Posts tagged "dance"

Trainer Trials: Watch Amelia & Jessica Shake Their Tail Feathers At Zumba!

It’s time for another episode of “Trainer Trials,” our new video series in which I try out various fitness activities in hopes of finding one or more that I don’t hate. (That sounds negative. I’m just really good at finding excuses not to work out, so in order to keep the ol’ ticker healthy, I…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 12, 2013

Men At Twerk Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

Twerking. It’s the “Dougie” of 2013, the Macarena of the zeitgeist. It also appears to be a very popular YouTube extracurricular activity — and not just amongst the Miley Cyruses of the world. This Huffington Post Comedy video sets a bunch of twerkin’ dudes to the sweet sounds of classical music. It really elevates it,…

By: Julie Gerstein / July 11, 2013

Woman Teaches Herself How To Dance In A Year

You may remember Karen Cheng as the former Microsoft exec who resigned from her job a few years ago via a song posted to YouTube called “Bye, Bye, Excel and I.” So what has she been doing since quitting her job? Teaching herself to dance, man. Cheng has posted this amaaaaaaazing YouTube video of her journey which conclude…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 11, 2013

I’m In Love: Alabama’s All-Male Dance Squad, The Prancing Elites, J-Sette Into Our Hearts

J-Sette is a dance style that emerged out of southern female African-American step teams, but has now become somewhat more pervasive. You can see elements of it in Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video, with its mix of super precise and tightly choreographed moves, done with grace and flair (Beyonce always gets accused of, um, “borrowing” from different…

By: Julie Gerstein / June 19, 2013

It’s Time To Cry: Hampton “Exorcist” Williams Dances With Girlfriend And Daughter On “So You Think You Can Dance”

Guys, I think I just watched the most astoundingly beautiful and moving “So You Think You Can Dance” audition ever. The show is back for its 10th season, and on Tuesday night’s episode, Hampton “Exorcist” Williams — who you will probably remember from season nine — ended up auditioning for the show with his girlfriend…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 23, 2013

Dancing Queen Bus Stop Lady Has The Right Idea

The name William W. Purkey might not mean anything to you, but he’s the guy who coined the phrase “dance like nobody’s watching.” That’s pretty solid advice, we think. Take this unidentified woman grooving along to her headphones at a bus stop in the British town of Eastleigh. Who among us hasn’t secretly danced at…

By: Julie Gerstein / April 19, 2013

Girl Talk: I Left Ballet Over A Dance Injury

It was a typical Orange County night at the tail end of a long, lazy winter break. The plethora of yogurt shops in the neighborhood were closing, and even if you craved a Starbucks treat, it was too late in suburbia. The few dive-bars in the area boasted their usual divorcee crowd. My mom, dad…

By: Sarah Gray / February 26, 2013

“One Billion Rising” Empowers Incarcerated Men & Women To Break The Cycle Of Violence

Aside from it being Valentine’s Day, February 14 was also the day of the One Billion Rising campaign, which aims to end violence against women. Violence is cyclical, so it should be no surprise that many incarcerated women and men were also once victims of physical, emotional and sexual violence at some point in their…

By: Julie Gerstein / February 15, 2013

Is Pole Dancing A Sport?

As a girl who defined herself as a ballerina from ages three to 21, I’ve had the argument over whether dancing is a sport or art many times over. I don’t care what any guy friend says: it’s both. Hey, you try and make dancing on your toes look effortless!

An article in

By: Sarah Gray / January 23, 2013

Cuba’s Plus-Size Dance Troupe Is Breaking Stereotypes, Opening Minds

Cuban dancer and choreographer Juan Miguel Mas used to belong to a traditional dance troupe, but he rarely made it on stage because of his weight. “I created a character for myself to play, Giant Baby, and that was the first and only time I was allowed on stage,” he says. “I needed more opportunitie…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 27, 2012

“SYTYCD”: Our Favorite Performances From Last Night’s “So You Think You Can Dance”

Well, Amelia and Will, as Audrey and Matthew, have quickly emerged as my favorite couples on “So You Think You Can Dance,” but after last night’s episode, I wonder if they have choreographer Sonya Tayeh to thank, at least in part. She choreographed both couples’ routines last night and they were incredible. Watch both performances –…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 19, 2012

“SYTYCD”: Our 5 Favorite Performances From Last Night’s “So You Think You Can Dance”

“So You Think You Can Dance” is easily my favorite reality TV competition show — I think the dancing talent featured each season is astounding. I love that the show embraces all genres of dance and there’s a focus on for genuine expression, artistry, and creative above all else.

This season of “SYTYCD,”…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 12, 2012

Adorable Couple’s Swing Dancing First Dance At Wedding Is The One To Beat

Notes To Self:

Learn to swing dance.
Find husband.
Choreograph adorable swing dance routine to Benny Goodman’s “Sing Sing Sing” which is pretty much the best first dance I’ve ever seen in my life.

No sweat. I’m on it. [Vimeo]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 9, 2012

Dealbreaker: He Didn’t Dance

I met Brian*, on OKCupid. He was a handsome blonde with fantastic taste in clothes. Heliked to cook, had a stable, admirable job, and played the ukulele on the side. It was all very cute. And so was he.

I imagined myself dating him for a long time, setting up a little homestead…

By: Caitlin Abber / May 3, 2012

Dance Like Nobody’s Watching

What happens when a girl, armed with only her iPod, decides to take her dancing out of her bedroom and into the streets, er, well, the mall? Hello Giggles sent correspondent Angela to the Galleria Mall in Sherman Oaks, California, to find out. [YouTube]…

By: Julie Gerstein / April 11, 2012

In “The Slutcracker Ballet,” The Sugar Plum Fairy Goes Burlesque

Everyone should see “The Nutcracker” ballet at least once in their lifetime. And if you’re demented like me, you should see the ballet/burlesque fusion show “The Slutcracker” at least once, too!

Whereas traditional ballet celebrates poise and elegance,  “The Slutcracker” turns the traditional Christmastime show on its head with satirical, saucy performances involving…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 15, 2011

Let’s Meet Up At The Dog Disco Tonight

The ’70s were a wild ride, man. The dogs were going crazy. Everybody was dancing. The party never ended. And then the suddenly the ball dropped and it was the ’80s, and everybody was in banking. Total bummer, dude. [YouTube]…

By: Julie Gerstein / December 1, 2011

The Walmart Bounce Is Sweeping The Aisles

Thank you, Mr. Ghetto, for teaching us the latest dance craze, the Walmart bounce. Whatta whatta whatta whirl! It’s true! Da club is so over, the new hot spot to meet somethin’ is Walmart. It makes perfect sense. Everything a lady needs to stay sassy and classy can be found in the aisles of…

By: Ami Angelowicz / May 19, 2011

Happiness Is … Dancing Like A Spaz On National Television

In this case Happiness is a person on Ireland’s “Got to Dance” and not a human emotion. But her scat-inspired dance moves make me feel happier than I’ve felt in days. Every now and then someone comes along and reminds you what a joy it is to be alive. Happiness, I thank you. [The

By: Ami Angelowicz / January 7, 2011

“Weekend at Bernie’s” Just Got A Whole Lot More Hip-Hop

It was only a matter of time — like, say, 20 years — before southern rap would inevitably pair itself off with ’90s Hawaiian shirt comedy “Weekend at Bernie’s.” This track from rappers I.S.A, “Movin’ Like Berney,” encourages listeners to dance like the film’s eponymous dead guy. Your move, Andrew McCarthy. [Moviefone]…

By: Julie Gerstein / October 19, 2010