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The A-to-Z of dance

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 07, 2014

Super-cool video from i-D of dance styles for each letter of the alphabet.

(via @Han)

Tractor square dancing

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 31, 2014

Tractor Square Dancing

Nothing is more American than tractor square dancing.

The act is exactly what it sounds like. Four seated couples maneuver vintage tractors into daisy chains and do-si-dos in front of a live audience. It would be hard to squeeze more nostalgia into a performance that combines made-in-America machines with our “National Folk Dance.”

Click through and check out the embedded video…that is some damn fine precision tractor driving.

Amazing new robot dances to dubstep

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 01, 2013

It’s not up on their web site or YouTube yet, but I’m pretty sure this is a prototype of a new dancing robot built by Boston Dynamics, makers of the Big Dog, Cheetah, and Petman robots.

Looks similar to Atlas or Petman, but way more advanced…how did they pack all of the circuitry and power supplies into such a small yet realistic-looking housing? (via devour)

How to learn how to dance in a year

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 10, 2013

Karen Cheng learned to dance in a year. Here’s a video of her progress, from just a few days in to her final number:

Here’s my secret: I practiced everywhere. At bus stops. In line at the grocery store. At work — Using the mouse with my right hand and practicing drills with my left hand. You don’t have to train hardcore for years to become a dancer. But you must be willing to practice and you better be hungry.

This isn’t a story about dancing, though. It’s about having a dream and not knowing how to get there — but starting anyway. Maybe you’re a musician dreaming of writing an original song. You’re an entrepreneur dying to start your first venture. You’re an athlete but you just haven’t left the chair yet.

The interesting thing is, Cheng basically did the same thing in her professional life as well.

I decided to become a designer, but I had no design skills. I thought about going back to school for design, but the time and money commitment was too big a risk for a career choice I wasn’t totally sure of.

So I taught myself — everyday I would do my day job in record time and rush home to learn design. Super talented people go to RISD for 4 years and learn design properly. I hacked together my piecemeal design education in 6 months — there was no way I was ready to become a designer. But I was so ready to leave Microsoft. So I started the job search and got rejected a few times. Then I got the job at Exec.

The first few weeks were rough. Everyday I sat in front of my computer trying my damnedest and thinking it wasn’t good enough. But everyday I got a little bit better.

(via hacker news)

Ken Crosgrove dancing + Daft Punk

posted by Jason Kottke   May 23, 2013

[SORTA MAD MEN SPOILERS! but not really] I don’t know if Ken Crosgrove dancing on the latest episode of Mad Men is the best thing that’s ever been on the show, but it’s definitely in the top 10. And it might be even better with a little Daft Punk.

And it might be best with the Crazy in Love cover from Gatsby…just load up that this YT video while watching the animated GIF and you’re all set. (This is how Millennials watch TV, BTW…it’s all animated GIFs with YouTube video soundtracks. Civilization is gonna be juuuuuuust fine.)

Crazy dancing

posted by Aaron Cohen   Aug 16, 2012

Excuse the dubstep if you must, but Marquese Scott is amazing. Previously.

(via the high definite)

Dubstep tap dancing

posted by Aaron Cohen   May 04, 2012

“TapTronic is a progressive fusion of Irish dance and electronic music.” Dancing starts at 40 seconds.

(via The Daily What)

Tron dance party

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 15, 2012

A dance crew performs while wearing Tron-like outfits in total darkness. It’s like a wearable laser light show.

(thx, tuomas)

Holy Jesus, look at what this ballerina can do!

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 11, 2012

I have rarely in my life seen something as physically impressive as this performance of Swan Lake:

It’s not just what she does, it’s how rock-still she is while doing it. Just, wow. (via ★interesting)

Girl Walk // All Day online for free

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 10, 2012

Thanks to Gothamist, you can watch the entirety of Jacob Krupnick’s Girl Walk // All Day online. GWAD is a feature-length music video set to Girl Talk’s All Day.

Long-toed cowboy boots

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 10, 2012

Long Cowboy Boots

Last year, Vice travelled to Matehuala, Mexico in search of dance crews who wear extremely pointy cowboy boots called botas vaqueras exóticas.

In Matehuala, guarachero has become an unlikely style of music where a bunch of people who in theory should not get along come together and get along. It’s also the music preferred by the men and boys in the long and pointed boots.

Participants in these dance contests spend the days and weeks prior choreographing intricate footwork routines and fabricating their own outfits with cheap paint and fabric. The grand prize, beyond the enthusiastic crowd’s affection, is either a bottle of whiskey or a few bucks.

