Today’s New Music Monday tune is Jungle by Australian singer Emma Louise. Enjoy!
I’ve been using the “TapeGun” remix below for my jazz and contemporary classes, which you can download here (for free!). I like the intro of this remix and that it is a little faster than the original. We used it for a combination that only used the first minute or so. After the chorus it gets into the more “remixed” feeling and dubstep, which doesn’t inspire my lyrical-leaning choreography, but you might like it!
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I prefer bare feet for my modern and contemporary classes, but lately my students have been wearing FootUndeez or Dance Paws (the ones with stripes, polka dots, sparkles, etc) to class. I feel like an old lady but I tell them “when I was your age, those shoes didn’t exist and we toughened our feet by dancing barefoot. We we proud of our callouses”. In college, we were not allowed to wear them and quickly adapted to dancing on marley barefoot.
Then my students laugh at me and pull on their rainbow colored modern “shoe” over their tender, un-calloused feet. So here’s my question to you, dear reader:
What do YOU wear on your feet to modern / lyrical class?
Or if you’re a teacher – what do you allow your students to wear in class? For performance?
If you’re not sure of what I’m talking about, they are little shoes that slip on over your toes and just over the ball of your foot to reduce friction and help with turns.
As a teacher, I allow my recreational students to wear them in class and in recital, but they must be skin-toned for the recital. And they must make a choice – whatever they plan to wear for the show, they must wear for class.
For my competitive students, I do not allow the to wear them for modern dances and for lyrical, I make a decision on the day of competition based on the surface of the stage. For slippery stages, they go barefoot.
As a dancer, I don’t like the feeling of things between my toes while I dance. I have a wide foot and the “Pawz” and “FootUndeez” cut off the circulation to my pinkie toe – does anyone else have that problem? I think I might like the half-ballet shoe (top row, middle), but for now I will remain shoeless.
Short music post today – just wanted to share three songs I’ve been loving lately!
Titanium (David Guetta feat. Sia) – My go-to warm up songs for my older students. I’ve been using this in tap and jazz classes as it has a nice steady beat and hasn’t been overplayed on the radio yet.
Timshel (Mumford & Sons) – This is a hauntingly beautiful piece that I’ve been using in my lyrical/contemporary classes. Easy to put emotion into it.
I’m In Here Piano/Vocal Version (Sia) – I can’t help it – I love Sia’s voice. You might recognize her from “Breathe Me” a few years ago. I just love the different sound she has. I’ve been using this song in lyrical and jazz class for a cool down.
Now that the studio is open and I’m getting back into the swing of things, I updated some of my playlists for class and wanted to share my favorite new songs with you! Most of these are from the Top 40 and some are old favorites, but hopefully they might inspire you or give you something new for the season!
Not offered on iTunes:
Pumped Up Kicks (RLYNX Remix) – Foster The People
Party On The Floor – DJ Earworm Remix – check out his other remixes too!
Just wanted to jot down my song list from this past year for posterity! (Or so I can look it up at a later time when I can’t remember what that song was I used way back when…)
All links open in iTunes, unless otherwise noted
- Ruby Blue – Roisin Murphy: Large group jazz, ages 14-18
- Firework (cover) – Sunny Choi: Small group ballet, ages 13-15 (YouTube link)
- Crabbuckit – K-OS / Tightrope – Janelle Monae: Large group tap, age 14-17
- Who’s To Say – Vanessa Carlton: Large group lyrical, age 12-14
- Live It Up – Group 1 Crew: Large group jazz, ages 11-13
- Honky Tonk Badonkadonk – Trace Adkins: Large group tap, ages 11-13, dressed up as old people…it’s better if you don’t ask
- Sister Kate – The Ditty Bops: Small group tap, ages 10-12
- Boogie Shoes – KC & The Sunshine Band: Small group jazz, ages 8-10, with red sequin sneakers of course!
- Waka Waka – Shakira: Large group modern, ages 6-9
- Ma Belle Evangeline – Princess & Frog: Large group ballet, ages 6-8
- Happy Feet – Joanie Bartels: Small group tap, ages 6-7
- Funkytown – The Chipmunks: Large group jazz, ages 6-7
- Trickle Trickle – The Manhattan Transfer: Large group tap, ages 6-7
- Animal Crackers In My Soup – Shirley Temple: Small group tap, ages 4-5
- Gravity – Sara Bareilles: Contemporary solo, age 18
- Bubbly – Colbie Caillat: Tap solo, age 17
- Stuck Like Glue – Sugarland: Tap solo, age 16
- I Want You Back – Colbie Caillat: Tap solo, age 15 (YouTube link)
And my favorite dance for the year: