We're Obsessed With Blood Orange's Latest Dance-Centric Video

We're not gonna lie: Blood Orange is quickly becoming an office favorite here at DM. His wonderfully off-beat videos feature purposely unpolished choreography in a range of styles. Dance has become an increasingly significant facet of his artistic output of late—such as his delightful collaboration with Maria Kochetkova a couple of months ago. The most recent music video for his song "Better Than Me" features 13 gorgeous contemporary dancers performing Juri Onuki's choreography alongside Dev Hynes (the man behind the persona), and it's utterly captivating.

Before we see (or hear) Hynes, we see besuited dancers. The camera catches a handful of them (seemingly) mid-improv, one dancer stepping backward to sweep into an off-balance attitude, another catching herself with her hands as she tips over into a penché.

The song proper begins as Hynes (in a baseball cap, as per usual) and the dancers scuttle from the sides of the space (think deserted office chic) into formation. They start in unison and break into a two group canon, featuring precise (yet funky) homolateral movements, wild attitude turns and off-kilter extensions. Hynes gamely attacks the topsy-turvy sequences, legs and all.

Hynes also gets in on the improv the second time around, and his focused enthusiasm doesn't seem out of place next to the nonchalantly powerful dancers.

There's even a postlude of sorts once the lyrics wind down, featuring brief, super-structured duos and trios set to an instrumental track.


Obsessed yet? Welcome to the club. Check out the full video below.

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Topical Pain Relievers Are the Next Item on Your Dancer Self-Care Supply List

With the stressors of the pandemic still lingering more than one year later, self-care is, rightfully, a priority for everyone right now. But dancers have always known the importance of keeping their bodies and minds as healthy as possible. After all, your body is your instrument, and as we make our long-awaited returns to the studio and stage, finding self-care strategies that work for you will be crucial to getting back up to speed—mentally and physically—with your rigorous performing and training schedule.

Dancers have a myriad of options to choose from when it comes to treating minor ailments like soreness, swelling and bruising. One that's quickly gaining popularity are topical pain relievers, which provide targeted, temporary relief of minor pain. These days, there's more than just your tried-and-true Tiger Balm on the shelves. From CBD lotions to warming gels and patches, finding the product that's right for you can be as difficult as finding the perfect Rockette-red shade of lipstick…but even more beneficial to your dance career.

Read on for our breakdown of some of the most common ingredients to look out for in the topical pain relief aisle.

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