- an excellent source for free downloads and streams of original electronic music mixes of all sorts, from seasoned pros to beginning bedroom amatuers, all told numbering in the hundreds or thousands. My current brand new favorite is the very diverse and well-versed Detriot/Chicago techno stylings of DJ Rubsilent
. Recomended mix: Future Funk 23: (Direct MP3 link) (Streaming mp3 link)
But don't let me divert you - search for your favorite local DJ or browse for new ones.
posted by loquacious
on Oct 11, 2006 -
Dance Dance Dance!
Called Dance Dance Dance (DDD), demoed at SIGGRAPH 2006, is a lot like DDR, but judges how well the dancer can match a silhouette against a white screen.
a video demonstration (wmv format).
Other possible uses for this sort of technology, once it's sufficiently advanced: sign-language translator, or practicing martial-arts or other activities requiring precise physical motions.
posted by canine epigram
on Aug 2, 2006 -
Bali is an island in Indonesia that attracted Walter Spies
, a Russian born, German artist who settled in the colonial Dutch East Indies from 1923 on. Adored by the Balinese, Spies was the co-founder of the Pita Maha
artists' cooperative, he shaped the development of contemporary Balinese art and established the West's image of Bali that still exists today. [more images and background inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Jul 29, 2006 -
Quick change artists
David and Dania, who got her start in the Moscow Circus, entertain crowds at NBA half-time shows by performing quick changes of clothing. They've performed on numerous
other shows around the world. You can even buy one of David's quick change tophats
posted by saketini99
on Mar 29, 2006 -
Dancer Sues Movin' Out
for breach of contract and sexual harassment she claims to have suffered during her run in the National Touring company of the Broadway hit. In an interesting move, the dancer, Alice Alyse
, has created a lawsuit website
to explain her side of the story. Perhaps she'll win, but will she ever work again?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero
on Mar 23, 2006 -
For the past few days I have been mainly totally jealous of the guys in this video
(linked google video). It features Toronto's Team Ryouko
performing martial arts and breakdancing moves that look lifted straight out of beat-em-up computer games. I wish this
(linked google video) was me on the beach (rather than this
). Some more here
Others doing similar stuff include "Martial Arts Trickz" from bilang.com
which despite a pretty lame name are capable of some amazing things
(linked google video, few more
(yesterdays post on breakdancers reminded me of how jealous I am of these kinda guys because they appear to me to be so free of gravity)
posted by 13twelve
on Feb 28, 2006 -
I'm no dancer, but I'm fascinated by the Dance History Archives
. The index of dance styles
is comprehensive, and the individual entries provide everything from history to related music links. (Jitterbug
, May Pole
, The Watusi
) There's a short glossary
, an index of dancers
, a voluptuous section on burlesque
(including some great
), an archive of posters
!), and so much more
. The list of Dancer Related Celebrities
is pretty extensive (Fred Astaire
, Rita Hayworth
), although there's no Jennifer Grey
, so I guess Baby got put in a corner after all.
posted by OmieWise
on Feb 24, 2006 -
is a often overlooked genre of dance music that is very influential for many genres of dance music that came around it and after it, including Hip-Hop, Dance, Disco, Electric Boogie, Freestyle, Techno and Drum and Bass.
One of the most prominent Electro-Funk DJs was Greg Wilson
, who has set up electrofunkroots.co.uk
to document the history
of Electro-Funk. Wilson interviews Quentin Leo Cook
, (a.k.a. Norman Cook
, a.k.a. Fatboy Slim
) on Cook's impressions of Electro-Funk and how it has influenced him as a music producer and DJ.
