hit song "Expectations," Shea and the band's lead singer Nasri have a low key dance-off. The video starts out somewhat somber, but as things progress, Shea's sense of humor shines through—culminating with a fabulous scene that has her jiving in a tutu.
Yup, Mary Poppins Returns is happening, friends! In fact, there's now a trailer out for the much-anticipated follow-up to the Disney classic, set to hit theaters December 18th. And from a dance perspective, the new film looks practically perfect in every way.
Watching a ballerina customize her pointe shoes will just never get old. Not only is it oddly mesmerizing to watch, but the pros always have some genius tips and hacks to offer. New York City Ballet corps member Olivia Boisson recently sat down with Insider to talk about her pointe-shoe process, and trust us, the video is a must-watch.
Misty Copeland in the final trailer for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Disney)
Well, we knew from the first we heard of it that Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms would be a far cry from the sugary-sweet holiday ballet we all love. And each trailerwe've seen in the lead-up to the film's November 2nd premiere has confirmed that we're in for a very wild, very nutty ride.
But the final Nutcracker and the Four Realms trailer, which just dropped, is next-level spooktacular. Gothic techno remixes of Tchaikovsky's score? Check. Helen Mirren, aka evil Mother Ginger, unleashing armies of not only mice, but also what appear to be devilish nesting dolls? Check. Keira Knightley, aka the Sugar Plum Fairy, doing a voice that'll make your hair stand on end? Check. This film is DARK.
Once in a while, a dance film comes along that stops us right in our tracks. Andrew Winghart's latest project, "A Thousand Faces," does just that—and then some. Starring none other than the otherworldly Emma Portner, the film is an 8-minute tour de force.
Just one of the hilariously specific instructions for performing the "Tokyo Gorin Ondo 2020." (screenshot via YouTube)
This month marks just 24 months (squee!) until the next Summer Olympics, set to go down summer 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. And what better way to get in the Olympic spirit starting RIGHT NOW than to learn a surprisingly intense choreographed dance?
How many times have you seen a music video that was so amazing that you and your friends wanted to recreate it? And how many times have you actually spent the time and effort to learn the choreography and actually film it? TBH, we've all been inspired by a catchy tune that's paired with some great choreo and cool cinematography. Some of us may even have actual footage of such embarrassing attempts buried deep in the archives of our phones. But four girls from Thailand, did what most of us mere mortals only dream about. They flawlessly recreated one of their favorite band's music videos—and broke the internet in the process.