New Music Monday: Tap Playlist

Tap shoesAs I was getting ready to teach class tonight, I thought to myself, I haven’t done a tap playlist in a while…  so here you go!  Some old tunes, some new tunes, a little bit of everything.

Warm-Up

 

Soft Shoe-type Combinations (laid back summer style)

  • Ok, It’s Alright With Me – Eric Hutchinson
  • I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  • Better Together – Jack Johnson

Fast Jazz & Big Band

  • My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now – Dirty Dozen Brass Band
  • Swing Set – Jurassic 5  
  • Life Goes To A Party – Benny Goodman 
  • Shame, Shame, Shame – Roomful of Blues

Rock Star Camp Day 5: Performance

See more about our camps here – Rock Star Theme Camp.

Day #5 Set List

  • Warm-Up:  Creative Movement in center & across the floor
  • Class Time:  Practice all dances
  • Craft Time:  Giant Tickets / Programs
  • Snack
  • Class Time:  Dress Rehearsal
  • Performance!

On the last day of camp we put on an impromptu performance in the studio for family and friends.  Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera for the final day of camp, but I will try to describe everything as best I can.

Main Craft: Giant Ticket / Programs
You Will Need:
– 11 x 14 Construction Paper
– Crayons

We cut out rounded shapes in the corners to make the tickets look more “ticket-ty”.  The dancers decorated them for their audience.

Ideas for what to put on tickets: “Admit One”  “Dance Camp”   “Rock Star Camp”
Ideas for back of ticket (program):  Cast list, show order, message to audience

As our audience members came into the studio, our dancers went out and presented them with their ticket / programs.

Showtime Playlist!
We ended up with a great group of students who were hungry for choreography and learning, so we learned eight little combinations, which was so much fun!  We started off with our four tap songs and then took a quick break to change our shoes.  Then we finished up the show with our jazz & creative movement routines.

Rock This Town by Stray Cats
Old Time Rock and Roll by Bob Seger
Rock Around the Clock by Bill Hailey & The Comets
We Built This City by Starship

QUICK BREAK

Baby I’m a Star by Prince 

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah by Paula Abdul

Itsy Bitsy Spider by Little Richard

Rock Star by Hannah Montana

We had a great week and I hope you enjoyed coming along with us!

SYTYCD Season 9: Best Music (So Far)

Audition from Season 9, Episode 2

Dance recital’s over, summer classes haven’t started yet.. so that means its So You Think You Can Dance season!  Yippee!

Aside from the dancing, my favorite part is the fantastic music finds that come out of each episode.  The only downside is you can expect to hear some of these songs getting overplayed on the competition circuit next year.  But for summer, who cares?  They are deliciously good and I love the variety of genres.

Here are my favorites so far.  I know there’s only been three episodes, but can you believe that between the three episodes there’s been over 100 songs?  Some are great to dance to, but others are just fun to listen to in the car and at home!

Hot Artists so far:  PP Music (UK), James Dooley and District 78 already seem really popular choice, and have been used in all three episodes.

Great Songs To Dance To (links open in iTunes)

Candyland – CocoRosie: Just enough creepiness mixed in with a lovely melody to make something unique and interesting

Guardians At the Gate – Audiomachine:  There seems to be a lot of “cinematic” or soundtrack music this year.  Its very powerful music and I love this particular piece.  It’s also nice for a solo as its only 2 minutes and 12 seconds long.  For a less intense instrumental, check out Moving Cities by Faze Action

Invaderz – Excision & Datsik:  Such a cool electronic song, full of sound effects that are just begging to be danced to.

Mouvement Introductif – Yann Tiersen:  A beautiful classical piece of music.

It’s Good to See You Again – Scott Alan:  I might just love this song because I loved the audition that went along with it.  It was a very touching moment in the show, and it totally got me tearing up.

Non je ne regrette rien – Edith Piaf:  Another great audition – I loved this choice of music as well. Bonus points if you can name a movie this song is used in!

Here’s the video of that last song’s audition:

Great Songs Just To Listen To

So High – LA-EX

Heavy Cross – Gossip

D-D Dance – The Concept

The Only Place – Best Coast

Looking for another song you heard on SYTYCD, but don’t see it here?  

