Tattooed Ballet Dancer Takes Hit Song to Next Level
Interpretation of Hozier's hit song stuns
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2015 10:25 AM CST

(Newser) – A new video for Hozier's Grammy-nominated hit, "Take Me to Church," features a performance by Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin, a former principal dancer for the British Royal Ballet. The tattooed Polunin, 25, is shirtless and almost appears nude, thanks to his flesh-colored, skintight shorts. The video was directed by David LaChapelle, reports Time, which calls it "stunning." That's the word chosen by multiple outlets; the Huffington Post says the dancer "simply slays" the performance. Polunin is currently a principal dancer with Moscow's Stanislavsky Music Theatre and Russia's Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Independent reports.