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It seems like every other day, another fab Willdabeast or Janelle Ginestra project hits the internet. And every other day, we fall in love with the choreographic geniuses all over again.

The latest project to stoke our WilldaNestra obsession? A New York Fashion Week video the duo choreographed for Vogue. It's an awesomely fun backstage dance party featuring Korean pop star CL, celebrating the close of NYFW.

The vid's a whirlwind mash-up of amazing dancers (including former PULSE Elite Protégé Elyssa Cueto, vogueing icon Javier Ninja, and our April 2015 Cover Model Search Editors' Choice winner Kerrynton Jones) and strutting modelsall sporting the trendiest of outfits, naturally. It's the stuff that dance/fashion dreams are made of. Plus, videographer/director Tim Milgram was involved, so it's no wonder the finished product is pure #perfection.

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Hey guys! Have you heard that Balmain is doing a collection for H&M?

Yes, yes you have. Because the Balmain x H&M clothes look ridiculously amazing, and the H&M promotional machine has been hyping the collaboration nonstop.You're already counting the days (that'd be six!) until the collection is released. You're more than ready to brave the inevitably crazy lines. You're eager for your chance to own a piece of designer Olivier Rousteing's genius.

But what does all this have to do with dance? Oh, just wait, my friends.

Since you're not excited enough about Balmain x H&M, there's a new ad out designed to get you even more stupid excited. There's some girl called Kendall Jenner in it—hey, she's so pretty, whoever she is!—but more to the point, it involves a slew of amaaaazing dancers. Including, bless the dance gods, that prince of all things vogue, Javier Ninja.

Go Ninja, go Ninja, go!

It's a little unclear exactly what's going on in the video—Kendall is battling a bunch of dancers in a futuristic subway system and Rousteing is DJing, I think? But however fuzzy the plot, Normann Shay's choreography is 100 percent on point, and the clothes look fantastic, and Kendall even vogues a little bit. She's not bad!


Happy Friday, y'all. After you've obsessed over the finished commercial, watch the behind-the-scenes video, which makes it look like the set was one big dance party. (Of course it was.)

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It's a fact: We at Dance Spirit cannot get enough of dancing animal videos. (Examples A and B—and take a peek inside your April issue for our cutest round-up ever,"Puppy Love," with dancers and their dancing pooches.)

So imagine our glee when we discovered a new video, this time with the exotic peacock spider bustin' a move. OK, fine—it's really a mating call to female spiders, not a real "dance" per se. But watch the 'lil furry guy in action! (And if you don't love spiders, consider yourself warned, and skip to what's below the clip.)

Javier Ninja, photo by Erin Baiano for DS


Remind you of anything? The tick-tick-tick staccato motion totally made me think of Javier Ninja, the world-renowned vogue dancer from the Legendary House of Ninja. Of course, put the two in a dance battle and spidey would totally get schooled by Javier. In fact, the new-way-voguer typically takes home the top prize in major competitions, including the House Dance International Championships. He's performed not only on super-sized Superbowl stages with Madonna, but also in major concert dance venues—at the Joyce Theater in Doug Elkins' work Scott, Queen of Marys, and at NYC's downtown Danspace with fellow voguer Archie Burnett. Before Javier was named a 2014 Dance Magazine "25 to Watch," Dance Spirit asked the master to explain just what exactly vogueing is. His demonstration is to die for:


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