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These Gorg Videos of Celebs Dancing at the Met Gala Are Everything

You haven't really lived until you've seen Jaden Smith, Rihanna, and Cardi B grooving in their gala finery. (via Instagram)

When you hear "Met Gala," do you think "choreography"? Probably not—unless we're talking about the "choreo" required to maneuver the insane trains many of the attendees wear around the red carpet.

But this year, the geniuses at Vogue—hosts of the annual extravaganza, a high-fashion benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute—decided that they wanted the gala to involve a little more dancing. (Which was fitting: The theme was "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," and what better way to showcase the celeb guests' own heavenly bodies than through dance?) So they brought in the brilliant Mette Towley, aka the dancer from the "Lemon" video, to act as movement director for the evening. As the parade of celebs made their way off the red carpet, Towley and director Bardia Zeinali captured them grooving their way through some of the Met's most iconic exhibits. And then, of course, they posted all the fabulous footage to Insta.


Seriously—you haven't really lived until you've seen Rihanna twirling in a pearl-encrusted pope hat to Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus," or Jaden Smith moonwalking through the Greek and Roman statue gallery. 💯 💯 💯

(Lots more @voguemagazine)

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