Lorde on "SNL" Is All of Us

In the 4 days since Lorde made her "Saturday Night Live" debut, the interwebs haters have had a LOT to say about the dance moves that accompanied her (feels-tastic) new single "Green Light." Spoiler alert: They haven't exactly been kind about her uninhibited hairography.

But I disagree with the Internet's analysis, and here's why: I proudly fall into the subcategory of trained dancers whose real-life dance-floor moves are, uh, not quite as smooth as our performances of set choreography. I totally recognized myself in epic moments like the Emotional Solo Mosh:

That old standby, the Don't Touch Me I'm Fabulous:

Don't ever forget the Oops Did I Get Too Crazy There?

When in doubt, there's always the Super Subtle Shimmy:

At the end of the day, who actually cares what the trolls have to say? Miss Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor is feeling herself, and it's so darn relatable. (For the record though, we wouldn't at all be opposed to a future choreo collab with fellow New Zealander music/dance royalty Parris Goebel.) Keep grooving and carry on, Lorde.

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to 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.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!

Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?


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Would that we could all live in Taylor Swift's Pride-topia, booty-popping with Todrick Hall and sharing snow cones with Adam Rippon in our rainbow-flag-bedecked RV park. But much as we're loving "You Need to Calm Down" and other similarly upbeat celebrations of Pride month, this is also a time to recognize the battles the members of the LGBTQIA+ community have fought—and are still fighting. That's one of the reasons why "I'm Gay," a new dance video by Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys, is so important.

The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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