The HDI Easter Camp weekend left me truly speechless although there is just so much more I need to say…

Obviously I had heard of HDI before, ran by the legendary Josh Ricketts and his small SOAR UK team as I had been lucky enough to work with these incredible beings previously for World of Dance UK back in 2014. As I said, I had heard of HDI but I had absolutely no idea just how amazing HDI Easter Camp would be. 

Just the journey to Reaseheath College (just past Stoke-On-Trent) was an experience. Within one tiny car we had five dancers, five suitcases, 5 rucksacks as well as DJ and filming equipment-MENTAL! I learnt so much from travelling for 5 hours with a small group of people. We had a DJ/dancer, a videographer, a dancer currently in vocational training, one of the HDI faculty members and myself; a person who loves the buzz from the backstage management of a dance event. The conversations were endless and included the most intense game of eye spy I think I have ever played. I cannot explain what happened during this car journey but we all just immediately jelled. I found we were all fascinated by each others ideas and feelings towards dancing as our backgrounds were all so diverse. The conversations became interesting as we heard each others thoughts and opinions on topics such as a dancers concept video or a production. Our conversations lead to mass debated and we learnt so much from one another. Debates need to happen more often in dance as I could have listened to Dre, Frankie, Lottie and Ben for hours on end, but once we finally arrived our conversations had to be left until dinner time. 

When you work on dance events you find you have very little time to yourself as there is so much to consider. Even just registering dancers and escorting them to their rooms you discover things from someone that you may not have done if you were there to just take class. Within the space of 3-4 hours I understood who had dietary needs, who had travelled from abroad, who had been to HDI before or who was experiencing this 4-day intensive for the very first time. This allowed me to converse with people I had seen around, in class or at an event that I maybe hadn’t been introduced to before. Events for me are about networking, socialising and ensuring the participants have the best experience possible by the best team. 

I have never come across a dance event/camp that included breakfast, lunch and dinner until now. I cannot express just how lovely it was to see dinner tables filled with people from all walks in life coming together and sharing their dance past or passions with one another over a meal. For me personally, two characters who particularly stuck out for me were two American guys. Turns out they are only in the UK until September as they work for the U.S. Air Force and fix fighter jets. They had taken time off serving their country so they could come along and train. It wasn’t until I then saw them in class that I discovered they had never learnt taught choreography before as they were self-taught freestylers. I seriously hold my hands up to these guys as they threw themselves right into the deep end! I even saw them standing right at the front of the room during classes- they were not afraid to come out of their comfort zone and you could really see that were desperate to learn and take something home with them that weekend, utterly incredible. 

Sometimes you find that being late to check in cannot be helped, you could be held up in traffic, get stuck on with a train delay or like one guy- over turn your car on route to class and rock up in a police car. Now, I’m not saying all dancers do it, but if I ever hear the excuse ‘sorry in late, I got held up’ this story will forever be told as an example. I cannot express how bad car accidents can be, especially when it results in over turning your vehicle and can cause a possible write-off. Although this one guy arrived hours late carrying only what he could fish out of an over turned car, placed his university books to one side of the room as he had clearly intended to study during his spare time in between classes and just starts warming up. His mind must have been completely elsewhere but he went for it, brushed himself off and danced his heart out for 3 solid hours. So, to anyone who is one of those late comers to classes, please take note, you seriously have no excuses but to be on time, ready, in the zone and present for class. 

I have to also say that I am always surprised in the lack of professional dancers who attend dance conventions/camps/events. I appreciate the majority will be booked in for jobs but surely when choreographers travel from the U.S. to teach, you would want to attend and train? This only suprises me as we see the majority of professionals take a month or two out to travel to LA and so on to further their training. Why pay for the flight when top choreographers are brought directly to you? 

HDI had only two professionals over the weekend, admittedly they arrived a day late however this was due to work purposes. After taking them to their rooms and briefly learning why they were late, they apologised for name dropping whilst they revealed which music artist they had been working for that day. Now, if I was on the street surrounded by non-dancers, I would understand why a professional dancer may apologise for a name drop or two as this is not a usual job for the average Joe to obtain. 

