9 Guaranteed-To-Make-You-Smile-While-Quarantined Internet Dance Clips
Updated: Apr 22
So far 2020 has been… well, it’s been a doozy. A crazy roller coaster ride of emotions and events of epic proportions, non-stop news, and a lot more questions than answers. In an attempt to do something to help us remember the good in the world (and create some brand new content for this BRAND new site), I compiled a list of nine of my favorite go-to video-clips of some of the best dances and dancers of all time. A list of the pieces I turn to, time and time again, when I need inspiration.
So, grab a cocktail, cozy up on the couch, and dance your quarantine away.
#9: Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines in White Knights
ELEVEN pirouettes?! In this clip from White Knights, Mikhail Baryshnikov does eleven pirouettes on a bet by Gregory Hines. Both of these ridiculously talented dance masters are featured again later on this list, but here, their general badassery as a dance duo goes unmatched.
#8: Cyd Charisse and Gene Kelly performing "Broadway Melody" from Singing’ In The Rain
Cyd Charisse and Gene Kelly- insane talents and incredible work ethics. This clip from Singin’ In The Rain is as breathtaking to watch as it is fun.
#7: Savion Glover and Gregory Hines
This one is short and sweet, and it features Mr. Hines’ second appearance on the list. Hines, along with his protégé Savion Glover, paved the road to contemporary tap. Both served as cornerstones for dancers in a multitude of disciplines and genres for years, and in this clip, you can see the passion bleeding from these icons.
#6: Julie Kent and Ethan Stiefel performing Le Corsaire
Kent and Stiefel's popularity hit an all-time high with the success of the feature film, Center Stage, but this clip of them dancing the pas-de-deux from Le Corsaire shows exactly why they're truly the real deal.
#5: Mikhail Baryshnikov in Don Quixote
Here's Baryshnikov’s second appearance on the list. You want inspiration to fly? Look no further.
#4: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds in "Good Morning" from Singin' In The Rain
Debbie Reynolds — along with the amazing Gene Kelly and Donald O’Conner — in one of the most famous songs in movie musical history. Hard to beat.
#3: Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly performing "The Babbitt And The Bromide" from Ziegfeld Follies
(Can you tell I love Gene Kelly?) Here's two of the best of ALL TIME doing what they do so well. Funny, charming, and wickedly talented.
#2: Sylvie Guile and Jonathan Cope in Manon
When storytelling and technique collide in ballet it becomes mindblowing. Sylvie Guillem along with partner Jonathan Cope are two of the best and together they KILL this final pas de deux from Manon.
#1: Bob Fosse and Tommy Rall's "Alley Dance" from My Sister Eileen
Bob Fosse obviously became known for his choreography, but early in his remarkable career, he performed as well. In this clip from My Sister Eileen, Fosse, and the incredible Tommy Rall, perform the Alley Dance — which Fosse also choreographed). It’s astounding!
Michael Mahany serves as NYC Dance News & Culture’s founder and Editor-At-Large. Additionally, he is a professional actor, singer, dancer who appears nightly in the 10th Anniversary production of 'Rock Of Ages' in New York City. He's also a co-host of the 'Pod De Deux' dance podcast. Follow him on Instagram, Twitter, or visit www.michaelmahany.com for more. Story tips? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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