Diversity Crew – Limitless 4th UK/Ireland 2013 Tour in pictures and videos

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

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

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

Acropolis is composed of female and male international elite Great Britain medal-winning acrobats and gymnasts.

Boadicea Ladies

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

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

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:

The Story plot

Finally, you will find below a diaporama of pictures taken during the event as well as videos from some of their choreography:

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Dubstep music evolution and dance choreography

For those intrigued about the dubstep music evolution and trying to figure out the differences between dubstep and drum & bass, this forum thread may interest you in (music samples and documentary included):

http://www.last.fm/forum/5/_/2036448

If Dubstep is more your cup of tea and you’d like to listen to or practice dancing on mixed tapes, check this website (click on the images to launch soundcloud tracks playlists):

http://unitedkingdemtv.blogspot.ie/p/dubstep-mixtapes.html

Finally, I came across this lovely and original dubstep dance choreography and thought to share it with you. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!

http://en.wordpress.com/read/post/id/37813012/17677/

Do you have any dubstep and/or drum & bass facts or videos to share with us? If that’s the case, post them in the comment box below!

Nigerian Carnival Ireland in Phoenix Park, Dublin

A nigerian carnival has been organised with most of the activities taking place in Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.  One day of music and dance was organised in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Saturday 17th August 2013.

The event was hosted by Angel Michael presenting performing artists and the music was arranged by DJ Ladi.

All the following artists performed at it and I caught up a few of them: Kamil komposer, Lil Breezy, Benzo 247, Jo Reprezenter, Sema Tecino, Young Bross, Tyreed Otano, Danny Moore, Team Riva 9, Maimouna Salif, HU VA, Tejay Tray, Beezy Obalola. There was also an afrobeat dance competition organised with young dancers.

Catch up the event in pictures (4) and videos (7) below!

For more information about the Carnival activities, check their website: http://www.nigeriancarnivalireland.net

M.A.I

M.A.I

Nigerian Carnival Ireland

Nigerian Carnival Ireland

Any of the participants have pictures and/or other videos to share with us ? If so, post the links in the comment box below!

2013 Dublin Dance Festival

If contemporary dance is more your cup of tea, this is a festival not to miss! Few energetic moves, which you can catch up in May 2013.

There will be shows for everyone, children and adults alike, some free events too. However, if there are reservation fees indicated, I recommend you to book early to avoid disappointment. If you are a professional dancer, you might also want to join some of the panel discussions.

To give you a quick glance of what’s on, check out the 3 videos and the Dublin Dance Festival programme website below. For those who will participate, we would love to hear your feedback in the comment box below this post!

Youtube links:

http://youtu.be/2EyGCaiG3EY

http://youtu.be/QtKUONLBP-8

http://youtu.be/PPp7h2hH5oc

Festival programme:

http://www.dublindancefestival.ie/programme/

Videos and pictures of 2013 Irish Hip Hop Dance Championships finals

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.

Mega crews:

B-Boy Battle:

House Dance Workshop with Jaja:

Photos of all competitors in different categories. To access them, click on the link below:

http://www.dephoto.biz/irishhiphop

Finally, if you want to have updates on the actual championships results, please check the below Irish Hip Hop Productions Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Irishhiphopproductions?fref=ts

Cape Verde: music and dance

Cape Verde, unlike the African continent, has a population with different backgrounds, a different language and culture. Want to know more about it?

The majority of the population is creole (mixed black and white descent). A genetic study revealed that the ancestry of the population in Cape Verde is predominantly European in the male line and West African in the female line; counted together the percentage is 57% African and 43% European (Portuguese origins for the most part).

How does this influence the music and dance you can find on this islands’ archipelago located 570 kilometres (350 miles) off the coast of Western Africa?

Cape Verde music incorporates Portuguese, Caribbean, African, and Brazilian influences.Cape Verde’s quintessential national music is the morna, a melancholy and lyrical song form typically sung in Cape Verdean Creole. The most popular music genre after morna is the coladeira followed by funaná and batuque music.

