Cuban dancer and choreographer Juan Miguel Mas used to belong to a traditional dance troupe, but he rarely made it on stage because of his weight. “I created a character for myself to play, Giant Baby, and that was the first and only time I was allowed on stage,” he says. “I needed more opportunities to perform.” In 1996, he’d decided he’d had enough, and created Danza Voluminosa, a dance troupe especially for people who didn’t fit the mold of traditional dancers. Mas’ goal wasn’t just to use larger people to recreate the same old dance moves; he wanted to “create an aesthetic starting from their bodies that were more soft, more wide.” Keep reading »
Well, Amelia and Will, as Audrey and Matthew, have quickly emerged as my favorite couples on “So You Think You Can Dance,” but after last night’s episode, I wonder if they have choreographer Sonya Tayeh to thank, at least in part. She choreographed both couples’ routines last night and they were incredible. Watch both performances — as well as five performances from last week — above. Four dancers were eliminated last night, but I’ll keep my mouth shut on who went home.
“So You Think You Can Dance” is easily my favorite reality TV competition show — I think the dancing talent featured each season is astounding. I love that the show embraces all genres of dance and there’s a focus on for genuine expression, artistry, and creative above all else.
This season of “SYTYCD,” its ninth, quite possibly is the best yet and last night was the first live show featuring the top 20 dancers performing in pairs. Above, my five favorite performances: Amelia (love hearing Cat Deeley say my name each week!) and Will dancing hip-hop to the Cure’s “Lovecats”; Cyrus and Eliana doing a Broadway routine to a song from “Hairspray”; George and Tiffany dancing an amaaaazing contemporary routine from my favorite choreographer, Sonya; Alex and Daniel’s cool jazz routine; and Audrey and Matthew’s divine contemporary performance choreographed by “SYTYCD” alum Travis Wall. Who are you rooting for this season? [FOX]
I met Brian*, on OKCupid. He was a handsome blonde with fantastic taste in clothes. Heliked to cook, had a stable, admirable job, and played the ukulele on the side. It was all very cute. And so was he.
I imagined myself dating him for a long time, setting up a little homestead and writing songs together that we would perform and post on YouTube. He thought I was adorable and liked the way I fluttered around his apartment, all energy and smiles. I appreciated his gentle, almost Koala-like nature. It seemed like I had finally, after months of fruitless internet dating, found someone who I could really be serious about. Keep reading »
What happens when a girl, armed with only her iPod, decides to take her dancing out of her bedroom and into the streets, er, well, the mall? Hello Giggles sent correspondent Angela to the Galleria Mall in Sherman Oaks, California, to find out. [YouTube]
Everyone should see “The Nutcracker” ballet at least once in their lifetime. And if you’re demented like me, you should see the ballet/burlesque fusion show “The Slutcracker” at least once, too!
Whereas traditional ballet celebrates poise and elegance, ”The Slutcracker” turns the traditional Christmastime show on its head with satirical, saucy performances involving pole dancing and BDSM. It’s the brainchild of former ballet dancer Vanessa White and has run for four holiday seasons in Somerville, Massachusetts. In an interview with Tufts Daily student newspaper, Vanessa explained how she danced ballet for 11 years but gravitated towards burlesque after an injury. Vanessa also edited Boink, the erotica magazine for Boston University, and went on to found a burlesque troupe called Babes In Boinkland. In an entirely natural way, “The Slutcracker” became a melding of all these interests. Keep reading »
The ’70s were a wild ride, man. The dogs were going crazy. Everybody was dancing. The party never ended. And then the suddenly the ball dropped and it was the ’80s, and everybody was in banking. Total bummer, dude. [YouTube]