It was a big, bold, exciting year in dance. From rapping founding fathers on the Broadway stage (Alexander Hamilton has never been more desirable) to Dance Moms stars turned mega stars (we’re looking at you, Maddie Z), we loved watching major moments unfold onstage and beyond. Here’s a look back at a few of our favorite dance milestones from the past year…
Misty Copeland dominated the dance world and, well, the world in general. She became the first black ballerina to become a principal at American Ballet Theatre, was on the cover of TIME magazine, inspired billions of dancers of all ages, and so much more. She was in the news constantly, and always for wonderful, well-deserved, hard-earned reasons.
Hamilton took Broadway by storm. Literal genius Lin-Manuel Miranda (he won the MacArthur Genius Grant!) penned this musical about Alexander Hamilton and the founding fathers, and it instantly became the hottest ticket in town (with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler). But it’s not just the show drawing thousands to the theater: The daily lottery is an event in itself, known for its spontaneous (and awesome) #Ham4Ham performances by Broadway’s heavy hitters.
Justin Bieber’s dance-centric Purpose videos, which featured some very well known (to us) faces, made us forgive him for, well…the last few years. We still haven’t stopped doing Parris Goebel’s Sorry choreography in our living rooms.
Keone and Mariel Madrid’s final performance with the Choreo Cookies dance crew. (Now that there are two spots open, can we join?)
The constant rise and amazingness of dancers from Master Ballet Academy. The Arizona-based studio has been impressing audiences (and YouTube fans) for years, and is now home base to dancers like Juliet Doherty and Sophia Lucia. We can’t get enough of these pint-sized prima ballerinas on the rise.
Drake’s oh-so-meme-able Hotline Bling video. Never gets old. Thank you, Drake.
When J-Lo absolutely slayed at the American Music Awards.
When Maddie Ziegler went from Dance Moms to OMG superstar seemingly overnight, and became Sia’s muse. The dancing was so good, and the acting was beyond. Go girl.
When Bindi Irwin proved she was all grown up, and won Dancing With the Stars alongside pro partner Derek Hough.
Gaby Diaz proved that tap is top by representing #TeamStage and winning “So You Think You Can Dance.”
#LeftShark. Enough said.
What were your favorite dance moments from 2015? Let us know in the comments!