If Jenna Dewan has taught us anything these past few months, it's that dancing can truly heal the soul. Shortly after she and Channing Tatum split (and hearts around the world collectively broke), Dewan released a beautifully emotional video of herself dancing on a beach at sunset. It was pure, raw catharsis, and proof that the best way to handle your feelings is to dance through them. Now, in Harper's Bazaar, Dewan is dancing again—this time with a little help from a lot of sequins, fishnets, and shoulder pads.
Given that we're still processing our own sadness about the recent dissolution of the couple formerly known as #TeamTatum, we can only imagine how many feelings Jenna Dewan must be feeling. But like all dancers, Dewan knows the best way to deal with big emotions is to dance through them.
It's almost too good: To celebrate "Step Up: High Water" premiering on YouTube Red, producer Jenna Dewan-Tatum decided to share footage of her audition for the ORIGINAL Step Up movie. As in, a circa 2005 tape of baby Jenna showing off some impressive moves—and some impressive chemistry with baby Channing Tatum.
It is all kinds of d'awwwwww. And it is all kinds of obvious that the two young'uns have all kinds of real-life couple potential. 💘 💘 💘
It's the day we've all been waiting for—"Step Up; High Water" has officially launched on YouTube, and everything about this series (from the dancing to the drama) is completely #savage. The show captures all the elements that made us fall in love with the original "Step Up" almost eleven years ago, while also introducing fresh and exciting new components.
We especially love how the creators use the show to shine a spotlight on real life issues teens struggle with, that aren't always addressed in mainstream media. Characters deal with everything from disabilities to coming to terms with their sexual orientation and finding self-acceptance. Creating a dance series that incorporates such weighty subject matter also adds another dimension to the dancing.
This is not a drill: The 2006 classic Step Up—the dancetastic movie that inspired a series and, perhaps more importantly, marked the beginning of Channing and Jenna Dewan Tatum's magical relationship—is returning to movie theaters for one night only. I repeat: THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
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.
The long, looooong countdown to the premiere of NBC's "World of Dance" is almost over, friends: Just 20 more sleeps until May 30, when we get to see its sure-to-be-fabulousness. And to get everybody EVEN MORE hyped about the show, exec producer Jennifer Lopez and fellow "WOD"-ers Jenna Dewan Tatum, Derek Hough and Ne-Yo have invited all dance lovers to take the #WorldOfDanceChallenge.
It's pretty simple, as these challenges go: Film yourself/your crew dancing the snippet of choreo in the vid below, set to J.Lo's "On the Floor." Upload it, using the #WorldOfDanceChallenge hashtag. Watch the show to see if your clip makes the master compilation video. Enjoy 15 minutes of social media fame/a lifetime of bragging rights if it does.
Oh hi guys! Would you like an early holiday present? Because it looks like the Tatum family is about to give us one heck of an amazing dance gift.
Tatum as in Channing and Jenna Dewan, of course—the couple that's held fairly significant real estate in my heart ever since they Step Up-ed into it back in 2006. (2006!!) They're just so talented. And so pretty. And so...delightful.
Channing and Jenna are living proof that the couple that dances together, stays together. And on January 7, they're going to make all our Step Up-fueled fantasies come true when they do a "Tatum Takeover" of Spike's "Lip Sync Battle."
You know what that means: IT'S TATUM DANCE-OFF TIME.
In case you're wondering why I positioned this as an early holiday gift, given that the episode doesn't air until several days into the new year, feast your eyes upon the delicious promo below, which the dynamic duo blessed us with yesterday.
I spy Jenna getting her Magic Mike on. I spy Channing as Elsa from Frozen. (Oh, little Everly Tatum is gonna be one happy girl.) I spy host Chrissy Teigen responding to the showdown in the only appropriate fashion: by totally and completely losing it.
Enjoy, and set your DVRs for Thursday, January 7 at 10/9c!
I know you're excited about Monday night's monster "So You Think You Can Dance" finale.
Frankly, I'm pretty sure you've already planned your viewing party, which will begin at approximately 10 am tomorrow, when you commence binge-viewing all the previous weeks' episodes, and conclude in Tuesday's wee hours, after you and your dance friends have finished freaking out over the finale itself. (May the force be with you, intrepid "SYT" superfans. Remember to hydrate!)
But I have three words that are going to get you even more hyped for Monday's festivities: JENNA DEWAN TATUM.
Remember a few weeks ago, when we heard that the lovely Dewan Tatum had done a duet with Travis Wall at the Dizzy Feet Foundation Celebration of Dance Gala? And then proceeded to lose our minds after seeing a clip of the performance, which looked really, really good?
No? Let me refresh your memory:
Well, we just got word that JDT and TWall will be reprising their partnership during the "SYT" finale episode. And I kind of hope they'll be dancing the same duet. Because the little taste we got in the video? It was not enough. NOT ENOUGH, I SAY. I mean:
(photo Angela Weiss/Getty)
Yes. More of that. I want to see more of that.
I also maybe want to see Channing Tatum supporting his fabulous wifey from the audience. Or...you know...joining her onstage? I CAN DREAM, DARNIT.
Tune to Fox at 8 pm Monday for all the goodness!
Waiting for Jennifer Lopez's "World of Dance" to premiere is like waiting for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. On the one hand, the anticipation is part of the fun; on the other, OMG SANTA[/J. LO] JUST GET HERE ALREADY.
We're beyond excited to see what amazingness the NBC show, set to air this spring, has in store for us. And that's only more true now that we've heard the latest "WOD" details. Here's what you need to know:
-And J. Lo herself will also wear several hats: judge, mentor and executive producer. Busy lady.