What I don’t understand is why when you are in a room surrounded by aspiring dancers to be, who look up to professionals who are working with top artists and so on, that the professional should feel they aren’t able to name drop as this is their job? Why should they apologise, this is someone’s livelihood! Put it this way, if I was my 12 year old self and I recognised a dancer from my favourite music video, TV show or tour, I would have loved to approach the professional and quiz them on their background or how they got into the industry. It would have been direct knowledge and would have inspired me to pursue my 12 year old dreams to become a backing dancer or whatever. I guess what I am saying is, it would be lovely to see more professionals training in class as they do inspire dancers who are up and coming just as much as the booked choreographer or teacher for that particular event. 

Talking of choreographers, can I just take a moment to share just how incredible the HDI Easter Camp line up was this year- Chris Martin, Kyle Hanagami, Denzel Chisolm and UK’s very own Frankie Johnson. It is unfortunate that when working on events you cannot always participate but when I did it was a journey! 

  
In the past, I have seen Frankie J killing a freestyle battle, judging or working on a Boy Blue Entertainment production. I finally got to take my first ever. House class and I am so grateful it was taken by Frankie. Frankie drills foundation and allows you to be free in class with your own personal touch His warming energy to the intricate footwork made you feel really comfortable and we discovered there were quite a few who had never done a House class either. I was lucky enough to travel with Frankie to HDI so I had the opportunity to discuss House in much further depth. It wasn’t until Frankie explained his background of dance training during the Q&A session that he truly blew me away. Over the years, I have seen Frankie around, grasping the one dance style he has truly made his own. After explaining his dance training to the room, he truly deserved to represent the UK on HDI’s faculty line up and I hope to attend one of his classes in London very soon. I even noticed we were joined by Chris Martin in Frankie’s class as it turned out he too had trained in house.  

Admittedly, I hadn’t seen much of Denzel Chisolm’s work or choreographic style and I am glad I didn’t as he brought some rachet combo’s to the camp and everyone went in. When you assist choreographers at events you learn what they want out of classes, Denzel had a very calming presence and seemed pretty cool as his teaching style seemed to be very chilled because he consistently wanted to encourage dancers to bring out the best in themselves.You could tell he wanted all the dancers to stay true to their personal style as this reflected in the performance element to his movements. Denzel had a great eye for spotting the guys who really grasped his style too and his selective dancers were all outstanding when they performed in smaller groups. When having a one on one with Denzel over dinner and a bowling trip, I discovered he is really new to teaching and you could see in his eyes he had really loved the energy everyone had in his classes as he wanted to teach more and more. 

The wonderful Kyle Hanagami brought true honesty and beauty to the table at HDI. Kyle’s way of teaching is literally like no other as he makes you question your ways of moving and gives you theories or methods into how you perform. He gave us Jazz Funk, Hip Hop and Contemporay and told stories in his movement especially during his last class of the weekend where he blew the room away. Intricate movements were presented so beautifully by each individual you could clearly see the room were brought to tears as the performances were all presented with such truth and honesty. When it came to group performances we switched the lights off so everyone performing could grasp the moment and dance for themselves. You could feel the energy in the room and everyone’s mind set was very much in the zone, the dancers were ready to push themselves to a new limit. 

Speaking of Kyle outside of class, I played against him on an arcade dance mat during our bowling trip. I have to say I will remember that moment forever as we were both rubbish and it was absolutely hilarious! Kyle also mentioned over dinner that he is mentored by the choreographers Nappytabs, I instantly asked if he could read my previous dance blog on Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking out Loud’ music video to hear his thoughts on what I had written. It turned out he had actually worked on the video himself and proceeded to tell me more stories on Ed’s training and so on which was utterly incredible as this continued my research further. It wasn’t until the Q&A session that Kyle then revealed he had learnt Ballroom dancing very quickly for a job. It suddenly clicked- Kyle had learnt Ballroom to then assist teaching Ed ballroom for his latest video. 

