Not too long ago I saw a production of West Side Story and as you might expect, the choreography was similar to what was in the film, what the other revivals have done, etc. I presume that it was being true to the original choreography as well, but now I'm very curious about how dance/choreography is preserved and passed on. How is it generally done? I assume that film/video recordings preserves a lot of choreography/dance, but what what was done before film and video recordings? [more inside]
Ok, "hack" seems like a gross word for dancing. But someone said, make eye contact with your dance partner and track their head. And it really helped... [more inside]
I'm in need of some new additions to my kitchen dancing playlists. Who should I be listening to? [more inside]
If someone wants to major in dance and even try for a scholarship, what are they looking at most? [more inside]
I'm trying to find good (or mindblowing) examples of individual and "couple" freestyle(?) psy trance dancing... on youtube? [more inside]
Please tell me your favorite dance music that features trumpet or other brass. Bonus points for music that makes you happy and want to dance all the time.
My toddler likes dance performances and I want to find her more. Details of favourites inside... [more inside]
I destroyed a finger in a way that is permanent & painful (details inside). I think even partnered dance might be impossible because the way my hand would be held might hurt. While I'm looking for non-partnered dance classes that fit my schedule (way harder than I thought!), are there any other fitness activities I could learn that would result in a skill akin to dance, rock climbing, or martial arts? [more inside]
Where in NYC can I dance to nu-disco, electro funk, French house, etc...? Are there specific DJs I can follow? [more inside]
I love large, public street parties for New Year's Eve. Where can I find one in the USA? [more inside]
I know all the lyrics to a song, but I can't find it, or find out who performed it. Searching for "I can find a four leaf clover" gets too many results about trying to do the actual thing, and not about the song. Or about another very well-known four leaf clover song. [more inside]
Looking for a free/low cost, metro accessible space in MD/DC for a small group of dancers to practice on an impromptu basis in the evenings during the week. [more inside]
I'd like to watch more music videos showing dancers performing on stark, monochromatic, ultra-clean sets like those in Taylor Swift's Shake It Off so I can see what the dancers are doing. [more inside]
I host parties sometimes and would like to play a mix that my guests will love dancing to. I am looking for an app/service that plays DJ-mixed music similar to what I often hear in dance clubs, i.e.: (1) A mix mainly of pop, hip-hop, R&B, dance, and EDM; (2) Many chart-toppers & crowd pleasers; (3) Mostly recent songs but maybe some old ones too; (4) Song transitions are professionally done (mixed into each other to keep the energy level high, and match in BPM) [more inside]
Are there any good videos of "floating" grand jetés on YouTube (or other online streaming video sites)? [more inside]
I am familiar with Chubby Checker doing "The Pony", and of course with Psy doing "Gangnam Style", but are there other equine popular dances out there? Dances in which a performer mimics a horse, a rider, or both?
I'm trying to locate a Latin/Spanish song from a few years back with almost nothing to go on. Here's what I remember... [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for a great dance spot for a wedding party in Monterey County. [more inside]
I'm going to a contra dance this weekend. The hall has wooden floors. I'd prefer to not buy specialized shoes until I decide if I like it. What is a passable kind of women's street shoe that will work well for this?
I need songs with specific lyrics which I can play for my daughter which represent antiquated technology that she has no real understanding of. [more inside]
So, at the relatively advanced age of 36, I've realized I really enjoy (several subgenres of) electronic dance music, and that I also really enjoy dancing now that I'm actually bothering to learn. Where can a non-drug-using, generally introverted (but not shy) person go to indulge this newfound enthusiasm? [more inside]
Once upon a time I heard a track which included a clip of a child's voice saying "when I grow up, I wanna be a DJ". The sample popped into my head again last night and I am trying to figure out where it came from. I think maybe Skrillex or somebody like that sampled it recently, but it came from something older. Does this sound familiar? What am I thinking of?
