Dream team Kaycee Rice and Sean Lew are at it again in another incredible dance project. Working with director Scott DW and Dance Network, they danced in a two-part dance video that tells the story of a ballerina who’s adventures you probably won’t expect.
Oh, and Kaycee is on pointe for the first time in years.
While the first half of this video introduces Kaycee and Sean and the world they’re in, most of their fantastic duet (choreographed by Sean Lew, of course) takes place in the second video. Scott DW describes this “passion project” as a two-part story. Not only does it take place across two videos, but each video has a different specific message.
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Swipe to see more! // some fun pics sent to me (and taken by) @wfbeck83 // love seeing some of the behind the scenes, even though it only shows like 1% of what actually went into making this all happen, haha! gonna edit a few stills i took on location so you all can see a little more of what this magical set looked like!
In a behind the scenes interview with Scott on Dance Network, he says about the video, “This project is all about coming out of your shell, being proud of yourself, being proud of who you are, and just accepting yourself and loving yourself.” The song in the first video, “Perfectly Strange,” embodies for Scott that it’s ok to be strange. In fact, you’re perfectly strange. The song for the second video, “Don’t be Shy,” carries a message about being authentic that really captures Scott’s overall goal for the project.
While the story opens with this talented teen duet in your average high school setting, things quickly take a turn for the magical. Kaycee becomes a porcelain ballerina dancing in an abandoned mansion, and later the two dance in a mystical forest.
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To all the Kaycee & Sean fans. Thank you for your patience. I‘ve been working nonstop the past couple months editing, writing music (performing, recording, and producing as a solo artist takes a TON of work), and I’ve released two videos/songs that I am very proud of, but took a lot out of me. The first was another High School film that starred Kaycee, and the second just released days ago, and is a sequel to my first Grade School Dance film. I am now focusing 100% of my efforts on finishing the last two videos, an entirely new storyline that features Kaycee and Sean. This project is enormous, but is extremely personal and close to my heart. The last two videos aren’t an exception to those feelings, but they were more focused on being “entertaining” – fun, bright, comedic, etc. The next two videos focus on a message about being yourself, about accepting yourself, and ultimately loving yourself – something I struggle with greatly. I have a phrase that I use to say a lot in my old vlogs and behind the scenes videos – “Be Authentic, Don’t Be Shy” – that was my mantra, the message I tried to spread everywhere I went, and through everything I did. But I found myself not living by this mantra because of my own insecurities, my increasing health problems, my looks, my lack of friends and family in my life…so I decided to make this project. The one you’ve all been so patiently waiting for. This is an attempt at sharing my old saying, and living it too. There is no one more perfect for the roles in these films than Sean and Kaycee, as that message is something so important to them as well. And it’s my hope that through our combined efforts and artistic expression, you will feel inspired after watching the films and hearing the music. That is my hope. Thank you again for your patience. You won’t be let down. #ComingSoon #VerySoon #ScottDW #KayceeRice #SeanLew #BeAuthentic #DontBeShy #LoversGonnaLove
The videos are incredible, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t any challenges. When Kaycee takes on her ballerina role in the first video, she has to dance on pointe, which she reveals in a behind the scenes video, “I believe the last time I went on pointe was five, maybe six years ago.” Lucky for her, she got to play the main part of her ballerina role barefoot.
Sean and Kaycee also faced challenged dancing in the forest. They practiced Sean’s choreography in a studio, but translating it onto the uneven ground and around the trees in the forest they filmed in was a little different than a padded dance floor. Sean talked about his choreography behind the scenes, “It was a little difficult at first, but, you know, this piece kind of has a little bit more acting than dancing, so I think it’s about finding that balance between making sure they both fit very well together.”
The first half of the project is available on Scott DW’s YouTube channel, but the second half and all of that must-see behind the scenes content are only available on Dance Network.