Meet Brianna Bundick-Kelly. At first glance, she seems like a normal teenager who was born and raised in Alaska and is now a freshman at Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA. But Bundick-Kelly has a secret identity: She's the undisputed master of perfectly recreating Beyoncé's dance performances. I mean, check out this clip from 2016, in which she replicates a section of Queen Bey's Formation Tour:
In just the past 24 hours, Brianna's dancing has been featured on MSNBC and the Today Show. And in an interview with INSIDER, Bundick-Kelly said, "I got involved with replicating dances out of boredom. I was literally sitting at home re-watching Beyoncé concerts and was like 'Man I wanna do that... Wait I can do that... I'm going to do that!!' and the rest is history." She's a true inspiration, amirite?
So is Bundick-Kelly hoping to be noticed by Mrs. Carter herself? Yes and no: "My favorite part about doing these dances is that I can feel like I'm actually performing with the Queen herself without having to be there," she told INSIDER. "Don't get me wrong, I would die to be on stage with Bey, but until that happens, I'm gonna keep dancing on the internet."
Beyoncé, are you listening?! You might just have a new backup dancer in Briyoncé, the self-proclaimed "Dancing Princess of the Beyhive." Long may she reign!
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list: