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Sneak peak, the season 8 New York auditions for So You
Think You Can Dance.
Hair whipping gets front and center.
And an Oscar winner shows off her dancing skills on Glee.
This is Just Dance for November 18, 2010.
Glee proved Oscar-worthy worthy this week with Academy
Award winner, Gwyneth Paltrow, showing off her skills as
guest star, substitute teacher, Holly Holliday.
Gwyneth's character introduced some thrilling song and dance
numbers to our favorite gleeks.
But it was the match up of Rhianna's 'Umbrella'" and
"Singing in the Rain" that was just
too good not to spotlight.
The New Directions and Miss Paltrow tore it up on a
water-filled stage with umbrellas in hand.
Glee's resident choreographer, Zach Woodlee, really raised
the bar, bringing a slew of original steps and formations.
It was great to also get a sample of some classic musical
theater choreography during the upbeat closing number of
the musical, Chicago, 'Hot Honey Rag." Woodlee's moves
have also been seen in the feature films, The Backup
Plan, Life As We Know It, and Eat, Pray, Love.
Be sure to tune in to Glee next Tuesday at 8:00, 7:00
Central on Fox.
There may be a little visit from Sue Sylvester's mother,
played by the one and only Carol Burnett.
The semi-finals of Dancing With The Stars this week was
booming with full-blown energy.
Brandy performed a Paso Doble and gracious Argentine Tango.
The vast improvement in her posture was evident in their
And she moved effortlessly through the lifts.
Brandy got a perfect 30 for the Tango and a 57 overall.
Jennifer, "I told you you're not going to put me in the
corner", Grey nailed a perfect 60 points this week.
Bouncing back from body pains, Grey enamored the judges with
her Cha Cha Cha and Waltz.
Bristol bottomed out the night dancing the Paso Doble and the
Waltz, after being in the bottom two
six times this season.
Carrie Ann gave her praise, but the judges
awarded her 53 points.
And finally, Kyle Massey and his, quote, "bionic bum"
Sambaed and Tangoed to the tune of 58 points and second
place on the leader board.
After a gut wrenching result show, Brandy was sent home.
Tune in to the finale next week to see Bristol Palin,
Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey dance it out for the Mirror
If you don't know her and love her yet, you will after this.
10-year-old Willow Smith, the daughter of actors Will and
Jada Pinkett Smith, has taken the music world by storm.
The video to her first single, "Whip My Hair," has one of the
catchiest dance moves of the year, hair whipping.
The video and lyrics have music and dance lovers
nationwide whipping their hair back and forth to the beats of
this eclectic song.
The choreography is by So You Think You Can Dance judge,
Hi-Hat, who has also worked with P Diddy, Shakira, and
With her moves and vocal stylings, it's no wonder
Willow is being dubbed "Baby Rhianna." We can't wait to see
what other moves this kid-friendly club *** has
up her sleeves.
You may know of YouTube personality
and comedian, iJustine.
Last week, she uploaded another one of her infamous
"watch me dance around the Apple store" videos, already
scoring over 300,000 views.
Justine brought us some fresh new moves while dancing to
Haji Springer's, "Do My Thang." Little did we know
that she is not alone.
The online celeb has spawned a slew of Apple Store dancing
videos, some of which we think are just too good to ignore.
YAK FILMS is a new online production company that is
taking the lead in documenting street-based
dancing around the world.
The YouTube channel first caught our attention with
their video, "Turf Dancing in the Rain." The video, which
was uploaded over a year ago, recently caught some big
attention and jumped to over 1.6 million views.
Directed by 25-year-old Yoram Savion, the video features
four dancers of the open-based dance group, Turf Feinz.
YAK FILMS encourages dance crews worldwide to document
their style and culture.
Check out this groundbreaking company at yakfilms.com.
And keep the movement alive.
Last week, we gave you a sneak peek into the world of the new
Fox Searchlight film, Black Swan.
Leading lady, Natalie Portman, trained for a year before the
film went into production.
The actress, who is already getting Oscar buzz for her
portrayal of repressed ballerina, Nina, in the
Aronofsky film, studied ballet until she was 13 years old.
Physical demands of the role had her dust off the old
shoes, slip into a tutu, and begin relearning what she
calls, the most emotional form of expression.
Six months out, Natalie went into intense cross-training,
dancing and swimming for five hours a day.
Her rigorous workout schedule led to her dropping 20 pounds.
Once the star had redeveloped her technique and strength,
she began learning the choreography from New York
City Ballet's Benjamin Millepied.
Portman said that her sessions with Millepied required
extreme focus, discipline, and obsession.
Well, we are already obsessed with this film and can't wait
for its premiere, December 3.
Fox is gearing up for the eighth season of So You Think
You Can Dance, holding auditions all around the US.
Dance On was in Brooklyn on Monday morning to cover the
New York round of auditions for the hit dance show.
The turnout was enormous.
And I had the great opportunity to chat with some
of the auditioners as they waited in line to show off
MALE SPEAKER: From all over New York.
FEMALE SPEAKER: New Jersey.
ALL (SINGING): Go music!
MALE SPEAKER: I got here like midnight.
FEMALE SPEAKER: We got up at 2:00 and drove in here.
And we got lost.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Contemporary.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Contemporary.
FEMALE SPEAKER: It's kind of like a modern flare of ballet
and modern with jazz influences.
It's like a lot--
FEMALE SPEAKER: I do like a hip-hop jazz fun.
MALE SPEAKER: All hip-hop.
Next stop is Salt Lake City where Nigel and company will
be holding auditions February 2.
So You Think You Can Dance hits the air next summer.
So this week, you saw the Willow Smith whip, wannabe
whips, and Jennifer Grey whip into shape.
Stay tuned next Thursday for another episode of Just Dance
The dance video network.