Is there anyone among us who wouldn't gladly walk a mile in Yanis Marshall's (6-inch–heeled) shoes? The fabulous dancer and choreographer seems to be living his best life 1000 percent of the time, whether that involves making viral YouTube videos with Brian Friedman or kindling a bromance with Ryan Reynolds. And you don't have to take our word for it: Vogue just had a video crew follow the heels queen for 24 hours, documenting a period in which Marshall not only rehearsed with A-list dance ladies and gentlemen, but also performed (and generally frolicked) at the L.A. Pride Parade.
You guys: Ryan Reynolds and Yanis Marshall are having a gorgeous bromance, as made possible by a Céline Dion music video in which Marshall wears the movie star's signature Deadpool jumpsuit in addition to his own signature stilettos.
Has a more #extra sentence ever existed? Well, believe us when we say that the video is EVEN EXTRA-ER.
Happy Thanksgiving, dance friends! Since today is a day for reflection and gratitude (and eating...so much eating), I asked my fellow Dance Spirit editors to tell me the dance-world things they're most grateful for. Here's what they had to say:
We are seriously, seriously 'shipping the epic best-friendship of Brian Friedman and Yanis Marshall, a match made in a heaven where everyone wears fabulous 5-inch stilettos at all times. And when the two of them team up to create a routine to the new Britney Spears song? I MEAN.
For their recent joint class at Millennium, Friedman and Marshall cooked up some spicy flamenco-tinged choreo that perfectly complements Britney's "Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortés)." Naturally, a veritable who's-who of L.A.'s all-star dance scene came out to slay it, including Kaelynn "KK" Harris, Noelle Marsh, Sloan-Taylor Rabinor, Mollee Gray, Madison Cubbage and 2016 Cover Model Search finalist Kerrynton Jones. And, thank the dance gods, Friedman and Marshall decided to kick off the class video themselves, showing the rest of the world what the dance embodiment of the fire emoji looks like. Just #goals for days.
Happy #MotivationMonday, friends:
It's always recycle day with me, but apparently April 18–24 is World Recycle Week—and H&M wants you to get on board. To make you super excited about recycling, and the very real positive impact it has on the planet, the company teamed up with singer M.I.A. to create a dance-tastic video featuring everyone from bone breakers to ballerinas grooving for a good cause.
You can even catch a glimpse behind the scenes in this video:
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So, by now it's become apparent that Yanis Marshall is basically Midas: Pretty much anything his platform stilettos touch turns to choreographic gold. Our favorite Parisian could probably create a YouTube-melting video to the sound of a dripping faucet, if he wanted to.
Which is why you need to watch his latest video immediately. Because it's a Spears special—and not just any Spears special.
We're talking 90s Britney. Maribou pigtails Britney. Pre-JT Britney. "BABY ONE MORE TIME" BRITNEY.
Unsurprisingly, it's the best thing on the internet right now. Bonus: The video also reunites Marshall with his "America's Got Talent" boys/longtime partners in crime, Mehdi Mamine and Arnaud Boursain. And there's a special clip of our friend Jade Chynoweth—who, by the way, is almost exactly the same age Britney was when "Baby One More Time" came out—killing the choreo on her own.
Never stop, Yanis. And fellow devoted subjects of the Marshall #queendom—let's just say you're going to enjoy our July/August issue. Don't miss out.
It's been a heck of a year for dance on the interwebs. Since it's about to be 2015, it's time to sum up the last 12 months with a good old fashioned "Best Of" list. So without further ado, here are the top dance videos of 2014.
15. Keone Madrid's turnip tribute. It was a pretty close call between this one and the more serious, tug-at-your-heartstrings video that he and wife Mari created together back in January. But while almost anyone can make a dance about romance, only a true pro can make vegetables appealing.
14. Glen Keane’s Duet. If this animated short doesn’t make you tear up even just a teeny, tiny, little bit, consider yourself a heartless monster.
13. Cloud's musical theater spectacular. It's like "The Office" meets "Glee" meets the Microsoft Surface Pro commercial. And Danny DeVito is everything.
11. Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake's "Love Never Felt So Good." It should've been called, "Love Never Looked So Good When You Put So Many Dancers Together in One Amazing Video."
