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!
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!!!
This weekend I went to a dance convention here in Charlotte, and despite the fact that I can barely walk and seemed to have also contracted the death over the weekend, it was AWESOME! We took classes from some of the most memorable So You Think You Can Dance contestants and all-stars (tWitch, Allison Holker, Alex Wong, Ade Chike, Kent Boyd, Joshua Allen, Eleanor, etc.) It was so amazing! They all brought something different, technically, and stylistically to the table. I love a creative melding of the minds and I feel like thats what conventions are, a chance to hone your craft by building your toolset with skills from the Masters. I have to say that this weekend my two favorite classes were with Kent and Ade Chike! They were So on point! Kent’s class was right up my ally style wise, and he even complimented me (Telling me he “Freaking Loved me” and referring to me as his great girl) and then he gave me a high five and danced next to me at the end of class! Whiccccch basically made my life! I die. His choreography has this great mix of simplicity and impact and i just loved it. It was a cool way to learn that you dont have to be jumping and running all over the stage to make an impact with your movement and sometimes its just the smallest nuances that can make the most beautiful moments in a piece. As for Ade Chike, if you thought the way he moved on TV was breath taking you should see it in person. Its like watching water flow in a stream. He just never stops moving and has such amazing control of his body, its like his movement could go on forever. The perfect example of the energy shooting out of your finger tips and your toes. He must use every muscle known to man… and then some! Its kind of unbelievable! His combo was such a nod to his personal style and I loved that because it was so different. It was great practice in fluidity of motion and stretching through movement, which I know I struggle with sometimes. Because as a dancer you always think about hitting those “picture moments” But this dance was about the journey of the movement and getting to those picture moments was just as important as hitting them.
So, here is an oldie of these two masters doing a piece together on SYTYCD. I wish had a video of their solos from this weekend because they were absolutely magical! But Alas, we will just be thankful we have this piece!
You only Disappear – performed by Kent and Ade Chike
First of all, I am obsessed with this song, I love a good epic love ballad with some intense choreography to it, so this Mandy Moore number from last weeks top 8 performances on So You Think You Can Dance was right up my ally! Additionally all the assisted lifts are ridiculous. There is one string of lifts that just keeps going on and on being awesome. I keep watching it over and over and over again! Such a good dance! So here is Mandy Moore’s routine to Celine Dion’s The Power of Love featuring Tiffany and Ade!
Ok, first of all, I am sure all of you are aware that I am a dance fiend, WHICH, in turn, means it is currently my favorite time of year. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE SEASON. Just a forewarning, I am not sorry for the amount of SYTYCD dance I will be posting on here over the next few months. But this audition from LA this past week particularly caught my eye….I know there were a lot of people I could have chosen to use, for example the awesome audition from the first week with the guy doing a style of exorcism dance he created, probably one of the most awesome things I have ever seen, I mean… that brought me to tears, I am being honest. But this audition was the biggest fake out, and I almost wonder if they asked him to come out first and make a fool of himself and then be a BALLER when they were kind enough to give him a second chance, because its RIDICULOUS that this even happened. If I was trying out for SYTYCD I would make damned sure that the only thing I did on that stage was the best dancing I had ever done in my life. So clearly I am still struggling to comprehend when EXACTLY was going on during this audition…. maybe you can help me out with it, watch for yourself. This is Stephen Jacobsen at the LA auditions, he is a member of the Cincinnati Ballet in Ohio, and clearly a shining example of the old adage “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again”