Just discovered this haunting piano cover of the Pixies tune “Where Is My Mind” by Maxence Cyrin.
And bonus: at 2 minutes 47 seconds… you don’t even have to cut it!
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A few new songs that I’ve been loving in class and some videos to go along with them:
“Great” – Tony Robbins – free download here – this is the song from the Purina dog commercial that might have made you cry. I think it would make a nice contemporary dance:
Try – P!nk – I didn’t know she was such an awesome dancer – check out the video:
And my final song / video combo is:
Capital Cities – Safe And Sound – you could use this techno song for warm-ups in jazz or tap, but I just love this fan-made video. Its a mash-up of historical dance moves juxtaposed with war images. I dig the old dance moves against the song:
It been a while since I’ve done a New Music Monday post, so I thought I’d share my updated music from my contemporary classes.
I’m teaching a beginning contemporary class this year of ages 10-14, instead of just my usual 15 and up class, so it has been a challenge to find some music that is relatable to a 10-year old. In fact, when I tried playing the slower, lyrical-type music for the younger class, they asked if I had any faster or “fun” music.
So far (third week in), I have found a balance of “fun” and “serious” music keeps everyone happy – we are working on emotions in combinations, but then we keep it more upbeat during technique portions. What do you find works best for this age group?
Songs For Contemporary Combinations
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Songs For Contemporary Class – warm-up, across the floor
Now that the competitions and recitals are over, I’d thought I’d share my list of songs I used this past year for choreography. (Here is 2011 in case you’re curious)
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LYRICAL / CONTEMPORARY
What was your favorite song that you danced to this year?
One of my graduating seniors picked this song for her senior solo this year and I can’t get enough of this song!
“Home” is a beautiful song and Gabrielle Aplin has such a unique-sounding voice, although she does remind me of Ellie Goulding. Grab the song on iTunes:
I never thought I’d say this, but I am tired of Adele!
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It’s mid-way through competition season for us and Adele has already won “most overplayed artist at competition” by a landslide. I have seen Turning Tables Turning Tables as a solo, a duet, a small group, a large group, with a table, with twelve tables, with no tables (and my studio is guilty of using it too). “Set Fire to the RainSet Fire To The Rain“, “Rumour Has ItRumour Has It” and “Someone Like YouSomeone Like You” have also been well represented.
So if you’re like me and want a change of pace, here are a few current songs I’ve been using in contemporary and jazz class lately that are not Adele. All links open in iTunes
Paradise – Coldplay (LINK) – I love the build-up in the beginning. My senior class really get into this one when the bass comes in around 0:34. I used it for across the floor and center combos with improv.
Night Drop – Act of Valor (Night Drop – Act of Valor) – The whole soundtrack is great for improv work and working on emotions – I especially like this track.
Keep Your Head Up – Ben Howard Keep Your Head Up – Ben Howard – I like this for warm-ups that start slowly and end up in big movements and small jumps (song picks up around 1:13). Somehow the refrain of “keep your head up, keep your heart strong” keeps me going 🙂
Black Sheep – Gin Wigmore – couldn’t find this one on iTunes – here it is on YouTube. Love this for a sassy jazz combo. **Warning it does use the word “h-e-double-hockey-sticks word” (h*ll) in the bridge, so may not be appropriate for your classes.
Holy Moses – Washington Holy Moses – Washington – This is a fun one for warm-ups. I have been using this song in tap class too.
Riverside – Agnes Obel Riverside – Agnes Obel – I love this haunting song – would work nicely for a small group. And it’s in 6/8 time… bonus!
Until Valentine’s Day, I’ll be doing a different “Love” themed playlist every Monday. This week’s playlist is geared towards lyrical or contemporary dancers. After I made the playlist, I realized it tended to go to the darker side of love – the heartache or wanting. All the better to ’emote’ with, I guess! As my students would say, “this song needs an angsty lyrical face.”
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Love Remains The Same – Gavin Rossdale – an uplifting song
My Love – Sia – hauntingly beautiful
She Is Love – Parachute – simple and soft acoustic guitar
A Little More of You – Ashley Chambliss – mellow
Like You Do – Angel Taylor – very “pop” and bubbly
I Will Show You Love – Kendall Payne – updated love ballad
Be Be Your Love – Rachael Yamagata – 3/4 rhythm, bluesy
The Book of Love – Peter Gabriel – beautiful song for all ages
Thinking About You – The Big Scary – slow and steadily tugging on your heartstrings
Fools In Love – Inara George – another 3/4 time! Lamenting about fools in love
Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri – no need for description, there’s a reason it’s overplayed…
Piece of My Heart – Keri Noble – song about leaving a piece of yourself behind – I used this as a duet for sisters when one of them was a high school senior
I love this song – I heard it on Grey’s Anatomy a few months ago and needed to have it immediately! I finally found out that it is Katie Herzig’s “Lost and Found” from her album “The Waking Sleep” that came out in September 2011. Grab the song on iTunes here:
I’ve been using it in my jazz & contemporary warm-ups and cool downs. The beginning starts off slowly, but make sure you listen through until about 2:10 when the chorus starts in and the song really starts to take off… it has such an uplifting feeling! My teens really enjoyed this song and the lyrics are PG enough to use for younger students as well.
This one’s been around for a while, but I recently re-discovered it in my playlists.
Today’s New Music Monday song is an acoustic cover of Hey Ya by Obadiah Parker
I like to use this song in my modern and contemporary classes and also for a cool-down in jazz class. The only problem is for the first few times you play it, the kids will be concentrating on figuring out why it sounds so familiar. I know I was!
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