Taylor Swift dropped the video yesterday for her latest single, “Shake It Off,” and if we weren’t more than a little bit in love with her before, we definitely are now. In the video, Swift—who’s clearly comfortable with her legendarily awkward dance skills—places herself in a number of different dance scenarios from ballet to rhythmic gymnastics, and she doesn’t hesitate to let her dance freak flag fly. But this is no Free People ballet ad disaster: Swift backs herself up with real professionals in every genre she gleefully tries to imitate. Whether you find yourself in awe of the break-dancers or can’t help but giggle at Swift’s straight-faced silliness, you’re going to love this video. Here are our Top 5 Favorite Moments:
4. The tortured faces (see 0:50) of her backup contemporary dancers—it’s all so intense, isn’t it?
3. Swift’s purely awkward grand jeté (2:18). While clad in a sparkly gymnastics dress, no less.
1. Her perfectly ridiculous Swan Lake bow at the end (aaaand…head nod).
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This Sunday, master ballet teacher Finis Jhung turns 80. After a career as a soloist for both San Francisco Ballet and the Joffrey and a principal for Harkness Ballet, Jhung carved out a unique place for himself as a ballet teacher in New York City. He's coached the boys of Billy Elliot: The Musical, developed a popular video and DVD how-to series and STILL teaches seven classes a week at the Ailey Extension. He's graced the pages of this magazine to offer his time-honored wisdom again and again, and he's currently working on a memoir. (We can't wait to read it.) Happy birthday, Finis!
Since 1989, tap dancers have been celebrating National Tap Dance Day (NTDD) on and around May 25, the birthday of tap dance legend Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. This year, prime events are happening in Philadelphia, New York and Chicago.
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The exhibit Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955–1972 is filled with exhibits, performances and conferences honoring the three postmodern dance living legends.