Unsurprisingly, Season 1 winners Les Twins have had a pretty epic year. (NBC)
"World of Dance" Season 2 isinfullswing, introducing us to a new crop of jaw-dropping talents—and reuniting us with a few of the stars of Season 1, including 15-year-old dynamo Eva Igo. But what have our other Season 1 faves (Les Twins! KynTay! Swing Latino!) been up to since their big TV moment? Here's where they are now.
We already knew Taylor and Reese Hatala can do anything. After all, they're both incredibly versatile dancers capable of serving up some serious face. And now the super siblings can add another title to their resumé: that of fashion magazine cover stars.
Much of Janelle Ginestra's career has been about helping others shine. She's dedicated herself to supporting and cheerleading her partner, WilldaBeast Adams; the emerging talents in their dance company, ImmaBEAST; and the countless dancers she inspires at master classes and conventions. Her YouTube channel has become a launching pad for young talents like "Fraternal Twins" Larsen Thompson and Taylor Hatala, thanks to viral videos featuring Ginestra's creative vision.
But Ginestra's a skyrocketing success in her own right—an in-demand choreographer, a social media influencer, and a dance entrepreneur, building a legacy one eight-count at a time. It's time for her turn in the spotlight. And she's more than ready. "I want to be a legend in whatever I do," she says. We'd argue that she already is.
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.)
If there's one thing to know about Dance Spirit, it's that we loooove viral dance vids. And apparently, so does the entire country—YouTube clicks don't lie! So naturally, Lifetime (home of the OG dance show, "Dance Moms") decided a reality show where eight of the most famous young talents in the commercial world competed against one another to make a dance video for a music superstar would be a good idea. And thus "Dance Video Throwdown," which premiered last night, was born. If you missed the episode, which featured Omi's oh-so-earwormy song "Cheerleader," we've got you covered with the top five reasons we're obsessed with this show:
2. As much as we love our May/June cover girls together, it's sort of fun to see The Fraternal Twins, Larsen and Taylor, battling it out on opposite teams. They're incredible as a unit, but this show really highlights their individuality. It's clear, though, that together or apart, they're still both insanely talented.
3. Omi, the genius behind the forever-catchy "Cheerleader," is so obviously impressed by all the contestants, and it's adorable to watch.
4. The choreographers and directors are the cream of the crop. Brandon Shaw, Ellen Kim, Ryan Parma and Rick Wayne guaranteed that each team's music video was going to be conceptual, bold and beautifully filmed.
5. Travis Wall <3 Need we say more? No, but we're gonna: Watching him marvel at everyone's talent never gets old. And even in the show's most high-pressure moments, he's there to calm everyone down and remind them just how capable they are.
It's no secret that we're obsessed with class videos. It's also no secret that we #bowdown to Taylor Hatala. So naturally, we're doubly obsessed with this amazing new vid featuring Taylor leading a workshop like a true star. We'd jump at the chance to take class from Taylor. She's a born leader, and everyone clearly thinks so—the energy is off the charts, and it's amazing to watch everyone dance so full out. We've been watching on repeat, and bet you will be, too.
Taylor Hatala, one half of our favorite dancing duo The Fraternal Twins and queen of serving the fiercest face, just dropped a new vid that, naturally, we can't stop obsessing over. And the best part? Not only does she #slay throughout the whole thing, but she choreographed it with Josh Beauchamp, her partner in the vid. Their super-sharp, unique moves are made better by the on-point filming, location (The West Edmonton Mall in Canada, which looks like the coolest place ever) and nod to the best scene in Center Stage. Check it out below!
If you thought this long holiday weekend couldn't get any better, we're glad to report that you thought wrong. The dance gods have once again gifted us with a video of epic proportions—like, Serena Williams + Taylor Hatala + Willdabeast epic. It's no secret that tennis superstar Williams can hold her own on the dance floor, so naturally she slayed in this collaboration with Willdabeast and Janelle Ginestra for Delta Airlines. The video, which also features Fraternal Twin (and one of the all-time #stankface greats) Taylor Hatala, is a minute of high-octane, trademark Willdabeast and Ginestra choreo, and we're loving every second. See for yourself below!
We never get bored watching the fierce and fabulous ladies of Brian Friedman's Suga N Spice crew. In their latest video, to "Hit the Gas" by Raven Felix, Amanda Kinert, Sarah Kinert, Trinity Inay, Amy Magsam, Taylor Knight, Leah Roga, Taylor Hatala, Larsen Thompson, Soraia Esteves and Kerrynton Jones hit it hard. This one is definitely more spicy than sweet.
Usually we try to give you a moment of Zen on Fridays, but this video, directed by Ryan Parma and choreographed by Robert Green, has us feeling psyched for the weekend. Enjoy!
Larsen Thompson and Taylor Hatala—better known as The Fraternal Twins—brought their trademark face and fierceness to their cover shoot. The result? A day filled with some crazy moves, lots of laughs and major moments. Check it out below.
How did hip-hop prodigies Taylor Hatala and Larsen Thompson become the “Fraternal Twins"? Well, let's see: Both are rising stars on the commercial scene, booking coveted gig after coveted gig. Both are members of Will “WilldaBeast" Adams' immaBEAST crew and Brian Friedman's Suga N Spice crew. Both dominate in Janelle Ginestra's crazy-popular YouTube videos. Both are known for giving profoundly, overwhelmingly impressive stank face.
We caught a glimpse of them dancing together in Janelle Ginestra's choreo for the dance video "City Ghouls." In their latest, a dance video of the cutest dress-up party ever, you can see that Reese is tiny but she's the real deal. She can hang with Taylor in this hard hitting Ginestra choreography, and can mug for the camera like the best of them.
She's clearly inherited her sister's legendary stank face. Enjoy!
P.S. This video is 100% my spring fashion inspiration.
You knew the lovely ladies of the Suga N Spice Crew were amazing. But did you know they were SUPER?
In their latest too-cute-for-words video, the Suga N Spice girls give us an epic dance adventure set to the DC Super Hero Girls theme song, "Get Your Cape On." And Tricia Miranda's ever-fierce choreography transforms each crew member into a different caped crusader. (Taylor Hatala makes the world's most adorable Batgirl, and flame-haired Larsen Thompson as Poison Ivy? It's almost too perfect.) Directed by Brian Friedman and David Moore, the vid is proof that the best way to get over romantic disappointment (what real-life dude would reject Larsen??) is to throw a dance party with your team of superfriends. Obviously.