THE BEST Dancing

Devil Swing

Devil Swing

It’s been a long time since we checked in with dancer Michael Startsev aka TakeSomeCrime, but we’re happy to see that he’s still got his groove more than a decade later. If you ever wondered what to do with your hands while dancing, he’s got a trick or two to show you.

Banjo Beat Stepdance

Banjo Beat Stepdance

The dancing lads of Ireland’s Cairde show off their impressive footwork as they perform a little synchronized stepdance in the woods. As many astute commenters have pointed out, it looks like an OK Go music video. More stepping goodness here.

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Decades of Dance

Decades of Dance

David Chanishvili is a dancer with the Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet. In order to perform their mix of folk dance, classical ballet, and modern dance, he and his fellow company members must possess incredible coordination, athleticism, and strength. Great Big Story offers a brief glimpse into their talents.

Paper Sheet Dance

Paper Sheet Dance

Blackhand typically uses his X-Acto knife to build stuff out of cardboard. But in this clip, he used his sharp hobby blade to cut out silhouettes from 1400 pieces of paper, transforming footage of a dancer’s moves into a stop-motion animation. Original video here.

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.)

Run the Jewels: Ooh LA LA

Run the Jewels: Ooh LA LA

(PG-13: Lyrics) “People, we the pirates, the pride of this great republic.” The music video for RTJ, Greg Nice, and DJ Premier’s anthemic track imagines a day when classes, currency, and other arbitrary social constructs burn to the ground, and we all dance and party in the streets to celebrate the fall of the house of cards.

Poppin’ John: Lockdown Getdown

Poppin’ John: Lockdown Getdown

If there’s one thing you can definitely do while stuck at home, it’s dance. We all have our own favorite moves, but most of them couldn’t hold a candle to the smooth-flowing choreography of dancer Poppin John, who wowed us with his colorful living room performance.

To Be Free: Powerline Dance

To Be Free: Powerline Dance

Gareth Smith & Jenny Lee’s enchanting video observes Los Angeles from a new perspective. Watch in awe as dancer-choreographer Jason Chong appears to dance across the city’s overhead power lines. Now before you go calling the power company, the illusion was done using VFX trickery by Smith and Theo Alexopoulos.

LED Cube FT

LED Cube FT

The dancers of Pyroterra Fire & Light show off one of their coolest props. The LED Cube FT is a large, but lightweight cube packed with 1368 RGB LEDs designed for stage performances. The collapsible cubes have a programmable chip on board for storing sequences and can be controlled remotely from up to 200 meters away.

Love Of The Art: Time Will Reveal

Love Of The Art: Time Will Reveal

It’s been a while since we checked in with dancer Marquese Scott, and it’s good to know that he’s still got all the moves. In this clip for Ed “Gusto” Greene & Scott Trent’s modern disco track, his crisp and clean choreography is further accentuated with the addition of colorful moving lines. Download the track here.

Breakdancing with Smoke Grenades

Breakdancing with Smoke Grenades

The breakdance crew of OK World Wide show off their spinning talents, with the added bonus of colorful trails of smoke being emitted from their feet. The brightly colored festivities were captured in brilliant 4K by filmmaker Ali Kubba.

Avengers Assembly Dance

Avengers Assembly Dance

A group of talented kids from Walden Grove High School’s PAC Dance Team take on the world of The Avengers with a highly-energetic and highly-entertaining routine that recaps highlights from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as our costumed superheroes perform choreographed battle with Thanos and his Black Order.

Super Mario World: “Athletic” Jam

Super Mario World: “Athletic” Jam

The multitalented Aaron Grooves and Jared Charney Cohen collaborated for this fun tap dance, piano, and xylophone performance of the “Athletic” theme music from Super Mario World. If you need a smile today, this video should do the trick.

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Stop-motion Spidey

Stop-motion Spidey

(PG-13: Lyrics) In between his professional projects, animator Lawrence Becker of Samplertimes created a series of awesome stop-motion animations of Spider-Man turning in some precisely-choreographed dance moves. The behind-the-scenes clips are worth a watch too.

Bohemian Rhapsody Wind Dance

Bohemian Rhapsody Wind Dance

During WindGames 2019, Fred Fernandez turned in an amazing and frenetic performance, set to a medley of classic Queen tunes as he flew through the air in one of those indoor skydiving facilities. Check it out from another angle here.

Dad Dances (for an Hour)

Dad Dances (for an Hour)

“Dad is feeling oh so good, with Walker Texas on the tube.” Actor, stuntman, and dancer Nathan Barnatt takes an hour out of his busy day to entertain us, as his character, “Dad” turns in his best moves, accompanied by the appropriate track Dad Feels.

One-Man Wrestling Act

One-Man Wrestling Act

A charming performance by ballet dancer Oleg Chernasov, as he performs the parts of two smaller characters fighting each other. While the costume is definitely a big part of the illusion, it’s his agility and choreography that really make it work.

Dance, Dance Evolution

Dance, Dance Evolution

Pretty much every society in recorded history has had some form of dance as part of its culture. Why is something that seems so frivolous is so ingrained into human nature? Aeon provides their take on the importance of dance and movement to humanity.

Tainted Love Dance Tutorial

Tainted Love Dance Tutorial

Comedian Joe Kwaczala celebrated his 31st birthday by posting 31 videos in one day. Among the extensive playlist was this gem, his instruction for all the moves you need to know to dance along to the Soft Cell’s 1981 new wave version of Tainted Love.

MK: Back & Forth

MK: Back & Forth

A man struggles with a strange ailment that makes him groove endlessly in director Finn Keenan’s darkly comic music video for MK’s smooth dance track. Directors Notes has a short piece on how they pulled off the trick shots by rotoscoping characters into position.

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Finger Fireworks

Finger Fireworks

Dance crew XTRAP’s act includes a series of numbers that use led-adorned gloves to show off the performers’ smooth and precise finger tutting movements. Kuma Films captured a more intimate solo performance as well.

Wind Games Dance Champ

Wind Games Dance Champ

If you’ve ever been in one of those indoor skydiving facilities, you know it can be a pretty wild experience. Without fear of ever hitting the ground, they even use the chambers for dance competitions. Prepare to be amazed with this performance by freestyle dancer Kyra Poh.

Everybody Dance Now

Everybody Dance Now

Researchers at UC Berkeley developed an amazing piece of imaging software that can transfer the dance moves of a person in a video to another person in a second video. The result is not perfect, but it’s surprisingly smooth and even captures head movements.

The Rick Dance (Japanese)

The Rick Dance (Japanese)

The dance from the Rick and Morty episode Ricksy Business is entertaining all on its own. But it’s just that much better in the Japanese dubbed version shown here. Though “wubba-lubba-dub-dub” is the same in all languages.

Dancing without Moving

Dancing without Moving

Ryan Higa knows he can’t dance very well, but that doesn’t stop him from trying. In this clever and complex video, he contorted himself into positions for 4000 still images to produce the illusion of true dance talent via stop-motion. BTS video here.

HotStepper

HotStepper

Nexus Studios presents an amusing short promo film for its goofy iOS augmented reality app. The sole purpose of HotStepper is to superimpose a confident, pear-shaped dancing dude into real world surroundings, giving you a virtual companion wherever you may travel.

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