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Let’s just say that the robots dancing in this YouTube video are not doing the robot: They’re the very cool (and just a little bit terrifying) Nao Robots grooving at the France Pavilion during Expo 2010 in Shanghai, and they are coordinated, graceful and downright balletic.

Produced by the French company Aldebaran Robotics, the Naos reportedly see, hear and feel (shriek!). In the video, the robots begin by shaking their “hips” in place, initially looking a bit like they’re trying to do the Macarena or the choreography from Spring Awakening. As the music transitions to Ravel’s Boléro, the Naos show off their real stuff. What’s truly amazing about their routine is the fluidity of their movement, with enough arabesques and plies to be Bolshoi-trained—and hardly robotic.
How long till we see one of these suckers on So You Think You Can Dance?

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VSL// See the future now