Darius Hickman and Magda Fialek performing on "So You Think You Can Dance" (Adam Rose/FOX)
With every audition comes its fair share of nerves. The stakes are high, and dancers strive for perfection. But even pros with super-successful careers make mistakes. These five dancers tell us all about their biggest audition mishaps—and how they pushed through.
Y'all, it's time to call a spade a spade: The first month of any New Year kind of sucks. It's way too cold, you're probs failing at one or two of those ambitious resolutions, and spring (with its exciting performing opportunities) feels so very far away. And yet, in the midst of so much darkness, a hero has emerged. His name is Donté Colley, and you're about to double-tap every single thing he's ever posted.
Kevin Hart takes first position with members of L.A. Ballet (via YouTube)
You could say that a perk of dancing with Los Angeles Ballet is its proximity to Hollywood. It's no wonder, then, that when actor and comedian Kevin Hart was looking for someone to teach ballet lessons for his new "What the Fit" YouTube show, he reached out to the nearby company. The series follows Hart and his celebrity friends as they try different forms of exercise (such as sumo wrestling and goat yoga), with hilarious results. For his ballet episode, Hart brings along Hangover star Ken Jeong—and the dancers do their best to keep these madcap comedians under control.
Swift in her latest "Making of a Song" episode (via Youtube)
Taylor Swift is #blessed in many ways: She's got a great voice, insane song writing skills, and, to quote her new hit single, she's "Gorgeous." She is not, however, blessed in the dance department. But that doesn't stop her from busting out the occasional dance move. In fact, Swift likes to playfully show off her less-than-stellar dancing, be it in her music videos (hello, "Shake It Off") or at music award shows. So we weren't surprised when during the latest episode of her "Making of a Song" series for AT&T, she unveiled a new endearingly awkward maneuver, which she's dubbed the "dolphin body roll"—and it practically had friend and producer Jack Antonoff rolling on the floor!🤣
Not only are the Mamma Mia! triple-threats super-hilarious, the video gives us an exclusive backstage tour of the show's Broadway theater. We're taken through the stage door into the dressing rooms, quick-change areas, the orchestra pit—and even a rehearsal space where some of the show's dancers work it for a fabulous dance break! Check it out below—the goofiness will totally make your day!
In need of a new laugh-out-loud YouTube series to keep you entertained for hours? Enter, Kid Snippets. This series of videos have been making the rounds online for a few months now, and they’re amazingly hilarious!
How it works: Little kids talk about stuff, then grownups act out a scene to their voices. Scenarios range from eating lunch to playing basketball to going on a first date. Not surprisingly, my favorite episode is “Dance Class,” which involves a ballet teacher giving instructions to a reluctant student.
Why it’s hilarious: the epic debate over what’s more awesome than a pirouette, the creation of new ballet “The Nut Swan” (that apparently involves Kung-Fu) and so much more! See for yourself:
Proposal flash mobs are so last year… The coolest new wedding trend is clearly dancing through your honeymoon. No, Larry and Abbey Plawecki are not trained dancers, but that didn’t stop these newlyweds from busting a move all across Europe, creating a fun and hilarious video montage for their families. And they weren’t messing around. The number of countries they visited in 18 days (6!) was almost as impressive as the number of dance styles they pulled off. Here are a few of my favorites:
“The Lawnmower” in Monterosso, Italy
“Thriller” in Pisa, Italy
“The Macarena” in Paris, France
Ballet in London, England
“Call Me Maybe” in The Netherlands
“Superman” in Munich, Germany
“The Running Man” in Dublin, Ireland
After watching their honeymoon antics, I just really want to be friends with these people. Check out the full video here, and get ready to laugh and dance along:
Few things excite us more in the Dance Spirit office than Newsies on Broadway. Seriously, we're obsessed. Which was why our day in Brooklyn shooting four of the Newsies dancers for DS's July/August cover story was one of the best days ever! Sure, it was freezing, but the boys found some pretty creative ways to stay warm. (An impromptu ballet barre on that fence? Let's do it! A warm cookie from that bakery? On it!) Plus, their stories from backstage (including some clever pranks) kept us laughing for hours. Sad you couldn't be there with us? Well, you don't have to be, because we captured it in an exclusive behind-the-scenes video!
Happy Friday! Here's a little bit of happiness to take you into the weekend. This kid's got it all: the rockin' moves, the larger than life personality, the adorable outfit, the use of the stage, the (almost) perfect lip syncing, the super cool poses... and he's two!