People always talk about the communicative power of contemporary dance, about the way it lets dancers channel their emotions into movement. But I think hip hop is equally great for storytelling. It can be subtler and wittier than other styles, which is often just as effective when you're trying to convey aspects of character.
Case in point: Ed Sheeran's video for "Don't," starring hip-hop phenom Phillip Chbeeb, who may or may not be superhuman. Over the course of the song, Phillip evolves from a shirtless down-on-his-luck dude to a mogul in a designer suit—and somehow, he manages to transform his movement to reflect each step he takes up in the world. It's unlike pretty much any other music video I've seen. (Oh, and never fear, ladies: Ed Sheeran himself makes a cameo at 2:00.)
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.
When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.