First of all, I would like to send you all my warmest season greetings. 🎅
I wish you a Funky Merry Christmas holiday..in music and dance, of course! 🎶👯
CHEERFUL CHRISTMAS MUSIC
Secondly, here a few lovely tunes to get you into a happy mood:
and old-school hip-hop Christmas soundtracks:
If you want to listen to full songs of old and modern funk songs, check this YouTube playlist:
UPLIFTING CHRISTMAS DANCE MOVES
Finally, if you have put on weight after all this seasonal food stuffing, here are some street dance choreographies to get you back in shape! The dance styles are new style hip-hop and locking. But, let’s start dancing the boogie, breaking, locking or whatever dance you like.
Who knows? You might get inspired to create your own one!
As you can see from the below picture, Bray Summer Festival lines up lots of cool acts for both adults and children like the B-Xtreme breakdance crew. If you haven’t made it this weekend, don’t worry as it will still continue until the start of August 2014!
B-XTREME CREW MEMBERS
I have had the pleasure to attend the B-Xtreme high-energy acrobatic interactive breakdancing show at the Bray Summerfest.
The crew is composed of 3 dancers from New York City, USA:
Anthony Ready Rosa
Christopher Cuba Munoz
Jose Mini Collon.
THEIR PERFORMANCES AND AWARDS
These award-winning performers have not only brought dance from the streets but have exhibited their talents to:
films and special events around the world.
They performed at the well known America’s Got Talent TV show in 2013.
Their shows are packed with:
and the hottest dance moves.
By combining their cutting-edge dance choreography with performing talents, they deliver an unforgettable experience that leaves crowds cheering for more.
I filmed their live performance on Saturday 12th July in Bray. They both delivered a brilliant dance routine and got the audience involved.
So sit tight and watch the whole video! Follow them on Facebook if you like!
First of all, hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture.
It includes a wide range of styles primarily:
These hip-hop dance styles were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States.
Hip-HOp Dance cult series
Secondly, the 1980s saw the emergence of hip-hop dance cult series, films and shows.
Indeed, the television show Soul Train and the 1980s films Breakin’, Beat Street, and Wildstyleshowcased these crews and dancing styles in their early stages. Therefore, it gave hip-hop mainstream exposure.
Furthermore, the dance industry responded with a commercial, studio-based version of hip-hop (called new style). This new hip-hop style influenced the jazz dance style called jazz-funk. Classically trained dancers develop these studio styles, in order to create choreography from the hip-hop dances seen on the street. Because of this development, hip-hop dance is practised in both dance studios and outdoor spaces.
Then, the commercialization of hip-hop dance continues into the 1990s and 2000s with the production of several other television shows and films such as:
I personally discovered this B-Girl film that may not be cult series but is also very cool.
As for these LXD (Legion of Extraordinary Dancers) hip-hop dance cult series, they show strong similarities with the story plot from the Diversity Digital Tour 2013. You will also find in this film a diversity of dance styles reminding you the last Step Up series.
Check out “The LXD: the uprising begins’ now:
Although the dance is established in entertainment, it maintains a strong presence in urban neighbourhoods. This led to the creation of street dance derivatives such as:
The television shows and the Internet have contributed to introducing hip-hop dance outside of the USA.
Here is a good example of turfing dance “Turf Feinz RipD Rich Dancing in the Rain Oakland Street (California)”:
Additionally, what distinguishes hip-hop dance from other forms of dance is its freestyle (improvisational) in nature. Crews often engage in freestyle dance competitions, referred to as battles. Crews, freestyling, and battles are identifiers of this style.
Finally, since its exposure, educational opportunities and competitions have helped to maintain its presence abroad. Europe host several international hip-hop dance competitions such as:
UK B-Boy Championships
Lastly, you will find several videos of Juste Debout World Championships (All styles 2013 -2014):
For fans of Diversity Crew and hip hop styles dances or even acro balance, this is a post-event review in pictures and videos, you don’t want to miss out!
I have been lucky to be able to attend the Diversity Limitless show at the O2, Dublin, Ireland, last Saturday 30th November 2013.
First of all, to my amazement, the show wasn’t only about new style hip hop and the crew itself but gathered different dancers, gymnasts, magicians, and musicians.
I have taken some pictures and videos of the event as well as gathered information about the dancers, acrobats, and illusionist who took part in the event.
Now, let me do a brief presentation of the artists (with their pictures) who are not part of the Diversity Crew itself:
Antoine Marc was born in Martinique (French Caribbean Island) and started to dance ballet at 4 years of age at the Caribbean Ballet School of Betty Bylon. He has also been an aerialist and acrobat, working for international productions.
Ling started dancing in 2004 as a self-taught b-boy, becoming part of the dance group trinity warriors in 2008. He has also become a worldwide competitor.
Acropolis is composed of female and male international elite Great Britain medal-winning acrobats and gymnasts.
Boadicea dance company was brought together by leading female artist Rhimes Lecointe (street dance 3D and into the hoods) to be a kink in the realm hip hop and commercial dance.
Frazer ‘Freeze’ Bennett is a music producer, composer, and mashup artist from Bournemouth, UK, who fuses urban music with orchestral arrangements, funk, soul, hip hop, R’n’B, pop, dubstep and electronic music.
James Moore is a master illusionist doing all his tricks ‘live’ with no camera edits or special edits.
Secondly, you will find below a snapshot of the show story plot:
Finally, you will find below a diaporama of pictures taken during the event as well as videos from some of their choreography:
Have you attended the Irish Hip Hop Championships event ? Or have you missed it and want to see what it was like ? In any cases, I hope you will enjoy these videos of mega crews, b-boy battle and house dance workshop.
House Dance Workshop with Jaja:
Photos of all competitors in different categories. To access them, click on the link below:
Referring to my blog post from 14th February 2013 about the Irish Hip Hop Championships, you may like to know that, in addition to the dance competition programme, there will also be dance workshops taught by the judges themselves on Sunday 14th April 2013!
Please find below the various dance workshops schedules with each one of the judges’ panel.
If you aren’t sure what these dance styles look like, check out the below Youtube videos.
Locking with Funky J (the girl):
Commercial hip hop with Alex Schoendorf:
Popping with Natalie McParland:
House with Jaja aka xclusiv (dance starts at 0.28min):
B-boying with B-Boy Yelke from Bad Taste Cru:
Funk and animation with Soulsisterz:
Waacking and voguing with Del Mak:
If you want to know more about each of these dancers, check out the Irish Hip Hop Productions fan page on facebook!
So, guys, which workshop(s) are you interested in taking?
If you are looking for a place to practice for free your dance or circus skills, or simply want to come and watch an affordable show, whether experimental theater, music or else, “Le 104”, 5 rue Curial, 75019 Paris (19th district, close to Riquet metro station) is the right spot to come to!
This creative space is open to everyone and promotes collaboration, exchange and innovative ideas of all kinds. The building consists of a big public hall, research workshops and performance areas.
Want to know more about it ? Check out the pictures taken on Saturday 9th March 2013 (slideshow) as well as their website below: