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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

The strange randomness of the world beguiled him

Dawson Tamatea was a teacher at the Palmerston North Boys' High School in New Zealand. When Mr. Tamatea's hearse arrived for the memorial service, the entire school performed the Haka for him.
posted by mattdidthat on Jul 27, 2015 - 39 comments

Some people want me to be heads or tails.

AlunaGeorge - You Know You Like It [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jul 25, 2015 - 10 comments

Keyboard Magic From Cairo

Islam Chipsy is a virtuoso keyboard player, using a synth to extend the traditions of Arabic music. listen, listen, listen and enjoy.
posted by idiopath on Jul 23, 2015 - 23 comments

Kings of the beat and their all-star show!

Deavid Soul ("The Avid Soul") aka "Rich & Famous" are a Japanese duo who make house/disco/funk and, more recently, world music. You may remember them from such Dreamcast darlings as Jet Set Radio and Jet "Grind" Radio. Their style is an instantly recognizable mix of 90s house and classic disco with copious samples from hip hop, disco, R&B, reggae and 80s/70s film. For their latest album, they've collaborated with Exotic Light Orchestra to add a Latin American fusion sound to their already eclectic aural soup. They're real good. [more inside]
posted by byanyothername on Jun 6, 2015 - 9 comments

Dog Dancing

In a relatively unknown sport, humans and dogs dance together. Headquartered in Germany, DogDance International says it's a fast-growing dog sport. Enjoy Sandra and Lizzy dancing; she says it's the perfect sport. The 2012 world championship finalists. Two 2014 finalists, and one more with that giant fluffy dog.
posted by stoneweaver on May 26, 2015 - 35 comments

I Know You Can't Control Yourself Any Longer

What Is 'Mom Rock'?
posted by The Whelk on May 8, 2015 - 166 comments

Uno Tres Cinco Seis

Self-described "butch queen" and gleeful gender-nonconformist AB SOTO brings the sparkly with his new song and video Cha Cha Bitch. It's got a beat; you can dance to it.
posted by psoas on May 7, 2015 - 10 comments

Lucero Tena, maestro of castanets

Lucero Tena (Spanish) has amazing rhythm and control, as seen and heard in her dancing, tapping, clapping and snapping, but she is best known for her mastery of the castanets, used in accompaniment to a solo guitar along with her dancing, and perhaps more impressively, as a solo instrument in front of an orchestra there in a piece specifically written for her and her castanets. She may not dance any more, but her skill with the castanets is still astonishing. If you're lucky, you can catch her in a live performance.
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 28, 2015 - 13 comments

That music, you know. I just get carried away in it.

Alice Barker is 102, but when she was young, she was a chorus dancer in Harlem. Watch and listen to more American vernacular music and dance at Celluloid Improvisation (autoplays swing music. via).
posted by ChuraChura on Apr 22, 2015 - 6 comments

Genius, audacity and avant-garde

At the age of 50, Maya Plisetskaya danced to Ravels Bolero, choreographed by Maurice Bejart. At 61 and with arms like flowing ribbon she danced the Dying Swan [more inside]
posted by RandomInconsistencies on Apr 22, 2015 - 5 comments

The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight

How a pro-domme, a Russian diplomat, U.S. intelligence and Mary Tyler Moore’s landscaper conspired to create a dance classic.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Apr 16, 2015 - 12 comments

Heeeeey oh hey!

What's that you say? You want a 20 year old video of a nearly nude Jason Statham dancing on a rock pyramid in a music video embodying the worst excesses of the early 90s British Dance Scene? Of course you do! (Hat tip Mathowie, Possibly NSFW due to oiled speedo gyrations)
posted by The Whelk on Apr 15, 2015 - 56 comments

Ghetto Kids Dancing Sitya Loss New Ugandan music (SLYT)

Ghetto Kids Dancing Sitya Loss New Ugandan music (SLYT) Joyfull music, kids dancing. Made me smile, will make you smile too.
posted by BoscosMom on Apr 4, 2015 - 15 comments

For days, the only thing on state TV was a continuous loop of Swan Lake.

Amelia Schonbek considers Swan Lake's place in Soviet politics for Hazlitt. [more inside]
posted by mynameisluka on Mar 30, 2015 - 6 comments

It's a Dance-Off!

