I love Hollywood dance scenes. Who couldn’t? The final moments of “Dirty Dancing” reduce me to a blubbering mess, and John Travolta’s moves in “Saturday Night Fever” absolutely slay me. One YouTube user did us the favor of combing through cinema’s most famous dance numbers and editing them into one epic montage. The clips are paired with some quality 80′s dance pop and guaranteed to make you want to jump out of your chair and dance your way out of your winter slump.[Purple Clover]
New York city performer Amanda Trusty is no stranger to the scrutiny the entertainment industry feels entitled to when it comes to women’s bodies. In a (semi-NSFW) burlesque performance at a benefit for Hawaii Island Gay Pride, Amanda refuses to take that criticism any longer. Set to Katy Perry’s “Roar,” she finds a way to let it all go as she literally peels off hurtful words like “cellulite,” “fat” and “suck it in” that have gotten in the way of the joy performing should bring. I have never felt more empowered (and misty-eyed) just by watching someone dance! Read more thoughts from this amazing lady on her blog. Keep being awesome, Amanda! [Huffington Post; Amanda Trusty Says]
We were far from the only ones to be seriously stunned by Rick Owens’ above-and-beyond runway step show — it’s being called “one of the most innovative and exciting fashion shows” of recent recall. New York-based singer-songwriter Arin Lawrence, who performed as part of The Soul Steppers (just one of four groups featured in Owens’ show), regaled her story of the show, from its very germination last spring until last week’s ground-breaking performance, in an exclusive interview with BuzzFeed. Keep reading »
New Orleans “Bounce Queen” Big Freedia is taking to New York City’s Herald Square in an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for most people twerking simultaneously. Big Freedia’s goal is 250 twerkers (just typing “twerker” makes our spell check want to explode), though any relatively large number will suffice as, surprisingly, this record has not yet been recorded by Guinness. Read more at iVillage…
By now we’re all familiar with twerking: hip-shaking, booty-focused dance moves a la Nicki Minaj and (ugh) Miley Cyrus. It’s sexy, it’s silly — and apparently, it’s completely safe for expectant mothers. OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton confirmed to ABC News that twerking is safe for pregnant mommies who won’t let a little morning sickness get in the way of their booty-shakin’. “For the average pregnant woman, dancing and aerobic activity is safe during pregnancy, so therefore Twerking is, too,” she explained. “Pregnancy is not a disease, and women should feel comfortable being active. If something hurts, don’t do it.” So go for it, ladies. Shake that fetus around like a cocktail shaker! [10news.com]
It’s time for another episode of “Trainer Trials,” our new video series in which I try out various fitness activities in hopes of finding one or more that I don’t hate. (That sounds negative. I’m just really good at finding excuses not to work out, so in order to keep the ol’ ticker healthy, I need a semi-regular fitness routine that is at least half as enjoyable and fun as, say, drinking wine and organizing my sea shell collection.) The amazing Zuta Gilchriest from Crunch Gym came by The Frisky video studio to give me and Jessica some private Zumba tutelage, and, well, booties were poppin’. (Watch above!) Zumba combines dance styles like salsa, merengue and soca, with standard workout moves like lunges and squats, all to the tune of various Latin and world beats. I know, I know, we’re making it look easy – but it’s not. Embodying the spirit of Sasha Fierce works up a sweat, you guys. I don’t know that I feel confident enough yet in my skills, but perhaps after a few more classes, I’ll be bustin’ out that towel move at the clurb. Look out!
Twerking. It’s the “Dougie” of 2013, the Macarena of the zeitgeist. It also appears to be a very popular YouTube extracurricular activity — and not just amongst the Miley Cyruses of the world. This Huffington Post Comedy video sets a bunch of twerkin’ dudes to the sweet sounds of classical music. It really elevates it, don’t you think? [Huffington Post]
You may remember Karen Cheng as the former Microsoft exec who resigned from her job a few years ago via a song posted to YouTube called “Bye, Bye, Excel and I.” So what has she been doing since quitting her job? Teaching herself to dance, man. Cheng has posted this amaaaaaaazing YouTube video of her journey which concludes in an insanely awesome performance in a San Francisco train station. Seriously, it’ll blow your mind and inspire you to take a dance class or two yourself. Check it out above!
J-Sette is a dance style that emerged out of southern female African-American step teams, but has now become somewhat more pervasive. You can see elements of it in Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video, with its mix of super precise and tightly choreographed moves, done with grace and flair (Beyonce always gets accused of, um, “borrowing” from different styles). J-Setting is super popular in southern African-American gay clubs, but it’s not without its dilemmas. According to Philadelphia choreographer Jumatatu Poe, finding venues that will accept a squad of guys J-Setting can be difficult. “The guys practicing J-Sette are, to a certain extent, limited in terms of where they can dance,” he said in a 2012 interview. “[They] wouldn’t be in the stands with the majorettes at sports games because it’s not typically accepted.” This crew is called the Prancing Elites, and they’re based out of Mobile, Alabama, and they are straight up amazing.
Click through to see another video of the Prancing Elites performing at a Mardi Gras celebration!
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