Video Break Time: Ryan Steele and Samantha Sturm Sizzle in "Stormy Monday"

Happy Friday, ladies and gents! Did you, like me, wake up this morning thinking, I could really use more beautiful Broadway dancers in my life? Granted, that's pretty much how I feel EVERY morning. But today, the need was especially strong.

Well, the musical theater universe has answered our prayers in pretty spectacular fashion: Meet "Stormy Monday," a little gem of a clip that may have Monday in the title but is pretty much tailor-made for Friday video break time.

Masterminded by Broadway performer and choreographer Grady McLeod Bowman, it features two of the Great White Way's most talented—not to mention most attractive—dancers: Samantha Sturm (you know her from Matilda, On the Town and your leg/feet fantasies) and Ryan Steele (Newsies, Matilda, your pirouette dreams...really just your dreams, generally).

Pretty people doing steamy choreo set to a blues classic? Yes. Yes, please.

Screenshot via YouTube

It is hands down the best two-and-a-half minutes you can spend on YouTube today. (And that is a SERIOUS CLAIM, because there is also an all-hamster remake of the "Friends" theme song circulating right now). Enjoy!

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

Chrissy

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Would that we could all live in Taylor Swift's Pride-topia, booty-popping with Todrick Hall and sharing snow cones with Adam Rippon in our rainbow-flag-bedecked RV park. But much as we're loving "You Need to Calm Down" and other similarly upbeat celebrations of Pride month, this is also a time to recognize the battles the members of the LGBTQIA+ community have fought—and are still fighting. That's one of the reasons why "I'm Gay," a new dance video by Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys, is so important.

The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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