Thinking Out Loud

I’ve been listening to this song all week on the way to and from work and was only able to watch the clip to it now – such a cool surprise to see that the choreography was by the super talented couple Tabitha and Napoleon!!! Their musicality and ability to turn sound into beautiful movement is effortless.

On a side not, if you want to see some amazing talent in dance, coming up real soon on Saturday November 29th are the 2014 Australian Dance Crew Championship finals!! Tabitha and Napoleon have been previous judges of the event that which features urban and hip hop dance crews from around Australia.

#ADCC2014 finals will be held at the Melbourne Town Hall so if you want to feel inspired and want to check out the hottest dance talent in Oz, be sure to get your tickets here now! You do not want to miss the latest showcases and  unparalelled talent of MC Philly who be hosting the finals this year.

Check out previous posts here and here to see the explosive dance crews who will be bringing their passion, hours of rehearsals, and their talent to the ADCC stage!

Move more, nourish your body

Lyle and Matt workshop

JT Dancers Workshop at Passion Studio
1/594 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

After listening to one of Michael Hyatt’s recent podcasts (Slay your Dragons before Breakfast), attending a conference in the Gold Coast, taking part in the Steptember Challenge and not fitting into a few of my work clothes (eeek!) I have been wanting to get back into the studio for some good old dance love.

I love the feeling of being surrounded by happy, active people. It always makes me feel so energized and inspired to just enjoy movement and music. I don’t think we were made to just sit and watch tv or lounge around, which don’t get me wrong, is totally what I need and crave sometimes! But sometimes it’s just getting up and being active gives you that thrilling rush. Whether you like to dance, run, surf, ski, ride, walk it doesn’t matter. Anything that gets your body moving will benefit your body, mind and soul. Last night was definitely no exception at the workshops of Lyle Beniga and Matt Aylward who are down in Australia for JT’s concert.

I missed out on the first class due to mummy duties but thankfully my wonderful sis was able to look after D so I made it to the second class. Even just by standing there watching and listening to the choreographers, you learn so much. It’s getting me more and more excited for this year’s ADCC finals in November (tickets available on Moshtix).

Hope everyone can make it down to MOD tonight for the second lot of classes this time with Lyle and Ivan Koumaev. Last night it was a full house at Passion Studios so make sure you get in early! See Triple8Funk here for more info.

What gets your body moving? And if you do like to walk or run, let me know where! – I can always use some new places to see 🙂

Happy hump day everyone!

This is the routine Matt taught last night. Super fun! Thanks so much Matt! Subscribe. Like. Comment!

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And finally got to meet and watch Ivan dance live. Here’s a clip of one of his pieces from SYTYCD awhile back now from Season 2 with Alison

We are so blessed to be able to take class and enjoy dance. There are many others who don’t get that same opportunity. If you would like to help those with cerebal palsy I am currently completing the Steptember Challenge with some work colleagues. Cerebal Palsy is a physical disability that affects a person’s body movement and their muscle coordination, balance and control. See here if you would like to help our team out or find out more information.

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Australian Dance Crew Championships – Sydney Prelims 2014

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2014 Australian Dance Crew Championships – Sydney Prelims
Roundhouse Theatre, University of NSW

Teaming up with DG and Dancekool Studios this year UEG Events hosted the Australian Dance Crew Championships in Sydney with a twist – the Super Eight Battles were weaved in between the entertaining dance crew showcases and competition numbers! It always make me feel happy inside watching all the kids and the young at heart giving their all on stage. Dance moves me, no matter what genre and last Sunday no exception.

Super Eight 8 on 8 Freestyle Battles

Re-Fresh vs. HOPE
Falvor Familia vs. Sole Rockers
World Square vs. Golden G8tives
Rize Bubbles vs. Pop Your Nation
Soul Predatorz vs. Old Fellas

ADCC 2014 Sydney Prelims

CDC
Hellraisers
Relentless
Behind the Front
3D Reborn
Gen X Crew
MOV
Boondocks

Showcases: 

Juniors: 1st Hellraisers, 2nd CDC
Open: Behind the Front, 2nd MOV, 3rd Gen X Crew

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Choreo Cookies in Melbourne

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Choreo Cookies in Melbourne, August 2014

Wow. These ladies and gents are just as charismatic, in sync and totally jaw dropping as they are when you watch them on YouTube. Totally missing Rewind right now after watching the phenomenal Choreo Cookies on stage last Sunday night.

Congrats to all the crews who performed on the stage. Loved the energy, passion and talent.

I can’t wait to see what Baby D’s passion will be when he grows up!


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The night started and ended with flawless showcases by Choreo Cookies and following Melbourne crews also performed:

Kstar
Kstar Mums
TDC
Tenacity
A2D
Kstar
RnR
Liquid Express
Kstar Gen 2 ( dance showcase)
Courtney (singing showcase)

Judges: Mari, Keone and Carlos

Battlegrounds August 2014:
Old Skool – 1st: Daisuke and students Chris, Michael & Ricki 2nd: Kstar mums crew
Freestyle battle – 1st: Daisuke Benson
Monster division – 1st: RnR 2nd: Kstar Monster 3rd: A2D

Choreo Cookies Q&AStyling Daniel The Urban Ma blogDaniel waiting for the show to start back up after intermission – so enthralled by the dancers but still holding on tight to his toy car 🙂

a dance crew’s playground – October ’11 photo set

 

It was a dance crew’s playground in October ’11 with the likes of choreographers and dancers such as Jun Quemado (AHC2011 finals judge), Brian Puspos, Pat Lam, Andye J, Keone & Mari and JP San Pedro (Janet Jackson back up dancer) rockin’ Melbourne city. I was so excited to learn from all these amazingly talented people and hope to see them again…soon!

Which choreographer would you like to learn from here in Melbourne?

Circa 2003 – Rewind Reclaim Photo Set

Came across these photos today on my hard drive…a time when there was no Youtube, no Facebook and nowhere to watch dance but Video Hits, Rage and the music award shows that were shown on tv whilst we eagerly had our fingers on “record” in order to save them.
These photos show a time when there were only a few dance crews in the scene. Melbourne, and Australia for that matter is so blessed now to have so many events & classes where anyone with a passion for dance can take part and express themselves in a safe an encouraging environment. Thank you Rewind for such an unbelievable journey – let’s keep it alive <3