In 2014, the Montreal Swing Riot hosted a dance-off: Lindy Hop dancers vs street dancers. Teams introduced themselves with a display of their own styles, then traded off dancing in their own style for a few sets. The fun part, though, was the next challenge: each team had to dance to the other's music on the fly. The results are well worth watching.
posted by sciatrix on Mar 20, 2015 - 21 comments

Sadly No Use of Muppets Anywhere

Start your weekend right with this supercut of dance-scenes from 80+ different movies, from youtuber MsTabularasa and set to Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance."
posted by Navelgazer on Mar 20, 2015 - 46 comments

Best Tractor Square Dance Ever Video

Best Tractor Square Dance Ever Video ©
posted by Confess, Fletch on Mar 17, 2015 - 16 comments

In the world of sign language, this man is Michael Jackson

Swedish sign language interpreter, Tommy Krångh, interpreted and danced his way through a song performed by singer Magnus Carlsson on Melodifestivalen.
posted by gman on Mar 16, 2015 - 8 comments

Waltzing around

Shake It Little Tina: Dance by Adam Carpenters and a rock-n-roll song by duo Low Cut Connie
posted by growabrain on Mar 14, 2015 - 8 comments

West African Zaouli dance and trance music mashup

Zaouli dance from the Ivory Coast and Captain Hook & Astrix - Bungee Jump mashup is the latest vid for the Burning Mountain Festival held in the Engadin Valley, Switzerland. Zaouli, a popular mask dance, was created in the fifties. The Gouro ethnic group is the midwestern part of Ivory Coast / Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa. According to what people say, there are diverse legends regarding the origin of the Zaouli mask and dance; yet, all come to the agreement that such legends were inspired by a very beautiful girl - 'Dzela Lou Zaouli' - daughter of Zaouli."
posted by nickyskye on Mar 2, 2015 - 4 comments

PLUR, eh?

A brief history of Toronto's rave scene
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Feb 27, 2015 - 15 comments

The flamenco of Sevilla

Soleá follows an aspiring flamenco guitarist around the streets of Sevilla. "Ten years playing for dancers, ten years playing for singers, and, afterward, you can begin to become a soloist." A short video from The New Yorker (alt link).
posted by carter on Feb 8, 2015 - 7 comments

Katie Queen of Tennessee

This video of The Apache Relay song Katie Queen of Tennessee is great - kids from the Nashville Dance Center dancing their hearts out while the band plays a sweet country song in a 19th-century barn owned by Vince Gill and Amy Grant. And the kids aren't even dancing to the song.
posted by wmoskowi on Jan 16, 2015 - 8 comments

Another type of pole dancing

The average fit male in the United States can do eight pull-ups. The average fit female can do one. For this woman, numbers are kind of beside the point.
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jan 16, 2015 - 75 comments

But your blade it might be too sharp

Singer/songwriter Sia's dancer mini-me, Maddie Ziegler, and actor Shia LaBeouf put on a captivating (and to some controversial) performance in the video Elastic Heart
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jan 11, 2015 - 56 comments

"Salt, salt, salt, salt, salt, salt"

Church Appropriate Dance Moves [slv]
posted by quin on Jan 10, 2015 - 16 comments

Looking for someone to hold onto, as we walk into the unknown future

Alya and Gael of Cirque Du Soleil demonstrate why trust is worth it. (SLYT)
posted by lharmon on Dec 30, 2014 - 9 comments


Maya Angelou's posthumous hip hop project Caged Bird Songs, has a new music video for Harlem Hopscotch.
posted by ChuraChura on Dec 28, 2014 - 2 comments

Radio Soulwax: The Final Mix and its Twenty-Three Predecessors

Seven months ago Steven and David Dewaele, better known as Belgian electronic duo and mashup kings Soulwax / 2manyDJs, put the finishing touches on their "Radio Soulwax" Project. In addition to being the band's nom-de-tour, RS has existed for the past several years as a series of mixes-and-music-videos. For this last hurrah, the Dewaeles released a video for the complete 2002 album that made them famous, As Heard On Radio Soulwax, Part Two. The film GIF- and Terry Gilliam-ifies hundreds of album covers, and can be seen here [NSFW in spots]. Inside, find a complete list of the RS mixes with the band's comments on each one. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Dec 12, 2014 - 4 comments

Dance of the Christmas Jumpers

An amateur dance group of five dads break out their Christmas sweaters and best dance moves to the beat of a remixed "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy". (SLYT)
posted by orange swan on Dec 6, 2014 - 9 comments

Pelvic sorcery of the finest kind

What if Guardians of the Galaxy, had included more dancing beyond that of baby Groot?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Nov 19, 2014 - 35 comments

Pas d'erreur

Mistakes were made - a Viennese snippet of Jerome Robbins' The Concert (or The Perils of Everybody) (wiki)
posted by a lungful of dragon on Nov 17, 2014 - 4 comments

Painting with feet

The pointe shoe in ballet is a piece of technology critical to the performance of dance. While mechanically tough, its design is simple and flexible enough for personal modification and tailoring to the individual dancer's needs. Spanish artist Lesia Trubat has taken the pointe shoe into the 21st century, sewing in LilyPad Arduino controllers and sensors and integrating their operation with iOS, allowing the dancer to turn pressure and motion into a dynamic and novel expression of this centuries-old art form.
posted by a lungful of dragon on Nov 5, 2014 - 5 comments

What is Dance to me?

