You Must Watch This T-Rex Dance Choreo from A Chorus Line

We know, the Monday struggle is reallll today. Which is why we're introducing you to this gem of a viral video: Dancer Michael Macilwee performing A Chorus Line choreography in a T-Rex outfit.

It's the greatest, most hilarious, craziest thing you'll watch all day. Macilwee, a dancer in national tours of A Chorus Line, Phantom of the Opera and The Music Man, decided to try out the costume after teaching class. "The video is actually my first time dancing in it!" Macilwee told From The Box Office Blog, which is pretty darn #impressive.

His dino character is currently unnamed (but he's open to suggestions!). And it seems he has more Jurassic-themed ideas up his sleeve. "I've received many requests to tackle 'Music and the Mirror' next," Macilwee said in his From The Box Office interview. "And I feel like it needs to do some Fosse soon, so I'm thinking some Chicago in the future!"

Happy Monday!

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