Keep an Eye Out for These 3 Dancy Super Bowl Commercials
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It's game day, dancers! We're talking, of course, about the Super Bowl—but maybe more importantly, about the always hilarious and thought-provoking commercials that air in between all the, um, sportsball. (Sorry, not a football person!) This year, it looks like we'll be blessed with at least three ad spots highlighting dance. Without any further ado, here's all the best dance going down later today during the commercial "breaks." (As if we'd take a break from watching, PLEASE.)
Comedian Adam Scott makes a memorable guest appearance in this spot for the reimbursement-app company. We're most excited, though, about the Cleopatran (we just decided that's a word now, FYI) dancers adding glitz and glamour to rapper 2 Chainz's parody of your typically over-the-top lavish music video.
2 Chainz x Adam Scott | Expensify :30 Super Bowl Commercial 2019
There are only brief teasers out as of now, but we CANNOT WAIT to see the full version of this commercial, starring dancing-boy-band icons The Backstreet Boys and wunderkind Chance the Rapper. In a nod to the original music video for "I Want It That Way," the guys are working on some moves in an aircraft hangar. Unclear what that has to do with Doritos, but we're looking forward to learning the answers later today.
Doritos® | Chance the Rapper x Backstreet Boys Super Bowl Commercial Teaser #1
Doritos® | Chance the Rapper x Backstreet Boys Super Bowl Commercial Teaser #2
This last one's a bit of an honorable mention, as the major dancing happens briefly—around 0:25. But that brief moment of movement is worth mentioning because Ludacris makes a special appearance for said choreo! (Ludacris famously hails from Atlanta, where today's game will take place.)
Super Bowl 53: Ludacris stars in new Mercedes-Benz Super Bowl commercial
Enjoy the game, the commercials, and what's sure to be some awesome dancing in the halftime show!
Gabriel Figueredo in a variation from Raymonda. VAM Productions, Courtesy YAGP.
This week, over 1,000 young hopefuls gathered in New York City for the Youth America Grand Prix finals, giving them the chance to compete for scholarships and contracts to some of the world's top ballet schools and companies. Roughly 85 dancers made it to the final round at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Wednesday. Today, the 20th anniversary of YAGP came to a close at the competition's awards ceremony. Read on to find out who won!
After a string of ballet-company rejections, Jennifer Sydor (here in Laura Peterson's "Failure") found success in other areas of the dance world. (Stephen Delas Heras, courtesy Jennifer Sydor)
In her senior year at Butler University, Jennifer Sydor auditioned for more than a dozen regional ballet companies—and got a string of "no, thank you" responses. "I have an athletic build, and my movement quality isn't the typical ballet aesthetic," Sydor says. "But I'd been laser-focused on ballet. When I didn't get a ballet contract, I was heartbroken."
Her one job offer came from Kim Robards Dance, a small modern company based in Aurora, CO. After attending KRD's summer intensive, Sydor ended up accepting a yearlong position with the troupe. "I was relieved and happy to begin my career," she says. She's been working as a contemporary dancer ever since.
In the dance world, rejection is part of the package. That doesn't make it any more pleasant. But whether you didn't get the Nutcracker role of your dreams or you weren't picked for a job despite feeling like you aced the audition, you can emerge from even the most gut-wrenching "no" smarter and stronger.
Ballet West principal Beckanne Sisk as Kitri (Luke Isley, courtesy Ballet West)
Guess who's baaaaack?! Your resident Dance Spirit astrologers! And on the eve of the Youth America Grand Prix awards ceremony, we thought it was the perfect time to pair each zodiac sign with a variation commonly seen during the competition. After many painstaking hours spent researching, consulting the stars, and staring wistfully into the sky, we compiled our data and present you with the definitive list of each star sign as a YAGP variation! As we said last time, don't @ us if you're not happy with your pairing—the stars don't lie, baby!