Tag Archives: Dancing

Monday Night Workshop

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:

  1. I wanted to get good. I wanted to continue going and work my way up towards becoming better
  2. 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
  3. 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.

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My Favorite Pair of Best Friends

The two of them doing the “Single Ladies” dance at the US Open. They’re really having a week and the world. is. loving. it.

Also, I typically love these “History of Rap” things and they’ve always been my favorite, but this is probably my least – why so many pauses and breaks in between?!

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Song of the Day

The Internet – Dontcha

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?

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Sassy Dance by 6-Year Old

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. :(

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Blog Roundup

– 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 ;)

– Our favorite Craigslist Ad of the week.

– How Slack is changing workplace culture [Slate]

– Secret shutters [Circa]

– Emily Schuman talks about how she created her successful blog [Inc.]

– Seattle start-up Tune provides for women studing computer science at UW [Geekwire]

– Kanye changes the name of his new album to “Swish” [The Fader]

– How to execute on choreographing an unforgettable music video by the choreographer who did Tinashe’s “All Hands on Deck” [The Fader]

– An acoustic performance by Lauryn Hill of “Doo Wop (That Thing)” [Pitchfork]

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Two 12-Year Old Dancers Join Ariana Grande on Her Tour

Why wasn’t I starting my dance career at 12 instead of holding on to my Polly Pocket collection?

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Vintage Kaba Modern

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?

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Jaymes Young – Habits (Slaptop Remix) by Mike Song

Mike Song can really do no wrong. Rhyming not intended.

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Alyson Stoner’s Tribute To Missy Elliott

When Missy Elliott took the stage at the Super Bowl, every former Missy fan was wondering where her right-hand woman was! Of course everyone was thinking of the little girl who was a phenomenal dancer. Well, Alyson Stoner is all grown up! She’s not dancing as much as she used to, but she does have a singing career and her dancing is still as good as she was when she was a child.

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Song of the Day

Missy Elliott – Work It

We could’ve just posted the Spotify track, but after yesterday’s performance we realized this was the perfect opportunity to throw it back to the music video. Let’s be real – Missy Elliott was the REAL halftime act at yesterday’s Super Bowl! I still think it’s really funny to hear today that some babies who are so young think that Missy Elliott is a new artist. Makes me feel old.

Missy was my childhood and Alyson Stoner was my dancing spirit animal.

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Performance of the Day

So I missed Sia’s performance of “Elastic Heart” last night, but it’s a performance that I was looking forward to all week because Maddie Ziegler was going to be perofrming choreography alongside her. As expected, it didn’t disappoint. Is it weird that I felt like my eyes were glued to her moves rather than Sia herself? I guess that’s not so surprising because Sia herself was in one position the entire time and that was maybe done on purpose to give Maddie more of the attention.

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Music Video of the Day

So I’m probably the last person to watch this music video and before the other day, I didn’t really have any interest in it because while I love Sia – Chandelier just isn’t my favorite song. It was brought to my attention the other day though because I learned that Maddie Ziegler is the star of the entire thing and she was my favorite child on that horrible show “Dance Moms.” Yes, it’s horrible and I’ve watched countless seasons, but these kids are too precious. I’m mostly watching for them and not the moms. Maddie is incredibly talented. It’s kind of amazing that she landed a gig that was so mainstream and is probably going to launch her career further. I’m sure there was totally a plot/story line about this on the show where the moms were all jeal. That seems to always happen.

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Mike Song | “TROUBLE” by Jose James (Funk LeBlanc Remix)

I could honestly spend hours watching choreography videos from former Kaba Modern members.  Mike Song and Yuri Tag are still filming videos for them and I’m obsessed. I’ve actually been looking into dancing again up in the city and am now just seeking a place that I can become a regular at. I’m pretty scrappy though so I think it will be light years until I actually feel okay enough to post something up. I hadn’t heard this track before, but I love both this version and the original. Mike Song did a great job with the choreography.

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Only GIF Worth Sharing From Last Night

Blue dancing along to her mommy’s performance from the MTV Video Music Awards.

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Taylor Swift – Shake It Off

I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to make this the Song of the Day, but as I listen to the song a second time and then a third time, I realized how much it was growing on me. I wanted to keep this simple though so here are just my thoughts on this:

  • Continue embracing your white girl dancing self, Taylor!
  • The songs in which she decides to talk instead of sing. Why doesn’t anyone give her feedback to not do that?
  • It’s true, being a country singer is kind of like the gateway to stardom. Look at how far from country she is now!
  • I hope the rumors are true and that she actually is dating Karlie Kloss.

So wait, which song is better – Taylor’s or Mariah’s?

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