On average, the process of putting together one of these posts takes about three months. To find images, I have about 10 Tumblrs that I circulate through. Each post roughly has about 50 images, but today, this one has less. I’m posting this one now though because I’m close to 50 and there won’t be any other Tumblrs that I’ll be viewing within the next couple of months. It has also been three months since I posted A Collection Part 49. I’m telling you all of this because that is the only structure I have when it comes to making these. There are no themes. I don’t spend any time re-arranging them in a certain order. The differences in size of images would normally bother me anywhere else, but not here. There are no patterns for colors. I can’t explain to you why I selected this image over that one and I don’t want to. I look at these photos so quickly and I save them in an instant the same way a normal human being would fill out one of those personality tests that you’re not supposed to think too much about it. That’s it! Since the migration, every other post before this has been skewed to the left. Starting now and with post #50, we’re going to center it. It just looks better!
Featuring SZA and Metro Boomin, the new Gap ad is a bop! I found this new commercial by them to be completely delightful and love the intention and spirit behind it even more. SZA confirmed on Instagram earlier this week that this project was a collaboration with choreographer Tanisha Scott and Tabitha Denholm of Women Under the Influence, an organization that strives to put more women behind the camera.
And the song that you’re listening to? A remix of The Thompson Twins’ “Hold Me Now.”
The theme of this collection is minimalism. Before I left my last job, my life was very noisy. My mind was constantly racing with a million thoughts. I wasn’t always able to communicate my feelings articulately. I was stressed with needing to be two places at once, and in general my home – my sanctuary felt cluttered. The time off that I had from working made me feel well again. I felt like I could take care of myself the way I needed to and get that clear head that I was seeking. I couldn’t remember a time where I was THAT happy! And that’s why it was also challenging to get back to work after that… but more on that later. This post is a collection of things that just feel simple to me. There’s not a lot of noise in them and as you’ll notice in these photos, more space than usual. Enjoy!
You guys, I finally did that thing that I’ve been putting off since January. A couple of weeks ago, Jessie and I finally committed to going to Monday Night Workshop – a 2 hour hip hop class in San Jose from 9:30-11:30 PM. For years, since I moved here, I started researching which places I should go to and what class might be a good fit for me. I’ve been following Monday Night Workshop on Instagram for awhile and was pretty sure that I had found the one. Lucky for me, Jessie, my co-worker had also heard about it too and had been interested in trying it out. So back in March, we put it on the calendar. But for whatever reason, kept putting it off – things kept coming up, we had to work late that night, we were lazy, it was a Monday, the excuses were never ending.
Growing up, I always wanted to take hip hop classes. It wasn’t feasible for me as a kid and when I got to college, I started going to my university’s gym where classes were being taught, but similar to now – it was hard for me to remain committed. I just wanted to get really good, but how can you be good if you stop showing up? Monday Night Workshop is late and Mondays are our busiest days so I knew it was going to be a struggle! I had nerves the morning of class and because of this – savaged my body with an Egg McMuffin and hashbrowns that morning to calm myself. I wanted to take this class for a few reasons:
I wanted to get good. I wanted to continue going and work my way up towards becoming better
This was the hobby that I always wanted and it wasn’t too late for me to take it on. I thought it would be both fun and relaxing
Dancing isn’t easy; you need to focus and you have to pay attention to the details (things that push me every day in my work) and I wanted that challenge
So this class is no joke. Everyone here is as good as a Jabbawockee and while everyone was a 9-10, I felt like I was a 4. I probably only got every 3rd or 4th step which made me insecure at first, but then I quickly recognized that it’s not like everyone comes out of the womb being a good dancer. It took work and I’ve been out of it for years so while I can pick up some things, I shouldn’t have expected that I could go to one class after a long time and be as good as everyone else. The choreography, the song, the instructor – all met my expectations. It was exactly what I had wanted, but 9:30 PM for a start time is rough after a long working day. Everyone was so talented though and I think that’s something I enjoyed watching. This kind of dance is beautiful and mesmerizing to me. Would I go back? Probably, but I’m still a little bit shy to be doing this in front of everyone else so I think if I can make the time for it, I’d like to set up just a couple of private lessons before heading back. I’m glad we finally took the plunge!
If you’re interested in seeing the piece we learned – here is a video of our instructor Deziree doing the choreography to it at the end of class. She’s amazing. The song is PARTYNEXTDOOR – Persian Rugs.
Happy Saturday loves!!! I’ve been obessed with listening to The Internet for about a week now. Funny story, my friend in LA told me that’s he’s been helping recording with Syd tha Kyd and I didn’t really have any idea who that was, but it turns out The Internet is actually her project. I’m really rusty on the music stuff these days, can you tell?
This piece of choreography below by Melissa Batesting is amazing. This is a pretty good song on its own to freestyle too and I was thinking about just hopping into a studio sometime this week or next and just seeing what we can make out of it. 15 second Instagram dance video sound good?
I’ve been waiting all week to make the time to finally watch this and as expected, it didn’t disappoint. This sassy 6-year old completely owns this number in the best way possible. I feel bad for the two little girls that can’t keep up. 🙁
– Because everyone here is obsessed with Blue Bottle’s New Orleans Iced Coffee – here’s how you can prepare your own at home! [BlueBottle] – I pretty much do the short version of this every morning at work 😉
I can’t believe I’ve never actually posted this before! I used to be a huge fan of Kaba Modern. Correction – I still am, but the group that appeared on America’s Best Dance Crew are all doing their own thing now so I’m still a fan of their work individually. Not too long ago, I taught myself some simple choreography by former Kaba Modern member Yuri Tag for Ariana’s “Break Free,” but soon after I was looking for another piece. This is one of my favorite Ellie Goulding remixes and the choreography done by three members of the former group is SO good. I haven’t had the time or made the time to actually learn this, but I haven’t forgotten about it. There’s even a tutorial for it too so that should make things a little bit easier?