I purposley did not YouTube any of Chris Martin’s work, all I knew was that he choreographs for Choreo Cookies and is Mariel from Keone and Mariel Madrid’s brother, and that was all I needed to know. I probably should have done my homework on him a little bit more and understood his background before I met him but there honestly was no need too, he blew me away. Chris gave depth into his work, created stories, whilst relating to personal emotions and I am positive that was not even the effect he was after during his classes. Even Chris’s warm up was like no other teachers I had experienced before, he either created an instant battle or brought everyone close together to form strong bonds with another, unfortunately for anyone who didn’t attend HDI- you kind of had to be there to understand. With innovative, intricate movements Chris really challenged every dancer, you could see everyone’s minds processing his teaching techniques will full focus. 

I had a moment with Chris’s class, I stepped outside for what felt like forever to discuss some personal matters with family leading me to miss the entire process to this particular class. I am glad I missed that process as the choreography and end result hit me and it hit me fast. All I could feel when I stepped back in the room was intention and emotion, I just got it and you could feel the shift in atmosphere as all the dancers got it too. Dancers were living, living in the moment for this class. The choreography itself had beautiful connections by its story and the lyrics. Just like the 30 other people in the room broke down into tears, it felt as though everyone has an instant appreciation for one another’s journey in life and it was mesmerising and beautiful to watch. If Chris had choreographed what he shared with the HDI camp and placed the piece onto a stage like Sadlers Well’s, he hands down would have received a well deserved standing ovation. 

It is funny how sometimes, classes need to be just watched and appreciated rather than filmed and posted all over social media. I went to record Chris’s solo on the class where everyone blubbered like a baby, I remember pressing record and seeing the timer on my iPad go up in numbers as I placed it on my lap. After he finished performing I must have walked approximately twenty steps to then look back on my iPad and his solo had completely gone, disappeared. One dancer turned around to me and said it was a sign, and it must have been. Someone clearly wanted me to be in the moment rather than capture the moment forever.

  
Speaking of moments, moments or time outs are absolutely needed during dance intensives, camps or events to have a minute or two to reflect on your personal journey. It seemed as though from everyone’s beautifully worded feedback on HDI that they too needed a moment for looking back on what had inspired them or how they had pushed themselves out of their comfort zones since day one. For me, my moment was shared with three beautiful beings whom I formed an amazing bone with over a short period of time. We took a few minutes by a lake on campus and shared with one another what we had learnt from four incredible teachers. I discovered the weekend had clearly been about sharing, figuring out people’s passions for dancing and forming methods behind movements. Kyle Hanagami summed up the weekend when he talked of ‘being honest’. After conversing with many dancers, I learned it is healthy to be curious and to question why choices in dance are made, to explore my thoughts and discuss dance methods further. 

  
After an incredible 4-day dance experience I, like many others feel refreshed, driven and have found a new mind set to process my thoughts and feelings towards the dance industry. 

I found my footing on this spectacular journey and I am hungry to take the next step..

Thank you to everyone who shared one incredible life changing weekend with me. 

  
P.S if you want to check out more SOAR UK events check out their website- http://www.soaruk.co.uk

T-Love x x 

@katie_truslove 

12.04.15

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Thoughts on the Super Bowl XLIX | Half Time Show

Seriously…where on earth I do start?

For as long as I can remember, it has been a tradition of mine to watch the Super Bowl regardless of the time difference or how much or how little you know about the game itself. For me the one thing to look forward too is the wings and dips…just kidding, I mean of course the half time show extravaganza!

It is honestly my thing to look forward to the big production performances from the superstars of my childhood and I say superstars because the line ups are always more than just your average artists. They are not under the same bracket of the ‘stars’ that I used to dance around too in my living room whilst watching Top of the Pops, oh no, these are the performers who put all of their rehearsals, time and energy into putting on a show and I LIVE for those!

As a kid, admittedly I used to record music videos, replay the dances and learn the routines…everyone must be guilty of this too right? I still do this too, no shame in this at all, but nowadays it is all YouTube orientated which is pretty whack. I’m not in it for all the views or the 3 second ads, seriously do not get me started on the buffering! I truly appreciate choreographers creative work, and I do think it is incredible when a 30 second clip goes viral and individual dancers get the recognition they deserve which leads onto amazing opportunities but I enjoy learning a routine, a step, a phrase, a god damn tutorial that I can then just bust out in my living room, whilst watching a music channel whenever I want.

