Did you catch “So You Think You Can Dance” last night? Another guy and girl dancer were eliminated (don’t worry, I won’t spoil the episode by telling you who, but SAD FACE), but not before the Top 16 performed. The talent this year is just so beyond, I don’t feel like any of them ever belong in the bottom three. I do, however, know what my favorite two numbers were — above, watch Amelia and Will do a fantastic jazz routine from choreographer Mandy Moore, Tiffany and George nail a fun hip-hop routine from Tabitha and Napoleon (who apparently call themselves “Nappy Tabs” now?), and Witney and Chehon score a standing ovation for their amazing contemporary dance.
I’m going to a wedding in a few weeks and am recycling a dress I love that I’ve worn before (see photo). I want to buy a new pair of nude-colored shoes to wear with it, but would ideally like to find something that I could wear with other, more casual outfits throughout the summer. I want to be able to dance in without killing my feet, so a wedge would be best I think. I’m having a difficult time finding something that isn’t either too formal or too casual, that is streamlined enough for this dress. Help! — Shoeless In NYC
Wedding season is the worst, isn’t it? You buy so many items you can never wear again. But we’re going to stop that right now. Yes we are. Instead, we’re going to make sure you get a few new pieces in your repertoire you can wear all summer long. After the jump, we’ve found some wedges that are wedding-appropriate, but that can also be worn to the office, or up in da clurb, if you’re into that kind of thing (which you totally are).
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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]
Here’s a thing I can promise: If you invite me to your wedding, your other guests will comment on the quality of my dancing. It’s inevitable. I’ve never been to a wedding where the thank you note for whatever I picked off the registry didn’t do exactly that. Anything from, “My Uncle Morty loved your dancing!” to “You really got the party started!” My dancing skillz come down to one word: Commitment. I hear a song that moves me, and I commit. I give 100 percent. The way my best friend once described it: “It’s like, one second you’re in your chair eating a slice of cake or whatever, then the next second you’re shimmying so hard I’m, like, ‘OMG: I’m worried her head’s gonna fall off.’ You go from zero to 60 like that.” Keep reading »
The documentary about New York’s drag scene, “Paris is Burning,” is one of my favorite movies of all time, so it figures that I’m really excited to check out the new book, Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of New York. The book chronicles all the families, houses and performers of New York’s vibrant drag scene of the late ’80s and early ’90s with striking photos and interviews with the remaining members of the community. Given that many of the original drag crews have fallen victim to AIDS, it’s lucky that we’re able to see these beautiful reminders of their past glory. [$26.39, Amazon]
Guys, it’s important that we all have somebody by our side that we can count on. That’s the message of this ’80s hit by Corey Hart, titled “By Your Side,” that was featured on a local Philadelphia dance show. While it’s clear that many of the ladies on the show (and gentlemen) actually count on copious amounts of hair spray and Dep gel, they also count on their moms and dads — and each other. Watch out for an early shot of pre-Regis Kelly Ripa, and stick around to check out the best couple of the night, Toni and Pisces, who is wearing really fly sunglasses while dancing with his special lady. [YouTube
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Last night, Jennifer Lopez sat down for an interview with Jay Leno and he asked her about her first dance gig. “I got a job working as a back-up dancer for New Kids on the Block,” she said. “It was dancing for them on the American Music Awards and it was a big deal. That was a long time ago.” Jay then informed her that the exact year was 1991 and that he had the video footage ready to roll. Above, check out Jennifer hanging tough with the guys. Keep reading »
Heather Morris, aka Brittany S. Pierce, has quickly become our favorite Gleek thanks to her awesome one-liners and killer dance moves. So when I saw that Esquire had posted a video called “How To Dance With Heather Morris,” I got kind of excited. I was picturing “Darrin’s Dance Groove” from back in the ’90s, thinking I’d get some of Heather’s patented “Single Ladies” dance steps broken down move-by-move. Instead, I got the above video of Heather shaking her groove thang in a skimpy leotard and teased-to-there hair. Hot, sure? But helpful, not so much. I think I’ll skip the humping the floor move for now. Keep reading »
Rob Lowe always seemed like a stuffed shirt nowadays to me — a hot stuffed shirt, mind you — based on his buttoned up roles on “The West Wing” and “Brothers & Sisters.” It turns out the guy can bust a move and he did so Thursday night on “Parks & Recreation.” NYmag.com’s Vulture blog aptly calls it “seizure in a club”! Maybe Rob learned how to dance like this from his days hanging out with Charlie Sheen? [NYmag.com] Keep reading »