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Monday Cute: Zola the Gorilla Is Joy Personified—Er, Gorilla-fied—Dancing to “Maniac” From Flashdance

It's of the utmost urgency that we revisit something really important that we retweeted last week, as we need to make sure you didn't miss it. Zola, a gorilla at the Dallas Zoo, has become a viral sensation thanks to some fancy footwork and some well-timed water-splashing. Not to mention an assist from a Twitter user editing in the perfect song choice like a boss. And this is important, because it is awesome. 

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Nike Broadens Our Vision of Athleticism For Pride By Showcasing Mother Leiomy—the Wonder Woman of Vogue

Vogue, as an art form, didn't start with the hit Madonna song. It started decades earlier in the Harlem ballroom scene of the 1960s, which sprung up in response to decades of racism in the ballroom scene going back as early as the 1930s, where white gay men wouldn't let gay men of color participate, and if they did, they never won prizes. Right now, there is a reigning queen of vogue. She's known as Mother Leiomy, and Nike has recognized her greatness during Pride Month.

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200+ LGBTQIA Protesters Turned Up for a Dance Party Outside Mike Pence’s Home

See what I did there?

Around 200 protesters turned up (heh) outside of Mike Pence's temporary Washington, D.C. home to throw a dance party, marking his final stay in said home before moving into the Vice President's traditional home.

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Things We Saw Today: Martin Luther King’s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” Speaks to the “Presence of Justice” Over the “Absence of Tension”

While many gravitate toward Martin Luther King, Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech in order to highlight his hopes, his "Letter From a Birmingham Jail" feels more applicable to the way things are right now, especially in light of the incoming U.S. Presidential administration.

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Monday Cute: “Cute” Little Girls Taylor Hatala and Kyndall Harris Bring Their Dance Game Hard

We are now interrupting your weekly furry animal video to take a moment to redefine "cute." Usually, when you think of cute little girls, you're not also thinking of the words swag or badassery. Well, this morning, we invite you to hold all three of those words in your heads at the same time.

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Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum are Taking Their Dance Moves To TV

Truly this is an Easter gift.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Jenna will act as judge and mentor on the dance competition show, which so far has been given a total of six episodes. Right now, Channing is only slated to produce--so the word is out on whether or not he'll actually appear, but come on. This is human Golden Retriever Channing Tatum we're talking about here. He'll probably pop in at least once or twice, just to see how things are going on.

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Turns Out Dinosaurs May Have Been Very Sexy Dancers

In a paper published earlier this month in Scientific Reports, geologist Martin Lockley and his team claim that scrape marks found in the 100-million-year-old Cretaceous rock unit Dakota Sandstone are the first physical evidence of 'dinosaur foreplay' to be discovered.

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Things We Saw Today: The Force Awakens as a High School Rom-Com

Adorable BB-8 kitten!

What fandom is complete without its own manga high-school alternate reality? Here's one for The Force Awakens over at dc9spot over on Tumblr. It's pretty amazing. Also, adorable BB-8 kitten!

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Misty Copeland Launches MindLeaps Girls’ Program in Rwanda, Which Uses Dance to Prepare Disadvantaged Youth for School

American Ballet Theater principal dancer, Misty Copeland, knows what it's like to grow up poor and what it feels like to have dance be an escape for the harsh world around you. Recently, she was in Kigali, Rwanda to help MindLeaps, a non-profit that "uses dance as a way to attract street youth into formal education," launch its first girls program there. She recounts some of her experiences in the vlog above.

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Joseph Gordon Levitt Channels Janet Jackson and Kills It in Lip Sync Battle Performance

We all know that Joseph Gordon Levitt is a talented actor, director, and even a burgeoning show biz impresario through his collaborative production company, Hit Record. But who knew the guy could dance? Check out this video after the jump!

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Star Ballerina Misty Copeland and Awkward Black Girl Writer Tracy Oliver Teaming Up For FOX Dance Drama

Awkward Black Girl co-writer Tracy Oliver is moving forward on a dance drama for FOX, working with none other than American Ballet Theater principal dancer, Misty Copeland!

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Spider-Man and Deadpool Cosplayers Do a Dance-Off

With just a hint of Spideypool.

This is less of a dance-off between Spider-Man and Deadpool and more of a coordinated routine between the pair that ends up getting a little ... romantic?

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Misty Copeland Becomes American Ballet Theater’s First-Ever Black Female Principal Dancer

About. Damn. Time.

32-year-old writer and dancer Misty Copeland is continuing to make history.

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102-Year-Old Harlem Renaissance Dancer Sees Herself Perform on Film for the First Time

Onion ninjas strike again

Alice Barker was a chorus dancer during the Harlem Renaissance of the '30s and '40s, and although she acted in numerous commercials and performed alongside talent like Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, the now-102-year-old had never seen recordings of her dancing before some researchers from Jazz On Film stopped by her nursing home--and holy cow, could she ever move.

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This Is An Awesome Opera/Dance Piece Filmed Inside CERN’s Large Hadron Collider

You need some Deep Thought for this one.

When you think of CERN's Large Hadron Collider you probably think of science, not opera or dancers in hardhats. But filmmaker and media artist Ruben Van Leer's Symmetry might change all that.

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High-Tech Pointe Shoes Make Ballerinas Into App-Trackable Cyborg Ladies

Perfect for performing The Netcracker.

Ballerinas might be some of the world's most incredible athletes, but now, thanks to a Spanish designer, they're basically cyborgs as well.

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Bodies Meet Code In This Cool Dance Performance


This performance is brought to you by Adrien M/Claire B, a French dance company that according to Wired specializes in "cutting-edge physical-digital performance." This one is called "Pixel" and looks pretty darn cool.

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Ph.D. Student’s Interpretive Dance of Her Tornado Research Wins Contest, Also Wins the Internet

My research will be into why this contest isn't called PhDance.

The "Dance Your Ph.D." contest, sponsored by Science journal publisher AAAS, tasks students with expressing their research through, well, dance. This year's winner was biologist Uma Nagendra, who just happens to have a leg—and several other limbs—up on the rest of the competition with her double life as a circus aerialist. Hit the jump for a priceless music video about mayonnaise that also came in as a finalist.

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New Line Cinema Is Giving Misty Copeland The Biopic She Deserves

Slow-clap standing ovation, y'all.

For those of you uninitiated in the awesomeness of American Ballet Theatre's soloist Misty Copeland, you're in luck: Deadline reports that New Line Cinema has optioned the rights to her best-selling memoir Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. Considering the variety of barriers the star has leapt in her lifetime, that's great news even for film-goers who aren't versed in the dance world.

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Think High Heels Are Hard To Walk In? Watch These Guys Bust Out A Beyoncé Dance Routine In Stilettos.

Got me lookin' SO crazy right now.

Prepare to be amazed.

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