All the Dance Highlights of the 2019 Grammy Awards
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Yes, yes, it's a music awards show, but for us, it's *always* all about the dancing. And last night, the Grammy performers—especially the ladies—gave us everything our little dancer hearts desired. Happy early Valentine's Day to us! 😍
4. Camila Cabello performing "Havana"
There are definitely worse ways to open an awards show than with Camila Cabello's chart-topping song. Cabello joined forces with Ricky Martin, J Balvin, jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, her own abuela (!), and a giant crew of dancers for a colorful, cannily choreographed performance that was giving us alllll kinds of West Side Story vibes.
3. Jennifer Lopez's Motown tribute
Lopez may have received some criticism for this performance—skeptics wondered if she was really the right artist for the job—but the dancing in the tribute was indisputably on point. (When Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo are your creative directors, that's pretty much a given.) Also, find someone who looks at you the way A-Rod looks at JLo onstage.
2. Cardi B performing "Money"
OK, yes, everyone's talking about that incredible pianist that opened the set. But let's also talk about Cardi's cadre of catsuit-ed dancers, who helped Cardi create a showgirl-style fantasy (and GIF-able moment after GIF-able moment) on the Grammy stage.
1. Janelle Monae performing "Make Me Feel"
Aka We're Obsessed with Janelle Monae, exhibit #9476. Monae absolutely slayed last night, thanks in no small part to her regiment of fabulous dancers doing Fosse-meets-Janet-meets-fembot choreo. (And yes, those iconic pants from the "PYNK" music video made an appearance.)
Mention "flamenco" to anyone in the Cuban dance scene, and they are likely to bring up Irene Rodríguez. Artistic director of Compañía Irene Rodríguez, Cuba's premiere flamenco company, Rodríguez has shared the stage with such renowned flamenco artists as Eva Yerbabuena, María Juncal and Antonio Gades. She is also a faculty member at Havana's Fernando Alonso National Ballet School, and has served as a choreography consultant at Ballet Nacional de Cuba.
Irina Kolpakova in the studio with Katherine Williams. Photo by Quinn Wharton for Pointe.
Being coached by a treasure like former Kirov prima Irina Kolpakova is an experience most dancers only dream of. But company members at American Ballet Theatre have been the lucky beneficiaries of her wisdom since 1990. Thanks to Instagram, where pros like Gillian Murphy and James Whiteside share snippets of their sessions with Kolpakova, any ballet lover can be a fly on the wall during rehearsals with the famed ballet mistress.