One of the best (and most challenging) things about dance is that no matter how good you are, there will always be something more you can do to improve. Dance Spirit talked to some of the biggest dance stars to find out what their hoping to work on during this next year. Between dance resolutions and "real life" resolutions these dance phenoms have their eyes on the prize and are ready to make 2019 their best year yet.
We caught up with dancing social media standouts who know how to self-promote, develop a presence, and share their experiences without letting the platforms take over their lives. Here's what they have to say about being wise social media mavens.
Guys, we gotta say it. Although the competition gets SUPER FIERCE, we really really really love The Duels. Why? Because we get to see all of our favorites from earlier in the season perform their hearts out again! Last night's episode of "World of Dance" gave us just that. And while we did lose some greats (😢), the dancing was beyond incredible. It was the Juniors, though, that really shined. Here are our highlights.
There's nothing dynamic duo Kaycee Rice and Sean Lew can't do. From dominating in class vids to qualifying on "World of Dance," this pair has taken the industry by storm. And their latest video, directed by the talented Tim Milgram and choreographed by the Emmy Award-winning Tessandra Chavez? We can't stop watching it.
This show DOES NOT MESS AROUND.
Last night's Season 2 premiere wasted no time getting down to business, diving headfirst into the first round of qualifying performances. And the seven competing acts also cut right to the chase, bringing out routines that met—and, in a couple of cases, surpassed—the super-high standard set by last season's competitors.
So, what were the highlights of a show that was essentially all highlights? Here are our three favorite performances, including a showstopping number by one act that—we're calling it now—is destined to go all the way to the finals.
It's baaaack! Season 2 of NBC's "World of Dance" will return to living rooms everywhere on May 29. Also baaaack? Well, judges Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, and Ne-Yo, and host Jenna Dewan, for starters. But some fan favorites from last season's stellar cast will also take to the show's stage again. And they'll be facing off against a slew of new competitors—although many of those faces will probably be familiar to dance-world folks, too.
Sometimes, you hear talk about an upcoming class video and it sounds too good to be real. Wait: Todrick Hall made a track featuring RuPaul, and then Todrick personally asked Brian Friedman to choreograph it, and then Brian got Maddie and Charlize and Jade and Kaycee and Sean and Gabe and Larsen and Bailey to come out for the class? I just...that can't be right. Can it?
It is right, friends. It is SO RIGHT.
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.
If you're deep in the Monday Blues, we've got just the thing for you: a Kaycee Rice Instagram takeover, with lots of special guests.
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Everything former DS cover girl Kaycee Rice touches turns to viral. From doing Nike campaigns (she has her own collection and self-designed shoe with the brand!) to performing at the Super Bowl to crushing class videos with WilldaBeast and Tricia Miranda, Kaycee's always on the move—and she's always fierce, fun, and full-out.
Oh, you knew it was coming.
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.
The video (filmed by Tim Milgram, naturally) even features one of Beyoncé's own Super Bowl ladies, the fabulous China Taylor. (Her lip-syncing skills actually give me chills.) And as always, we get to see the stylings of a whole crowd of WilldaBeast devotees, including Jade Chynoweth, Sean Lew, Will Simmons and (does she sleep??) Kaycee Rice.
Watch them slay. (They slay.) All day. (ALL DAY.)
"Whatcha gon, whatcha gon do with that dessert?"
I can't even read that sentence without getting Dawin's "Dessert" stuck in my head. And now I can't think of "Dessert" without feeling an immediate need to watch Gabe De Guzman and Kaycee Rice's new video on repeat. Indefinitely.
They're barely teenagers, but I'm not exaggerating when I say that Gabe and Kaycee are two of the best dancers in L.A. right now. Nobody knows that better than Tricia Miranda, who put the dynamic duo together and choreographed their first competition duet (that'd be "Monster"—you're already obsessed with it). Miranda is also the mastermind behind the Gabe-Kaycee "Dessert," which features the two young'uns doing her pitch-perfect choreo alongside animated ice cream sundaes, donuts and Twinkies.
It sounds cheesy, but it's not. The only thing it has in common with cheese is DELICIOUSNESS.
Enjoy. And Gabe and Kaycee fans? Let's just say you're going to enjoy our January issue. Stay tuned!
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: