Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tap Tronic + The Glitch Mob

"Mind Of A Beast" & "Cant Kill Us" from our album, "Love Death Immortality."

The Glitch Mob - Can't Kill Us (Irish Dance Cover)
Just wow. Unreal. The ways that people create new things with our music never cease to amaze…video by: Kieran Hardiman
Posted by The Glitch Mob on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Tigger Benford

Tigger Benford was one of the most influential artists I have ever met. His classes and subsequent choreography utilized body percussion and  . . . . . how do I describe it . . . . . . math! 

The result of the collaborative effort was fresh and complex but so precise that it communicated layers of simplicity woven into magical patterns. The kinestetic response to his music and rhythms is something that inspire me to this day!

Partial Quotes from the "PERSONAL STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST," Tigger Benford.

The full quote may be found HERE -- and I most adamantly encourage you to check it out and read more about Tigger.
His CDs are also available at this site. They are AMAZING!

Here are the partial quotes:

"Playing for dance is important to me. What I value about it most is that seeing movement helps me create music, and it is necessary for me to create music to live life with a sense of satisfaction and meaning. In turn, the music I play seems to be inspiring for those who use it for movement, and this is gratifying as well, to know that my music has found a useful place in the world.

My interest is in generating certain responses in listeners. If I got the wrong response it's the wrong piece. The meaning and nature of the piece exist in the world as a set of responses, not as some absolute artistic entity in my own mind.

I believe that art and artists exist to fulfill an evolutionary design. Their consistent presence throughout history in culture after culture cannot be explained by politics or by economics.
People need a special place and time to escape temporarily from the circle of their own lives, which are often filled with pain and drudgery. Art and entertainment which do not have the power to transport the audience have no business being on the stage.

As a consumer I value both art and entertainment. For me what distinguishes the one from the other is art gives me insights I can bring back into my life, helping me to lead it in a richer and clearer way. Personally I hope both to entertain people, and to help them get more out of their lives in some mysterious way. "

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Moonwalk Through the Years


Sunday, May 1, 2011


A nice little post over at Woodlands Home has me looking at this airborne photo in a new light. Is the female of the duet in the apex of a jump or nearing the conclusion of an assemble?  Ahhhh, I love thinking in motion!

"This particular company, for the moment at least, call the Northern School of Contemporary Dance their home and Verve is the name given to the graduate company staffed out with some of the best dancers from the previous graduating year."
The opening duet is a great study in the movement text of Laban Movement Analysis.
Most all college trained dancers throughout the world have been exposed to this language for describing and crafting dance material. Words like dab, wring and flick are part and parcel of a conversation in a dance composition class. The language, though it is translated into many languages, I'm sure, is not the finite language of ballet. There is no step label necessarily given; instead dancemakers today may refer to a phrase or a section of movement with any recognizable to them made up label, but then they get down to this more common language from Laban. The note from the choreographer may be, "the movement needs to be more indirect" or “this is a dab, not a flick; it's press, not wring at this moment".

Seeing dance, one might wonder how the dancers remember the movement and how or where it came from, and once there, how is it crafted into what we see. The process is one of experiment, extruding and winnowing, and it has its own language. Release is not relax; textures are created, intimacies described and reworked. That punch or that sinking you might feel in your gut when you watch dance has been carefully crafted to elicit that response and the language has moved on from tendu and entrechat.
This is part of the reason I am well prepared to see ballet relegated to museum status. The language of ballet, though it is often where we begin, is old and outdated -- historic. I think we don't speak that language anymore--that 18th, 19th century movement language. Think about it; when you go to see the ballet, you have to have read the story and even then it may be difficult for a "civilian" to follow. The system requires dancers to begin their careers instead of having an extended education on dancemaking (usually college programs), so they are not trained and instead string together steps and movements seen in other work struggling to get to something interesting without a lexicon of movement passionately access from within their own movement libraries and with little language to use to craft what they have produced. The permutations on what is in the ballet lexicon may have reached its end.
So OK, let us continue to see great touring productions of Swan Lake from time to time, just as we still love to hear Mozart, but let us also stop trying to make "new ballets" and get on with what has been modern for almost a century. Today's innovators have accessed a wider lexicon and updated how they convey concepts that reflect our world, not a fairy world or a world of courts and royalty. We don't live there anymore. It is interesting from a historical aspect, but the artists of today need our support, and we need to experience what they have to express about our world. Let's move on; it's time. These beautiful student dancers from the UK have moved on. Can we catch up to them?
Hat tip to: Susan Miller's blog

Friday, January 15, 2010

Funny Dance Quotes

“Can't act. Can't sing. Balding. Can dance a little.”
(Evaluation of Fred Astaire's very first screen test)

Toe dancing is a dandy attention getter, second only to screaming.
Agnes deMille

"No touching!"
Anonymous ballroom couple overheard saying this while practicing for Standard (where you have to maintain body contact the entire time)

