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It's been a while, but this one jumped to my attention. It's not a stellar piece of virtuosic skill. The choreography isn't earth-shattering. However, it is amazing because of all the students who were involved in this production. What a great teacher, to get so many kids interested in dance and the sheer joy of moving.

This is the A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School doing their interpretation of Uptown Funk.


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This is Janine Janik and Christian Arnaut performing an incredible contortion act that I consider dance. This performance is from 1954 and was done on the Colgate Comedy Hour Christmas Special.

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"According to most people who show interest in cultures and especially in the culture of Gouro ethnic group, Zaouli, a popular mask dance, was created in the fifties. The Gouro ethnic group is the midwestern part of Ivory Coast / Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa. According to what people say, there are diverse legends regarding the origin of the Zaouli mask and dance; yet, all come to the agreement that such legends were inspired by a very beautiful girl - 'Dzela Lou Zaouli' - daughter of Zaouli." -- Gouro Culture

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I just realized I haven't been keeping track of my dance training this year. I'm going to try to fix that, now. It's slowed down a bit over previous years, but that doesn't mean my physical training is slow.

Here's what I can recall having done, and what's coming up:


  • January - May: Intermediate Aerial Silks with Sara Greenberg at In.Motion
  • April 12, 13: Workshop with Louise LeCavalier. Boxing and dance.
  • April 22-24: My Neruda workshop with Lina de Guevara and Sebastian Mena. Dance, movement, and the poetry of Pablo Neruda.
  • April 29-May 1: Butoh workshop with Taketeru Kudo.
  • May 3: Butoh workshop with Jocelyne Montpetit
  • July 11: Bellydance class with Hiba Alkinani
  • July 14: Embodied Melody. Arabic voice and movement workshop with Roula Said.


I want to continue with aerial silks in the autumn, and I also want to get back to pole dance somehow, too.
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This is 2012 pole dance champion, Michelle Stanek.

Wow.

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Today's clip is of Remi Martin and Eike von Stuckenbrok performing for the tv show Verstehen Sie Spaß? Wow.

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This is Jenyne Butterfly at the EyeCandy Premium Pole Dance Party in Roppongi, Japan on March 25, 2012. I'm in awe of her strength, flexibility, and control. She makes this look effortless and painless. It's not.

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It's been a while since I've posted one of these. This time, it's a comedy piece: a parody of a belly dance routine by "Sibel Istanbul". I do not know the dancer's actual name. Watch for the unique isolation shimmies. ;)

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Holy cow, but Eleanor Powell could really, really dance. And do a bunch of crazy highly-skilled tricks while she tap danced, too. Here she is with Red Skelton in 1943'a "I Dood It."

Wow.

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It's been FAR too long since I've done one of these.

Here is Leo Hedman's aerial silk take of the old movie Nosferatu. The piece is called Nocturnal and was performed in 2005.



I would love to be able to do any of this even half as well....
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I do not know the identity of these dancers. But damn. That was sexy.

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OMG OMG OMG! I just signed up to take a workshop in May with a serious dance legend: Louise LeCavalier.

In case you don't know who she is, watch this insanity:



Yeah. She kinda makes Jackie Chan look lazy.

I've never felt nervous about taking a dance workshop before, but this one scares the crap out of me! Here's the write-up:

Workshop open to professional dance artists, and dance students in a professional dance training program.

This workshop will be divided into two parts, each one lasting approximately an hour and a half. The first part will be a training session based not on usual dance techniques, but on elements taken from boxing, as well as simple, dynamic, natural movements aimed at developing intensity and pushing stamina to its limits. In the second part, participants will perform a choreographic excerpt that - although it may seem simple at first glance - will demand the speed of execution, precision, and coordination of original movements characteristic of the style of choreographer Édouard Lock.

"The starting point is my fascination for the impulse of movement, which precedes all forms of human communication and allows us to read the soul." Louise Lecavalier


Oh dear lord. Pushing stamina to its limits. As led by her. I may die. Lungs, don't fail me! I guess I'd better keep working my interval training to increase my odds of survival.

Yeah. Tomorrow is a gym day for sure. I have to train up just so I don't meet my demise while training with her.
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This is Artur. He is incredible. I don't know what else to say.

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This is The Freekachu (aka Marcus PeBenito, I think) demonstrating tutting. I'm impressed at the scale and precision of the movements.

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TriBellas do a gorgeous tribal fusion choreography to Beats Antique's "Slow" at Fusion Euphoria in 2008. I am not a huge fan of choreography, but I am totally in love with this one. Very creative use of space and timing, athletic, daring, and beautiful.

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I've seen this before, several years ago, and was just reminded of it now. I don't know the performer's name. But HOLY FUCK.

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Self-groping aside, this guy is REALLY GOOD. Quit your squirming and watch.

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An excerpt from Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity, as performed on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.

For those who say stripper dancing (and this is definitely intended to titillate) isn't art, I present this.



(Thanks, Khizmet.)
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This is a crazy, exuberant group number performed by the 2008 Teen Champions Canadian Dance Company at the Showstopper Dance Competition.

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I don't know who he is, and I think I consider this more body tricks than dance, but it's still impressive... even if it does make my neck and tailbone hurt to watch.

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