Zony & Yony Will Steal Your Hearts

Here at DS, we talk a lot about cuteness overload (it's a real thing guys...). Case in point: On Tuesday's episode of "Ellen," 3-year-old Heaven returned to the show with a "Happy" dance that would make Pharrell Williams proud. After that, we assumed we'd reached our cuteness quota for the week.

But Ellen wasn't quite done with us yet.

On Thursday, she introduced us to 6-year-old twins Zony and Yony, who flew all the way from their home in Taiwan to perform on the show. Like many of Ellen's mini guests, the twins are YouTube sensations. They posted a video of themselves performing the choreography from a popular K-Pop music video—"Bar Bar Bar" by Crayon Pop—and the internet. went. wild. After Zony and Yony performed their viral dance live, Ellen (true to form) surprised them with a special treat: tWitch will be choreographing a dance for them, which they'll perform with him on "Ellen" next week! (Oh...and they get to go to Disneyland. But tWitch!!)

We can't wait. Can we see Zony and Yony dance with tWitch now please? No? OK, fine, we'll wait. But in the meantime, we're gonna go ahead and watch the video from this week's episode on repeat. #noshame

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

Chrissy

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Would that we could all live in Taylor Swift's Pride-topia, booty-popping with Todrick Hall and sharing snow cones with Adam Rippon in our rainbow-flag-bedecked RV park. But much as we're loving "You Need to Calm Down" and other similarly upbeat celebrations of Pride month, this is also a time to recognize the battles the members of the LGBTQIA+ community have fought—and are still fighting. That's one of the reasons why "I'm Gay," a new dance video by Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys, is so important.

The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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