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.
The world can't stop watching Instagram and YouTube dance sensation Autumn Miller—on screen AND off. How does the phenom, who's equally at home in contemporary and hip hop, do it all? Learn more about Autumn in her web-exclusive cover story, and go behind the scenes at her Dance Spirit photo shoot below!
We've got good news for those of you who ticked off literally any of those options: Netflix just ordered a new series based on Tiny Pretty Things, and it's slated to arrive next year. Get your popcorn ready!
Dagmar Sternad is a professor of biology, physics, and electrical and computer engineering at Northeastern University. She's also a bit of a dance obsessive. And her innovative work with ballet dancers could have far-ranging implications for the worlds of both medicine and robotics.
It's a simple, and simply brilliant, idea, conceived by Twitter user @lewiswake: Take an iconic onscreen dance. Find a song that's the same tempo as the scene's original music. Dub the new song over the footage. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
What happens when one fabulously talented b-boy/choreographer/director spends more than 300 hours meticulously cutting and arranging 4,000+ pieces of paper? A three-minute video that will leave you absolutely floored.
You probably know Hok Konishi best as a dancer: He's a Quest Crew standout and an alum of "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 3. But Hok's also a gifted director and Emmy-winning choreographer. And those skills are on full display in "Quizás," a new short film that uses stop-motion animation to tell an arresting dance story. It features the same incredible attention to detail that made his performance in the iconic "Hummingbird and the Flower" routine so mesmerizing.
Suffering from Cats-scratch fever after watching that tantalizing trailer all weekend? Eager to know more about the feline-filled film? Well, my fur-loving friends, this should do purrrrfectly (sorry NOT EVEN A TINY BIT sorry):
The new Cats movie famously features artists new to musical theater, from Royal Ballet principal Francesca Hayward to commercial dance sensations Les Twins to, you know, Taylor Swift. But the casting team didn't ignore the show's stage roots. In addition to bringing on choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, the man behind the latest Broadway revival's moves, it also hired several extremely accomplished dancers who're veterans of the Broadway, West End, and/or touring productions of CATS. Here are a few of our favorites.
Including this extraordinary Travis Wall number for "So You Think You Can Dance" (Adam Rose/FOX)
The Primetime Emmy Award nominations are out! Congrats to the seven choreographers who earned nods for their exceptional TV work this year. Notably, that work was made for just two shows, "So You Think You Can Dance" and "World of Dance." And there was a particularly remarkable snub: While the dance-filled hit "Fosse/Verdon" earned 17 nominations across many of the major categories, Andy Blankenbuehler's fabulous Fosse remixes weren't recognized in the Outstanding Choreography field.
The two productions promise radically different takes on the iconic musical, originally directed and choreographed (for both stage and film) by Jerome Robbins. But—as we discovered yesterday, when casting for the Broadway revival was announced—six remarkable dancers will be part of BOTH projects.
Meet, or re-meet, the West Side Story multitaskers: Yesenia Ayala, Ben Cook, Kevin Csolak, Carlos E. Gonzalez, Jacob Guzman, and Ricky Ubeda.
Fisher back in his "Dancing with the Stars" days (ABC/Eric McCandless)
We've had our fingers crossed about the Netflix film Work It ever since we first got wind of the project. Produced by Alicia Keys, the movie—which follows a teen whose admission to her dream college hinges on her performance at a dance competition—sounded like it could be positively dancetastic.
And friends, looks like it will be. Because Netflix just announced that the cast will include several great dancers, including your boyfriend Jordan Fisher.
What has us feeling patriotic this Fourth of July week? #TheGitUpChallenge. Because only in the US of A could a country-meets-trap song inspire a viral dance craze. Bless you, Blanco Brown. Bless you, America.
For those who only understood about a third of the words in that first paragraph (hi, Mom!): "The Git Up" is a breakout hit song by Atlanta country/hip-hop artist Blanco Brown. Thanks to its instructional lyrics ("Do the 2 step, then cowboy boogie…"), which Brown illustrates in its official music video—and the fact that it's a bona fide banger—the track has spawned #TheGitUpChallenge, in which fans try to recreate the choreo.
Pretty much the entire world fell for Taylor Sieve's gorgeously fluid contemporary stylings during Season 14 of "So You Think You Can Dance." By that point, Sieve, who ultimately earned third place on the show, was a familiar face on the competition scene: She'd won several titles, including Senior Female Best Dancer at the 2016 Dance Awards, while a student at Larkin Dance Studio in Maplewood, MN. After her "SYT" run, Sieve performed with Travis Wall's Shaping Sound. She's currently on tour in Europe with the band Muse. Read on for The Dirt!