John Doyle

Dancing my little heart out.

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SAMPLE FOR 1st ASSIGNMENT - BITE IT My 5 "Foundation Moves"

This is where I am going to add my first assignment. For each foundation move, I'll provide some basic information. It's always a good idea to copy and save your work into a separate document in case there are bugs with the Skillshare page. 

FOUNDATION MOVE #1

SOURCE: Willi Ninja Section of Paris is Burning
(I've linked the video to the title, you could also just copy and paste the link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtMtMy0ndo0&feature=player_embedded')

UNOFFICIAL NAME OF MY FOUNDATION MOVE: dislocated jello shoulders (I made this up. It was easy. If you know your move has an "official" name, such as THE JERK, you should use the official name)

TIMESTAMP OF MY FOUNDATION MOVE: 00:25 (please note the approximite moment your favorite move appears so other students can look out for it.)

ARTIST OR CHOREOGRAPHER:  Willi Ninja

NOTES: This is within the style of Voguing. Willi Ninja was a pioneer of this style. He served as inspiration for Madonna's video, "Vogue." The film Paris is Burning came out in 1990 but was filmed in the mid to late 80's. (It's up to you what you want to put in the NOTES section, but if you can ID a style/genre or time phrame, that would be a good start.)

 

FOUNDATION MOVE #2

SOURCE: The New Dance Show

UNOFFICIAL NAME: Steering My Hovercraft

TIMESTAMP: 00:22

ARTIST OR CHOREOGRAPHER: Unknown dancers. 

NOTES: This is Freestyle. "The New Dance Show" was filmed in Detroit beginning in 1988 is an endless source of inspiration for me personally. When I watch these videos of sweaty, stylish people listening to music that I love, I feel like I belong inside them. I feel like this is a club where I would fit in rather than stand out. There are so many exciting moves to discover in these YouTube videos that I want to bite off and incorperate into my freestyle. 

FOUNDATION MOVE #3

SOURCE: Motown 25th Anniversary

UNOFFICIAL NAME: Hair Check

TIMESTAMP: 00:24

ARTIST OR CHOREOGRAPHER: Michael Jackson

NOTES: This performance is all swagger. Swagger on top of swagger on top of swagger with a side order of swagger with farm-fresh swag. There is so much to appreciate here, but I've decided to highlight the hair check he does at 00:25 where he combs each side of his part and then puts his comb in his back pocket.

MJ famously presents his signature "Moonwalk" which is commonly attributed to his training with hip-hop dancers who employ this technique called gliding. If you check the wikipedia page, you will see additional references to the moonwalk/backslide/side walk dating this movement back to 1930's. 

FOUNDATION MOVE #4

SOURCE: U CAN'T TOUCH THIS MUSIC VIDEO

UNOFFICIAL NAME: The Sassy Arrival

TIMESTAMP: 01:40

ARTIST OR CHOREOGRAPHER: MC Hammer

NOTES: I love the bouncy, high energy movement you will commonly find associated with "party dancing" and music videos of this era. Many of the moves shown in this video may have been established hip-hop moves, but the video also helped popularize party dancing and bring it to a mainstream audience. 

I was feeing the Hammer freestyle that starts at 0:59, but then I saw this girl on the fire escape do a hop, snap and a body wind and it was feelin her sassiness. 

FOUNDATION MOVE #5

SOURCE: Freek-A-Holic Music Video

UNOFFICIAL NAME: Boogaloo Roll with Back Bend

TIMESTAMP: 02:35

ARTIST OR CHOREOGRAPHER: Egyptian Lover's Back-up Dancers

NOTES: The boogaloo roll is a signature foundation move within the boogaloo style. These back-up dancers are definitely adding their own flair / flipping the boogaloo roll by adding a big back bend. (If this is an established version of the boogaloo roll, I am unaware.) To see an example of a basic boogaloo roll, Poppin Pete breaks it down in this video at the 2:45 mark.

The style here looks like a mixture of boogaloo and party dancing. While selecting this video for my final move, I noticed there are some repeat trends throughout my 5 foundation moves. Egyptian Lover even does a hair check similar to MJ's... MJ's hair check reminds me of Willi Ninja's description of his make-up compact in my first video. Both the MC Hammer video and the Egyptian Lover video feature Party dancing. 

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