Category Archives: Choreography Inspiration

Let’s be brave.

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Vulnerability = Bravery. Putting yourself “out there.” Taking the leap makes you vulnerable because you don’t know the outcome. You have no control over any of it. Whether it’s the outcome you’re hoping for, surprised by in the end, or the one that goes up in flames and is a big fail. Whatever the ending may be you can still chalk it up to bravery. You tried. If we’re always doing the things we’re used to, then there would be no exploration, inspiration, or newness in our lives. Being vulnerable and putting yourself out there is a brave and bold move.

In terms of dance life, I’ll choreograph a piece that’s out of my comfort zone, try a song that is not expected to be done with hip hop moves, and take a dance class I have no training in. I show my dancers and students vulnerability every time I stand in front of them, in front of that mirror. I’m okay with messing up, laughing at myself, being human. I think my courage gives them the courage to push themselves and keep trying. I haven’t succeeded at everything I try, but honestly I “try” a whole lot, so the chance for success is ever greater. Feel free to share your story with me. Keep dancin’ kittens XOXO…B

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5 Ways to celebrate National Dance Day!

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National Dance Day is this Saturday, July 27. What are you going to do to celebrate?

Here are 5 ideas to keep you dancing:

1. Learn a dance routine.

Try one of the videos at the Dizzy Feet Foundation site. Or look up a tutorial online. Lots of great choreo out there. *OMG! How cute is Napoleon dancing with his baby strapped to his chest? And Tabs is as awesome as ever!

2. Take a class at a local dance studio.

Or try a completely different dance style that’s out of your comfort zone. Twerking anyone? BTW- Keaira LeShae is an amazing dancer check out her own original music video and some hot, hot choreo!

3. Throw an impromptu DANCE PARTY!

  • Craft a bangin’ playlist
  • Invite a few (or a lot) of friends over
  • Provide some refreshments — dancing makes guests thirsty
  • Roll up the shag rug, put away the china, hide the pets
  • GET DOWN!

4. Play a game you’re guaranteed to win and do your HAPPY DANCE.

CandyLand, hoops, Bingo, staring contest, etc.

5. Find a fun band or DJ playing and go out and dance your little heart out.

Have fun and let me know how you’ll celebrate Dance day! Keep dancin’

XOXO,

B

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Costume Mood Board: 1920s The Great Gatsby

I’m super obsessed with the 20s. Something about style, hair, and oh my gosh talk about a cardio workout that was the dance of the day. All that hopping, kicking, flapping about, those dancers were in great shape. I’m beyond psyched to see Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby. I think I’m going to convince a few of my friends to dress up and see the movie with me. So, here’s a mood board to kick things off. Keep flapping. XOXO, Brandie

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Must see -dance- movies this year….

I love movies. And, yes, I know dance movies never seem to have a great story line. But these might. And, then again who really cares I just want to see some great dancing! Here’s what’s on my list (so far) of movies to see:

Rock of Ages

Cris Judd is a featured dancer and the movie is choreographed by Mia Michaels.  Cris and Mia are amazing choreographers. I got a chance to take a class with Cris when Pulse came through Santa Clara. I can’t find him in the trailer, but from the dance scenes there’s gonna be some hot routines.

Step Up 4

Oooooooo okay the last three haven’t been amazing story lines. But the choreography has always been hot. I love how this trailer shows all the different concepts and types of dance. And the different scenes—like on efffing hydraulic cars!!! What?! I’ll have to see this in a theatre that has a banging sound system.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer

Okay, not necessarily a “dance” movie, but if you’re like me. You’ll agree that fight choreography is choreography and it takes a heck of a lot of training to pull off these perfect moves. Plus, my all time favorite director is Tim Burton and along with the director from Wanted, who else can envision something as creepy and amazing as Abraham Lincoln as a Vampire Slayer. Bring it, Abe!

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The Pulse Dance Event: Super sore & totally inspired

This weekend, The Pulse On Tour stopped in Santa Clara at the Hyatt Regency. It was two-days of intense, inspiring classes with amazing choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance, Step Up, music videos, and more. And us girls were pretty lucky since we got the all-male line up. We took classes with Gil Duldulao, Brian Friedman, Chris Judd, Tyce Diorio, Wade Robson, and Dave Scott. The choreo, songs, genres, all of it was breathtaking. Literally, I got pretty worked on the second day, but it was so worth it.

All the choreographers were so good–it’s hard to pick a fave routine. But I do have to say Dave Scott is my favorite choreographer of all time. His choreo is fun, intricate, high energy, and he has this way of putting in moves that play off the words in the songs that just takes it to a whole other level. Plus, he did a Lil Wayne piece–now you know I got a soft spot for Lil Wayne! *I gave him a GR t-shirt (the Eat. Sleep. Dance. Repeat. one) yesterday–hope he likes it.

I think as a dance instructor it’s nice to learn from others, especially those who are at the top of our profession. It’s nice to be challenged and pushed out of our comfort zones. I loved every moment of it. It’s all inspiring and has only made me a better dancer. Being a dancer seriously is one of the best things ever! I couldn’t imagine a life without dance. Do check out thepulseontour.com for upcoming events. I might see you in NYC!

Elemental Remix girls with Wade Robson.

With my favorite choreographer, Dave Scott.

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MJ Immortal Show

I think my one regret in life is never going to an MJ concert. Too young, too poor to get tickets. But the Cirque du Soleil production of the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour was amazing-while it’s not a replacement. It definitely felt like a tribute to a phenomenal artist, performer, and person. I probably teared up about three times. To listen to the music at such an intense level and see the Cirque masterminds interpretation of MJ made me feel like I was inside of a dream. Many of the famous routines from the videos we learned from when we were kids were all there. My sister and I had a hard time not getting up and dancing in the aisle. The costumes were mind blowing–especially the suits with the built-in lights. And I loved the main mime character played by French b-boy Salah–awesome popper, animator, etc. If you love MJ like the rest of the world, you’ll love this show!

LOVE this choreo to trance/electro music.

I’m a huge fan of electronic, trance, breakbeats, house, and drum & bass. Super energetic. I’ve never really tried to choreograph to it–since I teach hip hop. But this is awesome inspiration. Love the breakdown at minute 2:17 This routine is super sexy and has loads of high energy. And, ummmm, let me give the girls in 4 inch heels mad props for executing several p-drops! Skills! Awesome job Lika Stitch choreography 🙂