It was the meme that launched a thousand Firebolts—or something along those lines.
It all started at MCM London Comic Con, when Yorkshire, England-based YouTuber (and trained dancer!) Kelsey Ellison's spontaneous voguing was captured on video by friend and fellow U.K. YouTuber Connie Glynn. Ellison, a diehard Harry Potter fan, has posted dance videos and Potter-focused videos before, but this clip marks the first time she's combined her two passions. Clearly, Hermione used that Time-Turner to sneak in lots of dance practice because she SLAYS—and we don't mean basilisks.
Bowing to popular demand, Ellison then made a sequel clip, complete with perfectly Potter-tastic soundtrack.
Understandably, the Internet proceeded to freak out in the best way possible, turning #DancingHermione into a phenomenon on Twitter. And that, my friends, is where the real fun begins. Behold, a few of the most House Cup-worthy reactions to and remixes of the magical, mystical moves we never knew we needed until now.
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list: