Category Archives: Dance video

Lyrical Hip Hop

I found this dance a few weeks ago soon after it was posted. Right away
I fell in love with the movement, and I just had to share it with you guys. There are a few different recordings of the dance in the related videos if you want to see it from different angles. I apologize for the excessive screaming in this recording, it makes it hard to hear the music. The song they dance to is a mix of four songs:
Bittersweet Symphony, instrumental -The Verve
Careless Whisper, instrumental – George Michael
Lean Back, Cover by Josh Vietti
Harder Better Faster Stronger, -Vitamin String Quartet

Enjoy the video, and tell me what you think

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A Dance for Japan

Shortly after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Genki Sudo and his dance crew released this song and accompanying choreography to show the world that despite the disasters in Japan, life goes on.

He writes in the description of the video,
“Many disasters are ongoing in Japan; earthquakes, Tsunami, and nuclear accidents. These unprecedented things may be able to change however from now. That’s why I expressed through World Order to convey some message to you on my own way…
Any accident is neutral. Although we are straying around this deep darkness, I believe we can get through anything when each of us can let go of our fear and face things positively.
The world won’t change on its own. We do change one by one. That makes the world change. The darkness just before the dawn is deepest. So, we do rise up together to greet the brilliant morning truly coming for the human beings.
WE ARE ALL ONE”

-Genki Sudo

The video starts with some really simple movements. Keep watching! it gets better and better as the video goes on. The climax has some of the best crew tutting I’ve ever seen. You’ll have to watch some parts twice to see figure out how they do some of the choreography!

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Matt Steffanina

My roommate randomly found this guy while looking up the song “Back Seat” by New Boyz. He’s a hip-hop dancer and he’s got some sick choreogrpahy to some hot songs.

I think his dance to Katy Perry’s ET is my favorite. I haven’t seen all his videos ( he has over 50!)

If you want to learn this dance you can watch his tutorial for it here.

This is his really fast dance to “Backseat”

You can go to his website at http://www.mattfreestyle.com/ to learn more about him. Man I would love to go to one of his classes!

Here’s some more of his choreography:
Bass Down Low -DEV
Rock the Beat -LMFAO
Written In The Stars -Tinie Tempah
Coming Home -Diddy -Dirty Money

Top 20 on SYTYCD

Tonight the top 20 dancers performed for the first time in couples. I must say, I think this is the best top 20 we’ve ever had on the show. I really enjoyed the whole episode, and all the varieties of dance.

Some highlights:

Pirouette of the night goes to Jess in his Broadway routine with Clarise. He was almost on his knees then as he spun he raised himself up. I’m so practicing that one in the studio tomorrow.

Ryan and Ricky’s lyrical hip hop was very intriguing. I think we’re going to see great things from Chris Scott’s choreography.

The next thought goes to Nick and Iveta. They had the dreaded quickstep. I knew it wouldn’t be a problem for Iveta, and I was scared for Nick, because I’ve been learning a quickstep routine for a performance coming up, and it is HARD! Intense footwork all while keeping a perfect frame on top is so daunting. But nick is a tapper! He nailed the footwork held his frame fine. He just needed to put his fingers together and their connection could have been a little closer in that closed position. But overall, I was very impressed with the both of them.

I’ve saved the best for last. Contemporary dancers Melanie and Marko danced a Travis Wall routine. It was about two statues that come alive at night and want to come closer to each other before morning comes again. I was in complete awe. The music was spectacular, and the dancing phenomenal. Neither dancer outshone the other, and each had amazing control of their bodies. This dance had my vote through and through. There are usually one or two routines a season that just take my breath away, and I wasn’t expecting one so early on. I hope there are many more to come this season!

Here they are (the dance starts at 1:38):

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The Dying Swan

In the 1880’s, the composer Camille Saint Saens wrote a piece called “The Carnival of the Animals, an orchestration that has lots of short movements dedicated to various animals. The final movement before the finale is called The Swan. It’s a beautiful piece, and though it was not written as a ballet, it wasn’t long before a choreographer named Mikhail Fokine choreographed a solo for a ballerina by the name of Anna Pavlova. They called it The Dying Swan, and she would go on to perform the piece over 4,000 times in her lifetime. The dance is based off idea of Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake, and her choreography has influenced much of the swan style for the Swan Lake of today.

Here is a video of Maya Plisetskaya performing the piece in 1975. So beautiful!

Now. This is why I love dance. I found this next video through a related window on YouTube. It’s an audition for the Brazil version of So You Think You Can Dance. It’s a modern, more hip hop-like interpretation of the piece. This is John Lennon da Silva doing his original portrayal of the Dying Swan:

I had to throw this last one in there. This is Lil Buck dancing to a single cello accompaniment to the same song by Yo Yo Ma. He does more crazy stuff than John Silva did, but John’s was first and the most original.

Which is your favorite?

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Every day I’m Shufflin

So I’ve caught the bug. It’s got in my bones. I’ve been obsessed with this song all weekend.

Let me tell you, it’s really addicting. The move at 5:41 is awesome but so hard to do that fast! I’m working on it though. Oh, and did you notice in the background Hawk from Quest dance crew? The one that was on MTV’s ABDC? I love the whole idea behind this video! Looks like dancing music videos are making a comeback!

Let’s dance!