The real point is, is that the commercial scene nowadays is absolutely nothing compared to the good old days where a J-Lo, Usher or Janet Jackson routine SLAYED on events like the MTV Music Video Awards. I’m all up for a good concept video (which seem to be the new craze lately) by a well known dancer or choreographer who is slowly becoming YouTube famous.

Personally, I would rather see footage of you killing a class, passing on your energy to those who are there to learn from you and to see you teaching your trait rather than ‘glamming’ up for the sake of a 15 second Instagram post, advertising your video that is ‘coming soon’. I couldn’t think of anything worse than an extremely talented dancer stuck behind their computer screen spending late nights editing when they could be in a studio, training and cooking up a choreographic storm. Oh, I might just add – If anyone discovers a dancer, on a professional or non- professional dancers wage who can truly afford the photographer, the camera man, the extra dancers and the costumes to create their showreel or whatever then please do let me know!

Has anyone else noticed how if your concept video is slightly over a minute long the publics attention span lowers and they begin to skip your hard work and creativity to get to the good part at the end? ART gets lost if it is not convenient to the social media eye.

Now finally, in comes the highly anticipated 12 minute Super Bowl Half Time Show that literally never fails to deliver. We sit patiently waiting for over 2 hours of a game us British admittedly do not know too much about to watch the likes of Madonna, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars kill it to a worldwide audience.

This year round I’m no mass fan of Katy Perry, I appreciate the hard work she puts in to her videos, tours, interviews and so on, however I personally do not rate her voice as much as other superstars, sorry KP. Although I do admit she is up there in my good books as her choreographers always delivers for every performance of hers, which enables her productions to be on point. I mean, the mechanical golden robot lion entrance to ‘Roar’…come on now- just STOP IT! What a flipping genius creation from the arts department right there! Props to your props department KP!

After performing at the London Olympic Stadium for the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, I understand how much thought, preparation and organisation had been placed into the creation of KP’s half time show and it suited her personality fabulously. I honestly think this is the first performance where I have even heard so much talk about the costume choices too. Imagine being a professional dancer, who has trained for the majority of their life, to then be booked in to perform at the Super Bowl XLIX, the biggest booking of their lives. I am assuming they attended all the rehearsals WITHOUT PAYMENT and most likely turned up on time for all of these rehearsals may I add. To then get to the dress rehearsals to be handed a big fat shark costume and to your expense your face cannot even be seen. That must have been a bitter sweet moment for those guys. So a congratulations especially to those two sharks, surfboards, beach balls and palm tress, the entire world saw you doing your thing and we all secretly wondered who had been booked under those costumes. KP is known for her costumes and honeys you WERKED them just like your boss and her four outfit changes! Kudos to you all!

Finally, we can now just take a moment to talk about how a certain legends performance STOLE the show, and I do not mean Lenny Kravitz this time around, oh no, I am talking about the one, the only, Missy Elliott. I think it is safe to say that the majority of the world in sync just went ‘WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA’ as she stepped onto the stadium floor as the kids from the 90’s could not contain their excitement, just like a child on Christmas Eve.

Three snippets of her phenomenal and classic songs, were all Missy had over a two and a half minute slot during a quick-ish change from KP into a dress and harness to close the half time show. Those minutes flew by and my god did Missy nail it. We had professional dancers as young as 10 accompany her performance to choreography created by popular Pulse on Tour faculty member, Tricia Miranda. It was just an overall OUTSTANDING performance to see such a young, current and up and coming choreographer like Tricia, be blessed with such a huge booking to date. Tricia has been nailing her YouTube audiences and sell out LA based masterclasses as her creative work has recently gone viral. Whether you have noticed her class videos on your social media feeds to Nicki Minaj’s’ ‘Anaconda’ and so on then by all means you would have noticed this choreography at the Super Bowl had Tricia’s name all over it. The combination from Tricia and Missy blended together beautifully.

