The art of dance has been around for millennia.
Dance is as primal an artform as there is, perfect for social gatherings and solo shenanigans.
As Michael Scott of The Office once put it: “Okay! Dancing! It is a primal art form used in ancient times to express yourself with the body! And communicate!”
Dancing is art. Dancing is communication. Dancing is culture, and it’s constantly evolving!
Welcome to the Evolution of Dance Redux.
Four strapping teenagers recently recreated a classic dance video in light of new musical and cultural movements.
The Teen Titan Crew, as they call themselves, are ready to take us through the history of modern popular music and dance.
Their performance is clearly an homage to the original, historic YouTube video titled “Evolution of Dance.”
Comedy, music, and dance coalesce into one transcendent video.
Here’s artist Judson Laipply in the original:
Laipply’s version takes the audience through “the history of music” with a myriad of different dances set to songs from across the decades.
The Teen Titan Crew starts things off with the classic “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King.
Their white, collared shirts, suspenders, and brown pants are reminiscent of a time way back when.
But they look fresh in any time period.
Next up: “Twist” by Chubby Checker.
The choreography takes a unique turn in-line with the entrance of each new song. The crew scuttles to the pop classic.
Checker’s followed by a pair of classic hits: the anthemic “I Feel Good” by James Brown followed by the disco-tinged pop of “Night Fever” by The Bee Gees.
But few songs are as hype-inducing as the legendary “Y. M. C. A.” by Village People.
At this point, the choreography is pretty straightforward. And rightfully so.
“It’s fun to stay at the YMCA!”
Their enthusiasm sparks the crowd.
They’re leaving it all on the dance floor!
The crew’s choreography is carefully tailored to each song.
But once in a while, they’ll flash some acrobatics.
For teenagers especially, they’re in a class of their own!
“Funkytown” by Lipps Inc. begins to occupy the airwaves.
“Won’t you take me to Funkytown?”
Some of their sequences are absolutely mesmerizing!
Then… out come the flips!
They’ve been ramping up the ridiculousness of their choreography throughout the course of this 8-minute opus.
I’m flipping out right now!
Their acrobatics are on full display at this point. They make it look so easy – too easy, even!
“Ice, Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice even makes an appearance.
The crew handles each song with intelligence, grace, and technical precision.
Unlike the original, they delve deeper into modern music.
The Teen Titan Crew concludes with the smash hit “Gangnam Style” by South Korean pop artist Psy.
They perform a flurry of bold moves right up until the last bombastic drum hit.
They end the powerful performance with their hands on their chins.
The crowd erupts into a roar!
The gang assembles into a human pyramid as the crowd continues to go nuts.
The Teen Titan Crew’s masterfully choreographed homage to “Evolution of Dance” was both informative and wildly entertaining.
They nailed it from start to finish!
So what do you think of the Teen Titan Crew? How would you grade their stellar performance?
If you’re familiar with DC Comics Teen Titans, this dance crew is basically the Robin, Cyborg, Beast Boy, Raven, and Starfire of the real world.
The early 2000s animated Teen Titans television series is actually pretty solid!
Before you leave, don’t forget to watch the entirety of the crew’s performance, “New Evolution of Dance.”
It already has almost four million views on YouTube!
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