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Taxi!

Taxi!

Writer/Director/Choreographer Celia Rowlson-Hall’s wonderfully creative short film does a great job capturing the feeling you get when you’re stuck in traffic in a New York City taxi cab, and start to think it might be faster to get out and walk… or dance to your destination.

Spinning Platform Choreography

Spinning Platform Choreography

This mindbending dance performance comes from Yoann Bourgeois, who’s famous for deeply integrating scenery into his choreography. This footage, from the 2016 performance Celui Qui tombe, features a troupe of six talented dancers as they move and balance to stay upright on a rapidly-spinning platform.

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Lost in Motions

Lost in Motions

Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films wows us with another amazing short film. The stop-motion clip was made by capturing live breakdance footage, mapping the frames into outlines, laser cutting each from wood, then layering the 800+ pieces to create a motion effect.

Passage

Passage

This short dance film by THÉORIZ pulls off some impressive visuals, given the fact that all of its effects were shot in-camera, with no green screen or post-production. They achieved their mixed reality illusion using motion tracking synchronized with real-time projected imagery. Behind the scenes here (turn captions on.)

S+C+A+R+R: The Rest Of My Days

S+C+A+R+R: The Rest Of My Days

Director Jack Antoine Charlot’s music video for S+C+A+R+R’s groovin’ dance track features a singular character with some mad dance moves. Because the motion is so incredibly smooth, it’s hard to tell where the CGI animation and live dancer begin and end. Remember, now is a great time to perfect your own choreography at home.

World Order: Exodus

World Order: Exodus

The members of Japan’s electro-pop band and dance crew World Order may have changed over the years, but they’ve still got amazing choreography, as is proven by their latest video, which includes some new moves, along with their crowd favorite robotic walk.

Just Dance: Able

Just Dance: Able

Choreographer Jacob Jonas teamed up with ILL-Abilities, a breakdancing crew who proves that physical challenges won’t stand in the way of those with a strong will and dedication to their craft. A beautifully shot and inspiring short film from NOWNESS.

Dillon Francis: Go Off (Nuthin’ 2 It)

Dillon Francis: Go Off (Nuthin’ 2 It)

(PG-13: Lyrics) Ain’t nuthin’ to it, but to do it. The DADS‘ delightful music video brings back memories of the Spike Jonze/Fatboy Slim/Christopher Walken collaboration on Weapon of Choice, and that’s a good thing. Sit back and enjoy as an ordinary guy breaks out his best dance moves to the infectious grooves of DJ Dillon Francis.

Cyr Wheel of Fortune

Cyr Wheel of Fortune

Kuma Films captured this beautifully elegant performance by dancer and athlete A-Chen. Watch in awe as he deftly balances on and inside of his Cyr wheel, and makes the oversize hula hoop do precisely what he asks of it.

Chinese Man: Step Back

Chinese Man: Step Back

Directors Fred & Annabelle created of the most slickest music videos we’ve seen in a while. Thousands of nondescript characters face off at a city intersection, while DJ Chinese Man keeps the beat going from the tallest amp stack we’ve ever seen. From the album Shikantaza.

The Lions of Chinatown

The Lions of Chinatown

Chinese lion dancing is a beautiful and vibrant artform that has gradually been fading from existence. In this wonderful documentary by Law Chen, we meet Sara Lai, a dancer who has trained to become the head of the lion in the traditionally male-dominated performance.

Welcome Home: Behind the Scenes

Welcome Home: Behind the Scenes

AdWeek presents a look beneath the covers the amazing promo clip Spike Jonze created for the Apple Homepod. This 7-minute short takes us inside the clip’s razor-sharp choreography, FKA twigs’ mesmerizing performance, incredible moving sets, and real-time lighting effects.

Happy Cat Disco: No Jumping Around

Happy Cat Disco: No Jumping Around

Mashup maker Happy Cat Disco brilliantly combined House of Pain’s Jump Around with Meghan Trainor’s No Excuses, resulting in a track that will have you dancing right there in your office chair. The trippy imagery was plucked from the Disney classic Dumbo.

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Spike Jonze x Apple HomePod

Spike Jonze x Apple HomePod

Whether or not you’re an Apple fan, you’ve got to appreciate the amazing creativity in director Spike Jonze’s “Welcome Home” promo spot for the tech giant’s new HomePod speaker. We’re dying to see a BTS of how they pulled off all the stretchy practical effects.

LED Pixel Costume Light Show

LED Pixel Costume Light Show

A demonstration of four incredible LED-illuminated costumes created by high tech scenery and costume makers Stigma for EKRAN. While there’s more standing around and posing than dancing here, the costumes are the real star of the show.

Dancing with a Robot

Dancing with a Robot

Taiwanese choreographer and engineer Huang Yi has a unique dance partner. Sometimes likes to dance with a KUKA robotic arm instead of a human. In this clip from TED, he performs an elegant and engaging ballet with this modern manufacturing marvel.

The Mechanics of History

The Mechanics of History

Artist, acrobat, and dancer Yoann Bourgeois choreographed this incredible performance art piece at the Panthéon in Paris, France. In La Mécanique de L’Histoire dancers gracefully fall one by one onto a trampoline and then back onto a rotating staircase.

LCD Soundsystem: American Dream

LCD Soundsystem: American Dream

(PG-13: Language) “And all the hits are saying the same thing. There’s only tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight, and life is finite. But sh*t, it feels like forever.” Funny, catchy, and tired of all of this. LCD Soundsystem picks up right where it left off.

Finger Kaleidoscope

Finger Kaleidoscope

When someone sends us a dance video, the moves are performed with legs and arms. Not so in this clip from StatusSilver, choreographed by XTRAP, which features a synchronized performance by three sets of hands. It’s like a Busby Berkeley musical, but for fingers.

Illusion of Choice 2

Illusion of Choice 2

(PG-13: Lyrics) Marquese Scott, BluPrint, iGlide, and AndreAndroiidRucker follow up their incredible dance video from 2012 with another sick set of robotic and slow-motion maneuvers. We want to see these guys in a dance-off with World Order.

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World Order: Singularity

World Order: Singularity

The champions of good vibes, World Order are back with another song and video. But this time they’re joined by the ladies of the Japanese idol group SKE48, who show the guys that they can let loose and still do the robot.

Bonetics

Bonetics

It’s ironic that the performer in this video goes by the moniker “Bonetics,” given the fact that it appears he is completely boneless. Watch as he performs insane and seemingly impossible moves which combine breakdancing with contortion. (Thanks Dan!)

Genèse

Genèse

Performance artists U-Machine created this work in which a pole dancer interacts with the geometric images projected on the screen behind her. The result is a live performance that could pass as the opening credit sequence for the next James Bond movie (if it had guns.)

Breakbot: My Toy

Breakbot: My Toy

(PG-13) The video for Breakbot’s disco-infused track mixes ’70s sci-fi elements to create a world in which men are replaced with creepy robots who do the bidding of their female masters. It’s like Westworld meets Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex.

Gravity

Gravity

The always incredible Poppin John teamed up with dancer Solto to turn in this mindbending (and bodybending) street performance set to Revolvr & Genisis and Splitbreed’s track Unstoppable. The gimmick at the end is worth the price of admission.

EROSION

EROSION

A wonderfully shot short film by Brandon Bloch and Tim Sessler which uses the movements of a group of talented young dancers to reflect the gradual loss of New York City’s local culture and character as the city has gentrified. Read more on the Brooklyn Aerials blog.

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