Do you recognize that blurry face in the middle of the back row? (via YouTube)
Because the entire world wants to #DanceWithJanet—and because what seemed like literally half the world just descended on L.A. to audition in person for the icon, at her first open dance call in more than 10 years—we thought we'd take an extra-special walk down memory lane this Thursday. Friends, meet the cast of dancers for Ms. Jackson's 1993 tour.
In a singularly epic throwback video, Jackson introduces us to her dance crew for the Janet World Tour. You'll probably recognize the fabulous Tina Landon, who also choreographed the whole thing. But there's another face in particular that's...well, to call it "familiar" would be a bit of an understatement.
You guys: It's Jennifer Lopez.
J.LO. AT 24 YEARS OLD. DANCING FOR JANET.
Take a second to pull together whatever pieces you can find of your head, which we're guessing just exploded.
We love this so, so much. And obviously, we'll all be keeping a close eye on the sure-to-be-insane crew that ends up dancing with Janet this time around. Because any one of them could be the next J.Lo. (Or the next Jenna Dewan.)
By the way—if you'd like to see what Landon's choreo for that 1993 tour looked like, check out this footage from a verrry 90s MTV special (which is, sadly, Lopez-less, but still amazing):
Ralph Lauren is kicking off the celebration bright and early with a gender-neutral capsule collection featuring a rainbow version (naturally) of its pony logo. And the brand chose a bunch of influential LGBTQIA+ community members to model the looks—including our favorite danseur in heels, Houston Ballet soloist Harper Watters.
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.