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We LIVED for this fiery ballroom trio. (Adam Rose/FOX)

It's baaaaack!

"So You Think You Can Dance" kicked off its 15th season last night with auditions in L.A. (and a killer, développé-filled opening montage set to "This Is Me" from The Greatest Showman). Nigel, Mary, Vanessa (looking sparklier and chicer than ever), and Cat were all on hand—plus tWitch was in the house to help out with auditions.

So, who's poised to become the next Lex, Kida, Gaby or Ricky? Here are the dancers who led the pack during the season premiere.

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Just for fun
Screenshot via YouTube

It was the meme that launched a thousand Firebolts—or something along those lines.

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Via Beyoncé's Instagram

This past week, Brianna Bundick-Kelly broke the internet when she posted a video of her dancing Beyoncé's Beychella, only hours after the live performance. The Virginia State University freshman, who's Twitter handle is "Briyonce," told Business Insider that she taught herself the choreography in 40 minutes. For dance teachers, this might seem just like another day at the office–dancers are supposed to pick up choreography fast, right? But Bundick-Kelly gets some serious props for her near flawless slaying of the Queen B's latest moves from a video, a feat she's no stranger to.

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As hundreds of thousands of students across the country participated in school walkouts and marches over the past few weeks, protesting school shootings and gun violence in America, one group of young comp kids decided to take a stand through dance. And the resulting video is truly powerful.

Choreographed and directed by Chelsea Jennings, the video features dancers from Club Dance Studio in Mesa, AZ, including Dance Spirit faves like Avery Gay, Jaycee Wilkins, Brynn Rumfallo, Brooklin Cooley, and Claire Mertens. Dressed in orange in honor of 14-year-old Parkland shooting victim and dancer Jaime Guttenberg, the girls perform some gorgeous and emotional choreo, and hold up posters displaying rallying cries like "Enough is Enough" and "We Are The Future."

Via YouTube

The mission of the piece? To spread love. The video's YouTube page says, "In a world where you can be anything, be kind. We hope to spread awareness, support and love to those in need. We believe in a brighter tomorrow. We are the future."

Jaime's dad, Fred Guttenberg, even tweeted his approval:



Not only is the video a beautiful tribute to those we've lost in school shootings, it's also a reminder of how important it is to stand up for what you believe in through your art, no matter how young you are.

Hug your dance sisters a little tighter today, and always remember to be kind. ❤️


Alicia Vikander in Tomb Raider (Warner Brothers)

Today in Ballet Dancers Are Actual Superheroes news:

You've no doubt heard that the fabulous Alicia Vikander is playing Lara Croft in the newest iteration of Tomb Raider, which hits movie theaters this Friday. But while her training for the high-octane action role was crazy tough, she says, studying at the Royal Swedish Ballet Schoolwas far tougher.

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Brown in her Pamplona Stones (1974). Photo by Johan Elbers, courtesy of Dance Magazine archives

On March 18, the dance community bid farewell to Trisha Brown. After a lengthy illness, the revolutionary postmodern choreographer passed away at age 80. The outpouring of love on social media was abundant. Here are some of our favorite Trisha Brown tweets.

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