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Shaping Sound proves they can dance!

photo courtesy Shaping Sound

Photo courtesy Shaping Sound

We had the pleasure of being invited to review the Shaping Sound show at the Flint Center last weekend. And seriously, what a show it was!! Along with a fully packed Flint Center and such a positive, excited energy from the entire crowd.

Shaping Sound, under the artistic direction of Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson, is an evocative collaboration by diverse artists who describe themselves as ‘visual musicians’, i.e. their dance gives shape and form to sound. If the names sound familiar it’s because the launch of their dance company was followed during the Oxygen show “All the Right Moves.” And the dancers and directors have been all over your television: “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Dancing With the Stars,”, “Glee,” “American Idol,” “The Voice” and “The 2013 Prime Time Emmy Awards.”  Besides choreographer Travis Wall, and SYTYCD Season One winner Nick Lazzarini, you will likely also remember dancers Ricky Ubeda, Kathryn McCormick and Jaimie Goodwin from SYTYCD. Unfortunately Goodwin had been injured and was not able to dance on Sunday, so most of the dances focused around the beautiful McCormick.

The first act was a lively set of dances, many arranged in a speakeasy type setting, set to music such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. No music list was provided so I’m going off my memory and what this writer recognized. The first dance, called “Broken in Chaos,” used full company but there was one standout right away: Mountain View’s native son Nick Lazzarini.  Let me clarify, I never saw SYTYCD Season One, I have no idea who Lazzarini is. But my eyes couldn’t leave him in that first set, and then my guest turned and told me it was Nick. So I was legitimately impressed. The final set of the first act, “Rouge Lounge”, was a really high energy dance with the entire group that had the audience screaming for more.

But after intermission is when things got REAL good.

The first set in Act Two is set to Bohemian Rhapsody, and it was FANTASTIC.

The men of Bohemian Rhapsody dance "Escape from Reality"

The men of Bohemian Rhapsody dance “Escape from Reality”

All the men stood under spotlights and I wish I had dance language to tell you what was going on, but the loud music along with the fantastic lighting effects, and the dancers themselves had the crowd going WILD.  I LOVED it.  I wish I had a video of that dance, I’d play it over and over and over again. No one in the audience will forget that number. And Act Two just kept on with the entertainment and we were really impressed that most of the crew were dancing the entire time. Those dancers have a LOT of energy.

But my second favorite dance was almost at the end, “The Light”, and it was a duet with Ricky Ubeda and Travis Wall. Excuse me if duet is not the correct word, I really don’t know the dance language. It was a beautiful contemporary dance showing so much love and affection and tenderness, it brought a big smile to my face even up to the very last movement. Thank you for that one, Ricky & Travis.

I’m so sorry that there was only the one show in the Bay Area, so you will have to wait until the next tour to see it. But if you are a fan of SYTYCD, or of dance itself, or you just look forward to a couple hours of great entertainment, I recommend watching out for their next tour and then getting tickets early – the entire Flint Center was sold out!

Good luck to all the dancers on the rest of their tour, and get well soon to Jaimie Goodwin!

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Burn the Floor sets the stage and our souls on fire

Before you start reading this review, before you pass Go, before you collect $200, go here to buy tickets for Burn the Floor before it is sold out.  It is only playing through this Sunday, September 26 and (SPOILER!) you do NOT want to miss this show.  Go ahead, I’ll wait…

The original Broadway cast in "Club la Narcisse" Photo credit: Joan Marcus

Now, on to the review!  Well, it was okay.  HAH! Totally kidding!  I hope all the Bay Area establishments that offer salsa and ballroom dancing had their telephones manned today because I am sure there was an overload of calls from people wanting lessons.

