The sensational Kylie Shea loves to make us giggle with Insta videos featuring ballerinas doing unconventional things: running on a treadmill in pointe shoes, playing football in a tutu, doing house chores en pointe. But Shea is more than just an Insta darling: She's done commercials, fashion spreads, and performances with the likes of Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, and Adam Lambert. And now she's the star of a powerful music video by electronic artist Kygo and singer Miguel.
When you ask successful commercial dancers why they started dancing, you tend to hear similar stories: Their 5-year-old selves turned on MTV and obsessed over "Thriller" and "Vogue," and they ended up dancing for hours in the living room, mimicking the iconic choreography and falling in love. Music videos were so many dancers' first inspirations.
But what's it really like to dance in a music video? Ysabelle Capitulé, who was featured in Bruno Mars' retro-chic "Finesse" vid, shares her experience fulfilling those living-room dreams.
Sure, we can get behind Taylor Swift as a super-powerful android/revenge-bent glamazon/leader of a group of fierce female assassins. But we love her best in endearingly dorky mode. That's why we're kind of obsessed with the new music video for "Delicate," which features T. Swift dancing like nobody's watching—literally.
Sure, we love a good over-the-top music video. But sometimes it's refreshing to find one that goes back to basics. And that's why we're obsessed with Grace VanderWaal's new music video, "Moonlight."
Relying solely on the song's unique sound and some phenomenal choreography by Kristin McQuaid (whose work has appeared on "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dance Moms"), the vid proves that you don't need 15 costume changes and a fog machine to make something powerful. To top it off, the song promotes a message that gives us all the feels, pointing out that while people may seem OK on the outside, you never know what they might be struggling with internally, and that it's important to accept people no matter what. So check out "Moonlight"—and don't be surprised if you suddenly feel like you have to drop everything and dance.
Here at Dance Spirit, we have a proud and long-running tradition of highlighting super-dancey music videos. Today's new entry in the canon is especially, um, special though: Not only does it feature five up-and-coming dancers/choreographers you should definitely know, but their sweet moves are ANIMATED—making the final product a stunning new way of looking at dance.
Here's an especially great addition to the ever-growing group of ballet-inspired music videos: Soulful singer-songwriter Charlotte OC asked ravishing New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck to star in a video for her new song "Medicine Man." Unsurprisingly, the result is both beautiful and moving.
We know, we know: so many dance challenges, so little time. But taking the #SwishSwishChallenge, which the ever-fabulous Katy Perry announced yesterday, could earn you a prize bigger than run-of-the-mill internet fame: a chance to star in Perry's "Swish Swish" music video.