If you didn’t know it, Jonte’ Moaning is the reason, the blueprint, and the damn design!!! I’m a longtime admirer of his choreography since his work with Beyoncé, and his music is nothing to play with either. Check out the rehearsal footage from his recent Carnival Choreographer’s Ball performance featuring Missy Elliot protegé Sharaya J. Both of them are dancers that make music for dancers and the choreography shows! I believe that most of it is Jonte’s choreo, but every.single.person.in.this.video.goes.the.eff.OFF! If you were at all confused by the aspirations that I mention in my former blog post, this should clear things up. Jonte is who I want to be when I grow up! Enjoy!
p.s. Keep an eye out for Miss Danielle Polanco (cross tank and red shorts), another phenomenal dancer who serves the kids in EVERY performance.
So….I’ve been finding myself in a bit of a transition lately. That’s a lie - it hasn’t been lately, it’s been for a while now. I absolutely love what I’m doing, but I’m wanting more. More opportunities to learn and develop professional skills with companies and dancers, more desire to create and present larger projects, more chances to work with others to share ideas, movement, inspiration. Though I feel like I already do a lot of this daily, it’s never to the extent that work is created or something tangible is left as a result. It’s always been my goal to have success in the two most well-known realms of the dance industry - concert dance and commercial dance. They often juxtapose one another, but at the same time hold a lot of similar features.
NOTE: To get myself back into the swing of posting, I’ve decided to revisit one or two of my older posts. This was first published on February 29, 2012 and was my 9th blog post ever, but I wanted to revisit it as it’s a good one that has some connections to my upcoming posts. I hope you enjoy this re-read and if you missed it the first time, it’s new to you! Enjoy friends! -B
Three words. I. love. music. I love meandering across bridges, traversing choruses, pausing to rest at a verse, and really letting loose when the beat drops (seriously, I will knock a hoe out with the elbows I throw when the beat comes in!) But the funny thing is, I was never hardcore into music growing up. Let’s talk.
“When a dancer comes onstage, he is not just a blank slate that the choreographer has written on. Behind him he has all the decisions he has made in life. . . . Each time, he has chosen, and in what he is onstage you see the result of those choices. You are looking at the person he is, the person who, at this point, he cannot help but be. . . . Exceptional dancers, in my experience, are also exceptional people, people with an attitude toward life, a kind of quest, and an internal quality. They know who they are, and they show this to you, willingly.” – Mikhail Baryshnikov
Don’t act like you didn’t know this was coming- it told you to expect it! The other Queen B (you should know who the first one is by now) dropped a new visual for her latest single “Work B**ch” last night and she delivered beautifully! Hot outfits, awesome locations, great dancers – Brit Brit really outdid herself. The fire in her eyes has returned and she even killed a few eights of choreo which we haven’t seen her do in a minute! It was damn near flawless. Let’s jump right into the rundown.
What’s your guilty pleasure? I love watching Keeping up with the Kardashians on E! The trappings of fame and excess in their lives is so fascinating to me and well as the silly ass adventures they get into. It also helps that Rob K. Is mad ). Anyways, they have a family tradition that I’ve adopted because I think it’s cute and touching. It’s called the peak and the pit. They take a few minutes to share with each other the best and the worst thing that happened to them that day. I’d like to share mine with you – they’re pretty extreme, so when you’re ready, I’ll meet you on the other side.
WHA??!! A NEW POST?! THAT’S RIGHT BAYYBEEEE – SNEAK ATTACK! LOL
Yes friends, it’s been a while, a long while, but I’m here to share the love with you once again! It’s been a long summer, but I’m on the eve of getting back in the swing of things and missed you, so now’s as good a time as ever to hit you with some new blog heat! I’m starting (almost) Fall 2013 off with one of my faves: look to your right and you will see the vision of beauty that is Miss Britney Spears.
She’s getting a throwback post today because earlier this week, for some random reason, I started humming this tune that was vaguely familiar. I couldn’t really put my finger on it other than the fact it was distinctly retro (it had a catchy 50s-type jingle feel to it) and I was super sure of the melody. After running around most of the day with whatever song it was on repeat in my brain, I took to my iTunes to help me out. The answer was not there. Let’s try YouTube. I tried looking up jazz standards (nope), movie musical hits (not there), and then a couple of Judy Garland songs (I know, I know…but not there either.) But I look to my Recommended videos and what to my searching eyes would appear this little gem…
(flip the page!!!)