This is one of our little choreography routine to Mora’s Modern Rhythmists’ version of “Shake that Thing” we taught at our solo jazz class in Quebec City/Porto Swing last weekend. Because we only had one hour for the class, Myriam and I wanted to work on similar structure of moves (in this case, fall off the log’ISH variations) instead of overloading them with a lot of “moves”. What is always fun for me as a teacher is to try to get my students to trust their body so they can focus on the great aspects of solo dancing – being silly, having fun, and of course flailing your arms around.
This is a fun little routine that I did with Zack for the Swing Connexion show, “Swing du Businessman”. Dancing to live music is always better than dancing to DJ’ed music… ten times more when performing. <3 Dancing starts somewhere in the middle of the video haha (there's a little skit before the actual dancing).
I already posted various versions of this routine but this one I think is my favourite.
This week we performed our solo blues/gospel routine at the Petit Medley titled “You May Run On”. I really like performing at this venue not only because it’s an actual blues dance night, but really because the decor and lighting of the venue makes it feel like a real stage rather than just an “open dance space”. Being a bar though, the space is fairly limited and the ceiling is absurdly low (there was a pretty funny moment when Any hit the lights with her fan during the intro). This routine really is meant to be danced in a bigger space and with all the dancers in the team, it was a bit difficult to navigate formations but I think we made it work.
My inspiration for this choreography were of Alvin Ailey’s contemporary choreographies of american black history. I tried to stay true to the idea of what the pieces were about while at the same time infusing it with some ideas I’ve had for a while for a choreo – fast arm movements, spins, and fans. I can’t even express how proud I am of my ladies (and of course the only dude on the team besides myself, the incomparable Elmer Ore) for all their hard work and dedication, especially those who would consider themselves new to solo dancing.
Woot, last night’s performance at Cats Corner. First performance expectations are always hard to live up to but I’m super proud of my team and what we were able to accomplish in just two months. My troupe was also pretty cute in that they made me a nice card with some emo comments. Too bad I’m the tin man equivalent of a dance choreographer…
Jokesieesss I heart my team.
Check us out at our next performance at Petite Medley on Monday August 9th.
This is the solo gospel routine (which ironically is a solo routine in team form…) we performed at Swing L’ete here in Montréal yesterday. When I say my team members “performed”, I really mean my team members “went buckwild like [a] prodigy child[s]” (shout-outs to D Cru). Really, they did. Watch their faces, they are going nuts the entire time and had the whole “I’m going to bunch a baby in the face” crazy eyes thing going on.
About the show – In the Swing du Businessman, discover the dances of the Roaring Twenties. A preoccupied businessman finds solace in a universe where jazz dances reign as kings: acrobatics, Charleston, Lindy Hop and Swing and more will dazzle you in this hour-long show! The Swing du Businessman is an homage to jazz and swing dances, of course, but also to silent films of the 20s and 30s, and to the comical genius of legends such as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.
About the venue – A former movie theater built during the 1920s, the Rialto Theater is the ideal place to get back to the Roaring Twenties!