It's the day we've all been waiting for—"Step Up; High Water" has officially launched on YouTube, and everything about this series (from the dancing to the drama) is completely #savage. The show captures all the elements that made us fall in love with the original "Step Up" almost eleven years ago, while also introducing fresh and exciting new components.
We especially love how the creators use the show to shine a spotlight on real life issues teens struggle with, that aren't always addressed in mainstream media. Characters deal with everything from disabilities to coming to terms with their sexual orientation and finding self-acceptance. Creating a dance series that incorporates such weighty subject matter also adds another dimension to the dancing.
Harper Watters is a ballet dancer for today's generation. A social media maestro and a charismatic performer, the Houston Ballet soloist is equally at home in front of the camera hosting his hit YouTube series, "The Pre Show"; interacting with fans on his crazy-popular Instagram account; or showing off his beautiful classical technique onstage. It's a multifaceted identity that's proven to be invaluable to his career—and it's taking him to places he never even dreamed of.
Double leg amputee, Eric Graise dancing (via Youtube)
When you think of a dancer, a double leg amputee may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But Eric Graise, who's one of the stars of the upcoming "Step Up: High Water" YouTube Red series, hopes to change that. Graise, whose legs were amputated as a child due to missing fibula bones, will play a character named King in the new dance series, set to debut early next year.
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.
Tate McRae has that inexplicable, mysterious, can't-put-your-finger-on-it quality that separates superstars from us mere mortals. Which is why we could literally watch her dance for hours on end. Luckily, she just announced a new project which promises lots more Tate time: a weekly YouTube series titled "Create with Tate," which will feature dancing vids, footage of her own choreography, lots of singing, and much more. 🙌 🎉 😍
Every ballet dancer knows the time, sweat, and occasional tears the art form demands. But many non-dancers are clueless about just how much work a ballet dancer puts into perfecting his or her dancing. So when the mainstream crowd recognizes our crazy work ethic, we'll accept the round of applause any way it comes—even if it comes via four men in tutus. Yep, we're talking about "The Try Guys Try Ballet" video.
Jade Chynoweth in the "Step Up: High Water" trailer (via YouTube)
In case you were wondering whether Channing and Jenna Dewan Tatum knew how to cast a dance show, surprise! THEY DO, GUYS. And the new trailer for the upcoming series "Step Up: High Water," which #TeamTatum is executive producing, proves it.
We've obsessed over adorable daddy-daughter moments before. (#FlashbackFriday to that epic father-of-the-bride tap dance.) There's just something so irresistibly awww-worthy about a dad who's willing to look a little silly for his baby girl.
This week, a new viral video called "Daddy Daughter Dance Off" broke the internets (and our hearts). A young girl decided she wanted to make up a dance to Ariana Grande's "Problem." Seems like a productive summer afternoon activity. But her only problem (see what I did there?) was finding a dance partner. That's where dad comes in. She taught him the moves, they set up a camera and performed and BAM! Instant YouTube sensations.
Seriously guys, this is just about the cutest thing I've seen all summer. Enjoy!
It seems like these days, if you wanted to spend all of your free time watching dance on TV, you probably could—not that we recommend it (everything in moderation, right?). But think about it: Just this spring/summer, we've welcomed Teen Vogue's "Strictly Ballet," Hulu's "The Next Step" and Ovation's "Young Marvels" to the dance TV family. Not to mention, we've blocked off our Wednesday evenings for a glorious two-hour feast of "So You Think You Can Dance."
(L to R) Madison, Lex, Sage and Andrea (photo via danceon.com)
Whelp, "SYT" executive producer Nigel Lythoe knows a thing or two about fans of dance TV—namely, they just can't get enough of it. That's why he's introducing two new web series this year, starting with "Dance School Diaries." This docu-series will follow four young ballet dancers—Andrea, Lex, Sage and Madison—as they prepare to compete in the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. We're not quite sure what to expect. Will the promised drama be juicy or over-the-top? Will it be reality TV or "reality" TV? Normally, I'd say we'll just have to wait and see, but this time we don't have to wait—the series premieres today! There will be 14 episodes in total, airing on YouTube each Friday until mid-September.
Check out the trailer below, then make your way over to YouTube to watch the first episode. And let us know what you think in the comments!
Happy New Year, friends! Wondering who's already winning 2017, not quite three days in? That'd be Maddie Ziegler—who, let's be real, also kind of won 2016 and possibly 2015 and arguably 2014 too.
Photo by Lucas Chilczuk
Anyway, the reason Maddie's on top at this particular moment is because she just launched her own YouTube channel, a welcome and long-overdue development. In her first sweet, simple video, which went up yesterday, Maddie explains that this is something she's been putting off for a while because of her crazy schedule. (What? Between starring in Sia videos and judging on "SYT" and writing a memoir and starting a clothing line—and, you know, school, because she's still only 14—she hasn't had the time? SLACKER.)
So, what can we expect from YouTube Maddie? Not a dance showcase, she says, but a lifestyle channel. There'll be makeup tutorials, fashion advice and up-close-and-personal vlogs giving us an insider's look at her busy, endlessly fascinating world.
Just one day and one video into the project, she has nearly 25,000 subscribers. You should be one of them, of course. Watch Maddie's first video below, and then visit the channel to follow her every move.