You know how you start on YouTube looking up a ballet step and then you end up down a weird alley of YouTube and don’t know how you got there? Or is that just me? Anyway, this time I ended up at drone videos of Chernobyl (what?), but at least I got this haunting song out of it. Happy Monday!
iTunes link to Promise Land by Hannah Miller
And here is the drone video of Chernobyl:
Loving this cover by Madilyn Bailey of the Maroon 5 song, Maps. I’ve been using it with my advanced tappers for a little combination. My tappers call this style “lyrical tap” – when you tap to a song that could traditionally be for contemporary or lyrical. I like that this song has a lot of pauses in it which are fun to fill with tap!
Grab this song on iTunes
Enjoy – happy Monday!
We interrupt this renovation saga with a playlist! I was updating my playlists for the fall and here are a few new songs my teen/college classes have been enjoying. I say “teens” because some of these songs have some questionable PG-13 subject matter, so use with caution (as far as I know, there are no swear words).
How has the beginning of the new dance year been for you? Found any new music? Share in the comments!
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Because I’m a huge music / stats nerd, I like to share my song choices from each year. It’s mostly for me to be able to look back and say “when did I use that song”? , but maybe someone will enjoy it too.
(Here’s 2013’s music list if you’re curious… and 2012… and 2011)
Our first half of our recital had a theme which was “dance inspired by literature or literary themes”, so you may notice that some of my songs are related to books.
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- A Little Party – Fergie: Senior large group tap, called this “At The Ball” and had the girls dress up in fancy dresses, gloves and masks as if they were at a ball out of a fairytale.
- Talk Nerdy To Me – The girls titled this dance! We mixed together three songs for this “nerd” dance: Cool Jerk, I Wish (Skee-Lo), and Boom! Shake the Room (whattup Fresh Prince!?). This was a lot of fun to put together…:P
- Royal Rebellion – another WAY overused song, but I mixed Royals (Lorde) with the instrumental half of Emily Well’s Symphony 2 and the Click Boom Boom (to attempt some originality) for a large group contemporary, ages 15-18
- Medicine – Daughter: large group contemporary, ages 15-18
- Youth – Daughter: senior contemporary duet, age 17
- Roar – cover by Tori Kelly & Scott Hoying: Tap solo, age 17 (YouTube link)
- Miss Otis Regrets – Bette Midler: Musical Theater Tap solo, age 14
- Eet – Regina Spektor: Contemporary solo, age 16 – can’t pass up a year without using a Regina Spektor song!
|“I’m Late” – white rabbit tap solo
Loved this one!
- I’m Late – Mary Martin: Tap solo, age 9, costumed as white rabbit
- Mr. Sandman – The Puppini Sisters: Tap trio, age 9
- Jungle Rhythm – The Jungle Book 2: Large group tap, age 5-6
- What’s New At The Zoo – Do Re Mi Soundtrack: Large group jazz, ages 5-6, hilarious song, costumed as different zoo animals. I only wish I had a little boy to costume as a zoo keeper
- Technologic – Daft Punk / Happy – C2C – Large group tap, ages 6-9. Entitled “Cookies”, they used Girl Scout cookie box props.
- Wizard Wheezes – Harry Potter soundtrack: large group tap, ages 7-10, called this “It’s A Mystery” and we used magnifying glasses – theme was supposed to be mystery books
- Hawaii 5-0 Mix – JiveBunny / Wipe Out – Surfaris: Large group jazz, ages 7-10. Used beach props (towels, beach ball, surf board)
- Define Dancing – WALL•E: Large group ballet, used for ages 6-8 and 7-10, entitled it “The Jellyfish Ballet” and used umbrella props
Can I get a show of hands for who used an “over popular” song this year and regretted it? What was your favorite song to choreograph to this year? Comment below.
Hope you’re all having a great summer!
Need some refreshments for your class playlists? Look no further – here are a few tunes to change up your playlist. I’m teaching mostly tap this summer, so my playlist tends to lean in that direction, but most of these songs could easily crossover into jazz / children’s hip hop / contemporary.
CHILDREN / TWEENS
– Call It Whatever (Bella Thorne)
– Really Don’t Care (Demi Lovato)
– Dar Um Jeito/We Will Find A Way (Avicii / Santana) – FIFA World Cup theme, a really good upbeat song – the whole album “One Love, One Rhythm” actually has a lot of fun “world” music
– Can You Do This (Aloe Blacc) – I’ve been using this as part of an improv combination – on the chorus we trade 8’s in tap class
– Classic (MKTO)
– Love Runs Out (One Republic) – its been all over the radio stations, but I love using this in tap class for warm-ups
– Basically I (Robert DeLong) – good warm-up / across the floor song
– On Top Of The World (Imagine Dragons) – a happy little song that makes me smile
– Luck (American Authors)
– Sing (Ed Sheeran)
– Problem (Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea) – another Top 40 rounds out my summer playlist update
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If you’re super crazy this time of year like I am, here is a short video to give you a break from the chaos and to just enjoy the dance and cool visual effects.
Talk about theater tech and dance coming together. So cool!
Hope you enjoyed 🙂
Another great instrumental track (see “Let It Go / Winter” mash-up from last month if you want another instrumental), here is “Torn” by Nathan Lanier. It’s very “epic soundtrack-y” – I’m using it this year for a modern class who requested a dance where half could be good and half could be evil. It seems to be suiting them well.
I believe it was used on SYTYCD a few seasons back, but haven’t seen it hit the competition circuit too hard yet, so I figured I’d share!
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