Nothing much.
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? on Nov 5, 2014 - 8 comments

Dance, baby, dance

Bebe baila 'breakdance con el papa'
posted by flapjax at midnite on Nov 4, 2014 - 7 comments

'This Impromptu Dance'

I start the music, take his hands and start leading him, swaying them back and forth. And he lets go of me. He's gonna wing it as he was prone to do when he was younger. Breathing on his own for the last time, Geoffrey Holder, eyes closed, performs his last solo to Bill Evans playing Fauré's Pavane. From his deathbed. The arms take flight, his beautiful hands articulate through the air, with grace. I whisper "shoulders" and they go into an undulating shimmy, rolling like waves. His Geoffrey Holder head gently rocks back and forth as he stretches out his right arm to deliver his trademark finger gesture, which once meant "you can't afford this" and now is a subtle manifestation of pure human spirit and infinite wisdom. His musical timing still impeccable, bouncing off the notes, as if playing his own duet with Evan's piano. Come the finale, he doesn't lift himself off the bed as he planned; instead, one last gentle rock of the torso, crosses his arms and turns his head to the side in a pose worthy of Pavlova. All with a faint, gentile smile.
Leo Holder talks about his father's last dance.
posted by MartinWisse on Oct 16, 2014 - 9 comments

My Africa Is...

My Africa Is Lagos: WeCyclers. The Floating School. Avante Garde Fashion Photography. Dakar: Le Journal Rappe. Malika Surf Camp. Sunu Street Project. Diaspora: Sonic Diaspora. Os Kuduristas. Technologie Democracy. (via)
posted by ChuraChura on Oct 12, 2014 - 4 comments

Geoffrey Holder 1930-2014

The great Geoffrey Holder died on Sunday at the age of 84 Mr. Holder was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on August 1st, 1930 and danced with his brother Boscoe’s dance troupe as a child. He arrived in New York in 1952 at the invitation of the legendary choreographer, Agnes de Mille and, to pay his fare, he sold 20 of his paintings. [more inside]
posted by magstheaxe on Oct 6, 2014 - 24 comments

"The Twist was a form of therapy for a convalescing nation."

Music historian/nerd Neil Transpontine's blog "History is made at night" covers the "politics of dancing and musicking" -- from the riots at Lou Reed's concerts in Italy in 1975, demonstrations against the "anti-rave" Criminal Justice & Public Order Act of 1994 (UK) to present-day protests in New Orleans against a proposed noise ordinance. [more inside]
posted by spamandkimchi on Oct 5, 2014 - 7 comments

Madonna as serious Classical Hollywood cinephile

The exhaustively researched Hollywood history podcast You Must Remember This (Previously) presents a two part episode focusing on Madonna's use of classic Hollywood imagery and references as a form of conceptual art and her early attempts to trade pop idol success for movie stardom within the context of two high-profile relationships with Sean Penn and Warren Beatty. Episode One. Episode Two. Meanwhile, Todd In The Shadows creates video reviews for every movie Madonna was ever in. So far he's done Desperately Seeking Susan, Shanghai Surprise, A Certain Sacrifice, and Who's That Girl.
posted by The Whelk on Sep 26, 2014 - 9 comments

"I just dance my dance, I can't dance anyone else's."

Vice interviews the shit out of Ben Carr, full-time dancer for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones since 1983.
posted by prize bull octorok on Sep 22, 2014 - 34 comments

Shake your silk-maker

The dance of the peacock spider "With their ornately-colored bodies, rhythmic pulsations, and booty-shaking dance moves, male peacock spiders attract the attention of spectating females as well as researchers. One such animal behavior specialist, Madeline Girard, collected more than 30 different peacock spider species from the wilds of Australia and brought them back to her lab at UC Berkeley. Under controlled conditions, she recorded their unique dances in the hopes of deciphering what these displays actual say to a female spider and how standards differ between species.'
posted by dhruva on Sep 18, 2014 - 23 comments

Walk, Don't Walk, Dance!

The Smart car folks have come up with an idea to make crosswalks a little safer (SLYT, Smart Blue), the Dancing Traffic Light.
posted by agatha_magatha on Sep 17, 2014 - 22 comments

This individual moves in synch with the music (SLYT)

He starts by saying he's tired From World of Dance
posted by Gorgik on Sep 14, 2014 - 13 comments

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