Named “LA’s Hottest Up-and-Coming Choreographer” by Dance Spirit Magazine, there’s a reason Kyle Hanagami has over 2 million subscribers on YouTube. His choreography is moving and unique. Basically, if you’re looking for a rabbit hole of amazing dance videos, you’re going to want to binge watch all of his videos.
Kyle’s latest video features gorgeous and emotional choreography to Leroy Sanchez’ cover of Adele’s “Love in the Dark.” The movements of this piece tell multiple stories, each one as captivating as the last. This alongside the dramatic prop work using unshaded floor lamps creates an emotional atmosphere that you won’t want to leave. There are few things we love more than dance that moves us, and Kyle Hanagami does that here and more.
Of the piece, Kyle says,
Living and working in Los Angeles is draining. It’s like everyone is screaming at you: Screaming for your attention, your time, your money. Sometimes you just have to close your eyes and breathe just to drown out the noise. It’s crazy how loud the world can be. A couple years ago, I was sitting in the Emergency Room because I was really sick. Let me tell you, the hospital is a noisy place. My eyes were closed so tight that my nose wrinkled up and I was taking deep breathes like I was at core power yoga. The doctor came in. “You have Leukemia.” Everything went silent. I slowly opened my eyes but the world was completely pitch-black. I could have waved my hand right in front of my face and not been able to see it. I was terrified. I’ve always been scared of the dark and this was definitely the cherry on top.
While the fear that Kyle describes is definitely a key part of what makes this video so heartbreakingly beautiful, what really draws us to the dance is the note of hope even in the dark. Kyle describes that as well saying,
I had to take a second to remind myself: When everything goes dark, you’re able to see even the slightest glimmer of light.