Check out some of these sites – they are the most comprehensive places I’ve found to look for the SYTYCD music:

Pure SYTYCD

Tunefind.com

Your Daily Dance

and of course: FOX SYTYCD Official site

NMM: Remixes & Mash-Ups

Mash-up and remixes are always a fun way to spice up your playlist with something your students might not have heard before!  Here are a few of my current favorites:

1) Check out this remix from AX Mashup: Avicii vs. Gotye – Levels Somebody That I Used To Know (Find more mash-ups by AX on SoundCloud) – Would be good for warm-up

2) Party Ben’s Mash-up of “Tightrope” & “These Boots Are Made For Walkin” – I like this fun take on this song.  I used “Tightrope” last year for my tap class, but this version is definitely “cooler”

3) Norwegian Recycling mash-up of Coldplay, Elton John, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, DJ Sammy & David Guetta – I just love how he manages to seamlessly blend six artists together… this man is gifted!

Happy listening!

How To Find Clean Hip Hop Music for Kids

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.Over the past ten years, hip hop classes at our studio have exploded in popularity. We offer hip hop starting with age six through adult.  I know it can be a struggle to find fun, age-appropriate hip hop music when the majority of the songs on the radio are about sex, drinking or profanity.

Looking over the playlist selection on this blog, I noticed that I am slacking in the hip hop department.  While I teach a variety of genres, hip hop is most definitely not one of them.  I can shim sham all day and pirouette with the best of them, but I cannot pop or lock (although it doesn’t stop me from trying!).

Luckily, I have a bunch of great hip hop instructors at my studio who do try to find age-appropriate music that their students love.

Here are their suggestions for finding appropriate music for class (links open in iTunes – The Dance Buzz is a proud iTunes affiliate):

1.  Go ‘Old School’ for the younger classes!

To my dismay, apparently the following songs are now considered “old school” by one of my hip hop teachers (she’s 20-something).  In any case – look to the past for some fun hip hop songs (although I still recommend checking out the lyrics on older tunes):

Shake It – Aaron Carter
Let’s Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas
U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer
Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) – Michael Jackson

2.  Look for young hip hop artists

Ke$ha and Kanye are all grown up and rapping about grown-up subjects.  Instead, look for pint-size rappers whose parent won’t let them use four-letter words in their lyrics.  The Disney tween stars and starlets also fall under this category.

Suggested Artists:  Lil’ Romeo, Willow Smith, China Anne McClain (A.N.T. Farm), Keke Palmer

Lip Gloss – Lil’ Mama
My Baby – Lil’ Romeo
Countdown – Victorious
We Belong to the Music (feat. Miley Cyrus) – Timbaland

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New Music Mondays: Someone Un-Like You

I never thought I’d say this, but I am tired of Adele!

Hey guys!  It’s a turning table!

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!

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

Love Playlist for Children & Tweens

Pink Sweet Hearts
This playlist is super sweet!

Until Valentine’s Day, I’ll be doing a different “Love” themed playlist every Monday. (See previous here).

This week’s playlist is for children and tween classes.

Enjoy!

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Tween songs are further down on the playlist.

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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

New Music Monday: Tap Solo Songs!

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Do you have a student who can't keep his or her feet from flying?  Try these super-quick songs:

  • "Airmail Special" (Nikki Yanofsky) iTunes Live from Montreal - Nikki Yanofsky
  • "Bumble Boogie" (Freddie Martin) Bumble Boogie - Big Band Bash



More Jazz Tunes

  • "Frim Fram Sauce" (Diana Krall) Frim Fram Sauce - The Very Best of Diana Krall – A great soft shoe song – Diana Krall's voice and the slow jazz music are perfectly suited for some tapping on top.  Just make sure your soloist has the stage presence to pull off this slower number.
  • "This Can't Be Love" (Stacey Kent) In Love Again - Stacey Kent – Enjoy Diana Krall?  Check out Stacey Kent for some other lovely tappable female jazz vocals.
  • "Steppin' Out" (Tony Bennett) Steppin' Out With My Baby - The Ultimate Tony Bennett– perfect for a male tap solo



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