IM BAAAAAAAAAAAACK! And I missed you all dearly, probably because I missed my outlet to chatter on about anything and everything!!! But, Wedding land was crazy and a whirlwind of awesomeness, love, and fun and I can’t wait to share it all with you, but keeping with tradition, Movement Mondays are back. AND since I have been gone for a mome or ten, here are TWO of my faaaaaaaave dances from last week on SYTYCD! The all-stars were back in action and performing their own choreography with this season’s contestants.
My first pick is OBVIOUSLY a contemporary routine, I love this piece by Allison Holker about defeating social prejudice to live your life with the people you loved, mostly because I love that she and Twitch are engaged AND that Fikshun is ballin out of control. I think its so awesome when less trained dancers are able to keep up with people who have been perfecting their skills for several years. I think it shows the discipline that some of these street dancers have and how talented they really are when they are willing to break outside their genre! So here is pick one!
And pick two is just crazy fun and super Lady Gaga-esque! This one was by Mark who I always appreciated for his originality, and I thought Jenna was super fun to watch in it, they were like two little peas in a Lady Gaga pod (which doesn’t seem to far from reality for her sometimes!) So, here’s a little dose of funk for your Monday in case you missed it last Tuesday!
Stay tuned this week for lots of life updates and wedding oversharing!
This weekend our friends Jaque and Chris came over for dinner and somehow we got all caught up watching Minute to Win it, which seems to be the simplest concept but for some reason I am always shocked when people complete the tasks, and I am increasingly anxious as the show goes on and the amount of money they could win gets higher and higher. The first few tasks always seem relatively easy… and then all of a sudden its like bounce these 10 quarters across the stage off this tub jello into those tiny trampoline plates, you have 60 seconds…. GO. and Im just like what to you mean you can’t get that quarter to bounce of the Jello, COME ON… COME ON. Stop bouncing the quarters off the trampoline plates, just make them stand still AHHH you just bounced all 5 quarters off the trampoline when you got that last one on there. And it just continues on from there. But thats beside the point. This past weekend the first task was for the couple to wear sweat bands with pedometers on them and try to get a combined 200 tracked movements and they would move on to the next round. I didn’t even think about how HILARIOUS this would look but I was DYING! Then we started thinking about brain damage and how you must get a headache but they girl got something ridiculous like 173 and the guy got 150 or something… so they moved on but it was just HILARIOUS to watch, so here is a fun pick me up for you on this Monday morning. Sure to get you laughing and ready for another week of work.
This isnt actually from the show but some people did it at their office and its three guys, which is pretty comical. Their scores weren’t as intense as the competitors on the show, with one of them not even hitting 100, but still pretty comical to watch.
I luuuurved the opening number of SYTYCD this past week. In the truest sense of the term (except the part where you have to be dating) I think Sonya Tayeh and Christopher Scott are SYTYCDs power choreography couple. They both create such strong and powerful movement its almost unfair to the rest of us, but at least we get to enjoy it! I love the concept of this piece and any number that brings a larger than life prop on the stage for dancers to fling themselves off of is a win in my book. I have to say I have been somewhat underwhelmed with this season and it kind of depresses me, but at least I have my buddies Sonya and Christopher to keep me artfully entertained at least during a few numbers! Looking forward to what tomorrow night brings as the top 16 perform, but for now, you can just enjoy this! And you will! Happy Movement Mondays my dance fiends!!!
Favorite dance from last week on SYTYCD! It was so much fun to watch, not that I didn’t enjoy some of the more technical numbers but this one was so much fun annnnnd they did the Bernie! Lets be honest, NappyTabs is the beeeest, hence all their amazing routines. Love them. If its been as rainy everywhere else as it has been in Charlotte, maybe this will bring a little sunshine to your Monday!
Amy and Fik-Shun perform a NappyTabs routine- SYTYCD Season 10
AKA the Blindfold dance, and probably one of my favorite dance from SYTYCD… like ever! Talk about trust, and I love this song, and this particular version and have been half thinking I wanted to do some awesome piece to it for a while… and then there was this, so that takes care of that! I mean this dance just takes my breath away. I cant imagine having to do a dance without one of my most important senses. Talk about being totally spacially aware. I mean there are so many things that COULD have gone wrong, but they didn’t. Alan could have dropped her out of a lift, they could have ran into each other, fallen off the stage, etc etc, etc. SO AMAZING! Just watch and be in awe of all that is Travis Wall and his awesomeness!
Can’t Help Falling in Love- Choreography by Travis Wall – Performance by Jasmine and Alan (SYTYCD Season 10)
In honor of my faaaaaavorite summer sensation, So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD), I thought I would bring you one of my faaaaaavorite audutions. It really has nothing to do with technique or movement or anything, I just love these guys. They auditioned last year I think, but I still laugh whenever I come across their video on youtube, which I did the other day while stalking some of the numbers from this season on youtube. So, if you need a little pick me up this monday morning, enjoy some comedy from the Ninja Twins!!!
Another work of wonder by THE Kate Jablonski! I just love her! And I love how synchronized everything is. Its like they are little dance robots of perfection. Apart from the ending (which is so cooooool!) I loved when the whole group hopped en mass across the stage. She has such an awareness of space and it shines through in her dancers and the way they move. I also really appreciate her focus on small little movements that make an impact. Not everything has to be big and sprawling across the stage, which is something I struggle with when I choreograph. Sometimes I’m so worried about making an impact that everything becomes a string of big moments… and then you get to the big moment and its kind of a let down. I guess its something to work towards… ya know, scaling things down sometimes. Oh well, back to business. Enjoy the intricate awesomeness that is New Romantic by Kate Jablonski and the Beyond Words Dance Company.
YEEE! I had nothing to do with this dance, but my old studio just had their recital and this year they got a few new teachers, including and awesome new hip hop teacher (Josh Lubeck)!!! I am so proud of all the girls who decided to branch out and try his class this year. I think they have grown so much, and this number is pretty awesome. I love the new spin he put on the character in the piece, and I just can’t get past the fact that they are doing hip hop, haha where was that class when I was growing up?? Because my krunk-o-meter is running pretty low sometimes and I am terrible at hiphop. Anywho, beyond proud of these ladies and can’t wait to see how they progress with this style in the coming years!
I haven’t posted an improv everywhere in a while and I came across this one this weekend. Its pretty clever, and just a fun way to kick off the work week! So, take a minute for a few laughs…. and to wish you were in NYC on a subway car when something this awesome happens. Enjoy! Happy Monday everyone!
Another great combo by Kate Jablonski! I feel like these people are moving in fast forward, and she always has such a great mix of new and traditional movement, I could watch her choreography all day. Its just so captivating! Happy Movement Mondays, and enjoy!