Jimmy Fallon Is on Fire: The Evolution of End Zone Dancing
Jimmy Fallon is on a serious roll. Over the last year or so, he's given us a razzle-dazzly Broadway Week, the surprisingly dance-heavy History of Rap series, and looks at the evolution of the dorktastic dancing of moms and dads. Who knew a late night show could be so dance-y?
We have a feeling that the sweet dance abilities of Fallon BFF and frequent guest Justin Timberlake—Jimmy's four-time History of Rap co-star—aren't hurting the trend. Case in point: Two nights ago, the dynamic duo presented another installment in the Evolution of Dancing series: The Evolution of End Zone Dancing. (Because, oh joy, it's football time again.)
The mom and dad versions of this sequence, while silly, pretty much make sense. I mean, you've seen someone's mom doing the "Just the Hands Part of Single Ladies," and maybe even your own dad doing the "Groovy Hitchiker." But the end zone dance thing, thanks in no small part to JT, quickly veers into awesomely ridiculous territory.
The first couple of dances are real enough. The rest? Well, let's just say we've never seen anyone do "The Justin Timberlake (From *NSYNC)" on the field. And somehow that makes it even better.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?