We Love These Dance Companies' Ice Bucket Challenge Videos

By now, no doubt, your social media pages have been flooded (pun intended) with videos of friends taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge, a hugely successful viral campaign to raise funds and awareness for ALS research. Maybe you've even taken the chilly plunge or donated money yourself!  We've rounded up a few of our favorite videos of dance companies accepting the challenge. Their performances do not disappoint.

Dancers from The Washington Ballet took turns splashing water on each other while performing beauteous leaps and turns in front of the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial:

Pacific Northwest Ballet got artsy showering principal Lindsi Dec with waterfalls from above:

And the Rockettes, adorably, dumped buckets on each other in a canon, atop the Radio City Music Hall marqee:

Which were your favorite dancer Ice Bucket Challenge videos? Share in the comments!

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