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.

 

International Dance Day

Happy International Dance Day!

I think that just like any sport an art form can require consistent discipline in developing your craft.  Every day is an opportunity to give your imagination a workout or find something that inspires you.

The video of rhythmic gymnastics featuring Boyanka Angelova from Bulgaria that has been shared across social media recently is a reminder of the great potential one can reach with practice within your realm of believability.

Her routine captivated my interest in finding out more about rhythmic gymnastics.  Rebecca Sereda states “it incorporates ballet, gymnastics, and dance, so we have to put all those things together. We train for so many hours, but people think we’re just dancing with ribbons on the carpet.”  To read that interview from buzzfeed click here.

Another blending of “ballet, gymnastics and dance” is showcased in this Macy’s Stars of dance performance on a “Dancing with the Stars” results show.  It seems that a trend in dance is requiring more and more athleticism and physical strength with the lifts and gymnastics being incorporated in.  This dance intertwines the beauty of art starring Tiler Peck, Nuttin’ But Stringz, Travis Wall and many recognizable faces from Shaping Sound and “SYTYCD.”