Everyone loves the multitalented Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler. Everyone loves Olympic figure skater (and pop-culture icon) Adam Rippon. Everyone loves when dancers ice-skate, and vice versa. So what could possibly be more lovable than the latest episode of the YouTube show "Break the Ice with Adam Rippon," in which Rippon teaches the sisters Ziegler to skate? (Nothing. NOTHING is more lovable than this freakishly cute video.)
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Need yet another reason to be ridiculously excited about "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors"? The latest iteration of the ballroom series, which features celeb kids performing with junior pros, will debut October 7th on ABC. And if you weren't already planning on tuning in (ha. ha.), this morning's news might change your mind: We just found out which industry stars will be judging the series, and they are literally three of our favorite people in the dance universe.
Wanna hear something mind-blowing? Last night marked the second week of the latest "Dancing with the Stars: Athletes." That means we're already HALF WAY through Season 26.
Let that sink in.
This means we get only a few more weeks to watch Adam Rippon absolutely slay on the dance floor (which he did again last night). 😭 (We're not ok, either.) Things are moving fast around here, people! So fast that another TWO couples were eliminated last night. But we'll get to that later.
Excuse us for a sec—we're still recovering from extreme whiplash.
Approximately five minutes after we watched the 10 couples of "Dancing with the Stars: Athletes" perform for the first time, we were forced to say goodbye to two of those dynamic duos. During the premiere.
Such are the perils of this accelerated, 4-week season of "DWTS." But on the plus side, Olympic figure skaters make darn good ballroom dancers—on the sliding reality-TV scale, at least—and since no fewer than three of them took to the ballroom floor last night, we were treated to a highly entertaining show.
Our Rippon obsession is so real. And that means that in the days since the "DWTS" cast announcement, our minds have been busy imagining all the routines we know Adam and Jenna could slay. Here are 5 numbers that'd totally impress the judges. ("DWTS" producers: You're welcome.)
Team USA is totally taking over "Dancing with the Stars" this season! Casting for the upcoming athletes-only "DWTS" cycle, which kicks off April 30, was just announced. And the roster includes a whole bunch of Olympic favorites—including not one, not two, but three figure-skating standouts.
The Winter Olympics are in full swing—and we can't get enough of all things figure skating. The skill, the technique, the glamorous costumes: What's not to love about this elegant sport? And while their perfectly choreographed performances look amazing on the ice, we think some of these insanely graceful artists could kill it onstage, too.
Here are 6 skaters we hope will make their dancing debuts soon.
We've always loved the expressive power of figure skating, with its compelling combination of athleticism and artistry. And when an A-list figure skater pairs up with an A-list choreographer? That takes things to an even higher plane.
Dancer and choreographer Benji Schwimmer (you probably know him as the Season 2 winner of "So You Think You Can Dance") has been friends with champion figure skater Adam Rippon for years. But it was only recently that the two of them decided to collaborate. Rippon competed a new routine by Schwimmer this past weekend at Skate America, set to the type of music we're more used to hearing in convention ballrooms: Coldplay's "O (Fly On)." Playing on the lyrics about a "flock of birds" with wing-like arm movements, it seems to both riff on The Dying Swan and elegantly invert the old stereotype of women figure skaters performing Odette-like choreography to the Swan Lake score. And it prioritizes shape and gesture and musicality in a way that many skating routines don't.
The result is kind of magical. Usually we get nervous watching figure skating, but Schwimmer's choreography is so engrossing that we were able let it carry us away, rather than worrying about whether or not Rippon was going to land all those nail-bitingly difficult jumps. (Spoiler alert: He falls right off the bat. It doesn't matter.)
Watch the whole performance, which helped earn Rippon the bronze, below. It's just the kind of inspiration we all need this #MotivationMonday.