May the 4th Be With You—Dance Edition

Here at Dance Magazine, we're celebrating Star Wars Day—May the 4th—the only way we know how: with some of the quirkiest dance tributes in the galaxy. From tap to ballet to hip hop, no one can resist the force.

Here are a few of our favorites:


If the Cantina Were a Tap Club...

Sarah Reich is one of today's most entertaining tappers. Pair her rhythms with the original trilogy's tunes, played by Postmodern Jukebox, and you've got one fun video. Prepare to tap your toes and hum along.

Intergalactic Ballet—or Pointe Shoes, Pirouettes and a Lot of Shiny Silver

This clip is definitely a throwback, featuring Kirov dancers Galina Panova and her husband Valery Panov. Their televised gala-style variation features live accompaniment by the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by the legendary Star Wars composer John Williams. While the performance is admittedly over the top with its frenetic energy and go-for-broke bravura, we couldn't keep this hidden in the depths of YouTube.

What Stormtroopers Do When No One's Watching

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to dance in a Stormtrooper costume, these guys can provide some enlightenment. Joint mobility: excellent. Twerking: absolutely possible.

May the 4th be with you!

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