• Published: 10 October 2019
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    Semi-Finals: "THE FEELS"
    This category was all moody, slow songs that could be danced to in any style.

    After a Prelim round with 60 dancers, we narrowed it to down to the 6 semi-finalists in this video.

    1 winner of The Feels was chosen in this Semi-Finals round.

    That winner went head to head against the winner of The Heels and The Thrills.

    Dancers in order of appearance:

    Here's an explanation of the event!

    And a recap of the event:

    “Freestyle Roulette: Live Event” is a dance event created so that any dancer of any style can showcase their abilities in a high stakes, supportive environment. This event rewards creativity, whether you’ve been dancing for 10 years or 10 months, by judging not based on dance skill but rather based on interpretation of a prompt.

    The dancer spins a wheel and is given a song at random, then spins a second wheel for a prompt at random. The dancer has to interpret the prompt to the song, dancing unrehearsed.

    “Freestyle Roulette” is an exercise used in the @thegalenhooksmethod intensives to train dancers in committing to artistic choices. At times it is used for practical training, for example to prepare dancers for industry auditions or shoots where they are asked to do often awkward things that they have to commit to and deliver confidently.

    Following the GHM sessions, students would often rent studio space to continue practicing alone or with small groups of friends. This event expands it to the greater dance community with curated judges who are not only at the top of their fields, but whom dancers rarely have the opportunity to be seen by. The judges are reciprocally exposed to talent they would rarely have the opportunity to see.

    And lastly, this event allows us to discover new music and artists, often with the entire audience and the dancer hearing the song for the first time.

    In order to make room for all dance styles, 3 categories were offered: THE FEELS (slow, moody songs), THE HEELS (sensual songs danced in a heel), and THE THRILLS (upbeat, hype songs).

    Any dancer could enter any category and do any dance style they wanted to within that category.

    Participants flew from around the world to attend. Dancers from all styles, backgrounds, and ages came together for this community event.


    GALEN HOOKS is a Director and VMA-Nominated Choreographer who has worked with over 60 artists including Camila Cabello, Justin Bieber, Usher, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Ciara, Ne-Yo, John Legend, Grimes, Banks, and more.

    TV and Film credits include La La Land, GI Joe 3, 17 again, The Voice (Assoc Creative Producer), America's Got Talent (Assoc Consulting Producer), X-Factor (Supervising Choreographer), So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, Glee, The Grammys, Oscars, American Music Awards, and more.

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Comments • 125

  • Rosely
    Rosely  2 hours back

    I've discovered a lot of great songs and artists through this :o Didn't know I would like song by Billie Eilish

    • positive vibes
      positive vibes  3 hours back

      supportive dancers are the best.

      • Kev Dzur
        Kev Dzur  18 hours back

        Najla reminds me of an edgy Zendaya + Rhianna but omg they just blew me away with every single movement it was did you even interpret that into dancing? God that was mind blowing. 😍

        • nobay
          nobay  23 hours back

          Galen this is such a brilliant concept! Thank you so much! And the dancers here are incredible. So much emotion and storytelling. I am absolutely touched by Najla's art...speechless.

          • Patriq James
            Patriq James  1 days back


            • Kvng Navaeh
              Kvng Navaeh  2 days back

              Christine was on sytycd,, I lovee her

              • kc
                kc  2 days back

                i got GOOOOOOOOOOSEEE bumps when najla danced to waves

                • Zasha Lugo
                  Zasha Lugo  2 days back


                  • Fee Okur
                    Fee Okur  2 days back

                    9:56 me when I’m doing the dishes and touch a soggy piece of food

                    • RIRI Herron
                      RIRI Herron  3 days back

                      Finally YouTube is recommended some good stuff

                      • Das Yubil
                        Das Yubil  3 days back

                        I have literally watched Najla's heaven and hell performance so many bloody times, it's not even funny.

                        One thing I love about dancers and the art of dance in general is the attention is put towards the music. I see these guys put a move with a beat that I missed or didn't even realize was there for the songs most of the time. I am wholeheartedly love this series. Keep doing what your doing Galen!

                        • elly
                          elly  4 days back

                          I'm so happy i have good taste in music I love all of these songs

                          • VivianChe'La Hughes
                            VivianChe'La Hughes  5 days back

                            Fuck it up Queen! Yaaaas!

                            • natpdance
                              natpdance  5 days back

                              Najla's final round literally made me cry

                              • Ayanna Brinae
                                Ayanna Brinae  5 days back

                                Najla my GOD !!!! That last dance brought me to tears

                                • Siddhi Shah
                                  Siddhi Shah  5 days back

                                  6:27 i know that song!!! Courtesy of the vampire diaries ♥️♥️

                                  • Siddhi Shah
                                    Siddhi Shah  5 days back

                                    If Galen Hooks ever holds dance roulette in India, ill definitely go no matter how far..

