If anyone's going to demonstrate how to break out some fresh dance moves it might as well be Ciara. This dancing diva is working on her seventh album, and everyone knows that any great album should be served with a side of dancing. So Ciara decided to show Vogue five of her fiercest moves—and we are here for every single one of them.
Including our fave guest judge from last season, Misty Copeland! (NBC)
Have you been thinking that what NBC's "World of Dance" really needs is a bit of star power? Like, J.Lo and Derek Hough and Ne-Yo and Jenna Dewan are nice and all, but the show would benefit from some true A-listers?
LOLZ, no, of course you haven't been thinking that. But because "WOD" loves us and wants us to be even happier, the show just announced the addition of no fewer than six big names to this season's already-glittery lineup of mentors and guest judges—including some major dance-world luminaries.
We've always been impressed by Ciara's very legitdance skills. But for "Level Up," the first single she's released since 2015, the star decided to create a dance vid that is actually on another level.
How'd she do it? By recruiting choreographer extraordinaire Parris Goebel and her epic ReQuestDanceCrew. We knew "Level Up" was a banger from the second we first heard it, but by their powers combined, Ciara, Goebel, and the ReQuest dancers make it into an absolutely irresistible dance jam.
Jose Ramos' resumé reads like a VMA attendance list: Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Ciara, Diddy, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have all enlisted his incredible skills as a choreographer and dancer. With clientele like that, it's no wonder that Ramos goes by the nickname "
Hollywood." But while his life sounds like a fairytale now, Ramos had to work hard to end up in the "happily ever after" stage of his story.
OK, I know it's a little bit early for this, but I'm gonna go ahead and tell you guys my New Year's resolution: In 2015, I resolve to be half...no, a third as cool as the girls of Will "WilldaBeast" Adams' LilBeasts.
You know we've been all about the LilBeasts for a while now. So many of the hip-hop minis catching our eyes these days turn out to be WilldaBeast disciples. (Exhibit A: Taylor Hatala.) He sure has a gift for finding and cultivating swag in its earliest of stages.
So why the sudden, new-found need to declare my love and admiration for the lady LilBeasts, in particular? A couple weeks ago, WilldaBeast posted a new video to Ciara's "That's Right," featuring Sydney Rosefsky, Jordyn Jones, Tati McQuay, Kyndall Harris, Kaycee Rice and Lexee Smith. Um...it's amazing.
Got to go start practicing. 2015 is just around the corner!
Ciara recently visited Nigeria—and managed to do some authentic Nigerian dancing before heading home. The resulting video is both gorgeous and totally joyful.
Ciara posing with her dancers in Lagos, Nigeria (via @tessydenny)
In the clip, we see Ciara barefoot in the streets of Lagos, performing a dance choreographed by local star Kafayat Shafau-Ameh that incorporates traditional African styles. She's joined by her dancers Saidah Nairobi (who was recently seen killing it at the Super Bowl alongside Queen Bey) and Lilly Leithner, as well as Shafau-Ameh’s dancers Tessy Denny and Rebby Sexie.
“UNREAL!! #Dancing, Vibing, and Learning #Nigerian Dance In the Streets of #Lagos! #DolphinEstates. I Couldn’t Leave Without Doing this! The Soul, The Culture, The Passion Here Is Unreal!! Thank You For Opening Up Your Neighborhood To Me and My Dancers and Letting Us Feel Your soul! #Africa”
It's perfect #MotivationMonday viewing:
Ciara Nigerian DanceUNREAL!!#Dancing, Vibing, and Learning #Nigerian Dance In The Streets Of #Lagos! #DolphinEstates. I Couldn't Leave Without Doing This! The Soul, The Culture, The Passion Here Is Unreal!! Thank You For Opening Up Your Neighborhood To Me and My Dancers and Letting Us Feel Your soul! #Africa ❤
There was #GirlPower a plenty at the fifth annual Black Girls Rock! Awards last night. Hosted by showbiz greats Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, the event celebrated the achievements of black women in the arts and beyond, including Selma director Ava DuVernay and humanitarian Helene D. Gayle, among others.
A handful of performances paid tribute to each trailblazer: Ciara (who looked absolutely gorgeous not in pointe shoes) sang her newest hit "I Bet," and Kathy Sledge, Cheryl Lynn and Alicia Myers gave a rousing medley of "Got to Be Real," "I Want to Thank You" and "We Are Family." (Check out their backup dancers' super-groovy throwback moves—roller skates never disappoint.)
Disco balls + roller skates = '70s magic
Estelle gave the most dancer-ful performance of the evening: While she belted "Conqueror" downstage, four women gracefully moved behind a back-lit screen upstage. It was very Pilobolus-at-the-Oscars, minus the cute factor, and the result was a beautifully moving tableau. (I, for one, would love to hear this #GirlPower anthem at competitions this year—it would totally make for a fierce group routine.) Enjoy!
Black Girls Rock!, aims to promote leadership and self-empowerment of young women of color. Visit the non-profit's website to learn more, and check out a re-airing of the awards show Tuesday, April 7 on BET.