Hi everybody. I’m back after a little tiny break and I hope everybody’s doing great!
Guess what else is back?! SYTYCD!
The UK version returns on March 23rd and Nigel is going to commute every week from the US for American Idol to Britain for SYTYCD UK. I loved last season, I’m really excited that I don’t have much longer to wait for Series 2.
Our own US version of SYTYCD returns May 26th. I’ve read that Mary Murphy may have to tame her Tamale Train a bit after her throat surgery. It’ll be interesting to see if John will like the quieter Mary better.
Anybody else excited to know when we’ll get our SYTYCD fixes again?
If you did not catch last Monday nights episode of House. Mia Michaels choreographed the ‘Come On Get Happy’ number which featured dancers Allison, Dominic, Martha, Noelle & Billy (sorry if I missed anybody else that’s all I got from the closing credits). You can see the video of the performance below. Just a word of warning if you have not seen this episode it does contain spoilers
The episode will be shownin Australia 21st March, 2011
From Dominic to Lauren. In case many of you don’t follow Dominic and Lauren on twitter may not know that they have been dating. So I saw that Dominic recently post a link to his youtube channel. It is a video that he made for her for Valentine’s Day, I thought it was sweet and wanted to share it.
“Valentine’s Day is coming up.. and I didn’t know what to get for my gf Lauren.. so I thought I would be cheap and make a video for her. I got so inspired by my friend JR Aquino’s (check him out.. brilliant singer/songwriter) new song “Handle with Care”.. So with the inspiration from both him and My Beautiful Girlfriend… I came up with this.. and big thanks to Ryan and Jason for all the help…. hope you enjoy!” ~D-Trix
As they say in the performing arts world: “The Show Must Go On”
There were predictions hitting towards two feet of snow in parts of Chicagoland but a call to Broadway in Chicago confirmed what most businesses, stores and restaurants would not do in downtown Chicago… the show was open and was going to go on as scheduled. Granted, considering how quickly the temperature rose during the first number of the show “Ballroom Beat” (YouTube clip) this came as little surprise to those in attendance. When the first beats of the African rhythm filled the auditorium, you knew it was going to be hot. Dancers appeared throughout the auditorium, in the balcony, in the aisles… dancing and shaking to the rhythms before jumping onto the stage for an amazing opening number.
We’ve posted a lot about Christina Perri and her song “Jar of Hearts,” which SYTYCD helped launch to national attention.
I actually hear the song every night on my way home from work as it’s remained in the Top 5 of the radio station I listen to all the time. I think I’ve got it memorized.
So, I was really glad to read this article that goes behind the scenes with Christina and her management and talks about how “Jar of Hearts” got into Stacey Tookey’s hands, what they’re doing to get her cd finished and to keep her at the top of our lists.
I especially love this part, because I remember thinking something similar the first time I saw Christina Perri give an interview:
Chisholm says Perri impressed him by being “totally prepared” for all the major-label wining and dining. “She holds herself well, and she’s very poised,” he says. “It all happened very fast-from initial interest to a deal took about two weeks.”
Today I stumbled across this seriously unbelievable dance animation video. At fist I wasn’t sure if I would like an animated dance video. One of the things I love is the dancers themselves and I think there are so many ways that animation could miss the beautiful qualities of dance. However, this video not only captures many of the beauties of dance, but also carries them to a new level and adds new layers of commentary to the dance. Ok, don’t take my word for it. Here’s the video:
See what I mean? Now go watch it again. It gets better the more you watch it I think.
Since we cover the music and I’m sure you’ll ask if I don’t tell you, the video is to the song “World Spins Madly On”, performed by “The Weepies”. You can find more information about how this video came together on the Ryan Woodward Conte Animated website. I love this list of concepts behind what he was trying to accomplish:
The exploration of the drawing the human figure in a variety of creative approaches. This stems from years of teaching creative gesture drawing.
2d Animation. This process of animation revisits the passion in my early career as a 2d animator. The illusion of life!
Contemporary dance. Although I am not a dancer, I appreciate the talent and dedication that goes into a beautifully choreographed piece. A graceful moving human form can communicate more emotion that any length of dialogue.
and finally, the exploration of experimental processes and concepts contributes to my own personal growth as an artist. Having worked commercially for years, this project has allowed me to stretch beyond my former understanding of art.
Great story and I’m happy to say he’s a professor at the University that I attended. I wish I was planning to visit family sometime soon so that I could see the full exhibit. I could see many of the images from the video as a pretty amazing t-shirt as well. Maybe I should contact him about selling some on the site.
I also found this 5 minute preview of the documentary video that was made about the above animated video really interesting. I’ve embedded it below as well:
As a real true fan of dance, I absolutely love the merging of multiple art forms like this video. I’d love to see So You Think You Can Dance use it somehow on the next season. Talk about a perfect special guest performance I think. It would be completely unexpected for most viewers and would be awesome! Are you listening Nigel?
I just stumbled upon a feature on “Shhhhout!” the new cd from OONA, which is actually both Dave Tweedie and Oona Garthwaite.
Read up on Oona and Dave first started making music together. There’s also a few photos of Oona, like the one below, and a sample of some of the songs from “Shhhhout!”
I like this quote from Oona especially:
In December 2009, after a single they wrote and recorded, “Tore My Heart,” was featured on “So You Think You Can Dance,” it sold more than 35,000 single downloads on iTunes.
“It did really well because it was in 10 million people’s living rooms,” Oona said this week. “It’s interesting what that show can do for music because it puts these choreographers and dancers together and by virtue of that, it also puts the music center stage. Not the worst thing.”
This is MAJOR awesomesauce. My inner dance fiend and the geek in me are united in this sweet find.
Twitch from SYTYCD and Harry Shum Jr. from Glee (also a dancer) teamed up in this ultra-short mini-movie directed by Ross Ching and produced by Don Le and George Wang. You MUST check it out – bet you can’t guess who wins the light saber duel.
In a video directed by Dante Russo, Melinda taps to Sara Bareilles’s cover of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” I’ve never heard this cover, which is really breezy and charming, and perfectly suited to Melinda’s style.
Whether you loved her or hated or just wanted to see her hang around a bit longer (like me!), I think you’ll want to check out the video, below.