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“Let’s create a dance where it’s just like a conversation"

Liquid lead ballroom dance: "Seeing a petite woman dip a man who’s over six feet tall can strike the viewer as odd and different, but it breaks the traditional boundaries set by gender roles. It’s clearly possible for anyone to dance what has typically been prescribed for female dancers and male dancers, and it doesn’t matter who leads. In the end, it’s a negotiation."
posted by sibilatorix on Oct 15, 2016 - 18 comments

Why do we dance?

Dance is a language, and social dance is an expression that emerges from a community. A social dance isn't choreographed by any one person. It can't be traced to any one moment. They are as old as our remembered history. In African-American social dances, we see over 200 years of how African and African-American traditions influenced our history. The present always contains the past. And the past shapes who we are and who we will be.
posted by ChuraChura on Sep 28, 2016 - 27 comments

My sign name is Emma, I love to dance

Emma Watkins, best known as the current Yellow Wiggle, dances Justin Timberlake's Can't stop the Feeling for World Deaf Day (September 24.) (SLYT) (Emma is Australian and I believe she is using Auslan.)
posted by freethefeet on Sep 27, 2016 - 17 comments


Abaddon is a "poem of love and destruction" expressed in the medium of dance. Director Rogerio Silva also provides a breakdown of the visual effects used in the video. [more inside]
posted by yasaman on Sep 22, 2016 - 7 comments

The day the bleep bloops died

Fabric night club was founded in 1999. (An oral history for the 10th anniversary, a VICE article for the 15th.) For those outside the UK, Fabric might be better known for its long-running mix series. (A few best-ofs from Red Bull Music Academy, Thump, Blisspop, The Quietus, and Fabric’s staff.)
After two drug-related deaths, the club closed temporarily in August. On September 7, the Islington Council permanently revoked Fabric’s license. Eulogies and concerns about the policing of club culture (and one threatened MBE melting) have rolled in: Resident Advisor, NPR, The New York Times, The Guardian (drugs), The Guardian (club culture), Billboard, Fader. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Sep 19, 2016 - 27 comments

Nonstop Higher Michael Jackson

It's been a few years since we've seen "nonstop" (Marquese Scott, on YouTube as WHZGUD2) and his incredible dubstep dancing on the blue. Happy fun September! [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Sep 18, 2016 - 10 comments

Good life, good life

Roland, the Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, has announced faithful remakes of the iconic TB-303 bassline synthesizer, TR-909 drum machine, and VP-330 vocoder. The 303 and 909 in particular are revered in the worlds of house, acid, and techno, and are used on hundreds of records you know and love. Each have a distinct sound you can identify in a mix immediately. They're priced at $350-400, comparable to the low prices back when the gear was first released that made them attractive to unknown bedroom producers - while the originals go for thousands on the second-hand market today, affordable only for wealthy collectors and professionals. Peter Kirn dives in with impressions and offers a roundup of early comparisons and reviews. [more inside]
posted by naju on Sep 11, 2016 - 121 comments

Wolfshäger Hexenbrut says, shake your fat!

Walpurgis in Germany. Enjoy!
posted by Sophie1 on Sep 9, 2016 - 11 comments

Fik-Shun at World of Dance

World of Dance is a dance competition that's been running for a few years. Fik-Shun is a professional dancer, a regular in the competition and on So You Think You Can Dance. Here are three of his World of Dance performances: Las Vegas 2014, and Bay Area 2015, Hawaii 2016.
posted by curious nu on Aug 16, 2016 - 14 comments

Disco's Last Party with Nicky Siano

Nicky Siano is an iconic disco DJ credited with being the first person to beat match successive songs. He was a founder of seminal disco club, The Gallery. Here is 4+ hours of his Last Party playlist, from his 60th birthday bash.
posted by OmieWise on Aug 14, 2016 - 3 comments

Ra-Ra-Robotnik! Lover of the Russian Queen!

A man achieves his dream of becoming Dr. Robotnik, the God of Dance. This is actually a hijacked video, the original had the sin of an inadequate soundtrack.
posted by Slap*Happy on Jul 21, 2016 - 9 comments

“They’d tell me, 'Music is a hearing thing. It’s not for deaf people'."

