Sia’s “Chandelier,” Featuring Maddie Ziegler of "Dance Moms," Wins Best Choreography at VMAs

At Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, between Taylor Swift owning her awkward dance moves in the audience and Beyoncé receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, the award for best choreography went to Sia’s music video for “Chandelier.” It’s choreographed by Ryan Heffington, owner of The Sweat Spot in L.A., and stars Maddie Ziegler of “Dance Moms.” If you haven’t seen the slightly unnerving video, where Ziegler dances like a crazed doll come to life through an eerily empty building, now is the time.

And between the video release (in May) and this VMAs promo spot, Ziegler really had time to perfect that intense “possessed eyes” look!

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As many dance teachers begin another semester of virtual teaching, it is time to acknowledge the fact that virtual classes aren't actually accessible to all students.

When schools and studios launched their virtual dance programs at the beginning of the pandemic, many operated under the assumption that all their students would be able to take class online. But in reality, lack of access to technology and Wi-Fi is a major issue for many low-income students across the country, in many cases cutting them off from the classes and resources their peers can enjoy from home.

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Who knew that a virtual awards ceremony could bring our community together in such a powerful way?

Last night, we celebrated the annual Dance Teacher Awards, held virtually for the first time. Though it was different from what we're used to, this new setting inspired us to get creative in celebrating our six extraordinary honorees. In fact, one of the most enlivening parts of the event was one that could only happen in a Zoom room: Watching as countless tributes, stories and congratulations poured in on the chat throughout the event. Seeing firsthand the impact our awardees have had on so many lives reminded us why we chose to honor them.

If you missed the Awards (or just want to relive them), you're in luck—they are now available to watch on-demand. We rounded up some of the highlights:

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Rambert artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer had input on the new Rambert Grades curriculum. Photo by Camilla Greenwell, Courtesy Rambert

British dance company and school Rambert has launched a new contemporary-dance training syllabus. Rambert Grades is intended to set a benchmark in contemporary-dance training, focused on three strands: performance, technique and creativity. Moving beyond the Graham and Cunningham techniques that form the basis of most modern-dance training in the UK, it includes contributions from current high-profile choreographers Hofesh Shechter, Alesandra Seutin and Rambert artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer.

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