Why We Love Watching Taylor Swift "Shake It Off"
August 19, 2014

Taylor Swift dropped the video yesterday for her latest single, “Shake It Off,” and if we weren’t more than a little bit in love with her before, we definitely are now. In the video, Swift—who’s clearly comfortable with her legendarily awkward dance skills—places herself in a number of different dance scenarios from ballet to rhythmic gymnastics, and she doesn’t hesitate to let her dance freak flag fly. But this is no Free People ballet ad disaster: Swift backs herself up with real professionals in every genre she gleefully tries to imitate. Whether you find yourself in awe of the break-dancers or can’t help but giggle at Swift’s straight-faced silliness, you’re going to love this video. Here are our Top 5 Favorite Moments:

5. Swift’s Martha Graham-esque affair with a piece of fabric in one of the contemporary dance scenes (Lamentation much?).

4. The tortured faces (see 0:50) of her backup contemporary dancers—it’s all so intense, isn’t it?

3. Swift’s purely awkward grand jeté (2:18). While clad in a sparkly gymnastics dress, no less.

2. That random moment of Swift beating a ribbon stick into the ground (0:58).

1. Her perfectly ridiculous Swan Lake bow at the end (aaaand…head nod).



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