In the video we see the Juba, which enslaved Africans used to communicate on plantations when slave owners banned drumming. We see the Cakewalk, which subversively poked fun at the snooty mannerisms of Southern aristocrats. We see the Twist, whose crossover appeal gave people of all colors a common dance language just before the Civil Rights Movement. And we see the Cabbage Patch, and the Running Man, and the Dougie, and the Nae Nae, which take on a new significance within the larger context.
(Screenshot via ted.com)
It's beautiful, it's joyful, it's fascinating—and it's critically important. Because in these dances, as Brown says, "we see over 200 years of how African and African-American traditions influenced our history. The present always contains the past. And the past shapes who we are and who we will be."
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.
When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.