10. The Company's second-place routine at VIBE. This is the perfectly synchronized hip-hop piece that took over your Facebook news feed back in May—and if you watch it again, you'll see it really is that good.
9. "The A–Z of Dance." Directed by Jacob Sutton—and highlighting 26 fabulous dance styles—this special project for Diesel and i-D will hold a special place in our hearts for years to come.
7. Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off." So cute. So fun. If only Taylor Hatala were in it...amirite?
5. The Australian Ballet's pointe shoe prep. Sure, pointe shoes are beautiful. But it's nice to see dancers beating the poop out of 'em once in a while.
4. Sia's "Chandelier." Yeah, yeah, yeah—everybody knows this one was great. Maddie Z's a pro. There's really nothing left to say.
3. The fabulously heeled Yanis Marshall. He even got a shout out from Beyoncé. #werk
2. Carrie Underwood's "Something in the Water." It's game over when Shaping Sound Dance Company's in your video.
1. Taylor Hatala. If you haven't seen this 11-year-old, who broke the internet in September, welcome back to Earth. No matter how many times you watch her renditions of "Anaconda" (or "All About That Bass" or "Shake It Off"), they just get better and better. And the world agrees—many of her videos are past the 10 million viewer mark.
Happy New Year, dancers!
It's beginning to look a lot like...New Year's. OK, so maybe I'm jumping the gun a bit. But humans are naturally nostalgic creatures, and we require sufficient time for reflection. Luckily, the folks at The Creators Project made our jobs a little easier this year by compiling the greatest dance trends of 2014 into just three minutes and 27 seconds. And no, this isn't just another supercut video (although we do love a good supercut...).
TCP brought in director Jake Nava—aka the genius behind Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" and "Partition"—to create an entirely new music video, "2014: Dance and Rituals." Set to "New York, New Drop" by SBTRKT featuring Ezra Koenig, the video appears to follow 10 teen couples' elaborate flirtation rituals. But the real draw is the progression of dance styles happening as the video moves from couple to couple. Nothing is in-your-face obvious, aside from maybe the T. Swift impression and the Yanis-Marshall-worthy heels. But when you watch it a few times, you may notice some familiar choreo (cough, cough, "Chandelier," cough, cough).
Watch the video for yourself, and let us know in the comments which 2014 dance trends you pick out!
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A few days ago, Yanis Marshall, brilliant dancer/choreographer and creator of one of my favorite Beyoncé tributes of all time (which, if you know me, is saying a lot), released yet another fabulous video.
As usual, it stars Marshall in killer heels. As usual, it includes his equally amazing, and similarly be-heeled, backup posse (friends Arnaud Boursain and Mehdi Mamine). As usual, it's set to an earworm of a power anthem—this time, Ariana Grande's "Break Free." And as usual, it's been playing on repeat in my cubicle since I first laid eyes on it.
Naturally, I'm not the only one obsessed with Marshall. A couple weeks back, none other than Brian Friedman got together with him at Movement Lifestyle in L.A. for a little dance session—to Britney, of course. Friedman is no slouch in heels himself, and the result was totally delightful:
Never stop, Yanis. NEVER EVER STOP.
Prepare to be totally obsessed.
No, really: Brace yourselves, guys. Because THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AFTER YOU SEE YANIS MARSHALL DANCE.
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Actually, you may have already met Yanis, our new favorite ever. Last year, the French choreographer and his fellow be-heeled dancers blew up the internets with a Spice Girls video filmed all over Paris.
The got all up in that Eiffel Tower, natch.
But this month Yanis and his crew—friends Arnaud Boursain and Mehdi Mamine—reached a whole new level of fame when they competed on "Britain's Got Talent." Because the world is a terribly unjust place, they finished in the 11th spot after performing what we thought was the world's most incredible Beyoncé* medley. (Simon Cowell, your buzzing disgusts us just as much as it disgusted your fellow judges, who were literally dancing at the judging table.)
Who buzzes this??
But if the "Britain's Got Talent" group had seen this rehearsal video for the Beyoncé routine, which Yanis just released on YouTube, things might have turned out better. It is, if possible, even more fantastic than the Yanis and Friends performance on the show itself.
Never stop, Yanis. DON'T. EVER. STOP.
*Did we mention that Yanis has also earned the official Queen Bey seal of approval?? We want to BE you, girl.