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Watch Ciara Walk You Through Her Most Memorable Dance Videos

The second part of TIME's interview with the singer focuses on her fancy footwork

Ciara just embarked on her first tour in six years to promote her new album Jackie, but don’t think the “I Bet” singer has gotten rusty with the choreography. Whether it’s the floor hump from “Ride” or her The Matrix-style back bend from “Like a Boy,” she’s still breaking out her best-known routines on the road.

“Sometimes you get bored of the same moves, but you know that there are those moves that those fans love,” she tells TIME. “And you better not change those moves or you might create a little confusion! It’s those key moments that people remember because they mark the special creative moments you shared. It’s only right that you give them that thing they’ve loved from the beginning of the song or era.”

So when TIME sat down with Ciara to talk about how motherhood influenced her new record, it was only right that we asked her to walk fans through some of her most memorable moves and dance videos as well. See her reflect on “Gimmie Dat,” “Promise,” “Work,” “1, 2 Step” and more in the video above.

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Watch This 102-Year-Old as She Looks at Old Footage of Herself as a Young Jazz Dancer

This is beautiful and amazing

Alice Barker, now age 102, was a chorus-line dancer during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1930s and ’40s and danced with legends including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

She danced in many movies, commercials and TV shows but had never seen herself on film.

With the help of Mark Cantor of Jazz Film and David Shuff, researchers managed to dig up three “soundies” — the music videos of the day — that Barker appeared in and were able to go to her nursing home and show her the incredible footage for the very first time.

“It makes me wish I could get out of this bed and do it all over again,” she says.

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Watch This Guy’s Hilariously Elaborate Interpretive Dance to Mozart

His choreography offers a totally new perspective on Mozart

Mozart’s music can be incredibly evocative — especially for this guy, who decided to channel his emotions into a very elaborate interpretive dance set to the musician’s final symphonies.

The video was “inspired by a dear friend,” the dancer explains. “When she was younger and the other girls emulated their favorite Disney princesses, she would dress up like famous classical composers instead (a birthday party of hers was Mozart themed).” And so, one weekend when she was out of town and he was watering her plants, he saw a collection of Mozart’s symphonies on her table — and the idea for this inventive dance popped into his head.

The result is a lovely blend of high-brow and low-brow. Enjoy.

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Watch an Adorable Girl Start an Impromptu Dance Party at a Subway Station

Ah, the pure joy of youth

The underground music scene in New York City — underground as in the subway system, not secret clubs — is characterized by a wide range of quality. Sometimes it seems like all it has to offer are mariachi bands that insist on playing only on those days when you have a splitting headache, got caught in the rain and just found out that your dog died. But occasionally you stumble upon a gem. This video from a Brooklyn station is precious not as much for the band’s rollicking version of the Grateful Dead’s “Me and My Uncle,” but for a small, bespectacled child’s joyful dancing.

The girl’s roof-raising jig gradually inspires a small hootenanny of strangers coming together in unfettered joy. At one point, her glee escapes from her in the kind of scream reserved only for the highest moments of elation.

Five minutes later, surely, all those people smashed themselves shoulder-to-shoulder into the human equivalent of a cattle truck. But for those two minutes, her joy was the center of the universe.

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Auburn’s Football Coach Dancing to ‘U Can’t Touch This’ Is the Essence of the ’90s

The dance moves aren't a touchdown, but his humility is

As Jimmy Fallon’s “Evolution of End Zone Dancing” reminds us, football fans are no strangers to inspired moves. It’s not unusual for coaches to get a little riled up on the sidelines, gesturing wildly to their quarterbacks or lamenting a play gone rogue. Auburn University football coach Gus Malzahn has had his fair share of sideline jigs, most notably involving the rapid rotation of his hands. And from the looks of this new video unearthed from a family vacation, Malzahn’s moves are years in the making.

In the video, Malzahn dances to MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This,” pulling out favorites from his arsenal of dad moves: the opposite-arm-opposite-knee-pump, the reel-it-in, and a half-decent attempt at break dancing. While he may never have expected the glory of Internet fame — at least not for his dance moves — Malzahn certainly made no efforts to hide his talents in the past. In a 2009 profile, he admits to showing the video to his team at Shiloh Christian High School before playoff games. And the YouTube user who posted the video got the clip from his 2001 Springdale High School Highlights DVD.

The video was recorded on a family vacation to Six Flags in 1996. Despite his protestations, his daughters kept laying on the pressure. “Finally I had enough,” he said in a radio interview yesterday, “and I said, ‘No, I’m going to do it.’ So, I went in there and of course we got it done.” Sounds like the words of a football coach. You can fault him for his lack of rhythm, but you can’t fault a guy who has a sense of humor about himself.

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Watch Jimmy Fallon and Brad Pitt Communicate Entirely Through the Art of Breakdance

There are subtitles for those of you not fluent in the language of dance

Last night, Brad Pitt dropped by The Tonight Show to chat with Jimmy Fallon, catch up on life, talk about his current movie Fury, etc. They did all of this — but instead of using words, they used their dance moves.

Luckily, this segment included subtitles for those of us who are not fluent in breakdance. Fallon and Pitt both do a great job, but the true star here is clearly Brad’s mustache.

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Little Kid Dancing at a Wedding Totally Steals the Spotlight From the Bride

He's basically the Billy Elliot of wedding dancing

As the old saying goes: dance like nobody’s watching. This little kid, whose spirited dance routine was captured at a wedding by YouTube user Blake Weir, really took that advice to heart. The experience seems so spiritual and transcendent for him that he doesn’t even appear to hear the music (which happens to be “Sweet Caroline.”) Instead, he’s simply listening to the music playing in his own heart.

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Watch Laverne Cox Dance Like Nobody’s Watching During Beyoncé’s VMAs Performance

She really needs to be in Bey's next video

While Blue Ivy was doing some tasteful head-bobbing during Beyoncé’s VMAs performance, actress Laverne Cox was just rocking out.

While everyone around her sat quietly enjoying the show (including Kim Kardashian), the Orange Is the New Black star was on the next level. Up on her feet, waving her arms, wiggling her hips and singing along to “Blow,” it’s clear that she was having a better time than pretty much anyone in the audience.

Best. Ever. Cox is basically saying: All hail Queen Bey.

We hope Cox and Beyoncé become besties really soon (if they aren’t already) so Cox can star in Bey’s next music video and so Bey can make an appearance in an OITNB episode. Bey, if you’re out there, make it happen.

TIME politics

Chris Christie Shows Off His World-Famous Dance Moves Onstage With Jamie Foxx

The New York Post called it "rambunctious gyrating"

At a benefit in the Hamptons this weekend, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie busted out his incredible dance moves (which he recently showed off on The Tonight Show), much to the delight of the crowd.

“I know you’ve got a dance in you, Chris Christie,” said Jamie Foxx, who urged the politician to join him onstage, according to the New York Post. He promptly made his way up to the stage for what the Post aptly described as “rambunctious gyrating.”

Sadly, there’s no audio, so we recommend turning on some Donna Summer to play in the background. Here, hit play on this and then return to the Christie video:

 

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11 Fun Photos to Start Your Weekend

From beach-goers to North Korean dance parties, here's a handful of photos to get your weekend started right

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