Lil Buck + Sia = The Ad That's Already Won the Super Bowl
Have you seen superstar jooker Lil Buck on TV recently? Odds are about 100 percent that either your already have—in that effortlessly cool AirPods ad—or you will shortly. Because hot on the heels (almost literally!) of the Apple spot comes an equally slick new commercial for Lexus. It's got a killer soundtrack: Sia's "Move Your Body." And while it's set to air during Commercial Christmas, aka the Super Bowl, you can watch an extended version right this second.
Titled "Man and Machine," the ad juxtaposes Lil Buck's already cyborg-y skills with the mechanical workings of a luxury car. Didn't get enough of the jooker defying gravity in the Apple ad? Well, you'll get plenty more of that here, too. He shows off his fabulous footwork not just on the floor, but also on the walls and the ceiling.
The TL;DR version: Like pretty much everything Lil Buck touches, it's darn cool. Watch it now—and then squee when you see it come on during the big game. (Oh, and fun fact: The narrator is Minnie Driver, perhaps the most aptly named car spokesperson ever.)
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
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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?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.