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!
Gabriel Figueredo in a variation from Raymonda. VAM Productions, Courtesy YAGP.
This week, over 1,000 young hopefuls gathered in New York City for the Youth America Grand Prix finals, giving them the chance to compete for scholarships and contracts to some of the world's top ballet schools and companies. Roughly 85 dancers made it to the final round at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Wednesday. Today, the 20th anniversary of YAGP came to a close at the competition's awards ceremony. Read on to find out who won!
After a string of ballet-company rejections, Jennifer Sydor (here in Laura Peterson's "Failure") found success in other areas of the dance world. (Stephen Delas Heras, courtesy Jennifer Sydor)
In her senior year at Butler University, Jennifer Sydor auditioned for more than a dozen regional ballet companies—and got a string of "no, thank you" responses. "I have an athletic build, and my movement quality isn't the typical ballet aesthetic," Sydor says. "But I'd been laser-focused on ballet. When I didn't get a ballet contract, I was heartbroken."
Her one job offer came from Kim Robards Dance, a small modern company based in Aurora, CO. After attending KRD's summer intensive, Sydor ended up accepting a yearlong position with the troupe. "I was relieved and happy to begin my career," she says. She's been working as a contemporary dancer ever since.
In the dance world, rejection is part of the package. That doesn't make it any more pleasant. But whether you didn't get the Nutcracker role of your dreams or you weren't picked for a job despite feeling like you aced the audition, you can emerge from even the most gut-wrenching "no" smarter and stronger.
Ballet West principal Beckanne Sisk as Kitri (Luke Isley, courtesy Ballet West)
Guess who's baaaaack?! Your resident Dance Spirit astrologers! And on the eve of the Youth America Grand Prix awards ceremony, we thought it was the perfect time to pair each zodiac sign with a variation commonly seen during the competition. After many painstaking hours spent researching, consulting the stars, and staring wistfully into the sky, we compiled our data and present you with the definitive list of each star sign as a YAGP variation! As we said last time, don't @ us if you're not happy with your pairing—the stars don't lie, baby!