Dance forms include the soft dance morna, the extreme sensuality of coladeira including the modernized version called Cabo Love (similar to the zouk from Guadeloupe), the Funaná (a sensual mixed Portuguese and African dance), and the Batuque dance.

Want to hear a bit of zouk a and enjoy an energetic Funaná dance?

Check out this awarded zouk artist and a dance routine:

Hip Hop and Michael Jackson dance choreography by Chris Dylus

This video has been filmed by a member of the audience watching the show a few years ago.

For fans of Michael Jackson (first and last choreography) and hip hop, have a look at this video!

A little reminder for those living around Dublin (Ireland), Michael Jackson dance classes will be re-starting on Saturdays in September 2013 (3.15 – 4.15pm) at Dun Laoghaire Theatre of Ireland. For more information, please look into my blog’s archive from November 2012 for the titled post “Michael Jackson dance classes with Chris Dylus”.

For the Jackson 5 nostalgic fans, watch this out and read out the comments! Enjoy!

Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil

For circus and dance fans alike, this is a show not to be missed!

The famous Cirque du Soleil is promoting its new show: a fusion of circus skills and Michael Jackson dance moves.

To know when it is coming near you and book your ticket(s), check out this link:

http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/michael-jackson-tour/default.aspx

If you want to view more pictures from Le Cirque du Soleil productions, check out their Pinterest account here:

http://pinterest.com/cirquedusoleil/

Finally, you will find below 2 great videos: The Immortal World Tour introduced and explained by Michael Jackson dance choreographer Travis Payne, and a brief showcase of a choreography from the Immortal World Tour.

Cirkafrika – an African circus touring in France in February 2018

I have watched for the first time a few years ago this amazing  Cirkafrika, an African circus on a French channel.

First of all, I would like to share with you a snippet of their upcoming show as well as information about its storyline, artists, tour dates, etc…

cirkafrika - an African circus touring in France in February 2018

What is Cirkafrika?

Cirkafrika is an African based circus employing 50 artists across Africa, namely:

  • musicians,
  • dancers,
  • acrobats,
  • contortionists,
  • diabolos,
  • jugglers,
  • acrobatic balancers,
  • tap-dancers,
  • gumboots, hoops, bouncing balls artists,
  • acrobats,
  • foot jugglers.

They mainly tour in France. Similarly to Le Cirque du Soleil’s concept, this circus doesn’t make use of animals.

Now, what is the current show’s theme?

This year, the show tells the story of a small gifted monkey going for an adventurous trip to the vast plains of China. He meets many monsters ready to eat him to obtain 10 000 life years. But it’s  without counting on the superpowers of the small animal, at times funny, at times powerful and at times crafty. The monkeys’ king is the widely known story told to Chinese children.

Cirkafrika is currently touring in main cities in France from 3rd to 11th February 2018. You can watch a video teaser for this year’s show here:

If you would like to book your tickets, check this link to view available dates, seats and rates:

https://www.ticketmaster.fr/en/resultat?ipSearch=cirkafrika

If you can’t get tickets or can’t make it for these dates, check on their website their next touring dates by clicking on ‘Réservez’:

CirkAfrika 3

Finally, you will find underneath a video reportage about the artists, their background/country of residence, how they trained and got recruited.

Anybody tempted to go and watch one of their shows, now? If that’s the case, hurry as it’s getting very quickly booked out!

About circus acrobalance classes and shows in Dublin

Ever dreamed to pick up some circus techniques ? Ever wanted to gain more flexibility and/or strength ?

Lisette Krol is giving regular flexibility and acrobalance classes on Dominick Street Upper, Dublin 1, Ireland.

Have a look at the below slideshow, to get an idea what is acrobalance is about, what kind of tricks you will be learning and other information related to her courses.

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For those who do not know where Tribe Fitness Dance Studio is located, check out the below link:

https://www.facebook.com/#!/TribeFitnessDanceStudio?fref=ts

If you are interested in watching her shows, she is regularly performing around midnight onwards on fridays at the Dragon pub (south great georges street).

Finally, I came across this beautiful UK circus website and thought you might like to check out these stunning african acrobats as well:

http://circusperformers.org/ghana-afican-acrobats.html

Enjoy and come along for a taster class!