-Solo dancers will compete alongside duos and crews. Interesting!
-Dance categories will include hip hop, krumping, popping, locking, ballet, breakdancing, ballroom and stomping. Sounds like there'll be more people repping #TeamStreet than #TeamStage.
-The dancers have already been selected. Which means we officially can't audition, sadface.
-The prize, as we've mentioned, will be $1 million dollars. But we're mentioning it again, because ONE. MILLION. DOLLARS.
-And the champion will be called "Best in the World." Fancy!
-There's a brand-new preview out. Take a look:
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We keep getting bite-sized pieces of news about Jennifer Lopez's new show, "World of Dance," for NBC, each tidbit more delicious than the last. But the latest info? It's less "delicious tidbit" and more "EPIC FEAST." Because the latest info is that J. Lo has brought on none other than Jenna Dewan Tatum—Danskin model, "Lip Sync Battle" genius and your Step Up forever love—to host.
Take a second and let that amazingness sink in.
Lopez made the announcement in a series of cool-kid Instagram posts, showing her hanging out with JDT and previously announced judges Derek Hough and Ne-Yo:
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Don't worry, guys: Dewan Tatum will still have her own dance show on NBC (and Channing Tatum will still be involved in that project). Yes, that was our first question when we heard this news, too. Turns out NBC just loves 'em some Jenna. (Same.)
We'll let you know more about both shows as we hear it. Here's hoping for lots of fabulous press releases via Insta in the near future.
About a month ago, we let you know that Jenna Dewan Tatum—dancer, movie star, dance-show producer, scarily talented lip-syncer and one half of the couple that embodies EVERY SINGLE ONE of our relationship #goals—was the new face of Danskin. And as if those words weren't enough to get us squee-level excited, the sneak-peek photos looked like this:
Jenna Dewan Tatum just may have the best. life. ever.
And now, the 35-year-old actress can add model and brand rep to her list of credentials: She's the new face of Danskin!
(Photo by Monica May via Danskin)
"My mom reminded me, when I was four years old, starting a community dance class on the weekends and I had to wear a black leotard and pink tights," Dewan Tatum told PeopleStyle on the set of her ad campaign shoot. "She got me a Danskin black little cap sleeve leotard and pink tights—that’s kind of why I jumped at this offer. I love Danskin—I’ve been wearing it for literally 30 years."
Also adorable? Dewan Tatum says 3-year-old Everly is a budding ballerina herself. (Not surprising, considering her parents met on the set of one of the best dance movies ever.) "She has a leotard. The first thing she said to me today when she saw me on set, 'Mommy, you're wearing a leotard like me.' We have a plethora of tutus. Name the color and the sparkle and we have," Dewan Tatum told PeopleStyle. "We started her in dance class and it was too structured for her. She really likes to be free and do her own thing—she's her own little spirit. She likes a good dance, [but] the pressure is on or the attention is on, she's like 'No.' To look at her in a leotard and tutu makes my heart melt, but I'm really conscious not to push it on her."
Check out that relevé! (Photo by Monica May via Danskin)
Solid skills, a hot husband, a cute kid, a modeling gig with the OG of dance brands and a level head when it comes to parenting? Keep living your best life, JDT.
Here's a delightful development, which makes so much sense we're actually shocked it didn't happen years ago:
NBC has greenlit a dance competition project headed by dancer/actress/expert Paula Abdul lip-syncer Jenna Dewan-Tatum, who'll serve as a judge and mentor for the series. And her hubby Channing, one of our favorite interpreters of the Beyoncé ouevre? Oh, yes: He'll appear on the show, too.
AND EVERY EPISODE WILL OPEN WITH A RE-ENACTMENT OF THIS STEP UP SCENE. (Ideally.)
We don't know a whole lot more about the as-yet-untitled project. But honestly, those snippets of info alone are enough to get all of us #TeamTatum 'shippers on board. (For the three or so of you who aren't yet obsessed with The Family Tatum—may we refer you to this, this and, oh goodness, THIS?)
More to come as we hear it, obviously!
When we first heard that power couple Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum were going to duke it out on the season premiere of Lip Sync Battle in a #TatumTakeover, we knew we were in for some pretty great moments. But we had no idea it would be this amazing.
Just a little healthy marital competition. (screenshot via Spike online)
Seriously, guys, this is going down in television history.
The episode, which premiered last night, is filled with so many quality dance moments and #RelationshipGoals it’s hard to keep track. The duo pulled out all. the. stops.
The highlights breaking the Internet today:
Jenna straight-up killing her routine to “Cold Hearted” by Paula Abdul. The singer herself made a surprise appearance (!) and danced to the second half of the song.
Can you say girl power? (screenshot via Spike online)
Jenna’s recreation of a Magic Mike scene to Ginuwine’s “Pony.” Naturally, she got her hubby in on the action.
Yaaaaaas girl. (screenshot via Spike online)
The best part? Channing couldn't stop laughing. (screenshot via Spike online)
Channing’s amazing “Run the World (Girls)” performance, which started with a hilarious moment atop a horse and ended with an appearance by none other than Queen Bey herself—she pulled out a few moves (and a few hair flips) with Channing at the end of the song. I meannnnnnnnnn, does it get better than that?!
Those contoured cheekbones. That wig. Those knee high boots. (screenshot via Spike online)
BOW DOWN. (screenshot via Spike online)
Jenna’s reaction to seeing Beyoncé strut out and dance with her man pretty much sums up the night perfectly:
Us too, girl. Us too. (screenshot via Spike online)
Missed the epic episode? Head over to Spike online to watch the whole thing—or, if you want to get right to the good stuff, check out the video of the “Pony” and “Run the World (Girls)” moments below.