Looking for suggestions in NYC: we need some dance instruction for our "first song" at our wedding. [more inside]
I just took a beginner group tango class and I really liked it! I'm trying to decide if it would be worth it to do a private lesson with the same instructor from the first class, or just take more group classes for now, or even shop around a bit with other schools before spending the extra money. [more inside]
This weekend, I heard a great song while in a gas station shop. I REALLY enjoyed it, but not being a regular pop listener, I don't know where to even start to look for it. [more inside]
I've been clumsy, non-athletic, rhythmless my entire life. I'd like that to change. [more inside]
Recently moved to Portland, OR. I'm an intermediate ballroom/Latin/swing dancer and I'm overwhelmed by the amount of choices here when I google. In particular I want a nice safe place where I won't get groped or hit on a lot...I'm 30 and a reasonably attractive woman. Where I used to live I basically gave up on social dancing because I couldn't go anywhere without getting groped, and stuck to my Arthur Murray like glue. Any dancers out there that can help me out? [more inside]
I'm looking for youtube videos of people dancing all fancy to share with my grandma. [more inside]
I have recently started performing again. How do I develop a kickass performance? [more inside]
I am learning to tap dance as an adult. I am in the Boston area. I need advice. [more inside]
I have an excellent gym mix. Unfortunately, I've listened to it approximately one million times since the fall and it is slowly, inexorably ceasing to motivate me. Because I have unique, special, snowflakey music preferences and am out of touch, I need assistance in finding more music. [more inside]
What resources can I use to help me parse movement as artistic expression? [more inside]
I'm helping find music for a Viking-themed party that would be both fitting and fun to dance to. I've got some viking metal, but that is more head-banging than the booty-shaking I am hoping for. What is the Gogol Bordello of viking bands, or the electroswing of viking music?
Looking for couple of music/dance videos that I've lost on the internet. Please help! [more inside]
Last night I came across the Brotherhood of Man musical number performed on the Drew Carey show, and realized it was the perfect video to snap me right out of a funk and make me want to dance around the house (particularly once the full ensemble gets going around 2 minutes in.) Now I want more! I'm looking for more videos of big, bombastic musical numbers that can't help but give me thrills and cheer me up with great dancing. The kind of song that gets even the most cynical person tapping their toes and smiling. Anything Goes is a great example of what I'm thinking of - I also can't resist a giant tap number. Think over the top with jazz hands. Everything a person who hates musical theater can't stand. Don't worry if they seem too obvious - I've only started enjoying musical theater a few years ago, so I've got plenty of catching up to do.
I thought a somatic reflection was something like when you looked at an image of someone working out and your heart rate accelerated as you thought about doing what the person was doing. [more inside]
I am looking for a very specific fabric for a dance costume. It's a stretch velvet in a zebra or tiger stripe print. Problem is all of the ones that I have been able to locate have had thick super dark stripes and I do not want that. My apologies for the horrible quality of the photo.
I have liked this since 2005, and I think it's amazing, but I want to know all the details behind the main character, and the battles, when and where exactly was this? (seems like they're using osaka dialect) what exactly is going on? Link.
Music Mefites, I need your help seeking a music list. No need for seduction. [more inside]
I work from home, and I want to institute periodic dance breaks throughout my day, to force me out of my chair and pump me up a little, since I'm prone to desk hypnosis. Also, my dogs think it's awesome when we dance. [more inside]
Recently I've found myself exceptionally moved by a couple of documentaries about famous choreographers, namely Life in Movement about Tanja Liedtke, and Pina about Pina Bausch. I know very very little about choreography or choreographers (or really dance in general), and would really love to dive into this area, so please recommend me the best books, podcasts, documentaries, magazines, websites, etc. to help me learn more - basically anything informative and/or inspirational. [more inside]
I'm looking for music videos that feature amazing dancing in any style. Must be kid friendly/G rated, fun and engaging. [more inside]
I'm nearing the two-year anniversary of my dad's death, and a close friend just lost a family member in a tragic accident. As I remember my dad and support my friend, I am craving some sort of movement-based grief ritual - an active dance, set of motions, physical practice, to do with others, potentially at my (UU) church. [more inside]
I don't want to "learn how to dance." I just want to be able to go to dance clubs. Are there classes for this in NYC? [more inside]
How can I best prepare for (and get the most out of) ballet as an adult beginner? [more inside]
Please help identify a dance from an old movie. [more inside]
I’ve noticed that wearing workout clothing/gear that makes me feel good, tough, and strong, can actually give me a little extra mental confidence to make me better, tougher, and stronger in my workouts. What kinds of workout clothing and accessories make you feel badass? [more inside]
The pad is the thicker foam-core type (so, still a soft pad, but not super thin) with a kind of suede-y rubber-y mat. It slides pretty bad over our short carpet! Any ideas? [more inside]
Hi. So a good friend of mine is a happy young woman, about to have her 23rd birthday. She's asked her friends for songs to play. I found a list of songs referring to being 23, here on Metafilter - but they're all generally pretty depressing and negative about being 23. Do people have songs they recommend, for happy young women in general? Her tastes are modern, rock-oriented and eclectic - she's a big fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Pretty Reckless, MGMT, and dance music, for example. thanks!