Get your leotards and ballet shoes out there’s a new dance craze in town, hiplet…a marriage of hip hop dance and ballet.
A video that’s been taking off across the world wide web features ballerinas getting down to Jason Derulo’s “If It Ain’t Love.”
The dancers, who are from the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center, are performing hiplet, a style of dance that combines hip hop and ballet. They are so ‘on pointe’. Watch as the ballerinas, ages 12-16, boogie down while maintaining perfect command of their balance during the entire combination. The style is completely unique - definitely not the traditional relevés or pliés we’re used to seeing.
The clip, which was originally posted to hiplet creator Homer Hans Bryant’s Instagram account, went viral after ‘Só Bailarinos’ shared this eclectic style of dance. Since then, the video’s racked up more than 8 million views. It’s even landed Bryant and the dancers a recent segment on Good Morning America, where the ballerinas flaunted their grooves and moves.
Bryant, who’s also the founder and artistic director of CMCD, explained to GMA that he’s no stranger to applying some twists to classical ballet. He said he’s trained students in rap ballet before as well and explained that it’s important to evolve with the times. “In order to stay relevant with young people, you have to do what they’re doing now,” he said, later explaining the unique dances take classical ballet “to another level.”
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