Amber Galloway Gallego is an ASL-based music interpreter who has worked with Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Destiny's Child, Paul McCartney, and many more rappers, R&B stars, and rock bands. Her YouTube channel is chock full of music interpretation for deaf audiences. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jun 23, 2016 - 25 comments

"The cable people tell me, 'People calling in. Do some more polka'"

Polka Spotlight is the 20-year-old TV show where the party never ends. Yes, a couple of full episodes are available, with 100% genuine community access TV graphics!
posted by BungaDunga on Jun 16, 2016 - 26 comments

Dancing about infrastructure

Stretching 57km (35mi) under the Swiss Alps, the Gotthard Base Tunnel officially became the world's longest and deepest active tunnel when it opened for service earlier today, completing a critical link in Europe's rail network. The tunnel's completion was commemorated by an extravagant ceremony and interpretive dance. [The last two links may be NSFW]
posted by schmod on Jun 1, 2016 - 53 comments

Tsu Heidei Shugaxtutaan

"We will again open this container of wisdom that has been left in our care" part 1, part 2.
posted by curious nu on May 25, 2016 - 4 comments

They're all honestly way better than me

Birds demonstrate how to dance to different types of electronic music, and part 2, featuring more of the same.
posted by DoctorFedora on May 17, 2016 - 30 comments

When my anger is expressed through dance

When my anger is expressed through dance. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on May 5, 2016 - 6 comments

Touchdown Feis

The Seattle Seahawks picked up Arkansas running back Alex Collins in this year's draft - "the epitome of consistency, rushing for over 1,000 yards and at least 5.4 yards per carry in each of his three seasons. Vision and footwork are the catalysts for his elusiveness and he has flashed long speed." But where does he get his fancy footwork? Irish dance.
posted by ChuraChura on May 2, 2016 - 7 comments

Dance around a flowery pole, or topple the capitalist war machine!

"May Day: America's Traditional, Radical, Complicated Holiday," from the Smithsonian NMAH blog. Part One, Part Two.
posted by Miko on May 1, 2016 - 16 comments

This is one Big Dance they're all winning

How's your Running Man these days? Some members of the Maryland Terrapins basketball team challenged people to a dance off. Several other teams responded with enthusiasm. The #runningmanchallenge was ON.
posted by TwoStride on Apr 21, 2016 - 13 comments

Even Hillary Clinton has dabbed.

A Decade of Viral Dance Moves
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Apr 20, 2016 - 19 comments

boulders and bones

boulders and bones (2014) by the ODC Dance Company of San Francisco (Highlights.) "Inspired by the work of visual artist Andy Goldsworthy [previously] and set to a live score commissioned by acclaimed avant-cellist Zoë Keating [previously], Way and Nelson’s fearless choreography touches on transformation in both art and nature. RJ Muna’s cinematic mise en scene, which traces the shifting light, changing landscape, and building process of Goldsworthy’s installation, takes us through the chaos of creative process to the clarity of realization." [more inside]
posted by homunculus on Mar 27, 2016 - 10 comments

Not blackface but black faces. Well, blackface too.

He wanted to do not “Shuffle Along” but the making of “Shuffle Along” (official title: “Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed”). He would tell the story of the original creators and cast and how they pulled it off ... Interesting approach, you say, sounds great. But to make it work, you couldn’t stint on the dancing and the songs. Those were what made the show go: syncopation, fire, artistry.
posted by ChuraChura on Mar 25, 2016 - 5 comments

Measuring and Understanding Dance

Enjoy this educational film by the Bureau of Non Verbal Communication. [via mefi projects]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Mar 21, 2016 - 3 comments

Welcome to the Now Age

Xtreme Now began while the Larson sisters were living on a black metal utopian commune on Vȫrmsi, a remote island off the coast of Estonia during the summer of 2012. There, Taraka had a near death experience ... which sparked a recurring sense of time-schizophrenia, or the physical sensation of existing in multiple time periods simultaneously ... “In the year 2067, I witnessed an aesthetic landscape where art museums are sponsored by energy drink beverages and beauty is determined by speed. I saw a vision of ancient tapestries stretched across half-pipes and people base-jumping off planes with the Mona Lisa smiling up from their parachutes. I saw art merge with extreme sports to form a new aesthetic language of ‘Speed Art.’ I realized that time travel was possible via the gateway of extreme sports, and I wanted to make music that would provide the score.”
Mantra-obsessed, freak folk, ghost-modernist former skate-punk Krishha commune kids Prince Rama return with their most direct pop artifact yet, the extreme-sports inspired Xtreme Now (review). The album, due for official release on 4 March, can be streamed in its entirety on Stereogum. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on Mar 1, 2016 - 14 comments

