Spice Up Your Life (or At Least Your Day!)
Sometimes the week before Christmas can really be a drag, right? Maybe you're still in school, or maybe you're working, but all you really want to be doing is hanging out with your friends and family and celebrating the season (or gift wrapping all those last minute Christmas presents). Well, maybe we can make this hump day a little easier for you!
Put your work aside for a few minutes and check out this throwback video from choreographer Yanis Marshall, who brought together three fierce dancers and filmed them dancing all over one of the most beautiful cities in the world - Paris. And when we say fierce dancers, we really mean it. I mean, just look at those heels! The fun doesn't end there - the 2013 vid features some of our favorite Spice Girls classics: "Wannabe", "Stop", and "Who Do You Think You Are?"
Does Marshall's name sound familiar? You might recognize him from Britain's Got Talent, or the French version of Dancing With The Stars. He is also the choreographer of Cirque Du Soleil's Las Vegas show 'Zumanity.' Check out more of his work on his YouTube channel.
You'll Go Gaga Over This!
When we say 'gaga', what do you think of? A baby trying to talk? P-p-p-poker Face? Well, nowadays, if you say 'gaga' to a dancer, chances are their mind will immediately turn to Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. His modern technique 'gaga' has redefined the parameters of modern dance in many ways, and his choreography on Batsheva Dance Company continues to inspire dancers around the world. Soon, we'll be able to learn even more about him and his artistic process and vision.
Director Tomer Heymann has been working on this for over eight years: interviewing and filming Ohad as he choreographs and delves deeper into his technique. Current plans are to release the film commercially around the US in the beginning of February. Make sure you follow the page on Facebook to stay up to date!
Oh La La (Land)
La La Land is finally here! The much anticipated musical hit select theaters last weekend. From the start, it has touted itself as a true musical: singing, dancing, the whole nine yards. And it was choreographed by none other than Mandy Moore, who you'll probably recognize from So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars. Many of the dance sequences take place at locations familiar to all you LA-er, like the downtown freeways and the Griffith Observatory.
Director Damien Chazelle wanted the film to be reminiscent of classic dance films like "An American in Paris" and "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." But he also wanted the dancing to be accessible; in other words, he wanted everyone to look like real people who have just sort of landed in a dream-like world. The stars, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, are not professional dancers - however, their emotion and natural sense of movement is enough to charm even the most critical eye. Have you seen it? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Meet the Twins Who Are Fusing Hip-Hop and Bollywood
Poonam & Priyanka Shah are taking the dance world by storm. The Indian-American twins have created what they call "Bfusion,' incorporating bits and pieces from classical Indian dance form Bharatnatyam, Bollywood, and hip-hip. The sisters have created a series of Youtube videos that showcase their choreography and unique style.
Recently, the girls have been featured in a coffee commercial in India, a billboard ad, and performed on "Jhalak Kikhhla Jaa" (what they call India's version of Dancing with the Stars).