NMM: Home – Grace Aplin

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: Home - EP - Gabrielle Aplin

Love Playlist for Lyrical / Contemporary Class

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

NMM: Katie Herzig – Lost & Found

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: Lost and Found - The Waking Sleep

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.

NMM: Hey Ya – Obidiah Parker

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 Hey Ya - Obadiah Parker Live 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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NMM: Jungle – Emma Louise

Today’s New Music Monday tune is Jungle Jungle - Full Hearts and Empty Rooms - EP 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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New Music Monday: Currently Loving…

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.

Playlist Update for Fall 2011

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!

2011 Song Selections

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…)

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And my favorite dance for the year:

New Music Mondays: Contemporary Playlist, Part 2

The term “contemporary dance” has evolved over the past few years to encompass a variety of dance genres. On TV shows like “So You Think You Can Dance”, it overlaps into lyrical, modern, ballet and jazz. Here is a playlist attempting the span the reaches of contemporary dance. Leaning more ballet/lyrical… check out the Slow and Delicate songs. Or pick up the pace for some jazzier selections. Miss your lyrical face? Bring on the angst!

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Soft and Delicate
Lighthouse – Hope
Breakable – Ingrid Michaelson (Bonus: 3/4 Time!) Breakable - Girls and Boys
Glitter In The Air – Pink Glitter In the Air - Funhouse (Deluxe Version)

Picking Up The Pace
Move You – Anya Marina Move You [SSSPII] - Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II
Help I’m Alive – Metric Help I'm Alive - Fantasies
Rebellion (Lies) – The Arcade Fire Rebellion (Lies) - Funeral

A Bit Angsty
Pitter-Pat – Erin McCarley Pitter-Pat - Love, Save the Empty (Bonus Track Version)
Nicest Thing – Kate Nash Nicest Thing - Made of Bricks (Bonus Track Version)
Broken – Seether ft. Amy Lee Broken (feat. Amy Lee) - The Punisher (Original Soundtrack)

Off The Wall & Slightly Exotic
Hi – Psapp Hi - The Only Thing I Ever Wanted
Drumming Song – Florence & The Machine Drumming Song - Lungs
Amazon – M.I.A. Amazon - Arular

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New Music Mondays: Contemporary Playlist

Contemporary dance has evolved over the years to encompass a variety of dance genres. It seems to overlap into lyrical, modern, ballet and jazz. Here is a playlist attempting the span the reaches of contemporary. Leaning more ballet/lyrical? Checkout the Slow and Delicate songs. Feeling jazz? Pick up the pace then. Miss your lyrical face? Bring on the angst!

Slow and Delicate
She is Love – Parachute She Is Love - Losing Sleep (Bonus Track Version)
Fondu au Noir – Couer du Pirate (Bonus! Its in 3/4 time) Fondu au noir - Cœur de pirate
Hang With Me (Acoustic) – Robyn Hang With Me (Acoustic) - Body Talk, Pt. 1

Picking Up The Pace
Cosmic Love – Florence & The Machines Cosmic Love - Lungs
Bring Night – Sia Bring Night - We Are Born
Heartbeat – Enrique Inglesias ft. Nicole Sherzinger Heartbeat (feat. Nicole Scherzinger) - Euphoria (Deluxe Edition)

A Bit Angsty
Decode (Piano Interpretation) – Paramore Decode (Tribute to Twilight) - Piano Versions of Popular Film Music
Where I Stood – Missy Higgins Where I Stood - On a Clear Night
Stand Still Look Pretty – The Wreckers Stand Still, Look Pretty - Stand Still, Look Pretty

Off The Wall
Veins – Charlotte Martin Veins - Veins
Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs Heads Will Roll - It's Blitz! (Deluxe Edition)
Paradise Circus – Massive Attack Paradise Circus - Heligoland

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