In case you haven't heard, "Step Up: High Water" is returning for a second season. Yay! In fact, production for the 10-episode, hourlong series is currently underway in Atlanta, GA. As if we weren't already excited enough, check out who's returning for Season 2—and all the stars who'll be entering the "High Water" universe for the very first time.
Jade Chynoweth on "I Could Never Be" (Screenshot via YouTube)
Last week, commercial-dance golden girl Jade Chynoweth appeared as the special guest on "I Could Never Be," an online video/podcast series dedicated to interviews with famous folks, focusing on the challenges these celebs overcame on their way to their current level of success.
Jade Chynoweth at her January 2017 cover shoot (Photo by Joe Toreno)
Here at Dance Spirit, we have a special tradition of asking our cover stars to whip out their most explosive, amazing, gravity-defying tricks—their "power moves"—at the end of the photo shoot. The result? An amazing collection of videos featuring everything from Italian fouettés to backwards worms. Below, we rounded up our 5 favorites, but be sure to catch the rest over on our YouTube channel!
Often, Disney princesses get flak for being weak and passive as they wait to be rescued by their princes. But Scott Winn's video of Belle and Elsa breaking it down in a fierce dance battle gives these princesses some serious street cred.
It doesn't hurt that a few of the best dancers in the biz are featured in the playful parody. "Step Up: High Water" star Jade Chynoweth might initially be hard to recognize under that Belle wig, but once the dancing starts, her high energy and show-stopping moves make her easy to identify. And "Glee" standout Haylee Roderick, as Anna, brings some high-caliber technique to the spoof as well.
(From left) Sean Lew, Zack Venegas and Richard "Swagg" Curtis in Brian Friedman's combo to Haiku Hands' "Not About You" (via YouTube)
What happens when legend Brian Friedman teaches at WilldaBeast and Janelle Ginestra's fabulous IMMA SPACE? A merging of the B Free and ImmaBEAST tribes that includes a mind-boggling number of A-list Hollywood dancers. Ryan Parma was there to capture the whole thing on film, and the result is basically the class video to end all class videos.
Jade Chynoweth in WilldaBeast's "Freedom" video (via Instagram)
Have you been intrigued by WilldaBeast Adams' recent string of posts teasing a new Beyoncé project? Well, the video dropped this morning on thebeastnetwork.com. It sends a powerful message—and comes with a challenge.
Jade Chynoweth in the "Step Up: High Water" trailer (via YouTube)
In case you were wondering whether Channing and Jenna Dewan Tatum knew how to cast a dance show, surprise! THEY DO, GUYS. And the new trailer for the upcoming series "Step Up: High Water," which #TeamTatum is executive producing, proves it.
Jade Chynoweth and the cast of "Step Up: High Water" (via @stepupseries on Instagram)
Bless Channing and Jenna Dewan Tatum for understanding that our Step Up love burns with a flame that will never die. It's just been announced that the magical twosome are executive producing "Step Up: High Water," a new series based on the Step Up franchise coming to YouTube Red this fall. And as you'd expect of a Tatum family production, the dancing looks like it's going to be very, very legit.
Remember when getting a selfie/making a dance video in the Rain Room was the coolest of cool-kid things to do? Now there's a fabulous new place to create Instagram magic: The Attention Room, an immersive exhibit in L.A. promoting Charlie Puth's newest single, "Attention." It's basically a big black box filled with crazy LED projections that make you look like you're suspended in a disco queen's re-imagining of deep space.
We'll always love watching Janelle Ginestra's harder-hitting choreo. But there's something special about her newest video, which is less about slaying and more about FEELING. (Well, feeling while slaying. Ginestra's never not slaying.)
As soon as Beyoncé dropped the internet-breaking "Formation" video—complete with epic choreo by Dana Foglia, JaQuel Knight and Chris Grant—you could practically hear choreographers around the world dropping everything to work on "Formation" routines of their own.
But you probably weren't expecting those routines to be QUITE as good as WilldaBeast's "Formation" creation.
Then again, do we expect anything less than perfection from WilldaBeast these days? Because that's exactly what his spin on the instant Bey classic delivers: take-no-prisoners, make-no-excuses perfection.
Are your #SundayScaries in full swing? Need some insanely talented dancers to tide you over until the Super Bowl Halftime show later tonight? Well, you're in luck because Willdabeast and Tim Milgram just dropped a new class video. And it features two all-star DS cover stars. And it's set to Missy Elliott's "I'm Better," so it truly doesn't get better than that. The amount of #winning in this video pretty much speaks for itself, so do yourself a favor and watch Jade Chynoweth, Kaycee Rice and Zack Venegas absolutely slay: