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The Sidekick dance is the signature dance in Natasha's latest single "Sidekick."

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Region of origin: 
United States 


Popularized by: 
Natasha

Shoulder Lean is both a dance and song created by Young Dro. As seen in the song's music video, the moves of this dance are described by the lyrics: "Let me see ya bounce right to left n let ya shoulder lean (let cha shoulder lean, jus let ya shoulder lean); ay get it right 2 step, and let ya shoulder lean (let ya shoulder lean, jus let ya shoulder lean)".

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Originator: 
Young Dro 

Region of origin: 
Atlanta

Popularized by: 
Young Dro

9:26 PM

art·istry
(ärt is trē)
noun
artistic quality, ability, or work

The above is Webster’s definition of artistry. It is accurate and concise but doesn’t tell us much about this term which is thrown about a lot in dance.

My Perspective

Technical polish and accuracy are spoken of sometimes as if they are on one side of a coin while artistry, which is considered to be the “soul” in dance, is on the other. Technical prowess usually plays a big part in our perception of great artistry, however. Therefore, I like to think of artistry in dance as the whole picture, of which technique and “soul” are important and perhaps equal pieces. Someone showing superb artistry, then, would be a dancer that has worked hard to put all of the puzzle pieces together into a dazzling picture.

How does one display artistry in dance?

No two dancers are alike. The pieces of a great dancer’s puzzle fit well together because they have spent much time and energy shaping each piece. Certain skills or strengths will stand out above the others, meaning a dancer might be known for displaying prowess in a particular area but, generally, great dancers develop outstanding skill in all of the following areas:
  • Technical ability or virtuosity (impressive skills),

  • Musicality (ability to connect with the music, interpret it, phrase and add dynamics to movement in relationship to the music in a way that is unique or interesting),

  • Acting ability (a talent for displaying emotion, depth of character, or communicating intent/motivation)

  • Performance (being engaged in the movement, the expression, or emotion of the piece, check out these seven secrets of super performers)

  • Movement quality (making smooth transitions between movements/steps, attacking sharp/strong movements or exhibiting control with smooth or sustained movements, etc.)

  • Creativity (taking the choreography in and then making it your own, an expression of yourself).

Some of these abilities will come more naturally to a particular dancer and some will require additional attention to achieve. Not all dancers will become great dancers, but all dancers – young, old, beginning, advanced, career-minded, or recreational – can strive to develop artistry in dance.

How can I develop artistry in dance?

Perhaps your teacher has asked to see more artistry in your dancing. Or perhaps you are looking for ways to discover what this term means. Artistry is rarely something one can just ‘do’ as if they were turning on a light switch. Artistry is cultivated, encouraged, fostered, emphasized, and grown. The environment at your studio, the outlook of your teachers, even the support you receive at home will play a vital role in helping you develop artistry in dance. There are ways that you can take that next step toward becoming a dance artist, however.
  1. Watch dance professionals! You can learn so much from watching those that are at the top of their field. Study their performances and ask yourself what specifically makes their performance special or spectacular. At first, it may be hard to get beyond being awed by impressive choreography or wishing you had what they have, but try to watch closely whenever you have the opportunity to see a pro at work.

  2. Be engaged in your dance classes. Dance class isn’t always exciting. It is sometimes tedious work that requires diligence and discipline, often without immediate result or reward. Make the most of your classes, however, by practicing your performance skills while you are there – it can actually improve your technique. Dance with energy and with attention to details like head, focus, arms, toes, etc. Dance mindfully, thinking about how or why you are practicing a certain step, and how you might improve it on your own – don’t wait for the teacher to tell or remind you. Dance purposefully, moving with confidence, going for it even when you’re unsure, and remaining alert and focused. No one will do these things all the time but doing them most of the time is important to improving your skills, which in turn develop artistry.

  3. Find opportunities to be creative (in dance or otherwise). I’ve found that improvising and creating movement allows a performer to explore and experiment with a wider range/variety of movements and movement qualities. It can definitely help to have guidance in this so that you are pushed to discover new things, however, I think any creative experience (choreographing, painting, writing, acting) is worthwhile and expands a performer’s horizons.

  4. Ask questions. Not only of your teacher, who is there to help you and usually happy to give specific ways you can improve or to help you discover and define great artistry but, ask questions of everyone, including yourself. Become an investigator. Great artists are typically hungry for knowledge and curious about their art.

