"Bad Romance": possibly the best Gaga video of all time? (Giphy)

Celebrate 10 Years of Lady Gaga with Her Danciest Music Videos

How bonkers is it that it's been 10 years since we all first heard about a crazy/fabulous/uncategorizable musical artist known as Lady Gaga? Back in April 2008, her breakout hit "Just Dance" dropped, spawning the first of many generations of Gaga superfans. And one of the things that's kept her little monsters devoted over the past decade is her embrace of full-out, over-the-top choreography.

To celebrate 10 years of Gaga, we decided to round up some of her best (translation: danciest) music videos. Did we include your fave? Yell at us in the comments if not—because we know y'all are passionate about your Gaga.


"Poker Face" (2008)

One of Gaga's first music videos, "Poker Face" had a relatively mainstream look—compared to what was to come, at least. But it definitely didn't skimp on choreo, earning Gaga a spot in many dance fans' hearts early on.

"Telephone" (2010)

When Gaga teams up with Beyoncé, you know you're in for some seriously dancy fun. We love this video's Thelma & Louise vibes.

"Born This Way" (2011)

Yes, this vid channels Madonna in a way that raised some eyebrows at the time. But it's beautiful in its way! After the trippy 3-minute intro, it essentially becomes a giant dance party, featuring Gaga wearing surreal skin horns and seducing a "zombie boy."

"Marry the Night" (2011)

Directed by Gaga herself, this 14-minute autobiographical extravaganza is worth watching in full. Not only will the poignant voiceover give you insight into Mother Monster's psyche, but you'll also be treated to all kinds of Flashdance references—and Gaga's very own Black Swan moment.

"Bad Romance" (2009)

Could this be the best Gaga video of all time? Not only is it her most-watched on YouTube (900 million views and counting), but it also features a storyline in which Gaga literally dances her way out of the clutches of the Russian mob. 🙌 🙌 🙌

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A Letter from the Editor in Chief

Hi, dance friends. It is a strange time to be a person in the world, and an especially strange time to be a dancer. As the dance community faces the coronavirus crisis, a lot of you are coping with closed studios, canceled performances and competitions, and a general sense of anxiety about how your world will look going forward.

Yes, dancers are super resilient, and there's been a lot of inspiring community-building happening. #LivingRoomDances and Instagram dance parties and virtual ballet classes with the pros are wonderful. Dance can, and should, be a bright spot in the darkness. But that weird, empty feeling you have? It might be grief. The loss of the certainty of daily class, the loss of the promise of that big end-of-year performance—that's real. The dance studio has always been a safe place; it's especially hard not to have that outlet now, when you need it most.

We're here for you. We—and our friends at Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, The Dance Edit, and Dance Business Weekly—are doing our best to document the hurdles facing the dance industry, and to advocate for dancers in need. We're developing more online content that will help you maintain and improve your technique while you're at home, and process the mental and emotional fallout of all this upheaval. (You can keep up with the latest stories here.) And we're still making our print magazine. We have issues planned and shot, full of great dance stories and beautiful photos. We're not going anywhere.

We want to hear from you. Talk to us. Or dance to us. Or both. We won't stop moving, and you shouldn't, either.

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