Muse has called on a trio of So You Think You Can Dance alumni for the new video for "Dead Inside." I'll admit, I'm more of a "Showbiz" era Muse fan, but director and music video king Robert Hales has hooked me with these visuals. Whether it's creamer, talcum powder or flour, the white clouds of smoke created with each flick, kick and stomp of movement make it clear that these dancers are very much alive.
This contemporary duet meets deathmatch is choreographed by Tessandra Chavez of television royalty SYTYCD, American Idol and America's Got Talent. The soft, elongated movements clipped by sharp lethal jolts help make this duet more dynamic beneath the clouds of powder.
Behind the Fifth Element-style garb and piercing black eyes is dancer is Kathryn McCormick. You might recognize her from Step Up Revolution, where she starred opposite Ryan Guzman. McCormick's dancing success is studded with achievements since her start at age three, including Season 5 of SYTYCD, a dancing role in the Fame remake and Christina Perri's video for "Jar of Hearts."
McCormick's worthy and doomed opponent in "Dead Inside" is Will B. Wingfield, also of SYTYCD (surprise!), where he finished in the top eight. Wingfield also appears in The LXD: The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, and though you can't feel the beautiful lines and extensions that he is capable of in this video, you can feel his versatility and strength here.
Despite some of the dance craze on television starting to feel watered down at times, it looks like it's not going anywhere thanks to minds and bodies like these.