Last night's Super Bowl was nothing if not memorable. It was a football lover's dream: the neck-and-neck scoring, the absurd yet impressive "juggle catch" and the last-minute rookie interception that saved the game for the New England Patriots. In the end, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named MVP. But let's be honest, this year's Super Bowl had two MVPs, and neither of them were wearing jerseys:
Yep, America has fallen in love with Katy Perry's dancing sharks. Just look at them nail the choreo! Our favorite part was when Left Shark started really feelin' that teenage dream, and just...sorta...went for it.
So who are the mysterious men behind the masks...err...shark suits? Katy Perry backup dancers Bryan Gaw (Left Shark!!) and Scott Myrick. Way to go, guys, you made all of our nights (/weeks/lives). #spiritanimalstatus
OK, enough shark talk. Let's discuss some other equally jaw-dropping highlights of Perry's halftime show. First, there was her Katniss-inspired entrance for "Roar"...
Talk about a girl on fire. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
...then, her "Dark Horse" backup dancers decided to ignore gravity...
Horses, identify yourselves! (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
...and after that, Missy Elliot made a three-song appearance (because, why not) with backup dancers performing some pretty incredible choreography by Tricia Miranda. If you, like us, found yourselves wondering, Wait, don't those four insanely talented kids in front look super familiar?, you're not crazy. That'd be Charlize Glass, Will Simmons, Kaycee Rice and Gabe De Guzman, repin' Will "Willdabeast" Adams' LilBeasts.
(L to R) Charlize, Will, Kaycee and Gabe with Katy Perry and Missy Elliot. NO BIG DEAL, GUYS. (JK, it's the hugest deal.) (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
And with that, dancers everywhere nearly passed out from the sheer gloriousness of it all. Did you miss it? No worries! Catch the entire halftime show below:
OK, just one more shark GIF—because we're so happy someone took the time to do this:
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Dancers are naturally "in their heads" all the time—but not always in productive ways. Long days of receiving and applying corrections, taking class, and performing can get to even the most composed individuals. What should you do when you feel like your mind is just as busy as your rehearsal schedule? Try meditation. Dance Spirit turned to Adreanna Limbach, a head teacher at NYC-based meditation studio MNDFL, for a breakdown of this highly beneficial practice.
Liz Imperio teaching at Hollywood Vibe, Courtesy of Hollywood Vibe
It's an increasingly common scenario: A talented dancer wins big at a competition, is offered an assistantship with a famous faculty member, and ends up leaving her hometown studio to travel with a convention. Convention-hopping has obvious benefits. Every event generates new content for dancers to post on social media, gives them a better shot at ending up on their favorite choreographers' accounts, lets them learn from the best of the best, and helps them make valuable connections. "Traveling is a great way for dancers to gain admirers around the country," says Jen Jarnot, owner of Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Thornton, CO. "That's something every dancer craves." So it's no surprise that weekend FOMO has been blazing through studios like wildfire.
But is this jet-setter lifestyle really the most effective road to take? Can weekends of dancing with top talent truly replace the bread and butter of daily work at your home studio? The answer, according to most industry experts, is no. We asked five pros to explain why.