If, like us, you're obsessed with every move choreographer Phil Wright makes, then you know all about "The Parent Jam," Wright's workshop series that gets the whole family into dance class. Videos of the masterclasses, in which Wright teaches simple choreography to both parents and kids, have gone crazy-viral on YouTube. And it's not hard to see why—they're infectiously fun.
Now, Wright's inspired idea is about to reach an even bigger audience: Disney Channel just ordered "Disney Fam Jam," a family dance competition series based on "The Parent Jam."
Have you missed having the delightful Jenna Dewan in your living room on a regular basis since her departure from "World of Dance"? Well, happy news: Dewan is about to step up (NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT SORRY) to another dance TV show hosting gig. And the premise of this new series is…really something.
How, you ask? Why, with a frightfully delightful Lizzo-meets-Elphaba dance mashup for the ages, of course. (A special thank-you, Mark, for introducing us to the #broomtwerk.)
Israel Adesanya is a gifted Nigerian-New Zealander mixed martial artist who, on Saturday night, became the Ultimate Fighting Championship's middleweight champion.
But why are we, over here at Dance Spirit, obsessed with Adesanya? Because he's also a really, really great dancer. And on Saturday—after a long battle with UFC officials outside the ring—he was finally allowed to show off his dance skills during a fight entrance.
We love any event that puts the spotlight on choreographers, especially since the entertainment world all-too-frequently sidelines their achievements. So, naturally, we're big fans of the World Choreography Awards.
For nearly a decade, the annual event has recognized dance produced for movies, TV shows/specials, music videos, and digital media. This year's World Choreography Awards nominees were just announced, and the list—highlighting dance made over the course of 2018—is incredibly impressive.
Well, it's official: Filming for the Steven Spielberg remake of West Side Story—choreographed by Justin Peck and starring pretty much all your favorite dancers—concluded on Friday. And while everyone knows that there ain't no party like a movie wrap party, there REALLY ain't no party like a DANCE movie wrap party.
Luckily for us, the WSS team had a 360-degree camera on hand at the movie's post-filming fete. And that means there's truly great video of all the unsurprisingly epic dancing that went down. Gaby Diaz salsa-ing with Ricky Ubeda! Ariana DeBose doing a saucy little "interpretive dance" with Paloma Garcia-Lee! Peck being totally adorable with Patricia Delgado! Jess LeProtto giving SO MUCH 'TUDE!
Dancing super-siblings Derek and Julianne Hough have added yet another major project to their crazy schedules: Later this year, they'll host their very own holiday special on NBC. Naturally, it'll include tons of excellent dancing. Delightfully, it'll be called "Holidays with the Houghs."
We've been dying to hear more about "On Pointe," a docuseries following students at the School of American Ballet, since we first got wind of the project this spring. Now—finally!—we know where this can't-miss show is going to live: It was just announced that Disney+, the new streaming service set to launch November 12, has ordered the series.
It's been 14 years (!) since "So You Think You Can Dance" first graced our television screens. Over its 16 seasons, the prolific show has presented hundreds of routines. And many of them have been jump-off-your-couch-and-cheer great. "SYT" numbers regularly wow viewers, win Emmy Awards, and launch the careers of dancers and choreographers.
So in a way we weren't surprised that, when asked to pick their favorite "SYT" routines, producer Nigel Lythgoe and host Cat Deeley had the same initial response: It's too hard! We asked them to choose 5 to 10 pieces; Lythgoe couldn't narrow his list to fewer than 12.
In the end, their agonized-over choices included not only stone-cold classics, but also some unexpected picks. Here—in chronological order—are the "SYT" numbers Deeley and Lythgoe can't live without.
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Jimmy Fallon's signature dance sketches are always a good time. But when he gets actual legit dancers to do them with him, they become something truly magical.
So when we heard that Jennifer Lopez—who a) is promoting the surprisingly dancy movie Hustlers, and b) started out as a backup dancer—would be stopping by "The Tonight Show" this week, we got excited. And hoo, boy: We were NOT disappointed.
Pep rallies are generally pretty fun. But at Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, AZ, homecoming assemblies are on a different level. A slightly-too-long speech by the principal and the marching band's pitch-challenged rendition of "Seven Nation Army"? PLEASE. Instead, at Walden Grove, students are treated to a fabulous themed performance by the school's PAC Dance Team. And for the past few years, those homecoming numbers have absolutely shut down the internet.
This year, the group pulled off a Marvel-themed routine that referenced Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, to the delight of everyone at the school and online:
Did you hear the news, dance friends? National Dance Day has moved! Rather than falling at the end of July (as it has since 2010), going forward the holiday will be held on the third Saturday in September—September 21st this year. And that means you still have a little more than two weeks to plan your celebrations.
NDD 2019 promises to be bigger and better than ever. Here are five reasons to get hyped about our favorite holiday.
It's official: Alyson Stoner is Having A Moment.
We've been unable to stop thinking about the fabulous dancer since Monday, when she made her showstopping cameo in Missy Elliott's VMAs set. And we're in good company: Ellen DeGeneres—like most of the internet—is newly (re-)obsessed with Stoner, too. So much so that she dipped into the "Ellen" archives to pull a gem of a clip from 2003, when Stoner appeared on the show after her star-making turn in Elliott's "Work It" video.
Well, it's official: Former Fifth Harmony member Normani has ARRIVED, as made clear by the new video for her bop of a single, "Motivation."
Channeling the choreo (and swag) of a bevy of 2000s-era pop stars, the vid gets absolutely everything right. It opens with a young Normani watching BET's "106 and Park," and quickly segues to a fantasy sequence in which the grown-up singer pays dance-filled tribute to the iconic music videos of her childhood.
That Normani is a talented dancer is far from news, but her moves in this video are next-level stuff. She does very real justice to choreography inspired by Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love," J. Lo's "I'm Real," and Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time," to name just a few.