Missy on the other hand took us back, not necessarily to church, but she took us back to true old school hip hop, the 90’s, the Adidas track suit wearing mufty days. Where singing along to gossip folks and imagining we were lucky enough to be Alyson Stoner, 6 -stepping like we had had years of break dancing training back. Missy rocked the show and we welcomed her back with both arms. She looked fabulous, sounded fabulous and her overall performance was just on point.

I like the rest of the world loved this come back and thank KP for allowing Missy to have the opportunity she deserved to create a ‘comeback’. The Super Bowl XLIX Half time show presented true showmanship from Lenny, Missy and of course KP. I genuinely cannot wait for the next Missy fix for when she takes herself out from producing in the studio, maybe a Missy tour is on the cards? We can only hope.

T-Love x

So I put some pen to paper the other day and this was the outcome..

Cat Deeley once said after Travis Wall’s ‘Fix You’ performance on So You Think You Can Dance that ‘when the right dancer comes together with the right choreographer and dances to the right song with the right lyrics- it’s magical’ and I strongly believe this with choreographic art pieces of today.

I don’t know whether to commend music artists such as Sia or Ed Sheeran on their bravery, or to send direct thanks and appreciation to their choreographers; NappyTabs duo Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo and Ryan Heffington. Somehow, just somehow by taking the well known artists faces out of the equation they have created art inside a music video, through dance.

Thank you to the production teams behind Ed Sheerans’ ‘Don’t’ for making Bone Breaking acceptable and illustrated so cleverly that the movement itself seems mesmerising rather than grotesque. For months at University whilst researching for my dissertation topic, I tried to find answers as to why dance genres such as Krump or Bone Breaking had such an intense reaction from household audiences as the movements didn’t initially entertain and why it was so shocking for these dance styles to appear before the water shed, on reality television shows and in theatres. Whereas now, two years later, something in the air (which I cannot place my finger on) has shifted. Reactions have changed and society has somehow surprisingly learnt to accept abnormal movement, contortion and bones moving in the way they shouldn’t do on a normal day to day basis. It seems as though, due to the format of how audiences are visualising the movement, generated from literally breaking bones portrayed in scenes with luxury swimming pools rather than the predictable thug like dance battle scene. Bone Breaking begins to have an artistic depiction in comparison to its normal unsettling, eerie, ugly and freakish connotation which might explain why audiences are seeing more and more of this unusual dance form.

Sia’s production team on the other hand have finally revisited and brought back choreographic movement close to DV8’s Physical Theatre. Similar to when Beyoncé took on this concept during her ‘Countdown’ music video which allegedly plagiarises and imitates the movement behind Anne Teresea De Keersmaker’s work. ‘Chandelier’ finds audiences focus completely and utterly on ‘Dance Mom’s’ star, Maddie Ziegler and her performance is mesmerising.

Maddie’s age, professionalism, movement and character combined with the fact she is twelve years of age and dances like a true professional is outstanding and again unusual to regular audiences to not see your average beautiful twenty something backing dancer being briefly featured behind close ups of the artists face. Throughout Maddie’s performance we are drawn in, we move with her and we cannot take our eyes off her as the creative movement seems shocking for a young girl yet we appreciate choreography and question the reasons behind the creativity.

Although ‘Chandelier’ to many may seem like it is just another music video…I highly disagree, it is in fact ART. So after looking into numerous articles and review’s behind the 2014 MTV’s Video Music Awards Best Choreography, I discovered Ryan Heffington’s personal tutorial behind the choreography which explains the choices behind the movement in a completely different way to how I personally imagined the choreographic development.

https://www.nowness.com/story/sia-chandelier-dance-tutorial-with-ryan-heffington

Heffington’s tutorial, instantly shipped my mind straight back to experimenting in an improvisation class at University, where our Contemporary teachers gave indications to which part of the body to move from or directed tasks to create movement and explore the discovered connection.

By simply removing the well known face of the music artists both NappyTabs and Heffington have become genius’ and choreographically created something very special and I salute them for this.

