(From left) Sean Lew, Zack Venegas and Richard "Swagg" Curtis in Brian Friedman's combo to Haiku Hands' "Not About You" (via YouTube)
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.
(From left) Reese Hatala and Phoenix Lil' Mini in "LULAS" (via YouTube)
What happens when Willdabeast Adams gets two of his most amazing lilBEASTS—the pint-sized Reese Hatala and Phoenix Lil' Mini, aka LULAS ("Love U Like A Sister")—to make a video set to a throwback mashup of songs? So, so much cuteness. And so, so much 🔥🔥🔥 .
Need some warm fuzzies to end your Wednesday? How about the fact that the dance world's favorite couple is engaged?(!!!) WilldaBeast Adams popped the question to girlfriend/superwoman/choreo queen Janelle Ginestra the other day, and Instagram freaked out, to say the least.
Even if you've never been to L.A., you probably have a solid idea of what class at Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood is like. You can picture the vibrant red walls; you can feel the waves of dancers feeding off one another's explosive energy. Why? Because you—and millions of other dance fans—have watched countless class videos filmed at the center.
Class videos are a VIP pass, taking dancers and non-dancers alike inside the commercial world's hottest studios. And people are watching them obsessively, sharing them on platforms across the web, helping them rack up tens of millions of views. We turned to some of the industry's key players to find out more about what makes the class video format uniquely appealing.
How crazy has the rise of the class video been? Within the past year or so, we've basically come to expect that L.A.'s top commercial choreographers will put out a new internet-breaking vid every week. Here are five of our all-time favorites. (And be sure to read a whole lot more about the class video trend in the May/June issue of Dance Spirit.)
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.
OK, I know it's a little bit early for this, but I'm gonna go ahead and tell you guys my New Year's resolution: In 2015, I resolve to be half...no, a third as cool as the girls of Will "WilldaBeast" Adams' LilBeasts.
You know we've been all about the LilBeasts for a while now. So many of the hip-hop minis catching our eyes these days turn out to be WilldaBeast disciples. (Exhibit A: Taylor Hatala.) He sure has a gift for finding and cultivating swag in its earliest of stages.
So why the sudden, new-found need to declare my love and admiration for the lady LilBeasts, in particular? A couple weeks ago, WilldaBeast posted a new video to Ciara's "That's Right," featuring Sydney Rosefsky, Jordyn Jones, Tati McQuay, Kyndall Harris, Kaycee Rice and Lexee Smith. Um...it's amazing.
Got to go start practicing. 2015 is just around the corner!
Sometimes, all you need to squash your #SundayScaries is an amazing new concept video to watch on repeat. Luckily, the latest genius creation from our favorite super-couple Janelle Ginestra and WilldaBeast dropped just in time. We're suckers for a good theme, so naturally, the vid's "Beauty and the Beast" inspiration is giving us #allthefeels. And the the duo's choreo is, as always, the definition of on point—it's amazing how they come up with unique and fresh moves every time. We'll be watching on repeat to get us pumped for the week—we suggest you do the same. Happy Sunday!
Willdabeast, who's serving as choreographer of the project, posted these behind-the-scenes videos on his Instagram page and they're filled with tons of dance-y goodness, plus a discussion with the creative team (which includes Janelle Ginestra 🎉).
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:
Step Up 6 is directed by Ron Yuan, whose martial arts background means we can probably expect a lot of exhilarating dance/martial arts fusion. We don't know a ton about the script; Deadline Hollywood says it "celebrates the underdog, bringing characters from different worlds together through dance."
Most importantly: WILL WE BE ABLE TO SEE THIS AMAZINGNESS IN THE U.S.? You guys, we don't know. But obviously we'll tell you as soon as we hear anything. Ears to the ground, friends!
Imagine your ideal dance party. It probably features infectious tunes, an amazing crew and plenty of space to let loose. In fact, it might be safe to say that your ideal dance party looks exactly like this new class video from Will "Willdabeast" Adams.
Can we just take a second to talk about how Ginestra is SLAYING this choreo? She even dressed the dorky, old-school part, in mismatched shoe laces and what appears to be a vintage tennis shirt. Aside from that, her feet move so fast that she looks sped up. But we know Ginestra's performance is 100% real.