"Gentlemen, remember the 15 second rule. When the music stops, you have 15 seconds to escort your partner back to her seat. If you're too slow, the music will start again and you'll be stuck for another dance."
Anonymous dance teacher addressing the class

A good dancer has the posture that can say 'I have presence, and you are dirt'; especially when they forget to smile.
Author Unknown

About balance: Cranes stand on one leg, but cannot dance a step.
Author Unknown

A man who dances has his choice of romances.
Author Unknown

Beginning dancer: knows nothing. Intermediate dancer: knows everything; too good to dance with beginners. Hotshot dancer: too good to dance with anyone. Advanced dancer: dances everything… especially with beginners.
Author Unknown

Dancers and musicians have always counted music differently. There is a cute anecdote about Stravinsky yelling at Nijinsky, "There is no 27 in my music!"
Author Unknown

He: "Can I have the last dance with you?" She: "You are having it!"
Author Unknown

If dancing were any easier it would be called football.
Author Unknown

It's not the turning that’s hard in pirouettes, it's that you gotta keep on doin' it.
Author Unknown

Lesser dancers stumble; better dancers syncopate.
Author Unknown

Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels!
Author Unknown

The Ballet toe shoe is one of the few instruments of torture to survive intact into our time.
Author Unknown

What if doing the hokey pokey IS what it is all about?
Author Unknown

You can't make a pointe if you don't understand the details.
Author Unknown

The forms of tango are like stages of a marriage. The American tango is like the beginning of a love affair, when you're both very romantic and on your best behavior. The Argentine tango is when you're in the heat of things and all kinds of emotions are flying: passion, anger, humor. The International tango is like the end of the marriage, when you're staying together for the sake of the children.
Barbara Garvey

I grew up with six brothers. That's how I learned to dance - waiting for the bathroom.
Bob Hope

If their feet aren't in the right place, at least their hearts are.
Christian M. Chensvold (on novice swingers)

Dancing is a wonderful training for girls. It's the first way you learn to guess what a man is going to do before he does it.
Christopher Morley

Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.

Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves. Whistle and dance the shimmy and you've got an audience.

I just put my feet on the ground and move them around.
Fred Astaire

About a year ago I took up line dancing. I got so into it I had to join a Self help group to stop. It's a TWO STEP program.
Frederick J. Boenig

I got started dancing because I knew that was one way to meet girls.
Gene Kelly

Part of the joy of dancing is conversation. Trouble is, some men can't talk and dance at the same time.
Ginger Rogers

Carpe Dancem (seize the dance)
Heather Diadoti

To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.
Jack Handey

We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.
Japanese Proverb

No move is too tricky; no spin too excessive… for my partner.
John Hayes

Ballroom Dancing just gets more exciting the more you know about it, which is why you have to do well at school so you can spend the rest of your life supporting your habit!
Kay Teague

Some people march to a different drummer... and some people Polka.
Los Angeles Times Syndicate

There are only two places where indiscriminate hugging is tolerated; the brothel and the ballroom.
M.A. Ham

Dancing is like a shower: one wrong turn and you're in hot water!
Mad Magazine

Never trust spiritual leader who cannot dance.
Mr. Miyagi

I was a ballerina. I had to quit after I injured a groin muscle. It wasn't mine.
Rita Rudner

Draw a crazy picture
Write a nutty poem
Sing a mumble-gumble song
Whistle through your comb
Do a loony-goony dance
'Cross the kitchen floor
Put something silly in the world
That ain't been there before
Shel Silverstien

Football isn't a contact sport; it's a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.
Vince Lombardi

The girl who can't dance says the band can't play.
Yiddish Proverb

My feet are dogs.
More funny Rudolf Nureyev quotes

The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.
More funny James Brown quotes

Dancing is a sweat job.
More funny Fred Astaire quotes

A good education is usually harmful to a dancer. A good calf is better than a good head.
More funny Agnes de Mille quotes

Ballet: Men wearing pants so tight that you can tell what religion they are.
More funny Robin Williams quotes

I'm not a ballerina. I'm a hoofer.
More funny Leslie Caron quotes

I felt that I didn't want to be in show business anymore. I felt that I wanted to be a farmer. I was milking cows and shoveling terrible stuff and working all day. By the end of the day, all I wanted was my tap shoes - I thought, 'What am I doing? I better get back where I belong on the stage where we work at night and can sleep late!
More funny Gregory Hines quotes

Modern dancing is old fashioned.
More funny Samuel Goldwyn quotes

I told some school chums I could dance as good as Fred Astaire. And they asked me, if I was that great, why didn't I get into a show? I said I would, so I got myself a job in a show and here I am.
More funny June Allyson quotes

Monday, January 11, 2010

Some Wonderful Life Magazine Finds

Fred Astaire and son 1940

Veloz and Yolanda 1939

Ballerina w/ shadow1944

Ballerina 1938

Lindy Hop 1942