I’ve been choreographing a dance to John Legend’s song Stereo. I can’t believe I used to make up dances all the time. I’ve been struggling with focusing on steps to come up with. Yesterday, I did an experiment where I just danced to a bunch of songs I love. I noticed how my dance style has totally changed from when I used to choreograph all the time. It’s been around 10 years since I’ve made up a dance, and since then I’ve taken classes of different styles. See, when I was a kid, my parents couldn’t afford dance classes for me, so I watched Janet and Paul and copied their dances. Janet was my main teacher, I knew every damn routine she had from the Rhythm Nation album.
I did some dance classes in college, mainly modern dance (that was the closest to hip hop in my eyes—hip hop dance classes didn’t exist yet). After undergrad, grad school was insanely busy. I barely had time to workout. My first fulltime job was in Madison, WI and I was not impressed with the dance classes out there, so I did kung fu instead. When I headed out to NY, that’s when I started taking classes at Broadway. Finally! I could take hip hop classes! I also did some breaking. Booyah! When I was out in SF, I took some hip hop classes out there. I spoke to one of the teachers and he said I was a good dancer but he could tell I was a modern dancer. I was like “WHA?! I ain’t no modern dancer!” Well, after looking in the mirror yesterday, yes I am. I’m like a weird, funky modern dancer. I do a little pop with cutting and jazz hands with a modern flair. It’s crazy. (Yes, that picture is me btw. I feel like it best represents what’s happening here. It’s kinda pretty, but it’s kinda weird.)
Since I’m learning what the eff style I am, I’m going to post a few freestyle dances, the Rhythm Nation dance from Janet’s music vid, and a dance that I’ll choreo to Stereo.
Today is writing day, tomorrow…watch me dance!