                                    • Brian Lowry
                                      Brian Lowry  5 days back

                                      Najla is on a WHOLE NOTHER LEVEL. Anyone with a set of eyes can see shes doing something none of them in that room are doing. No disrespect to all the other dancers but I dont see ENOUGH love going her way. A dancers main objective is to make you feel something. She not only did this EFFORTLESSLY, but made me love the song even more, and just get lose in the moment for a second. THROUGH A COMPUTER SCREEN. CMON

                                      Najla from a dancer myself, you KILTTTTTTT IT

                                      • Helder Araujo
                                        Helder Araujo  5 days back


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                                              • ChilledToTheBone
                                                ChilledToTheBone  5 days back

                                                Why can't I stop rewatching Najla's performance

                                                • Badea Marjieh
                                                  Badea Marjieh  6 days back

                                                  Image if Sean Lew were there!

                                                  • Helin Topkaya
                                                    Helin Topkaya  6 days back

                                                    WHEN BILLIE EILISH STARTED TO PLAY I WAS CRYINF

                                                    • Hanna
                                                      Hanna  6 days back

                                                      I absolutely love this series!! Keep em coming :)

                                                      • meytisss
                                                        meytisss  7 days back

                                                        I honestly fell in love with Christine

                                                        • Zinlue’s Life
                                                          Zinlue’s Life  7 days back

                                                          Everything about this was amazing 😩❤️ a lot of dancers are scared of improv but I absolutely love it !!

                                                          • Alicia Paris
                                                            Alicia Paris  7 days back

                                                            AS SOON AS I HEARD SONDER TOO FAST I LOST IT. So glad you finally posted another one of these😍

                                                            • Agatha Duarte
                                                              Agatha Duarte  7 days back

                                                              18:17 OMG

                                                              • Agatha Duarte
                                                                Agatha Duarte  7 days back

                                                                3:25 That's was beautiful! Like "We are this"...

                                                                • Agatha Duarte
                                                                  Agatha Duarte  7 days back

                                                                  I'm sooo in love with Christine.The Snake of Eva!

                                                                  • Paniianx
                                                                    Paniianx  1 weeks back

                                                                    i love 3:24 soo muchhh

                                                                    • Shelmith M
                                                                      Shelmith M  1 weeks back

                                                                      Christine is not human

                                                                      • Vincentius Ricky
                                                                        Vincentius Ricky  1 weeks back

                                                                        All. Of the songs selection are great.

                                                                        • Jay Johnson
                                                                          Jay Johnson  1 weeks back

                                                                          This was so moving to watch live! I was so inspired. Thank you for this event galen cant wait for the next one!!

                                                                          • Shayne Kcp
                                                                            Shayne Kcp  1 weeks back

                                                                            Najla sure is the winner. she feels every move. she interprets with emotion. she suddenly goes slow-mo to show you the details

                                                                            • Shayne Kcp
                                                                              Shayne Kcp  1 weeks back

                                                                              kai is suddenly lost but he suddenly goes in a trance 😎

                                                                              • Shayne Kcp
                                                                                Shayne Kcp  1 weeks back

                                                                                this girl Najla is so damn amazing. fiewwww 😍

                                                                                • MzTMichelle
                                                                                  MzTMichelle  1 weeks back

                                                                                  That last dance ... ugh 🖤🖤🖤🖤

                                                                                  • Sandi Aurei
                                                                                    Sandi Aurei  1 weeks back

                                                                                    Naj is just impeccable

                                                                                    • I_ Nicole
                                                                                      I_ Nicole  1 weeks back

                                                                                      Ok, thanks for closed captioning

                                                                                      • Official Liz Sanchez
                                                                                        Official Liz Sanchez  1 weeks back

                                                                                        I am in tears I absolutely love this series

                                                                                        • Carolee Perry
                                                                                          Carolee Perry  1 weeks back

                                                                                          The one 'dancing to his younger self' ------- W.O.W.

                                                                                          • Lex McDermott
                                                                                            Lex McDermott  1 weeks back

                                                                                            And there go my allergies again.

                                                                                            • MissGeorgiex1
                                                                                              MissGeorgiex1  1 weeks back

                                                                                              This is literally so good and beautifully creative like the sheer definition of spontaneity and creativity!! The winner was absolutely insane

                                                                                              • sammncheesee
                                                                                                sammncheesee  1 weeks back

                                                                                                I would loooovvveeee a Spotify playlist of these songs

                                                                                                • JGBlaze
                                                                                                  JGBlaze  1 weeks back

                                                                                                  Wish I knew about this event I would of joined!!!!