We're about two months into #SocialDisDancing, and let's be real—while we all wish we were spending every spare minute stretching, cross-training, or taking online classes, sometimes we just need to Netflix and chill.
We figure, if you're going to be watching TV anyways, why not make it dancy TV? After all, watching pros dance on-screen is basically dance class homework...or at least we'll say it is. Here are five of the danciest TV shows for you to watch—and where to find them.
"Bunheads," available on Hulu<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzI3NzUzOS9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTU5NDg0ODEzMH0.ZBaYM4aPKr54-uoX4QMIFLPf_-EnWS1fqqgG0ZEVn48/img.gif?width=980" id="2534c" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3abb5140a15b41e8b52f6ce2d96c2289" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>TBH, we're still not over the premature cancellation of this iconic Amy Sherman-Palladino show. But if you're a fan of ballet, "Gilmore Girls," or Sutton Foster (what a combo!), this is the show for you—and it's streaming now on Hulu. </p>
"Dance Moms," available on Hulu<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzI3NzU3NC9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxMzYxNzkxNH0.Yifnks1CZvo-8LKrvkJ54xXQD0S1zNV_FaeNnzfRCfk/img.gif?width=980" id="95b81" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="2b2a0637a4e2134a04ed0ee344af0183" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>You've probably already seen every episode of "Dance Moms." After all, who wasn't an Abby Lee Dance Company fangirl growing up? But if you're bored in the house, there's no better time to <a href="http://www.justjaredjr.com/2020/04/10/jojo-siwa-recreates-iconic-dance-moms-scene-watch/" target="_blank">revisit some of your fave "Dance Moms" memories</a>. Seasons 1, 2, 6, and 7 are all available on Hulu.</p>
"Pose," available on Netflix<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzI3NzU4Mi9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwODAwMzYzMX0.MS76C7-ZLFJj8bSz7PHQgWBHl2Hds6-OioaG_ighNjo/img.gif?width=980" id="5596e" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c5a0cb487cc1966be49962ab231b6b02" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>"Pose," created by Ryan Murphy (of "Glee" fame) is all about the 1980s house ball scene. Starring Broadway icon Billy Porter, this show is fun, fabulous, and important—it explores the experiences of people of color and LGBTQ+ people who were often excluded from the ball scene. Catch up with "Pose" on Netflix. </p>
"Fosse/Verdon," available on Hulu<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzI3NzU5NC9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNTQzMTQ5OH0.vwwFNlHPrdwzfwlBgkaVk5eEq-0CaDhyf0i-h9xTK08/img.gif?width=980" id="3a5d6" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="018099f96cbc534ed7f6e3a48a5baaf1" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>If you're a fan of Broadway shows like <em>Chicago</em>, <em>Sweet Charity</em>, or <em>Pippin</em>, take an inside look at the life of choreographer Bob Fosse, and his relationship with Gwen Verdon. Broadway babies and Fosse fans alike, this is the show for you—and all eight episodes are on Hulu. <span></span></p>
"Breaking Pointe," available on Amazon Prime<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzI3NzcxOS9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzOTMxNjA2OH0.VVp4OyjpHVgjcUB6Z99gQDwEm-ywES6QZCpX9qhl_uk/img.gif?width=980" id="27b20" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="a79e69ab2f095353f8c550ea05d52631" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>If you've ever wondered what it's <em>really </em>like to dance with a major ballet company, you need to check out "Breaking Pointe," which went behind the scenes with dancers at Ballet West. We will forever love this show for introducing us to the beautiful Beckanne Sisk—and her to-die-for feet. You can purchase the first season of "Breaking Pointe" on Amazon Prime. </p>
Happy National Tap Dance Day, friends! We're marking the occasion by catching up with one of our favorite talented young tappers: Larry Saperstein. The "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" star began taking tap classes at 12 years old, studying at the American Tap Dance Foundation, where he quickly discovered his love for the art. These days, he's putting his skills to good use as Big Red on "HSMTMTS." (Who could forget that iconic moment at the end of season one where he broke out into a tap routine that shook us all!)
We chatted with Larry about why he loves tap so much, and why the art form needs more and better representation in the dance world (and the world world).
What made you fall in love with tap?<p>The amazing thing about tap dance is that it's musical in and of itself! There are a lot of tap dancers who consider themselves percussionists, and rightfully so. I'm also really into jazz music—when I tap, it's all heavily rooted in jazz music. So I loved that I was able to have a "conversation" with a live jazz band, or even with a pre-recorded improv track. There's so much creativity involved.</p>
Why do you think tap needs more visibility, both inside and outside the dance world?<p>It's easy to misunderstand tap dance because of the superficial way it's sometimes used in TV shows, movies, and even on Broadway. But really great tap is more rooted in musicianship and craft. Being able to share my style of tapping with a global audience has just been an incredible gift.</p>
What was the whole "HSMTMTS" experience like?<p>The greatest! One of the amazing things about the show is that our creator, <a href="https://www.dancespirit.com/from-the-stage-to-the-page-2326303388.html" target="_blank">Tim Federle</a>, really zoomed in on everybody's individual talents. We filmed the tap routine on the very last day of shooting season one, and it was probably around 11:30 at night when we started filming. Everybody from the cast was there, waiting in the bleachers off camera, being so supportive. It was just a magical experience.</p>
How are you planning to celebrate National Tap Dance Day in quarantine?<p>I've actually been doing live tap dance classes on my YouTube channel—I'm calling them "quaran-tap"—so I'm planning to do one of those during the week. It's been really hard for people to continue dancing during this time, but we need to keep pursuing our art form, even when things aren't going so well.</p>
What advice do you have for young dancers who're new to tap?<p>Try it! Buy yourself a pair of tap shoes and go to that beginner-level class. There's not a teacher in the world who wouldn't be excited to have someone who's passionate and wants to dance in their class.</p>
Hello, all you members of the great Dance Class of 2020. With the world on lockdown, this hasn't been the graduation season you expected. You likely weren't able to go to prom; your commencement ceremonies have probably been delayed or canceled; and you might not have been able to take your planned-for final bow onstage.
Since you're missing out on so much, we'd like to give you a virtual ovation, to recognize all you've accomplished. And what's the highest honor we can bestow? The cover of Dance Spirit!
Here's the plan:
- If you're a high school or college senior dancer, use this form to submit your information and dance portrait.
- Each day during the month of May, we'll create a digital Dance Spirit cover starring one of you, chosen at random—31 covers in total.
- At the end of the month, we'll create a "commencement video" featuring even more of your submitted dance photos.
- 100 of you, selected by lottery, will also receive free one-year subscriptions to the print magazine.
Merde, 2020 graduates, as you dance your way into the future!