"Everything Is Awesome" Was the Awesomest (and Danciest) Part of the Oscars

Every year we get SO EXCITED about the Oscars—and then, inevitably, disappointed by them. What show could possibly live up to our crazy expectations, pushed ever-higher by breathless red carpet specials? And how could any broadcast that drags on for a bajillion hours, as the Oscars broadcast tends to do, keep from losing momentum?

But during last's nights big show—like an oasis in the desert of NPH's (surprisingly) awful jokes and John Travolta's weird face-touching—there was a life-affirming performance of "Everything Is Awesome," from The Lego Movie. While the earwormy tune may not have won Best Original Song (that prize went to the wonderful-in-a-totally-different-way "Glory" from Selma), it won Best Pretty Much Everything Else, and singlehandedly redeemed the Oscars.

The Lonely Island joined songwriters Tegan and Sara for the production—"production" being the only word that fully encapsulates this kind of amazingness explosion. For starters, there was a horde of b-boys dressed as Lego cowboys (cow-b-boys?):

Will Arnett made a cameo as Batman, and Questlove rocked out on the drums:

Lego Oscars were distributed to Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum and, naturally, Oprah:

And, perhaps most awesomely, an Awesome Possum did the Running Man (Awesome Possum dancer: the new Left Shark?):

Basically? For a few minutes, at least, EVERYTHING WAS AWESOME.

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

Chrissy

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Would that we could all live in Taylor Swift's Pride-topia, booty-popping with Todrick Hall and sharing snow cones with Adam Rippon in our rainbow-flag-bedecked RV park. But much as we're loving "You Need to Calm Down" and other similarly upbeat celebrations of Pride month, this is also a time to recognize the battles the members of the LGBTQIA+ community have fought—and are still fighting. That's one of the reasons why "I'm Gay," a new dance video by Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys, is so important.

The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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