Dancetown Divas making all of our fringe jumpsuit dreams come true. (Justin Lubin/NBC)
If there was one takeaway from last night's episode of "World of Dance," it's that this show truly does attract the best of the best. It seems statistically impossible to have so many talented dancers in one place, but somehow, "Qualifiers 2" introduced us to a whole new group of hopeful contestants, each of whom blew our minds and warmed our hearts. Which acts from last night will be joining last week's lucky bunch? Read on to find out!
There's nothing like seeing ballet get a mainstream moment, and we couldn't have picked a better dancer to do it. Our girl Kayla's got the tricks—and the technique to back it up. She wowed the judges with her stable pointe work, insane extensions, and pristine musicality, sailing through to the Duels with a 90.3.
It's no secret that Briar was made for the stage—her #smize was literally radiating through our TVs. For her Qualifiers performance, she pulled out all the stops, using every trick in her toolbox (540? Check. Illusion turn? Check. Worm? Death-drop? Back handspring? Check, check, and check). But between all the flashy skills, Briar showed off seamless transitions and exceptional musicality. The judges were blown away (as were we), awarding her an 87.3—enough to take her to the Duels.
Fuego Dance Crew
You know you're advancing to the Duels if you manage to get Derek out of his seat less than 45 seconds into your performance. Fuego Dance Crew turned in one of the greatest routines of the night, transitioning from miming to hip hop to hard-hitting tricks seemingly every 8-count. Their visual storytelling abilities are some of the best we've seen on the "WOD" stage. The judges agreed, giving them a 93.7 and a trip to the Duels.
The minute we the saw their ombré fringe jumpsuits, we knew these dancers were going to give us one of our favorite routines of the night. The Dancetown Divas brought the heat with them from Miami and left it all on the "WOD" stage. Their performance had no shortage of sass, hip action, aerials, and momentum. We never wanted it to end, and neither did the judges—they awarded the team an 87.3, enough to advance to the Duels.
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list: