The year 2019 is already off to a dramatic start for dance fans, thanks to Abby Lee Miller's latest announcement. The infamously tough dance coach just let the world know that she'll begin filming Season 8 of the hit reality series "Dance Moms" at the end of January.
Her return to the show will come as a surprise to many, because Miller's been dealing with a myriad of personal challenges since quitting in 2017. Even though her battle with cancer is ongoing, it sounds like she's ready to dive back into the world of reality TV.
We're most curious to meet the next crop of talented dancers Miller will coach. The original "Dance Moms" cast members have distanced themselves from the reality mogul, but we're guessing there are plenty of gifted students ready to tackle the challenges that come with working with her.
If anyone's going to demonstrate how to break out some fresh dance moves it might as well be Ciara. This dancing diva is working on her seventh album, and everyone knows that any great album should be served with a side of dancing. So Ciara decided to show Vogue five of her fiercest moves—and we are here for every single one of them.
From the 1, 2 Step to Bucking, Ciara reminds us why we love her in this beautiful tutorial. We dare you to watch this and NOT bust a move. We can't wait to see what routines Ciara and her longtime choreographer Jamaica Craft pair with the tracks on her upcoming album. Whatever they decide, we know we'll be in for a treat. Until then you can master Ciara's iconic dance moves with the help of the video below. We won't judge you for playing it on repeat.
Denise (center left) and Travis Wall (center right); courtesy of Auroris Media, Inc.
Dance phenomenon Travis Wall and his mom Denise are no strangers to the spotlight. Travis' success on "So You Think You Can Dance," followed by his own reality show, have propelled him to reality dance stardom. Though he's working behind the scenes as a choreographer these days, you can still catch him performing occasionally with his dance company, Shaping Sound. And Denise is a recognized dance expert in her own right, having taught dance for 38 years, founded her own studio, and produced over 50 dancers who have gone on to pursue dance professionally. Now these two are shining a light on the world of competitive dance with their new documentary "I Dream of Dance."
Last night Jennifer Lopez "danced the night away" at the MTV Video Music Awards, and though no words can truly do justice to her jaw-dropping performance, we have to try. The dance legend began her 10-minute mash-up of best hits descending from the heavens, like the dance goddess she is—and somehow things only got better from there. The 49-year-old pulled out some of the fiercest moves we've ever seen, proving why she's such an icon in the industry.
After the performance, Lopez graciously accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, becoming the first Latina artist to receive the title. "Music, acting, performing—this career has always been an obsession for me... I kind of had to forge my own path and rules," Lopez said. And then she paid the ultimate compliment to her mother Guadalupe Rodríguez, calling her "the original dancing queen. Anybody who knows Lupe knows that's where I get my skills from," she told the crowd.
The only way MTV will ever be able to outdo this performance is if they get J. Lo and her mom up on that stage next year for a duet. Till then, we'll just be over here replaying this epic routine.
The bar has been raised as "World of Dance" moves to the next round: the Duels. And with over 60 acts of talented dancers advancing to this round, some serious dancing will go down before we can begin to contemplate who the winner might be. Though the Qualifiers were a great introduction to talented new faces, let's face it, the intensity of challenging and competing against a specific dance act makes the Duels one of the most exciting and intense parts of "WOD." This is where we begin to see what these dancers are really made of. Here are some of the highlights from last night's sensational performances.
The Fabulous Sisters vs Rascals
These two dance groups were some of the most memorable in the qualifying rounds, so it was thrilling to watch them go to head to head in what seems like a perfect match. The Rascals brought all the swag and some serious attitude to the dance floor, but it was the fierce, syncopated performance of the Fabulous Sisters that won the judges' hearts. In fact Ne-Yo even went as far as to call their dance "art in motion." The Fabulous Sisters moved forward with an overall score of 95.7 while the Rascals were cut with an overall score of 94.3.
Luka & Jenalyn vs Karen Y Ricardo
These ballroom dancers gave us quite the show as they tried to one-up each other in hopes of making it to the next round. Watching Karen y Ricardo throw down the gauntlet was truly a highlight of the night. The control with which they executed their tricks brought the judges to their feet in a standing ovation. Derek even commented on how easy they made everything look. But Luka & Jenalyn were formidable dance opponents. Jenalyn started the performance in a straitjacket, ironically making us question her sanity as she did some intense partnering, threading her limbs through partner Luka's positions. Though Luka & Jenalyn did step up their game with an overall score of 92.3, their execution wasn't quite clean enough to beat Karen y Ricardo, who were rewarded an impressive overall score of 98.3.
Avery & Marcus vs Eva Igo
This Duel was the most dramatic of the night, with fan favorite Eva Igo returning to the stage to duel contemporary ballet duo Avery & Marcus. Tbh both performances were insane in the best way possible and I don't even know how the judges determined who would be eliminated. True to her reputation, Eva projected all the feels during her beautiful contemporary number. But the judges felt like they'd seen this side of her before and expected to see more from someone who holds the Junior Division Champion title of last year's season. Avery & Marcus responded with a breathtaking acrobatic ballet routine featuring some seriously innovative choreography. The biggest shock of the season came when Avery & Marcus advanced to the next round with an overall score of 93.3, while Eva received a 92. We have to admit we definitely didn't see that one coming.