A look back at all of the songs I used for choreography this past year. This post is more or less for my own archival purposes, but maybe someone will find something new too!
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Want more? Check out 2012 and 2011‘s lists.
MODERN / CONTEMPORARY / BALLET
Apparently this was the year of Regina Spektor and combining songs! Oh well, onto the next year 🙂
What was your favorite music you choreographed or danced to this year?
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I am currently loving this song by Kerli “The Lucky Ones”.
I’ve been using it for tap and jazz warm-ups this week and its got a great beat (and no bad words!).
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|It’s hard to find a picture of new beginnings in January,but here is a “snow egg” in a nest that’s in front of our house.
With it being January, I wanted to make a playlist of songs about beginnings, fresh starts and the future.
Enjoy! (All of the links below open to iTunes)
I’m Beginning To See The Light – Maynard Ferguson – an instrumental jazzy tune with a big band feel, that would be nice for a classic jazz or adult tap class. There’s another great version by Michael Buble too!
At the Beginning – Anastasia (Music from the Motion Picture) – classic Disney love song – could work for a lyrical dance.
Starting Now – Ingrid Michaelson – I’ve used this quick-tempo song for combinations in modern, jazz and contemporary class. It starts out sounding acoustic and then builds to a full band, which is nice for a dynamic change.
Where Do I Even Start? – Morgan Taylor Reid – This song was used on Grey’s Anatomy, so you know it’s dramatic! I am a sucker for songs with piano harmony sections, so I liked this one right away. I would use it in lyrical or contemporary class or possibly for a lyrical ballet piece.
New Age – Marlon Roudette – Another nice lyrical / contemporary song.
Intro – xx – One of my teachers used this song last year for a jazz / contemporary piece. I could see it working for a modern dance as well. Has a great creepy beginning and then changes into an intense and building melody.
Wanna Be Starting Something – Michael Jackson – Doesn’t need explanation 🙂 There is also a newer version featuring Akon, but you gotta love classic Michael.
|This is what my front yard looks like in January…snow and ice!
New Soul – Yael Naïm – Ever since it was featured on that iTunes commercial, I hesitate to use it in class, but it would be such a fun song for a young modern class or for a solo.
Brand New – Emilie Mover – She has such a fun voice – this is a nice uplifting song with a country or bluegrass feel.
What other songs make you think of new beginnings and the New Year? Leave a comment!
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)
All links open in iTunes, unless otherwise noted
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LYRICAL / CONTEMPORARY
What was your favorite song that you danced to this year?
A pretty little song from Agnes Obel, Avenue has a music-box-esqe piano melody accompanied with her haunting vocals. I think it would make a nice group number for ballet, contemporary or modern.
And it’s in waltz time! Bonus!
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