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DANCE BREAK!!! Yanis Marshall & Brian Friedman, “Breathe On Me”

“JUST PUT YOUR LIPS TOGETHER….AND BLOWWWWWW….”

So I’m sure you all remember the last dance break I showcased, and how I mentioned my love for bevys of bad b*tches…but there’s one thing that matches sexy girls almost toe to toe – guys in heels! Up-and-coming French ingenue Yanis Marshall teamed up with seasoned veteran Brian Friedman to choreograph a fire-hot heels combination to one of my favorite Britney Spears song, “Breathe On Me.” Yanis’ claim to fame is his fun, feminine¬†choreo which he usually performs in sky-high platform heels, while Brian has danced & choreographed for every big name in the book – Britney, Janet, Justin Bieber, EVERYBODY. Put them together and you get this little gem that might leave you clutching your pearls. I’m a big fan of both men’s choreo, and although I don’t feel the combo is¬†either of their best work (check these out here and here), it’s definitely a KILLER.

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dance break!!! kyle hanagami choreography, “i don’t care”

SEXY LADIES AHEAD!!!!


Do I have your attention???
Good. now watch this.

As you know, I love me a bevy of bad b*tches werkin, so Kyle Hanagami’s¬†“I Don’t Care” choreo¬†demo is¬† the dance break for today!¬† Filled with 4 sexy ladies¬†dancing in the street regaling the fact that they don’t give a damn¬†about you so they burned your clothes to ashes and crashed their car and they don’t careeeeeeeee!!!! I just love the fun and frivolity of it all as well as Kyle’s dynamic, ultra-feminine choreo.¬†¬†Each dancer adds their own flair and life to the movement, filling the video with lots of replay value to see each girl’s style; not to mention the sizzling carwash¬†edit¬†smack in the center of the dancing!¬†Kyle Hanagami¬†is a choreographer of admiral repute who based out of LA and¬†recently started a YouTube series in late 2013 called “Making Moves”, which chronicles the everyday lives of Hanagami¬†and his friends who appear in most of his choreo¬†videos he creates. He’s amassed a following (me included) because of¬†his style and versatility. Check out “Making Moves” on Kyle’s YT page and peep his other demos there too!

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dance break!!! enra, “primitive”

Today’s dance break feature is¬†Enra, a dance company based in Japan that fuses elements of technology, dance, and performance art. The result is a breathtaking¬†visual experience that captures your attention and imagination. A company of only 5 members of diverse training (one was the¬†Green Power Ranger!)¬†and led by Director/ Visual Artist Nobuyuki¬†Hanabusa, the Tokyo-based company dances in sync to a computer-generated projection of balls, spheres, lines, and curves racing across the screen, giving the illusion that their movement creates the effects. After a friend shared one of their pieces on Facebook, I was captured by the visuals, which¬†are¬†very similar to¬†how¬†my mind¬†interprets movement. Immediately¬†interested, I delved into researching¬†the company and their pieces, which range from fun (“Primitive”, below) and dramatic (“Beginning”) to serene (“Pleiades”) and epic (“Fuma-kai”). With music groups like Perfume and performers like Beyonc√©¬†taking advantage of¬†it, the advent of projection technology as well as its use in everyday culture is beginning to start the trend of much more multi-media specific performance pieces. It’ll be interesting to see who will be the next to innovate this technology into a¬†commonplace¬†performance media.

Check out Enra on the offical site here and learn more about their director and his works here.

spotlight: the top 10 dance-based music videos of 2013

top 10 collage22013 has been¬†a different year¬†for music, but the dependency on the music video has grown. Much like Beyonc√©’s recent example of concurrently releasing music videos¬†alongside her newest¬†album tracks, the music video remains one of the few ways an artist can guarantee a response to the release of a single.¬†Though not as prevalent as in recent years, dance is still¬†the keystone of lots of pop music’s visual rep.¬†Many of¬†this year’s releases¬†focused on introspection, leading to a lot of midtempos¬†and sonic experimentation with artists like Lorde, Ed Sheeran, and Imagine Dragons leading the way. Uptempos¬†from Robin Thicke, Daft Punk, and Britney Spears¬†kept us all moving, but it took me a while to compile¬†a list¬†of 10 worthy videos to present.¬†I don’t know what to expect as we head into 2014 as I’m still reeling from the¬†surprise release of Beyonc√©, but something tells me she’s started a trend we’ll see many other try to top. On to the countdown!

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REPOST!!! spotlight: the top 10 dance-based music videos of 2012

Note:¬†Before I announce this year’s top 10 list, I wanted to give you a chance to refresh your memory on last year’s bangers. Did Chris Brown ever find some new moves? Are asian artists still killing their¬†American counterparts choreographically? Did any of the new Beyonc√© videos make the list? Find out the answers to these pressing questions as well as the top 10 dance-based music videos of 2013 when this year’s post drops Friday, December 20th!!!

who made #1 dance video of 2012?

2012 has been such a great year for music (some of it at least) but most definitely for the music video. The¬†concept of dance taking a front seat¬†in the visual imagery of a song has trended¬†upwards for the past few years and really come to the forefront in the past year. Everywhere you turn, artists are tossing in dance breaks, molding concepts around dance,¬†and working with big name choreographers all in an attempt to¬†stay at the top of their games and increase their reputation and image.¬†As I see it, asian pop has set the bar in the choreography game this year. J-pop & K-pop artists are using movement to¬†match the stories and concepts in their videos better¬†than their American & UK counterparts. I’m really excited to see what the advent of¬†2013 will¬†bring to¬†the fusion of music & dance¬†internationally. Until then, let’s do a quick reflection of what I think were the best dance-based music videos of 2012. Starting at number 10…

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dance break!!! jonte’ & sharaya j carnival performance

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 Beyonc√©, 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 proteg√© 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.

spotlight: britney’s “work b**ch”

brit whip

 

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.

 

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