Please Enjoy Serena Williams' Epic Beyoncé Dance Video
Sooooo we want to be best friends with Serena Williams.
For many, many reasons. I mean, yes, it would be amazing to have a world-champion tennis player in our posse. We'd obviously love to hear her workout tips, because that body is a work of ART. But mostly she just seems like a lot of fun. And apparently she's also kind of a fantastic dancer?
Let's back up for a second. The reason we and the rest of the world are swooning over Williams right now is because she's featured on Vogue's April 2015 cover. It's a gorgeous image, of course, but it's a also a really big deal—she's the first black female athlete to appear solo on the cover.
Here's the cover. In case you didn't believe us when we said it was gorge.
And how did Williams celebrate? By making a music video to Beyoncé's "7/11." You know, as one does, when one is the Beyoncé of tennis.
The result is funny and silly and full of pretty legit dancing. (Those pirouettes at :48 though!) And of all the "7/11" choreography we've seen, it makes by far the best use of the lyrics "smack it in the air." TENNIS!
Now excuse us while we daydream about a sunshiney unicorn rainbow world in which Beyoncé, Williams and little Heaven from "Ellen" all dance to this song together.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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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."
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Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
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