Originating in the 1980s, the Running Man is a dance that is mime-like in its implementation. To perform the dance, you simply act as if you are running in place while sliding your feet. This series of steps and slides creates the illusion of a person running, hence the name Running Man.

To correctly perform this dance and give the illusion of a ‘Running Man”, do the following:

Step your left foot forward and then slide it back.

Immediately step your right foot forward and then slide it back.

Repeat these motions rapidly to increase the illusion.

Add a bending movement of the arms forward and backward for added effect.

The dance began as an American adaptation of the Melbourne Shuffle dance, which hails from the Australia underground dance scene of the 1980s. The Running Man lost popularity in the 1990s, but regained some notoriety during the early 2000s. Even Britney Spears performed the Running Many during her 2007 “M+M’s: Concerts From the HOB Tour”. It is now considered just yet another faddish dance that was once a dance craze.

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Originator:
Tamechi 


Region of origin: 
North Carolina 

Popularized by: 
Tamechi

Originated by Charles “Robot” Washington in the late 1960s, the Robot is an illusionary dance style that highly resembles Popping. The movements of the dance are highly rigid, very sharp, and utilize Locking techniques. Every movement in the dance begins and ends with a lock, to give the impression of motors starting and stopping, just as an old Science Fiction movie robot would perform if dancing.

The dancer’s must keep their posture extremely rigid at all times. The similarities between the Robot and Popping, Locking, and Liquid Dancing can be confusing for many observers. The Robot is only used to refer to the technique of imitating a humanoid robot dancing.

Some performances include imitations of malfunctioning or broken robots, as well. To create this illusion, the dancer utilizes more jerking movements and freezing movements. A very characteristic move is that of holding the upper arm parallel to the floor while the forearm swings back and forth, as if broken.

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Originator:
Charles "Robot" Washington, Robot Brothers

Popularized by:
Michael Jackson

9:13 PM
Have fun and be creative when making your Zombie costume for Thrill The World. Try to view the original Thriller video to observe the zombies’ costumes, hair, make-up and facial expressions for more ideas.

Prepare your costume PRIOR to arriving to Thrill The World.
There will not be enough time to cut and dirty your costume on site!



TIPS FOR YOUR ZOMBIE COSTUME :
1. Go to thrift shops or rummage your parents’ closets.
2. Cover as much of your body as possible with clothing since this will require less zombie make-up.
3. Wear dark coloured, burial clothing. Unless you were killed/ died somewhere where you did not receive a proper burial in a suit and coffin.
4. Old fashioned, unflattering outfits are most effective. Or you can also be a dead celebrity!
5. Add dirt, marks, and torn holes to your costume. Use dirt, black marker, black/brown shoe polish. Cut or tear your costume with a scissor, knife, or run over your suit with a car to leave tire tracks!!
6. Appear as though you’ve risen from the dead.
7. Wear comfortable, dark shoes that you can dance in for a few hours. Heels? Not so much.
8. Add baby powder to your clothes and hair to appear dusty.

TIPS FOR YOUR ZOMBIE MAKE-UP & HAIR:
You will have a short amount of time to do your costume, hair, make-up and eat before we perform.

• Ensure that your make-up does not obstruct your vision. No masks. Watch out for fake blood dripping into your eyes, especially if you wear contact lenses.
• For your hair: hairspray it up, tease it, wear a wig, go crazy!
• Zombie drool: In a plastic cup, mix corn syrup and red/blue/green food dye. Food dye directly in your mouth looks cool, but it MAY stain dental work.
• Add baby powder to your hair to look gray or on to your clothes to look dusty. Do NOT get it on the floor because it makes the floor slippery = safety hazard.
• For makeup: use theatrical makeup, or regular makeup: dark eyeshadows under your eyes, red lipstick for “blood”, pale foundation, eyeliners, fake blood.
• If using a lot of makeup, make sure to moisturize well first, as this will make removal of makeup easier, and will make sure your skin isn’t damaged.
• Bring baby wipes and/or facewash, small towel, and change of clothes, like fresh socks for after the show.

BRING WITH YOU TO THE EVENT:

• Costume & shoes
• Make-up
• A mirror
• Face wash, towel, baby wipes
• Water bottle & snack/ lunch
• A change of clothes
• Your Camera!
• A map of how to get to venue
• Completed Registration Form

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