Emmy Award Winning, founders of Nappytabs have recently expanded their simplistic range by adding Ed Sheeran back into his latest video for ‘Thinking Out Loud’ focusing on the dance genre of Ballroom. The blissful choreographic piece dedicates all movement to the love story behind the music. We see no close up shots of Ed directly singing for the camera and the audiences are therefore focused and directed to concentrate on the intimate partnership and purely on the dancing.

Not a lot of men within the mainstream entertainment industry would be ballsy enough to take on the commitment given behind the creation of this video, especially when Ed’s usual partner consists of a wooden guitar. It takes a lot for a well in demand singer to learn the craft behind Ballroom as the audience understands a singers hefty schedule of interviews, touring, recording etc. and to not use a body double either…legendary.

I wonder if in the run up to 2015 more music artists will grasp this incredible concept and pull themselves out of the limelight? I also question if we will see a rise in young, up and coming, incredible dancers like Maddie Ziegler taking centre stage which is exactly where they deserve to be.

I sincerely hope these new outstanding idea’s behind a music video isn’t done on the basis to gain likes and views on YouTube. Although I do wonder how these dedicated dance videos can be transported onto live shows and tours.

Check these videos out and explore your thoughts for yourselves:

DON’T- http://youtu.be/iD2rhdFRehU

CHANDELIER- http://youtu.be/2vjPBrBU-TM

THINKING OUT LOUD- http://youtu.be/lp-EO5I60KA

T-Love x

Pulse on Tour Atlanta- ‘if you don’t ask you don’t get’

So for whatever reason.. Life distracted me and I didn’t get a chance to carry on sharing my experiences.. So I’m back to share all..

24.02.14

Last year i had an opportunity to intern for am American company called The Pulse on Tour where the best US choreographers such as Brian Friedman (the XFactor), Laurieanne Gibson (Lady GaGa, Katy Perry & Nicki Minaj’s choreographer), Gil Dulduhao (Janet Jackson). You can find out more about the company at http://www.thepulseontour.com
The Pulse is based in New York and tours America, presenting the event in different states nearly every week of the year.

I clocked that the Pulse on Tour where touring for the weekend in Atlanta February 8-9, 2014. Now to give you the low down..I had previously worked for the Pulse when they came over to London in 2013 and my dad lives in Atlanta and has done since I was 7 years old (I haven’t seen him since the summer of 2009). So, I thought long and hard to myself…and had a bit of a mad moment in emailing the Pulse team on the off chance they may need an extra helping hand for the Atlanta stint of their tour, with the intention to kill two birds in one stone- see my dad and dance my heart out in the US.

To my luck I had a great response from the Pulse, stating that they would be happy for me to help and that I would be able to take classes too. With the line up of choreographers consisting of the You Got Served’s choreographer, Dave Scott, Chris Judd, to the absolute dance god that is Brian Freidman. I just could not let an amazing opportunity drift past me and jumped for joy at the opportunity. I strongly believe in the saying ‘if you don’t ask you don’t get’.

So a month later I booked my flight and was ready to head to Atlanta. I had a warm welcome from my Dad and had the perfect weekend of dancing ahead of me.

The Pulse Atlanta was based in the Hyatt Regency Hotel and it was HUGE! After a small introduction and catch up with the team I was ready to go. The Morning started off with checking in dancers and dance schools followed by a brief introduction by the faculty of what to expect over the weekend.

My roles included stuffing feedback from the faculty to the dancers that had participated in their performance showcase the night before, answering questions behind the customer service desk and ensuring each class ran smoothly and kept to the time limits.

I jumped on the opportunity to go and take classes too so that morning I headed into Laurieanne’s class and LIVED. Laurieanne taught a piece by Alicia Keys and it was absolutely fantastic. The talent in the room was over whelming and when we split into groups and had the opportunity to witness others embracing the choreography it was utterly fascinating. The room was based around intermediates, advanced and pro dancers.

Just to summarise..GIL TAUGHT RHYTHM NATION and that is all you need to know 😁

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T-Love x

MOVE IT’s Dance Trends PR day!

