Connecting Generations: SYTYCD

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It was so refreshing to see J.T. Church and Robert Roldan’s jazz performance to “Stand In The Light” by Jordan Smith on last night So You Think You Can Dance: Next Generation!

There was a depth of emotion and maturity emanating from the youngest contestant who stood on the shoulders of his dancer mentor Robert and jumped in tandem. It was touching to experience the strength behind mentoring the next generation in support and encouragement to share their gifts and be who they are.

Connecting with someone younger or older than you can grant you a unique perspective that inspires you to grow. The beautiful relationship between all-star and contestant was highlighted in the acceptance of doing life together with the exchange of power and blessings.

I am so thankful for my mentors who have given me wings to fly and are leaving me a legacy of wisdom to help grow my character. Who can you mentor or what generation do you need to reach out and connect with?

For more dancing and great partnerships tune in to Mondays on Fox at 8pm.

These are the opening lyrics to “Stand In the Light”
Didn’t I tell you I hear what you say
Never look back as you’re walking away
Carry the music the memories and keep them inside
You laugh everyday
Don’t stop those tears from falling down

This is who I am inside
This is who I am I’m not gonna hide
Cause the greatest risk we’ll ever take is by far
To stand in the light and be seen as we are
So stand in the light and be seen as we are

With courage and kindness hold on to your faith
You get what you give and it’s never to late
To reach for the branch and climb up leaving sadness behind
You fight hard for love
We can never give enough

Have an awesome rest of the week where you can share and be yourself! Encourage someone to own who they are!

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National Tap Dance Day

Happy National Tap Dance Day!

Tap dance will always be my favorite dance style where you can create rhythmic music with your feet.  Some of the greats of the past such as Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, the Nicholas Brothers and Fred Astaire with Ginger Rogers etc. have paved the way for tap dancing today.  It was thanks to many of them such as Bojangles with Shirley Temple that I had fun tap dancing anywhere—down the escalator, up the stairs, down the market aisle, or up on furniture.

Tap dancing has evolved with the times to incorporate more than just tap dancing on furniture but on a construction set, on televised dancing competitions and in animation.  Dancers are able to incorporate the athleticism, style, technique and class of the past with modern twists.

Tap Dogs: One of my favorite tap groups taking the art to a new level.  Below are the original dogs.

So You Think You Can Dance: Nick Young, Matt Flint and Jess LeProtto perform a tap routine paying homage to the great tap dancers.

Happy Feet:  Animated film with penguins tapping.  The brilliant Savion Glover helped provide the cool moves.

Look out for the commercials that feature tap dancing too!

Shaping Sound Tour-Artistry in Motion

“You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you.  That’s where I’ll be waiting.” –J.M. Barrie

Shaping Sound’s live dancing tour kicked off this past weekend in Los Angeles.  The company emerges from the visions of Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson who may seem familiar from appearances on “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Dancing With the Stars” and the reality TV show based on them “All the Right Moves.”  The company has quickly become known for their fierce and fresh artistry intermingling contemporary with jazz, modern and hip-hop.

I had the opportunity to attend the red carpet premiere performance in Los Angeles.  It was nice to see the dance community come out to support them.  Familiar faces in the audience included Adam Shankman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Paula Abdul, Stacey Tookey, Heather Morris, Lance Bass and many SYTYCD dancers.  The cheers and thunderous applause from family, friends and industry professionals made the performance even more special.

The dancers are visual musicians bursting with movement quality that hooks into love existing between being asleep and awake.  The show cleverly sticks to this theme by giving each member of the company a character or title to embody.  For instance Nick is the Wayward, Travis is the Past, Teddy is the One, and Kyle the Beloved.

Travis’s signature dance phrases or sequences of twists, lifts and turns are made even better with the full use of the stage and light direction.  The lights and moveable props add levels that highlight every pulsating tick of the head to the collapsed releases.

Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images

The entire show has beauty with seamless transitions.  Jamie Goodwin as the Dreamer truly fulfills her role with the resistance filled extensions and emotion.  The company breathes as one making moments shine for the pure communication with each other and the music.

There are upbeat and powerful songs used such as “Sing, Sing, Sing” or “Bohemian Rhapsody” with more haunting melodies.  The show finds the perfect pacing and story vehicle to take you on their journey.

Executive Producer, Gil Stroming from Break the Floor Productions has delivered explosive entertainment proving why he is a leading dance entrepreneur.

Catch the rest of the tour coming through the United States.  Click here.