We're all in this together, amirite? (Photo by Fred Hayes/Disney Channel)
It's hard to believe it's been almost nine years (WUT) since Troy and Gabriella won our hearts in Disney Channel's High School Musical. #Throwback to the epic hallway flash mobs, the intense basketball choreo, the emotional romance...ahh, such memories. But these days, the hallways of East High are serving a slightly different purpose.
Here's the scoop: Dream team Scott Winn and Brenden Bytheway (aka Scott & Brendo, the guys who brought us the "Stormtrooper Twerk" and the "Harry Potter vs. Twilight Dance Battle") were searching for a place to shoot their latest project, "High School Dance Battle: Geeks vs. Cool Kids." HSM's old stomping grounds seemed a natural fit. But while this blast of nostalgia sure is lovely, it's not the main reason we're obsessed with this video. You guys, the dance is sooo good.
It should be no surprise: The man behind the moves is choreographer Jason Celaya, who collaborated with Scott & Brendo on "Stormtroopers" and "Harry Potter vs. Twilight." He's also responsible for "The World's Largest Treadmill Dance," so you know he does it big. To pump up the dance power even more, they've got Chachi Gonzales leading the cool kids and Jade Chynoweth repin' the geeks. So, yeah, you know you want to watch this.
#FlashbackFriday to summer, when we were all jamming out to Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass." OK...so I may or may not have listened to it on the way to work this morning (#nojudgement). You just gotta love a song that celebrates positive body image! Plus, it's so. darn. catchy.
This week, we got another dose of Trainor's '50s-inspired bubblegum sass with the release of her newest music video, "Lips Are Movin'." It's got everything we've come to expect from the singer: doo-wop dance moves, mod fashion, pink-galore and plenty of booty. But Trainor pulled out some secret weapons this time around. You may have heard of Larry and Laurent Bourgeois, aka Les Twins...
D'aww, brotherly love.
...If you haven't heard of these French phenoms of commercial dance, we're no longer friends. JK. (But actually—go watch all of their YouTube videos immediately.) The whole collaboration came out of Trainor's partnership with HP's #bendtherules campaign, which brought stars from YouTube, Instagram and Vine to the set of the music video. Check out the final product, and see which other celebs you can pick out:
A poster for a previous episode of "Avengers of Xtreme Illusions," also featuring Chachi Gonzales (via wfaxi.com)
Allow me to introduce you to the greatest thing ever.
The web series "Avengers of Extreme Illusions" (AXI) is the brainchild of Shawn Welling—dancer, choreographer, instructor, filmmaker, writer, photographer and actor extraordinaire. Welling is also the founder of Planet Funk Academy, a mecca for urban dance training in Houston, TX, and home to Season 6 winners of "America's Best Dance Crew" I.aM.mE. Phew.
But I digress. Back to the web series: Welling unleashed the first episode of "AXI" back in 2011. The series, which is now in its third season, is sort of "Once Upon a Time" meets "The Twilight Zone" meets insanely good hip hop—with a Tim Burton-esque quality that's just creepy enough. The series features the uber-talented members of I.aM.Me crew—including Phillip "Pacman" Chbeeb, Olivia "Chachi" Gonzales and Emilio "Millie" Dosal—plus other DS faves. (Les Twins, anyone?)
Welling recently dropped the latest episode of Season 3. "Gift" stars Chachi as the innocent but curious Zoe Croft. Zoe finds a mysterious camera that transports her back in time to a Paris ruin, where she meets a phantom piano player, whose face and hands have been disfigured by fire. The story plays out like a hip-hop version of Beauty and the Beast that replaces true love's kiss with sick dancing—and we're totally OK with that. Enjoy!