NMM: New Year’s Playlist

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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.

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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!

Holiday Music Update

Our ‘happy elf’ at the studio!

Does your holiday playlist need some updating?

Here are a few songs that you can add into the usual rotation to spice things up a bit this year (links open in iTunes):

Jazzy Tunes

The Happy Elf – Harry Connick Jr.

Cool Yule – Louis Armstrong

I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Stuhr Remix) – Kay Starr

(Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With the Bag – Kay Starr

A Little More Mellow

The Christmas Waltz – She & Him

Christmas Lights – Coldplay

Snowfall – Ingrid Michaelson

Somewhere In My Memory – Home Alone Soundtrack (I actually recommend the entire Home Alone Soundtrack by John Williams for some fun music that has a Christmas-y feel to it – I especially love the track “Holiday Flight”“)

And a few more…

Hurry Home – The Good Lovelies

Bring Me Love – Marie Digby

Last Christmas – Taylor Swift

March of the Toys (Instrumental Version) –

From 2011:  Holiday Music Round-up

From 2010:  NMM: Holiday Music

NMM: Contemporary Song & Video Playlist

A few new songs that I’ve been loving in class and some videos to go along with them:

“Great” – Tony Robbinsfree 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:

2012 Song Selections

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

TAP

 

My magic hat!
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LYRICAL / CONTEMPORARY

OTHER

What was your favorite song that you danced to this year?

Love Playlists for Jazz & Hip Hop

Rainbow SpiritAnd we have come upon our last Valentine’s playlist!  Click here for previous weeks (tap, children, lyrical).

This week’s playlist is everything else I found that didn’t fit under certain heading – mostly for jazz or hip hop, with a little classical ballet mixed in at the end!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little series… have a great Valentine’s Day!

 

JAZZ
Stereo Love – Edward Maya ft Alicia Stereo Love - Ultra Weekend 6
Somebody To Love Remix – Justin Beiber ft. Usher Somebody to Love - My World 2.0 (Bonus Track Version)
Seasons of Love – RENT Seasons of Love - Rent (1996 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording]
One Love – David Guetta One Love (Deluxe Version) - David Guetta
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga Bad Romance - The Fame Monster (Deluxe Version)
Groove Is In The Heart – Dee Lite Groove Is In the Heart - The Very Best of Deee-Lite
Heartbeat – Enrique Inglesias Heartbeat (feat. Nicole Scherzinger) - Euphoria (Deluxe Edition)

HIP HOP
Love Lockdown – Kanye West Love Lockdown - 808s & Heartbreak (Bonus Video Version)
Countdown – Beyonce Countdown - 4
Good Feelin – Flo Rida Good Feeling - Good Feeling - Single
You Make Me Feel So – Cobra Starship You Make Me Feel... (feat. Sabi) - You Make Me Feel... (feat. Sabi) - Single
BALLET
DJ Got Us Fallin In Love – Sunny Choi DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love (feat. Pitbull) - DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love (feat. Pitbull) - Single
Love Story – Taylor Swift Love Story - Fearless
The Heart Asks Pleasure First – Ahn Trio Heart Asks Pleasure First - Ahn Trio: Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac

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.