On the 21st January the MOVE IT team ventured down to Pineapple Studios to hold a Dance Trends PR event, where we invited members of the press to have a brief taster of classes and dance styles on offer at MOVE IT 2014. Three styles were chosen to feature at this event which included Ballet Sculpt, Acoustic Tap and Commercial Jazz.

AJ O’Neill from Move PopUp Gym gave a snippet into how to work your body on the Ballet Barre through the use of pliés and other classic Ballet and Pilates techniques.

Acoustic Tap became our next trend where Kane D. Ricca from The Pulse Collective (presented by Beautiful Movements) started off with a foot tapping jam to give the press a sense of how you do not even need to own tap shoes to participate. Members of the p ress were ready up to join in on this acoustic tap demonstration taking turns to learn the basics to forming a pulse using both hands and feet.

Last but not least, Poison’s Christabelle Field introduced us to Commercial Jazz. Christabelle brought along the Poison ladies to give gave us all an early morning wakeup call with a Commercial choreographic extravaganza, which can be seen on http://instagram.com/moveitshow Christabelle taught choreography to Beyoncé’s ‘Grown Woman’ where the press had the opportunity to release their inner pop star, flipping their hair and rolling their bodies.

Dean McCullough (our Showcase Theatre Host) presented this press morning giving Q&A’s from each of the dance trend teachers. We even caught Dean displaying his ‘Fierceness’ during the Commercial Jazz class flipping his hair and striking a pose.

You can find our DANCE TRENDS video at:

http://www.youtube.com/user/MOVEITSHOW

T-Love x

A little introduction…

Hi there! My name is Katie but I am known to most as T-Love, I’m from Surrey and am an absolute sucker for dance! I have wanted to blog about my experiences within the dance industry for quite some time now and have found that this is absolutely the right time to start.

Having finished by degree in Dance at the University of Chichester and embarking on an internship role within the MOVE IT team, as a Programming Assistant, what better way to step into the dance world than starting my own blog?

As a dancer I wouldn’t say I have a particular style that I excel in, I have trained in a variety of styles over the years just like most dancers, however, since graduating I have never seen myself as a professional performer. Ever since I was little I can remember watching the backing dancers on Top of the Pops and recording music videos on my VHS recorder to learn the routines in my living room from 90’s pop stars such as N*Sync, Britney and The Spice Girls. My dream as a kid was to be a ‘backing dancer’.

After helping out back stage at some dance shows and events, signing up for numerous dance agencies and attending a few casting auditions that dream became a reality. Whether you want to call the roles I gained as a featured artist, background artist or just as a plain old extra- I got there in the end and I’m happy with my achievements (especially for someone who didn’t attend a vocational school and has no experience when it comes to singing or acting) I can now proudly say I have worked and danced in music videos for the likes of One Direction, The Saturdays, Lawson and Pixie Lott. Alongside dancing as an ‘extra’ in Streetdance 3D The Movie, the Inbetweeners and Streetdance 2 3D. Whilst having involvement within the dancing industry I’ve found Over the past few years that I have always been a huge networker and I strongly believe networking is the key to all forms of research within the dance world.

Landing these ‘extra’ roles sparked my dissertation topic ‘exploring the differences between the foundations of hip-hop dance and televised commercial street dance’. Which I will explain in further detail a little later on. Since the start of my dissertation research I have found that everything I have experienced within the dance world has come around full circle and somehow relates back to the wonderful dance event that is MOVE IT.

For those of you who do not know, MOVE IT is the UK’s biggest dance event that takes place over three days in March at Olympia, London with over 20,000 dance enthusiasts and 200 exhibitors taking part. You can find more information on http://www.moveitdance.co.uk

As a programming assistant for MOVE IT I felt writing a blog may become useful to those non-performers within the dance world that have a passion for PR, celebrity management, working on dance events or have come out of education and want to gain further insight into what it is like to intern. I’m hoping to blog at least once per week and relate each blog back to MOVE IT 🙂

Thanks for reading!

T-Love x