6 Dance Videos to Watch When You’re Going Through a Breakup
Chaz Buzan and Courtney Schwartz in Talia Favia's "A Breakup Story" (via YouTube)
There's nothing quite like the pain of a broken heart, or the deep feelings of unrequited love. Unfortunately, everyone at some time or another will find themselves dumped, heartbroken, insecure, and unsure about how to move on. Thankfully, though, dancers know of a healing balm that can lead the lonely through even the most difficult of times: movement.
So if you're struggling, go to the studio. Create some mood lighting, turn on an emotional (or super empowering) song and improv your heart out. And then, when you've poured yourself onto the dance floor, pick up your phone and watch these 10 dance videos that are sure to help you feel all the feels of this difficult time.
You got this! Be strong. 💪
"A Breakup Story" - Choreographed by Talia Favia, performed by Courtney Schwartz and Chaz Buzan
This viral video from 2015 will never stop being relevant. It just so perfectly captures what it feels like to watch a relationship fall apart. Plus, James Bay's voice is straight butter. Now all we need is some popcorn because we'll be watching this over and over again for the next ten hours.
"Don't Wanna Think" - Choreographed by Tessandra Chaves, performed by Zack Everhart and Ashley Gonzales
This past summer "World of Dance" gave us a lot of fabulous dance videos to binge-watch, and this piece is one of our faves. Think of it as a reminder not to text your ex.
"Trust My Lonely" - Choreographed by Jojo Gomez, performed by Gomez, Kaycee Rice, Sean Lew, and Bailey Sok.
Yassss! You're a gem and you don't need no man or woman to complete you. The dancers in this combo are LIVING and it's everything. You're welcome.
"Total Eclipse Of The Heart" - Choreographed by Mandy Moore, performed by Melanie Moore and Neil Haskell
The passion! The drama! "So You Think You Can Dance" does it again. We're not crying, we're fineee.
"It's On Me" - Choreographed by Alexa Moffit, performed by Carter Williams and Brightyn Brems
Watch this one when you're feeling confused about what happened and really need to wallow. We're not sure how such tiny humans can so accurately convey heartbreak, but they nailed it, and all we can say is brava!
"Dreaming With A Broken Heart" - Choreographed by Mia Michaels, performed by tWitch and Kherington Payne
Arguably one of the most classic "SYTYCD" pieces of all time. The dancing is gorgeous, the use of props is stellar, and the emotion is raw. Get out the tissues!
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Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
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