Imagine you'd never danced a day in your life, and then you woke up one morning and said, "Let's do it." Who would you call to guide you through this new, foreign world? Kyle Hanagami, obviously—which is exactly what Ashly Perez, a video personality and producer at BuzzFeed, did. Perez recruited Hanagami to turn her into the dancer she always wanted to be. The catch? She'd never danced a step. The second catch? He had 30 days.
Every ballet dancer knows the time, sweat, and occasional tears the art form demands. But many non-dancers are clueless about just how much work a ballet dancer puts into perfecting his or her dancing. So when the mainstream crowd recognizes our crazy work ethic, we'll accept the round of applause any way it comes—even if it comes via four men in tutus. Yep, we're talking about "The Try Guys Try Ballet" video.
I don't know what Buzzfeed's connection to Center Stage is, and frankly, I don't care. Because whatever cosmic force is driving the site's writers to put out post after brilliant post about the Greatest Movie of Our Times is obviously a force for good.
The awesomeness started back in 2013, with "26 Steps to Becoming an Amazing Dancer as Told by Center Stage." So. Perfect. (TURNOUT, JODY!)
Then there was "20 Times Center Stage Was Truthful, According to Ballet 422," which showed a bunch of delicious little parallels between every bunhead's favorite fictional ballet film and every bunhead's new favorite ballet documentary. (I especially love the Charlie–Justin Peck comparison, which I kind of can't believe I didn't think of myself.)
Back in September, we got "Why Center Stage Was the Best Movie of 2000." That may sound like a silly idea (I mean forget 2000, it's the best movie of all time), but in actuality the post was rather insightful, particularly in its recognition of the two greatest quick changes EVER:
And now we have "How Well Do You Know Center Stage?", the perfect little #TBT quiz. Obviously, you need to take it immediately. But be forewarned: If you don't get a perfect score on this thing, we are officially not friends. It's delightful, but it's JV-level Center Stage trivia, and any self-respecting dance obsessive NEEDS TO BE ON THE VARSITY TEAM. K?
My results, of course. #primaballerina
(All GIFs and images via Buzzfeed)
Oh my gosh, you guys. This. THIS FOR EVER AND EVER.
Sorry—had a cuteness blackout for a second there. Backing up!
Allison Holker and Stephen "tWitch" Boss, aka The World's Most Perfect Married Couple, have been having a lot of fun over at BuzzFeed recently. And in Allison and tWitch land, "having a lot of fun" translates to "reenacting famous dance movies in photos and gifs."
Sounds amazing, right? Well, it looks AMAZINGER. Here's just a taste of the amazingness:
Wait—it gets even better:
(All images/gifs via BuzzFeed)
For the full shebang, head over to BuzzFeed. And why are tWitchison bestowing these beautiful gif(t)s upon us right now? That'd be because both Allison and tWitch are about to perform as All-Stars on "So You Think You Can Dance," and tWitch is also starring in the upcoming Step Up All In, in theaters August 8. Those underachievers.
(Can't get enough of Hollywood dance power couples? Have we got treats for you.)
Allow Philip "PacMan" Chbeeb ("So You Think You Can Dance," Step Up Revolution and the upcoming Step Up: All In) to hypnotize you with his hands:
Or perhaps with his fingers:
OK, you can wake up now! Today, we're taking a minute to get excited about tutting, which we think is pretty darn impressive.
Recently, BuzzFeed celebrated the increasing popularity of tutting (aka "a really weird hypnotic hand dance") on Vine. And yesterday, they introduced us to two tutting teens who are pretty passionate about their art:
Now let tWitch Boss and Hayley Erbert teach you how it's done:
OK, Buzzfeed, we're still a little upset with you for ragging on Center Stage. But we've got to hand it to you: "A Student Spent Three Months Dancing Across China to a Bruno Mars Song" is quite a treasure.
Thank you for introducing us to this guy (aka Jake Gaba, aka our new favorite person):
Jake Gaba is a student who spent 100 days in China studying Mandarin. He wanted to document his journey and felt that still shots weren't enough. So instead, he filmed himself dancing to Bruno Mars' "Treasure" throughout the country. The result? Epic:
Can't handle his awesomeness? Walk away. Just walk away.
Hey, Buzzfeed: We have a bit of a bone to pick with you.
This is rare for us. We are usually big fans of the sweet, sweet procrastination your listicles provide. And in the past you have done very, very right by dancers.
But this week, Buzzfeed, you took things a little too far. You published a piece called "12 Dance Movies That Are Still Amazing Despite Their Terrible Plots."
OK. Look. We will agree with you that the You Got Served plot is, perhaps, a bit thin. We'll even give you Honey, though we will happily watch it every time a cable channel plays it at 2 pm on a Sunday. (Jessica Alba's abs are plot enough.)
But guys: Why is Step Up on this list? Why is Dirty Dancing on this list? WHY IS CENTER STAGE ON THIS LIST?
There are some dance movies that we just refuse to hear anything negative about—even if the criticism is made with love. Especially Center Stage, The Greatest Dance Movie of Our Times.
Forget Margot Fonteyn and her feet: Center Stage may not have great dialogue, but when Center Stage is on screen, you can't tear your eyes away from it.
Are we clear? Good. Now let's get back to being best friends, Buzzfeed. We really need you this week.
I was always weirded out by the fact that none of my non-dancer friends understood the appeal of ballet guys.
"But they wear tights," was the response I usually got to my high school locker full of danseur photos. (No, really—I did that. You would've been friends with me, right?)
Well, yeah they wear tights. All the better to show off those gorgeous legs, obviously.
Ballet men are elite athletes—their bodies are their entire lives. Of course they're smokin' hot! Plus they're artists, so, you know, they have that sensitive thing going for them too. What's not to like?
Thank you, Buzzfeed, for backing me—and pretty much every other ballet fan—up here. Yesterday the meme-generating site put up a post titled "37 Dreamy Ballet Boys You'll Want to Dance With." And, uh, it's a pretty good list.
Click here for the full post. Happy Friday, everyone!