After announcing to J.Lo in her mentoring session that her goal was to prove that "one woman can win this thing" (YAS), Nolet showed why she's the Upper Division champ with this haunting solo. The second half of her performance couldn't quite live up to the dramatically acrobatic opener (just watch the video and you'll understand), but don't cry for Briar—she'll be a special guest on J.Lo's imminent 25-city "It's My Party" tour of North America, along with The Lab and Swing Latino. Casual.
Next up were the very cute VPeepz from the Philippines, delivering so. Much. Energy! It broke our hearts when these "so dope" (Derek Hough's words) pint-size peeps were eliminated despite their high score and even higher level of precision, but we have a feeling that the world hasn't seen the last of this tiny-but-fierce crew.
Ellie and Ava—95.0
In case it somehow slipped your mind, let us just remind you that these two are 13 and 15 years old. As Hough said, their incredible showing on "WOD" (last night included) is just "the first chapter in Ellie & Ava's story." Both are incredible dancers in their own right, but there's just something about the insane synchronicity you achieve when you're as close as sisters—or literally are sisters, like these two. As Ne-Yo said, "The grace and the elegance—you guys are the most beautiful dancers we've seen on this stage."
Unity LA came into this final round as underdogs—and yet not. As the judges' Wild Card pick from last week, they weren't divisional champs like the other four finalists. But J.Lo emphasized that Unity LA actually had the second-highest score overall from last week, reminding us that they absolutely deserved to take the stage on the last night of Season 3. And as Derek said, "The innovation and the choreography are just sensational."
Okay, so this one came out of NOWHERE. The Kings had come into their joint mentoring session with just 30 seconds of choreography prepared, which perplexed the judges. Turns out there was zero reason to fear, though—a couple of days later, their routine had magically morphed into a blockbuster-worthy spectacular of unbelievable stunts and heart-stopping synchronicity. J.Lo even said they brought a whole new level of excitement to the competition. So it wasn't really a surprise when The Kings took home the million dollars. Congrats, gentlemen!
Ralph Lauren is kicking off the celebration bright and early with a gender-neutral capsule collection featuring a rainbow version (naturally) of its pony logo. And the brand chose a bunch of influential LGBTQIA+ community members to model the looks—including our favorite danseur in heels, Houston Ballet soloist Harper Watters.
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.