“So You Think You Can Dance” has long been one of the few truly inspiring, talent-filled, positive reality TV shows, but it’s not perfect. Up until last night’s episode, the show had never shown a dance routine focused on same-sex relationships, featuring same-sex dance partners. But man, while it took the show 11 years, it was worth the wait. Travis Wall (the runner-up in season two), himself a gay man, choreographed a moving routine about the fight for marriage equality, featuring two men and two women who first dance in pairs and then as a foursome. What an important moment for an already wonderful show. [Buzzfeed]
Of all people in the world, my jock-y, mainstream, but also book-nerd boyfriend was the person who got me into watching “So You Think You Can Dance”. When I told him I hadn’t seen it, he scoff-laughed and said, “You’re gonna watch it,” then proceeded to wax poetic about the show and how he wishes he could animate. I thought I was just going to be humoring him, but after spending the entire first episode of season 10 going “DAAAAAMN” at the dancers’ auditions, I was hooked.
And it turned out he was right to be as enthusiastic as he is — there are a million reasons to love it. Here are some of the best. Keep reading »
Holy crapballs, you guys. Up until this very moment, I thought of myself as a semi-coordinated twentysomething with fairly decent, pseudo-sexy dance skills. Then I saw this video, and everything I thought I knew was shattered.
In preparation for the final live show on “Britain’s Got Talent,” the three
most freakishly coordinated people on the planet men in the video above completely slayed the dance floor to a medley of Beyoncé songs during their last rehearsal. Yanis Marshall Choreography was kind enough to rub their talent in our faces by giving us a sneak peek of their routine and showing us how much better they can dance in heels than us. Check it out and come to terms with the fact that you will never EVER dance like this. (I, personally, find some comfort in the fact that the guy on the left is, like, a half-count behind.)
There’s a reason people will still pay an arm and a leg to see the ballet in the age of Netflix and the internet – it’s totally mind blowing. The Washington Post enlisted six performers from the Washington Ballet to show us their most difficult dance moves, and then played them back in slow motion. See the whole series here, and prepare to be amazed. Sometimes, in this busy world of deadlines and megapixels and pop stars, it’s kind of cool to just take a moment to appreciate just how much the human body can do. [This Is Colossal, Washington Post]
Finally, some dance moves I can actually do! This Korean toddler is on track to become the country’s newest K-pop star, just as soon as she gets out of diapers. [YouTube]
When high school junior Brett Nichols performed this Michael Jackson-inspired “Billie Jean” dance routine at Pitman High School’s Talent Rally (the action starts around 1:12 on the video), he probably didn’t expect to become an overnight internet star — but then, how could he not expect to get attention with moves like that!? When a Pitman High alum saw the video posted on the school’s Facebook page, he hightailed the link over to Reddit, where the video launched into an internet obsession, and I am now mildly mesmerized by Nichols’ moonwalking skills. MTV even claims Nichols’ footwork is better than Michael Jackson himself, which sounds a little blasphemous to me, but needless to say, I’ll be watching this on repeat every time I need a smile today. I kind of hope he finds a way to bank on this oddly specific skill after high school — everyone needs a quality MJ impersonator now and then, right? You rock, Brett! [New York Post, MTV]