Pantsula: It is a defiance, a statement to say 'We can outlive poverty'

Pantsula is a form of energetic dancing that originated in black townships of South Africa during the Apartheid era, and it's still alive and thriving over 60 years later, pulling in and spinning out influences to other dance styles from around the world. Pantsula dancers show their moves and tell their history and reason for dancing. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 19, 2016 - 8 comments

L.A. Dreamers

Five Japanese girls meet in Los Angeles. They are far from home but they have same goal, chase the dream of becoming hip hop dancers. [SLVimeo]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 8, 2016 - 4 comments

I said to myself, "I don't believe this shit is happening again."

Martha Wash was sitting in a Los Angeles hotel room, furious and confused. It was late 1990 and the singer, relaxing before a show that night, had decided to unwind with some channel surfing. She stumbled upon a new music video by Italian house group Black Box, whose synth lines, horn stabs and pulsating, club-tailored drum patterns had already made them dance music stars. When the song's vocals kicked in, she was shocked to see French model Katrin Quinol, the ex-girlfriend of founding member Daniele Davoli, bending over and crouching in a unitard, lip-syncing Wash's vocals to the eventual hit "Everybody Everybody." - Martha Wash: The Most Famous Unknown Singer of the '90s Speaks Out (Rolling Stone) [more inside]
posted by duffell on Feb 2, 2016 - 28 comments

The Junior Vasquez Post You Didn't Know You Needed

1983: Donald Mattern releases his first remix, a 12" for Kid Nice's song "Keep Dreaming". It was the inauspicious birth of a phenomenon who would dominate house music remixes for decades -- Junior Vasquez. Join me for a chronological and selective journey through his remix career, won't you? As the years go by, witness the evolution of synth technology, remix philosophy, and house and dance music. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Jan 31, 2016 - 17 comments

Faces, Feet, Water, Street

Ten Tiny Dances choreographed by Emily Schoen. #1 - Ready/Set - #2 - Mind The Gap - #3 - Face Dance - #4 - The General - #5 - Little Lisa - #6 - City Run - #7 - So Many Ways - #8 - Foot Dance - #9 - Bounce Quartet - #10 - A Jointed Affair.
posted by Joey Michaels on Jan 29, 2016 - 11 comments

Wide Open

New Chemical Brothers video, in which dancer Sonoya Mizuno (Ex Machina) undergoes an unusual transformation. Directed by Dom & Nic.
posted by Artw on Jan 26, 2016 - 21 comments

"Uptown Funk"

SLYT: Mash-up video of 66 movie dance scenes set to "Uptown Funk"
posted by rmd1023 on Jan 24, 2016 - 58 comments

Now is the time on Sprockets when we dance

How will we dance in the future? The 1966 German science fiction series Raumpatrouille Orion has a few ideas. (previously)
posted by bibliowench on Jan 22, 2016 - 24 comments

Even then, when we do reach our perceived glories, they fade in a moment

Writing for Thump, at Vice, Angus Harrison beanplates deconstructs, lengthily, Four Tet's remix of Opus by Eric Prydz. Four Tet previously; Eric Prydz previously, 2.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Jan 11, 2016 - 15 comments

Yowza yowza yowza

Dance Dance dance (Yowza) dance [SLYT]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jan 8, 2016 - 50 comments

This man is a force of nature. Look at the footwork!

