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In case you were wondering: 303, G6 and 808

From left to Right:

808, G6, 303

December 11, 2010 Posted by | Other | 2 Comments

Rhythm vs. Musicality

Even though I know that nobody really reads the RFH blog anymore, I thought I’d post this anyway for any dancer who comes across this by chance. Lately I’ve been reading up on popping/dance forums on arguments about the art of dance, and what makes it so special. I came across this video that really gave me some perspective in terms of my approach to the music. I hope anybody who reads this post can learn from it as I did.

September 10, 2010 Posted by | Community | 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

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

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

In light of the Tetris theme…

🙂 enjoy!

January 22, 2010 Posted by | Other | Leave a comment

CelebrAsia 2010 Update II: Middle Pieces Tutorial Vids

Hi all,

Here are the tutorial vids of the Down, Lovestoned and Tetris, move for move. Use these to prepare for next week’s auditions and practice hard. If you haven’t learned the other pieces yet or want more practice, it is your responsibility to contact the choroegraphers/arrange times to learn or clean. And if you haven’t signed up for auditions next Monday please do so ASAP!

Down (step through)

Lovestoned (step through)

Tetris Tutting (step through)

Tetris Iso (step through)

Here are the videos reshot so you don’t have to flip all the lefts/rights:

Down steps (in the mirror)

Let’s Just Be steps (in the mirror)

Lovestoned steps (in mirror)

Tetris Tutting (in mirror)

Tetris Iso/Botting (in mirror)

Again, auditions are Monday (1/25), so practice hard and see you then!

January 20, 2010 Posted by | Tutorials | Leave a comment

Waackin’/Waacking/Whackin’/Whacking

So if you’ve been wondering about the spelling, me too. For those of you who know what it is, I found these awesome videos on youtube so check em out. You would also know that references and videos on whaackin are rarer than plutonium and historical info is about as abundant as the Pokedex entry on Mew. 😦

For those who don’t, whaackin is a style of dance that came into prominence around the 70s in predominantly gay club scene. It draws from modern jazz and funk and soul and ballet to name a few. It also has distinct elements of vogueing and locking as well. It’s quite a flamboyant style so anyone who has to confidence to do it, more props to you! I’ve personally have tried and failed a couple of times at it. Anyways, it’s better if you see it firsthand!

This is a short little demo from BBC that kind of breaks down some of the basics. Anyone know of a way around the region block they put up on their videos? Cuz it seems like they have some pretty sick guides/demos on their bbc blast website but are just too pompous to let everyone see.

This is a short solo of whaackin!

If anyone has any more info on it/nice videos, it would be much appreciated 😀 😀

January 18, 2010 Posted by | Community, Other | 5 Comments

Dancing in NJ

I just took a class at Icon Dance complex in NJ with Geo Hubela! I was actually able to keep up to some extent haha. If you find yourself in a place other than Chi these next few weeks, take the opportunity to check out the dancing scene.

Many blessings to you all this holiday season!

December 23, 2009 Posted by | Other | 1 Comment