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Backstreet's Back—with an INSANE New Video

And yes, they've still got the moves.

"Alright"? More like *AMAZING.*


Here at Dance Spirit, we (obviously) have a special place in our hearts for the dancing boy band. (See: our recent obsessions with, respectively, PRETTYMUCH and Seventeen.) So when an OG supergroup like the Backstreet Boys—cue faraway faint screams of excitement—releases new music for the first time IN 5 YEARS, we sit up a little straighter.

2018 marks 25 (!) years since the Boys joined forces, but this new single, with its completely dancetastic video, proves that Backstreet's back (alright!) and truly better than ever. Don't believe it? Here's the truth, straight from Howie D.'s mouth: He told Vulture, "I think people thought that, at our age, we wouldn't be dancing as much anymore. But we're dancing just as much, if not more, as the old days. We may have to wear knee and ankle braces and take ibuprofen here and there, but we're doing it. We're going full speed."

A+, gentlemen. Just don't go breaking MY heart—because this '90s kid is now in full-on nostalgia mode. 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍

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As we wade through a global pandemic that has threatened the financial livelihood of live performance, dancers and dance educators are faced with questions of sustainability.

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When it comes to Cynthia Oliver's classes, you always bring your A game. (As her student for the last two and a half years in the MFA program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I feel uniquely equipped to make this statement.) You never skip the reading she assigns; you turn in not your first draft but your third or fourth for her end-of-semester research paper; and you always do the final combination of her technique class full-out, even if you're exhausted.

Oliver's arrival at UIUC 20 years ago jolted new life into the dance department. "It may seem odd to think of this now, but the whole concept of an artist-scholar was new when she first arrived," says Sara Hook, who also joined the UIUC dance faculty in 2000. "You were either a technique teacher or a theory/history teacher. Cynthia's had to very patiently educate all of us about the nature of her work, and I think that has increased our passion for the kind of excavation she brings to her research."

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Since 1954, the Dance Magazine Awards have celebrated the living legends of our field—from Martha Graham to Misty Copeland to Alvin Ailey to Gene Kelly.

This year is no different. But for the first time ever, the Dance Magazine Awards will be presented virtually—which is good news for aspiring dancers (and their teachers!) everywhere. (Plus, there's a special student rate of $25.)

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