The original Broadway cast in "Ballroom Beat." Photo credit: Joan Marcus

This show is exciting, infectious, sexy, fun and mesmerizing.  From the intense opening percussion beats you can’t help but have a smile on your face as the stage is filled with gorgeous male and female dancers shakin’ what their mama gave ‘em.  Cast with many familiar (and extremely talented) dancers from “So You Think You Can Dance”, the men and women you will see on stage have won more than 100 Championship Dance Titles between them.  You don’t need to know Anya and Pasha or Ryan and Ashleigh from SYTYCD to enjoy Burn the Floor.  This show has been around for over a decade and most of the dancers started with it on Broadway, long before SYTYCD ever aired.  You don’t need to know the difference between the Foxtrot and the Paso Doble, or the Rumba and the Samba, but you’ll see all of those plus the Cha Cha, Swing, Lindy, Jive, Quickstep, Salsa, Tango and the Viennese Waltz.  You’ll enjoy music ranging from Irving Berlin to Duke Ellington to Brian Setzer to Steve Perry to Louis Prima, and many, many more.  You’ll see costumes ranging from the skimpiest fringed bikinis to the loveliest pink feathered gowns – but mostly you’ll see sexy, sexy, sexy.

On the other hand, if you are a fan of SYTYCD, you will get to see Ryan and Ashleigh, and Anya and Pasha, plus Karen Hauer and Janette Manrara, live on stage and dancing better than ever.  Other dancers come from SYTYCD seasons from around the world.  Even more exciting is the special guest appearance by Mary Murphy!  She stars in at least three of the dances, and you can see the joy and love for dance on her face as she glides and shimmies across the stage.

If you have never seen SYTYCD or DWTS, rest assured that this is not your ordinary ballroom dance.  In fact, rest quite a bit before the show, because you’ll be clapping, stomping, and dancing around in your seat through the entire two hours.  This is ballroom dancing at its best and most exciting, the sexiest dancing done by the sexiest dancers.  There is drama, romance, comedy and just plain fun, but there is never, ever, boring. (Click through! Keep reading!) (more…)

Thrill the World 2009

Thrill The WorldThere’s this little music video by Michael Jackson called “Thriller” – anyone heard of it?

Right. I know. You might be tired of hearing about all things Michael Jackson – but tough it out for one more. This one is a bit different. I promise.

Thrill The World is an “annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller.'” Annual – meaning it’s not something that just came up within the last few weeks. Matter of fact, they’ve been doing this since 2006 when 62 people danced and the first Guinness World Record was set for “Largest Thriller Dance”. The following year, 1,722 people in 52 cities danced Thriller at the exact same time, again breaking records. Last year that number went up to 4,179.

No doubt, this year may be the biggest number yet.

Luckily for us in San Jose, Grave Mistake will be putting together the workshops for San Jose/Silicon Valley dwellers to participate in the event. Learn the dance, some costume design, and makeup techniques.

Local time of the worldwide event will be Saturday, October 24th at 5:30pm PDT. Until then, join others in learning the steps at the first dance workshop on Sunday, August 2nd at 11:00am at John Mise Park in San Jose.

If it sound interesting to you, head on over to Grave Mistake and register!

Free Family Fun in Willow Glen – Dancin’ on the Avenues

Dancin' on the Avenue 2009 in Downtown Willow Glen Looking for something fun and free for the family this evening? The 14th Annual Dancin’ on the Avenue in downtown Willow Glen runs today (June 20) from 5-10pm. This is always a fun event with lots to do for everybody. There’s a kid’s court full of games,arts and crafts  and face painting and of course dancing and music just  for  kids too.

Lincoln Street shuts down from Minnesota to Willow, with three stages of music and dancing throughout the event. Entertainment ranges from bluegrass, jazz and salsa to classical ballet, hip hop and belly dance. Visit the official site for a  list of performers. Look for plenty of great food and drink, much from local vendors as well.

Last year 30,000 people attended the event, so parking fills up fast. If you decide to park in the neighborhood, please be respectful of the neighbors. Here’s a map of the event and suggestions on parking.

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