Photo credit: Justin Bieber/YouTube.
Justin Bieber has never shied away from dance on the stage or in his music videos. It's something he has embraced while elevating dancers and choreographers along the way. Like his 2015 album, Purpose, Bieber is releasing a dance visual for every track on Changes: The Movement.
The videos, masterfully directed by Bieber's longtime show designer and choreographer Nick DeMoura, will premiere on the singer's YouTube channel every Monday and Wednesday at Noon ET. The 16 videos were all shot in January, which makes this work of art quite an incredible feat.
The first two videos dropped on Monday — "All Around Me" and "Habitual." Both tracks utilized familiar faces and choreographers from the dance competition shows, So You Think You Can Dance and World of Dance.
In "All Around Me", co-directed and choreographed by Philip Chbeeb, he and Makenzie Dustman move amongst two walls that continuously close in and out of the duo. Chbeeb's intricately woven movement is on display, taking his usual floor work and placing it on the vertical plane of the walls.
There is also a sensuality on display that carries over on-screen with the two real-life partners. In an Instagram post, Dustman wrote, "When we first heard the song, we knew we wanted to try to represent love in the most honest way we could. We wanted it to be about two people who couldn’t stop themselves from hurdling deeper into one another. We wanted it to be all-encompassing and suffocating because sometimes (every damn day) that is what love feels like (to me)."
If Chbeeb's work hasn't been on your radar before, it should be now.
The second piece, "Habitual," choreographed by two-time Emmy winner Tessandra Chavez, features a piece done in one take. The camera moves from room to room, weaving in and out of the dancers' movements.
The technical camerawork blending in with Chavez's signature style creates a mesmerizing visual for the track. Dance fans will also be excited to see some Unity LA members, including Ashley Gonzales, Zack Everhart and Connor Gormley.
Justin Bieber kicks off his North American tour beginning May 14 in Seattle, Washington.
Don’t miss Dance Network’s 2017 ‘To The Pointe’ interview with Tessandra Chavez: