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Must See Animated Dance Video

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?

    January 16, 2011 I Written By

    Just call me Charlie...but where are my angels?

    2 BYU Mormons on SYTYCD

    Emilie and I were chatting last night about all of the mormons that are on dance shows. It’s really quite amazing how many of the dancers on these shows are mormons. Granted most people don’t know and probably don’t care too much what their religion is (as so they shouldn’t), they just love the way they dance.

    However, mormons do love seeing other mormons (don’t ask me exactly why). Plus, I have to admit that Ryan and Ashleigh Di Lello hit me from 2 angles since they’re mormon and they both went to BYU (where I went also). So, it’s fun for me to watch little things about Ryan and Ashleigh. For example, I loved the picture of Ryan in front of a mormon temple last night. Although, my wife gets credit for noticing it first.

    On that note, it was fun to see the college (BYU) newspaper write an article about Ryan and Ashleigh. Check it out, it’s a good read. Here’s a few interesting quotes:

    “In general, so much is out of your control [on the show],” said Ashleigh Di Lello. “The editing that takes place, you wish more could be shown about who you really are in some ways because there is such limited time beyond the dancing and sometimes people can form opinions. I think anyone who has been on TV could say that it is not enough time for people to get to know who you are.”

    The Di Lellos met in a dance studio four days after he returned home from his mission to Argentina.

    “We considered dancing together but we felt we should keep the dancing separate from our relationship and just focus on our dating and courtship,” Ryan Di Lello said. “A lot of people say if you spend so much time with your partner you will eventually start dating and we didn’t want it to be because of dance; we wanted it to be because of us getting to know each other and falling in love with each other separate from dance.”

    For a couple years, the Di Lellos performed on cruise ships and then decided they would settle down in Salt Lake City. Ryan began working at a financial services firm but they soon realized they were not ready to give up performing.

    The Di Lellos heard about the “So You Think You Can Dance” auditions only a couple weeks before the judges came to Utah, so they began to prepare last minute.

    Of course, you’d think with me being mormon and having graduated from BYU myself that Ryan and Ashleigh would be my favorites. They’re not. I love Noelle!

    December 2, 2009 I Written By

    Just call me Charlie...but where are my angels?