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Dancing

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Tablet Music Video

Tablet Music Video

The vibrant and upbeat music video for the song Kimi no Mikata by J-Pop act Kyary Pamyu Pamyu was shot in a single continuous take, using a combination of precise choreography and carefully-timed video footage played on an array of tablet screens.

Mechanical Mondays

Mechanical Mondays

Dancer maddchadd transforms himself into a robot with a degree of precision rarely seen, introducing just the right amount of stutter and mechanical movement in not only his torso, arms, and hands, but every little facial expression. Do you even blink, bro?

Sam Rockwell’s Dancing Screen Test

Sam Rockwell’s Dancing Screen Test

There’s a ton of praise being heaped on actor Sam Rockwell for his complex character portrayal in Three Billboards. But back in 2002, he played The Gong Show host Chuck Barris in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Here’s a bit of his amazing screen test.

Cinema 2017: The Dance

Cinema 2017: The Dance

Editor and cinephile Jacob T. Swinney is back with another great video, this time cataloging some of the great moments of the past year in which characters danced across the big screen. For some reason, we’re craving a shot of tequila now.

Dancing with Tiny Footsteps

Dancing with Tiny Footsteps

Berezka (“Birch” in English) is a Russian folk dance troupe who performs with an unusual style – its dancers move with such tiny and smoothly-executed footsteps that it appears they’re on wheels. Of course, their dresses are so long that they very well could be.

Record Robot Dance

Record Robot Dance

China’s WL Intelligent Technology gathered up 1,069 of its Dobi robots and arranged them into a massive grid, then programmed them to perform a synchronized routine, which landed them in the record books as the largest ever gathering of dancing robots.

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100 Party Dance Moves

100 Party Dance Moves

You never know when the DJ will drop a party jam, and your friends will drag you onto the dance floor. ItsMRich and Adrian Van Oyen have you covered with 100 good, bad, and downright cringey moves you can have at the ready for any kind of tune.

Light Balance

Light Balance

It’s not the first time we’ve seen a dance crew in lighted costumes, but Light Balance have taken it to a whole new level, with intricate designs and perfect coordination between body and light. No wonder their America’s Got Talent number won them the coveted Golden Buzzer.

Glow

Glow

“A dancer writes a diary entry.” Actress Niamh Wilson dances in front of a glow-in-the-dark acrylic sheet, leaving her shadows behind with the help of a strobe light. This is Jonah Haber’s music video for Working For The Future In The Interlake by Yes We Mystic.

Makin’ Moves

Makin’ Moves

Director Kouhei Nakama created an awesome dance video without any actual dancers. Instead of humans, he played around with CGI animation to twist, turn, slice, dice, and contort choreography out of his virtual dance troupe. The track is Hella by Broke for Free.

Breakdancing Record Attempts

Breakdancing Record Attempts

Japanese breakdancer Ashitaka recently attempted to break two World Records in his chosen field – the most consecutive one-handed jumps, and the most elbow hops. Our palms and joints hurt just watching him do this. Watch now and see if he achieved his goals.

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.

Dancing in Movies

Dancing in Movies

CLS Videos presents a lively montage of about 300 classic (and not-so-classic) movie scenes which featured characters getting their groove on. We knew we’d love it the second they started off with Les Grossman. Full list of movies here.

The Chuck E. Cheese Challenge

The Chuck E. Cheese Challenge

Viral challenges are too easy for popping phenom Marquese “Nonstop” Scott. So he took on one that lives up to the meaning of the word. Watch Nonstop and his friends Bam Morales and Julius “iGlide” Chisolm turn into an animatronic puppet band. Another one here.

Rogue One Wrap Party

Rogue One Wrap Party

To celebrate the completion of Star Wars: Rogue One, CG artist Nicolas King aka “NIXOLAS” put together this fun video, set on a beautiful tropical isle, overrun with imperial walkers and an army of dancing stormtroopers courtesy of Golaem digital extras software.

He Who Dances on Wood

He Who Dances on Wood

BRIC TV introduces us to Fred Nelson, an elderly man who found his true love late in life, bringing a much needed sliver of joy and happiness into the world using his feet, shoes, and an old piece of wood.

KENZO x Spike Jonze

KENZO x Spike Jonze

The Leftovers star Margaret Qualley wilds out in director Spike Jonze’s fun ad for KENZO’s first perfume. Qualley’s moves were choreographed by Ryan Heffington, who was also behind the music video for Sia’s Chandelier. The song is Mutant Brain by Ape Drums and Sam Spiegel.

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