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Kaba Modern Workshop

Hey all,

So Mike Song and Yuri Tag from Kaba Modern are coming to Chicago to teach a workshop. If you don’t know who they are, you’ve been sleeping these past few years. They were one of the top crews on the first season of ABDC, and have led Kaba Modern to numerous championships including VIBE, Prelude, and Body Rock.

The facebook event is here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=329289581267&ref=mf

Don’t buy tickets just yet, I’m gonna see if we can get group pricing just like the SoReal Workshop. But IF YOU ARE COMING, YOU NEED TO TELL ME. E-mail, text, or anything, so that I have a headcount.

Ok, there’s the details. Here are some of my favorite vids.

February 25, 2010 Posted by | Off-Campus Events, Workshops | 1 Comment

Just in case you guys forgot and for new people

Tiff-Blasting featuring our own Tiffany “Blasting” Change

See 0:45 in video for reference

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Other | Leave a comment

CELBRASIA 2010

Congrats to Claire, Jamie, Vanessa, David, Albert, Nancy, Jake, Jason, Jessina, Chloe, Jasmine, Danny, and Sophia for their very first major RFH show!!!

Congrats to Chris, Derek, Kevin, Sam, and Han for their first Celebrasia!!

Awesome job everyone! My words are not enough to describe it. Watching you guys up there really made me proud to be part of this group.

Chiattitude version from the balcony

Cheung Cheung version from the left side

PANDAMANN!!!

February 14, 2010 Posted by | ReFresH Stuff | 3 Comments

Catchin’ a Groove

Sup ReFresH.

The following is a video of bboy Alien Ness talking about the concept of groove, but I think this applies to all forms of dancing.  So, enjoy!

I think Ness highlights a really important aspect of dance that has kind of been lost in this new wave of technicality.  I guess this contemporary emphasis on cleanliness, however important, has come with sort of a trade-off.

But I think as dancers, we all need to remember that the main goal of dancing is expression.  Sure, it’s really important to mechanically train moves over and over again in order to get them clean.  But remember, moves are simply tools one uses to better express themselves.  The next step is to use these moves to express character and personality coherently.

As Ness calls it, it’s the idea of moves vs movement.  It isn’t just about a move, nor is it about individual concepts like threading or hitting the beats.  (*sidenote* – did you know that “hitting the beats” is a new school concept.  The idea actually came from younger generations misinterpreting the older generation telling them to “dance on beat.”  Obviously the phrase has a completely different meaning now, but back then it meant to feel the rhythm of the music when you dance.)

So basically in this video, he’s talking about how back in the day, the OGs would be feelin’ it just dancin’ it up at the block party with the rest of their neighborhood, havin’ a good time.  And when it got time to break, they still had that rhythm and that feeling.  Today, “you got a lot of breakers that could do a million headspins, but they can’t dance with a girl in the club.”  You could “teach a chihuahua how to spin one one foot, but you can’t teach that chihuahua how to catch a groove.”

According to Ness, the main element that’s missing in a lot of dancers today is spirit–and I think he’s right.  I mean, I hate using that term, because it does kinda sound like a load of superstitious, almost pseudo-scientific, crap.  But it’s true.  You know, they say that when someone is uncomfortable, or in a bad mood, or really happy about something, however much he tries to conceal it, his true emotions manifests itself in little forms of micro-expressions on his face and body language.  The same goes for dance.  If you’re not feelin’ it, then it shows in your dance.

Every dance style has its own unique character, feeling, and approach.  Bboys and bgirls take on a more raw and aggressive approach, while lockers have adapted a goofy and funky character.  House dancing is all about that up-lifting feel-good kind of sentiment, while ballet takes on a more aristocratic and elegant proposition.  In the end, it all comes down to feeling.

Believe me, when you start seeing dance in these terms, everything will become clearer.

Peace and love everyone!

Kemistry

February 8, 2010 Posted by | Other | 2 Comments

Jukebox – lotta love

My first house style piece =)

Song: M-flo loves Minmi – Lotta love

February 6, 2010 Posted by | ReFresH Stuff | 2 Comments

RIP Greg Campbell Lock Jr

Greg Campbell Lock Jr was one of the pioneers of the form of street dance called locking–a primary dance style of the funk style movement.  He passed away last thursday, January 28, 2010.  For anyone deeply involved in ANY form of street dance style, you have an obligation to educate yourself on the history of that dance culture as well as a responsibility to respect and learn from the culture’s OGs and founding fathers.

These dancers sacrificed everything laying down the very foundation of the style of dancing we enjoy today, and the least we could do to pay them back is to respect what they have to say and document their accomplishments.  The OG generation is slowly passing on.  If we don’t properly document their teachings, the true foundations of the dance will die with them.

As bboy Born said, “foundation is important, not just for bboying or dancing, but for everything in life.  Without foundation, we have no starting point.  We are limited by the level of our basics and foundation.  Without foundation, you cannot take the next step.  You have to understand the foundation to have your own future.”

By laying down the foundation, the OGs gave us a future in dance.

All in all, to be part of a culture is to learn its history and celebrate the traditions that have kept it alive.  It’s the same as being an American and learning about George Washington and celebrating the fourth of July.

So let’s all take time to celebrate Greg Campbell Lock Jr’s accomplishments.

Here is an article on the history of Locking.

http://lockerlegends.net/history-of-locking/

Peace and love,

Kemistry

EDIT:

Here is a bomb ass interview of another legend by the name of Don “Campbellock” Campbell that’s still around today(thank you Ntropy).  He is another original pioneer of locking.  He speaks sooo much truth and knowledge in this interview.  It’s a MUST SEE!

February 4, 2010 Posted by | Other | Leave a comment

Yes

Nuff said.

February 2, 2010 Posted by | Other | 2 Comments