Check out These Five Spooky Dance Videos That Will Get You in The Halloween Spirit

We've thought about it long and hard, and we've decided that dance videos and Halloween are a match made in heaven. The opportunity to portray a specific character (spooky or otherwise) through movement is, of course, the perfect prompt for tapping ultimate creativity.

Don't believe us? Check out these five spooky dance videos and you'll be sure to change your tune. It's time to get in the Halloween spirit!

You're welcome!


1. Which tWitch: tWitch Boss

Which tWitch: Halloween Dance Off www.youtube.com



2. Circus Lights: StatusSilver

"Circus Lights" | Finger Circus | Gloving Choreography in 4k | LED Light show www.youtube.com


3. Broken Ballerina: Kaycee Rice & Sean Lew

BROKEN BALLERINA ( Kaycee Rice & Sean Lew ) // ScottDW www.youtube.com



4. The Joker Bathroom Scene: Joaquin Phoenix

Joker - Bathroom Dance Scene [Full HD] | Joaquin Phoenix | Arthur Fleck Dancing www.youtube.com



5. Bad Guy: Kyle Hanagami

BILLIE EILISH - Bad Guy | Kyle Hanagami Choreography www.youtube.com

For Parents

Darrell Grand Moultrie teaches at a past Jacob's Pillow summer intensive. Photo Christopher Duggan, courtesy Jacob's Pillow

In the past 10 months, we've grown accustomed to helping our dancers navigate virtual school, classes and performances. And while brighter, more in-person days may be around the corner—or at least on the horizon—parents may be facing yet another hurdle to help our dancers through: virtual summer-intensive auditions.

In 2020, we learned that there are some unique advantages of virtual summer programs: the lack of travel (and therefore the reduced cost) and the increased access to classes led by top artists and teachers among them. And while summer 2021 may end up looking more familiar with in-person intensives, audition season will likely remain remote and over Zoom.

Of course, summer 2021 may not be back to in-person, and that uncertainty can be a hard pill to swallow. Here, Kate Linsley, a mom and academy principal of Nashville Ballet, as well as "J.R." Glover, The Dan & Carole Burack Director of The School at Jacob's Pillow, share their advice for this complicated process.

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Teachers Trending

From left: Anthony Crickmay, Courtesy Dance Theatre of Harlem Archives; Courtesy Ballethnic

It is the urgency of going in a week or two before opening night that Lydia Abarca Mitchell loves most about coaching. But in her role as Ballethnic Dance Company's rehearsal director, she's not just getting the troupe ready for the stage. Abarca Mitchell—no relation to Arthur Mitchell—was Mitchell's first prima ballerina when he founded Dance Theatre of Harlem with Karel Shook; through her coaching, Abarca Mitchell works to pass her mentor's legacy to the next generation.

"She has the same sensibility" as Arthur Mitchell, says Ballethnic co-artistic director Nena Gilreath. "She's very direct, all about the mission and the excellence, but very caring."

Ballethnic is based in East Point, a suburban city bordering Atlanta. In a metropolitan area with a history of racism and where funding is hard-won, it is crucial for the Black-led ballet company to present polished, professional productions. "Ms. Lydia" provides the "hard last eye" before the curtain opens in front of an audience.

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Higher Ed
Courtesy Benny Simon

It's safe to say that the 2020 fall semester was a learning experience for college dance departments and students alike.

While Zoom and socially distanced dancing had their obvious frustrations, professors met many of them with creative solutions that not only served as satisfactory replacements for "normal" learning, but also gave students valuable new perspectives that will last beyond the pandemic.

Dance Teacher rounded up four of our favorite examples:

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