He is a street dancer and actor specialised in robotic movements (street dance called ‘popping’). He appeared in Step Up 3D, Step Up Revolution and Step Up All In and in the web series The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (LXD).
ABOUT Luis Rosado
Luis Rosado was born in Germany, grew up in Italy until 7 years old, who relocated to Florida and finally to Los Angeles.
He is a competitive dancer best known as a member of the crew Skill Methodz and also portrayed the character of Monster in the Step Up film franchise. He took part in The LXD as well.
ABOUT Mari Koda
Mari Koda was born in Japan.
She is an actress and dancer who is best known for her role as Jenny Kido in all the Step Up films. She also appeared in Timbaland and Missy Elliot’s music video “Cop That Disc” as a soloist.
If you’d like to watch film trailers, check this article.
Thirdly, the plot is like for all dance films, focused on the dance rather than the actual story.
Indeed, it’s the story of Sean, a street dancer from Los Angeles who is trying hard with his crew to succeed. Unfortunately, after several unsuccessful gigs, the crew leaves him. He feels like his dreams have vanished until he discovers an elaborate Vegas dance competition called the Vortex, being organized by VH1. For the purpose of the event, he sets up a new crew and they end up winning the battles.
Additionally, if you would like to know more about the plot details, read this film review.
Finally, for those who have already watched it and really enjoyed its soundtrack, check these music tracks.
So, are you going to watch it? Leave us your comments about the film below, once you’ve seen it!
Juste Debout (“just upright”) is an international and annual dance competition founded in 2001 by Bruce Soné in France which focuses on street dance styles. The four main categories are hip hop new style, house, locking and popping. They have also been welcoming experimental dances since few years.
This year, Juste Debout has also organised a whole week of activities prior to the event, such as dance workshops with the international judges and parties in various places.
I had the chance to attend the Slinked party and enjoyed listening to the Champion Sound live band. Please view below few pictures of the programme and videos of the event.
They have also added two new disciplines: Just Dancehall by ragga jam and Just4Rockers. Both organisations are based in France and have an international scope.
I have been mostly attending the Just4Rockers breakdance cyphers in the “Salle Marcel Cerdan” in Bercy stadium and watched the finals of all disciplines on the main stage.
I am now happy to share with you videos and pictures I have taken at the event and hope you will feel the same vibes as I did. The competition was fierce and the show very much worth it! The organisers were also lovely.
It is important to be know that Just4Rockers venue was also a dance practice room. Although it was mostly dedicated to breakdancing, you will also find other dance styles (hip hop, popping, rn’b). Since there are quite a few videos (9 videos for this section and 3 videos of experimental dances finals), I am re-directing you to my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/emelinej1/videos
You will also find last year’s Juste Debout event videos if you are more interested in the other dance styles. So, feel free to subscribe to it!
The MC & Judges Matthew Williamson and Tobi Omoteso have been judging the freestyle hip hop and breakdance battle at Andrews Lane Theatre, Dublin 2 on Thursday 19th December 2013. Jane Shortall together with Matthew have been hosting the event and presenting the different dance crews of all ages: adults, teenagers and children as well as the fundraising purposes (for more information on this, check the videos’ comments).
To view the 6 videos, check my youtube channel as follows:
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 have been desperately trying to learn the basic hip hop dance styles moves, including popping, locking, grooving, etc…, you will be happy to hear that there is a fantastic Youtube video channel giving tutorials at a beginners’ level :)! I know, you will say there are plenty of them on Youtube, but this particular one covers many steps and styles in easy to follow tutorials.
After following these basic foundations/moves explanations, first without and then with music, you will be able to master the isolated moves and put them altogether to create a great choreography of your choice! So, give it a go and get creative!
Please find below the Youtube channel and how to access all videos: