These Gorg Videos of Celebs Dancing at the Met Gala Are Everything
You haven't really lived until you've seen Jaden Smith, Rihanna, and Cardi B grooving in their gala finery. (via Instagram)
When you hear "Met Gala," do you think "choreography"? Probably not—unless we're talking about the "choreo" required to maneuver the insane trains many of the attendees wear around the red carpet.
But this year, the geniuses at
Vogue—hosts of the annual extravaganza, a high-fashion benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute—decided that they wanted the gala to involve a little more dancing. (Which was fitting: The theme was "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," and what better way to showcase the celeb guests' own heavenly bodies than through dance?) So they brought in the brilliant Mette Towley, aka the dancer from the "Lemon" video, to act as movement director for the evening. As the parade of celebs made their way off the red carpet, Towley and director Bardia Zeinali captured them grooving their way through some of the Met's most iconic exhibits. And then, of course, they posted all the fabulous footage to Insta.
Seriously—you haven't really lived until you've seen Rihanna twirling in a pearl-encrusted pope hat to Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus," or Jaden Smith moonwalking through the Greek and Roman statue gallery. 💯 💯 💯
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list: