So…you think you can dance? You might not know that National Dance Day takes place Saturday July 30th! Events are happening all across the U.S. at participating Six Flags parks so you can join in and shake your tail feather. To kick off this special day, take a minute to peep the choreography in these 5 amazing dance videos. If you get inspired you can always learn some new moves from some famous So You Think You Can Dance choreographers here!
Fatboy Slim - Praise You Directed by and starring creative mastermind Spike Jonze, this video features a (fictional) community dance troupe performing a small-scale flash mob, before flash mobs were a thing, at a local movie theater. It won 3 VMA's for Best Direction, Best Choreography and Breakthrough video. I think about this video whenever I'm at a movie theater - I want it to happen in real life!
Britney Spears - (You Drive Me) Crazy It's not the most obvious choice for a Britney dance video ("I'm A Slave 4 U" or "Stronger" are usually the top picks), but c'mon - Miss Spears in a shiny green crop top, dancing like ~*CrAzY*~ amongst 90's icons Adrian Grenier and Melissa Joan Hart? Amazing! Although, the video concept is a little confusing…are they in some sort of warehouse diner? All that matters is when BritBrit yells "STOP!" at 2:10 and everybody anticipates the epic dance battle that ensues shortly after. Check out 2:44 as MJH totally gets down with the DJ! ;)
Missy Elliott - Gossip Folks This was Missy Elliott's big comeback video in 2003. When it came out, I dreamed of transferring to a school with Adidas sweatsuit uniforms and regular dance battles in the cafeteria. Pretty sure they'd fail me though since there's no way I could keep up with the kids in this video. In fact, after its release, Alyson Stoner (the one with the pig tails and bangs) was cast as a back-up dancer for several artists including Outkast, Eminem and Lil' Bow Wow… and she was just 10 in "Gossip Folks"! Dang, talk about wunderkind.
Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) Famously, Kanye West once stated that this video is "one of the best videos of all time" and we kinda have to agree (we don't condone interrupting Taylor Swift though!). The concept of this video is so simple yet so striking: three women in bodysuits and heels in black and white dancing like there's no tomorrow. Pure genius.
I think you can actually get arrested for making a dance playlist without putting Michael Jackson on it. Like it is a legitimate crime in a couple states I'm pretty sure. I've never seen a better choreographed knife fight than the one in "Beat It". Lucky for the battlers, no one gets hurt because MJ shows up to distract everyone with his sick moves. Argument? Forget mediation! Just do the moonwalk! Problem solved.