Wilson has also provided a personal history
and retrospective mix
of top Electro-Funk songs to A Guy Called Gerald
posted by gen
on Nov 29, 2005 -
Fallen Art (16mb avi) is the second movie directed by Tomek Baginski, following his Oscar nominated "The Cathedral..." This short animated movie has been made by a group of people for whom the army has always been an unfulfilled dream. (more info)
posted by crunchland
on Nov 10, 2005 -
My Friend Dario
Hot dancers in tiny bikinis and football helmets. A lead singer that looks like a pomo Leather Tuscadero. And headbanging mulletheads playing imaginary instruments. 'Nuff said.
posted by vronsky
on Sep 11, 2005 -
's Invisible Cities
is so called because it asserts that what makes up a city is not so much its physical structure but the impression it imparts upon its visitors, the way its inhabitants move within, something unseen that hums between the cracks. This, however, has in no way dissuaded people from attempting to give form to his works
. One such example is the Hotel Tressants
, a building in Menorca, Spain containing 8 rooms named after and inspired by
various cities from the novel. Meanwhile, artists offer illustrations1,2,3
, installations 1,2,3,4,5
, computer programs
, even View-Master slides
, while intellectuals offer readings and commentary1,2
, and critical texts1,2,3
sparked by the man and his writings. It has been dubbed "The Calvino Effect
". Do you know of any more?
posted by Lush
on May 20, 2005 -
Single shuffle, double shuffle, cut and cross-cut; snapping his fingers, rolling his eyes, turning in his knees, presenting the backs of his legs in front, spinning about on his toes and heels like nothing but the man’s fingers on the tambourine. Dancing with two left legs, two right legs, two wooded legs, two wire legs, two spring legs–all sorts of legs and no legs–what is this to him? And in what walk of life, or dance of life does man ever get such stimulating applause as thunders about him, when, having danced his partner off her feet, and himself too, he finishes by leaping gloriously on the bar-counter, and calling for something to drink, with the chuckle of a million of counterfeit Jim Crows, in one inimitable sound!Dancing Across The Color Line
. In 1842, Charles Dickens came to New York City, where initally, he was wined, dined and theatrically entertained by the upper crust. Afterwards, he then went slumming and soon saw William Henry Lane
, aka Master Juba
, a man of whose dancing a number of historians say is where tap dance
began, step lively in a cellar in the neighborhood called Five Points--the very same neighborhood creatively misrepresented recently by one Martin Scorcese in Gangs of New York
. The dance he did was known as Pattin' Juba and the first time it's rhythm--which we think of as the Bo Diddley
beat--was used on a sound recording was in 1952, when Red Saunders and his Orchestra, with Dolores Hawkins and and the Hambone Kids recorded Hambone
. Continued within
posted by y2karl
on Apr 4, 2005 -
They say it drives the chicks wild... maybe you'll finally get a date!(The end of the video is the grooviest part.
posted by miss lynnster
on Jan 17, 2005 -
The Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo,
with Margeaux Mundeyn, Pavel Törd, Ida Nevasayneva, Vladimir Legupski, Sveltlana Lofatkina, Olga Supphozova, Lariska Dumbchenko, Fifi Barkova is reviewed by Joan Acocella, "they pass through the joke and come out the other side, where the subject, having been laughed at, is once again embraced, enthroned." pic 1, and 2
posted by semmi
on Jan 8, 2005 -
, a corrupt form of daivum (god), is a popular ritual dance of North Kerala, India. As a living cult with centuries old traditions, ritual and custom
, it embraces almost all castes and classes of the Hindu religion in this region. A performance
(mpg) of a particular deity continues for 12 to 24 hours with intervals. The costumes differ based on the character
(mpg) of the theyyam.
posted by dhruva
on Dec 23, 2004 -
A quicktime movie based on Michael Ondaatje
. "The rules of the dance are simple: if the caller announces a circumstance that has occurred in the lifetime of you or your partner, you must leave the dance floor at once."
posted by dhruva
on Dec 15, 2004 -
Dance, Voldo, Dance
(embedded quicktime .mov) Two people controlling two Voldos (the #1 freak from Soul Caliber). Quite possibly the most amazing synchronized video game dancing you'll ever see.
posted by malphigian
on Jul 18, 2004 -
Hasta Mudra: a research project in movement and myth.
"The content within this website is derived of excerpts from an ongoing research project on hasta mudra as they are utilized in Bharata Natyam classical dance of India. The literal translation of the Sanskrit hasta mudra is hand (hasta) symbol (mudra), though hasta mudra can be interpreted in English as hand gestures or sign language." [Flash.]
posted by homunculus
on Jan 29, 2004 -