“I like it when a flower grows through a crack in the concrete. It’s so heroic.” – George Carlin
This is a first for me. I’ve posted plenty of covers, including yesterday’s lovely forties-style cover of “All About That Bass,” but my previous covers have always been musical ones. Today’s is a dance cover instead, which is a little unusual, but wait until you hear where it came from.
You’ve probably seen the music video for Sia’s “Chandelier.” The entire video is done in a single shot (I’m always a sucker for a single-shot music video) and features a young dancer flinging herself around a depressing, empty apartment in a skin-colored leotard and a cheap wig. It may sound bleak, but the choreography and the dancer are so compelling, I have found myself watching it over and over. YouTube suggested the video below as something I’d be interested in, and I clicked on it without expecting very much. I was wrong.
The performance below is a duet featuring the original child dancer and a young woman, but here’s where things get freaky. First of all, Sia sings the song live while facing the back of the stage. (This is her thing now.) Second, the original dancer, Maddie Ziegler, is known for her appearances on the horrible and hypnotic reality show “Dance Moms” wherein talented children are basically tortured by psychotic rageaholic dance teacher Abby Miller. Third, the other dancer, Allison Holker, is one of the professional dancers on “Dancing with the Stars,” which is where this performance appeared.
I still can’t figure out how this came about, since neither Maddie nor Allison are contestants and DWTS doesn’t usually have random performances in the middle of the competition, but however it got there, the dance actually manages to improve on the original performance. This moving, skilled, beautiful performance is, at least in part, the product of one awful reality show and one fairly vapid one. It’s astounding to me that anything this good can come out of such drek, but here it is!
Please watch the original first, then watch the duet below.