FiveThirtyEight takes on the challenge: It’s a debate as old as time — or, at least as old as 1965’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas Special.” Of the many revelers throwing down sick moves to “Linus & Lucy” by The Vince Guaraldi Trio, who would you most like to party with?
posted by 1367 on Dec 28, 2015 - 47 comments

How corporations profit from black teens' viral content

The originator of "on fleek" was a 16-year-old girl from South Chicago. "Cool hunting" by advertisers has long captured and resold content from black youth in urban communities. But the rise of social media have made the process significantly faster, and the capitalization on trends far richer. Yet the youth who create dance styles and new language are rarely compensated for their cultural work. And the shape of copyright law is partly to blame. [more inside]
posted by gusandrews on Dec 5, 2015 - 21 comments

Regency Dances

Let's learn some Regency-era dances! [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Nov 9, 2015 - 7 comments

Swing Dancers vs. Street Dancers

Invitational Battle between Vintage and Modern Street Dancers at Montreal Swing Riot. Modern and Vintage Street Dancers battle it out to their own and each others' music, creating an amazing mix of styles. Modern Street Dancers represented waacking, locking, popping, breaking, hip hop and krump; Vintage Street Dancers represented vernacular jazz dances like the Charleston and the Lindy Hop.
posted by metaBugs on Nov 4, 2015 - 25 comments

Gif Dance Party

Gif Dance Party
posted by Confess, Fletch on Nov 3, 2015 - 58 comments

Elènne: spreading the dance music and #ffcf05

Elènne (ɛ'lɛn) makes a wide range of dance music, from lush vocal pop (Between Us feat. Mothica), something with chopped beats and vocals (King of Thebes), and a bit of marching band percussion with strings and ... I don't know what (Burning Bridges). Many of the tracks are free to download via Soundcloud or Dropbox, plus Elènne has a Bandcamp account. For more music, here is Elènne's Yellow Mix #1, a pick of current favorites and inspirations. For even more musical selections, Elènne picks a track per week on Facebook.
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 1, 2015 - 3 comments

Dance like millions are watching

First place at VIBE XX 2015 Dance Competition: San Diego based dance crew Cookies. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Nov 1, 2015 - 10 comments

Two owls? Count me in!

An owl and his robot friend sing and dance to The Monster Mash. SLYT
posted by howfar on Oct 24, 2015 - 9 comments

Talent and Creativity expressed through dance

MacArthur Genius Grant award winner Michelle Dorrance is a tap dancer. Here she is performing on Colbert with the house band, Stay Human. This is really beautiful. She is a tap dancer, musician and choreographer breathing new life into a uniquely American art form in works that combine the musicality of tap with the choreographic intricacies of contemporary dance. Dorrance uses her deep understanding of the technique and history of tap dancing to deconstruct and reimagine its artistic possibilities. [more inside]
posted by bobdow on Oct 15, 2015 - 12 comments

Call it any name you need. Call it your 2.0, your rebirth, whatever.

Some Friday afternoon inspiration and reminder that everything will be okay: Time to Level Up. Here are the lyrics. Here's more info on Tommy Guns, one of the dancers in the video. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Sep 25, 2015 - 12 comments

Rescuing Ghosts

Rescuing Ghosts is a short, emotional animation to the music of Fox Amoore.
posted by Wolfdog on Sep 21, 2015 - 3 comments

Going back to summer in Igboland

“Before the trip, Nigeria was a dim set of associations in my mind: my parent’s stories of their childhood, highlife cassette tapes, dated images from Google searches, negative news headlines, the taste of rice and stew. Going back gave me vivid experiences to call part of my life, to draw from when I talk about the country, my identity, what kinds of people I come from, and the roots of why I do what I do.”
posted by ChuraChura on Sep 2, 2015 - 2 comments

"An amazing journey full of outsized memories folded over decades"

This morning Édouard Lock, bad boy of Canadian dance and founder/choreographer of Montréal's celebrated La La La Human Steps, posted an emotional open letter to the company's website, announcing that due to continued financial hardship, the iconic company is no more. [more inside]
posted by Dorinda on Sep 2, 2015 - 5 comments

Benjamin Shine - Tulle Works

Benjamin Shine is a fashion designer and fabric artist, who has done some fantastic three dimensional works created in tulle. He talks about and demonstrates his process with an iron and thread in this video.
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 11, 2015 - 3 comments

Dying for their Art

in hamburg in the twenties of the past century lived a girl who was a dancer named lavinia schulz with her boyfriend, who was a dancer too, named walter holdt.
They were known as the mask dancers.
Knowledge of their astonishingly bizarre and tragic art is obscure and largely based on the rediscovery in 1986 of artifacts deposited in a Hamburg museum back in 1925.
posted by adamvasco on Aug 3, 2015 - 17 comments

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