(via mlkshk)

Shufflin’ grandpa

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 20, 2011

One of my favorite things on the internet is footage of old styles of dancing set to contemporary music. Like this:

See also Daft Punk Charleston and Russian dancing (w/ Run DMC). (via ★dunstan)

Girl Walk // All Day NYC premiere

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 29, 2011

Girl Walk // All Day is a feature-length dance music video set in NYC…the soundtrack is Girl Talk’s All Day. Kickstarter is hosting a premiere for the film (+ dance party) on December 8 at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple…and it’s free (you just need to RSVP). Here’s the trailer:

Sword dancing

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 03, 2011

Dancing skills + sword fighting skills + old lady sitting motionless in a chair skills + huge boom box skills + dog almost gets beheaded skills + it gets magical around 52 seconds =

(via @thanland)

100 years of East London fashion

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 30, 2011

A couple dances their way through 100 years of fashion, from 1911 to 2011.

Les Twins

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 18, 2011

I’ve seen other more formal on-stage performances by these amazing French twin dancers, but I like this one the best…even fooling around, their precision is impressive.

Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Campbell?

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 17, 2010

Ladies and gentlemen, a friendly reminder: Pete Campbell’s happy dance.

Makes you 9 foot tall when you’re 4 foot 5

posted by Tim Carmody   Aug 10, 2010

The sound, style, and look of Janelle Monae’s video for “Tightrope” references a lot of classic pop/art culture: OutKast and Metropolis, certainly, James Brown and Michael Jackson, but also classic R&B performers like Jackie Wilson and avant-garde film like Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon.

It also reminded me, faintly but insistently, of this classic video of Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers, from the movie Stormy Weather. (What is it with economic depression => dancing in tuxedos?)

I still think this is the easily most amazing display of deliberate human physicality in dance I’ve ever seen. Maybe anywhere. (Hit Twitter at @kottke or @tcarmody if you think you’ve got a better candidate.)

Turf dancing in the rain

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 28, 2010

Turf dancing is similar to krumping and poppin’ & lockin’ in that they’re all basically break dancing 2.0. This is a particularly fine exhibition of the form:

Every time I see someone glide around, from Michael Jackson’s 1983 Motown Moonwalk on up to David Elsewhere, I think no one can get any better at skimming around on their feet like they’re weightless. Then four kids dancing on a rainy street corner up the ante and once more shift what Stuart Kauffman calls the adjacent possible. (via snarkmarket)

Dancers among us

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 29, 2010

Dancers among us

Jordan Matter’s Dancers Among Us series features dancers from the Paul Taylor and Martha Graham Dance Companies doing everyday out-and-about things in NYC while dancing. (via pdn)

19th century movie in color

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 28, 2009

Each frame of this 19th century film by the Lumière brothers was hand-colored to create an early color moving picture. The color-shifting effect of the dress looks quite modern.

The dancing was inspired by Loie Fuller, a modern dance pioneer.

Loie Fuller

Dance, Pete Campbell, dance!

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 20, 2009

Pete Campbell happy dance

I could watch Pete Campbell dance all the day long. Pitch perfect acting by Vincent Kartheiser. (via this recording)

Paris is Burning

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 04, 2009

Smashing Telly found the entirety of a documentary called Paris is Burning on YouTube.

This is a documentary about vogueing, and the extremely refined and detailed aesthetic sensibilities it reflects, shot in New York City around Chelsea, the Meatpacking District, and Harlem in the mid- to late-80s. The city has changed in dramatic ways since then, to say the least. The characters of the film are complete outsiders with, at the same time, a deep understanding of the world they are outside of.

Check out a recent example of vogue dancing.

Eternal Moonwalk

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 11, 2009

This is pretty awesome: a bunch of videos strung together to make it seem like one long moonwalk. In tribute to Michael Jackson, of course. What’s amazing is that for the 4-5 minutes I watched, there was not a single decent moonwalk…just people shuffling backwards. (via vsl)

Update: Matt Zoller Seitz analyzes Eternal Moonwalk and finds much to love about it.

Eternal Moonwalk is also an incidental tutorial in the basic properties of cinema. It returns motion pictures to their origin point, when the medium’s core appeal was the chance to watch strangers performing, their bodies moving from Point A to Point B, their familiar or amusing actions serving as an emotional connection point, a reminder that we’re members of the same species inhabiting the same small world.

Gene Kelly tap dancing on roller skates

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 30, 2009

Video clip from It’s Always Fair Weather of Gene Kelly dancing with roller skates on.

The good stuff starts around 2:00. As David says, “putting Kelly on roller skates is like adding polish to wax”.

Old school breakdancing

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 12, 2009

Soviet Army dance ensemble + Run DMC = the invention of breakdancing in the mid-1900s.

Here’s the same thing mixed with Fatboy Slim’s Weapon of Choice. Reminds me of the previously featured but still awesome video of Al Minns and Leon James doing the Charleston to Daft Punk. Here are two more videos that track the origins and breakdancing and hip-hop dancing in a slightly more formal manner: one, two.

John McCain vs Barack Obama dance-off

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 28, 2008

I don’t know if this has been linked around everywhere or not, but this surprisingly realistic video of a dance-off between Barack Obama and John McCain tickled every last bone in my body. I watched it at least four times.

Intimidating cultural appropriation

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 07, 2008

The high school football team in Euless, TX (population 52,900) starts their games by performing the haka, a chanting dance used to intimidating effect by New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby team. What’s odd/interesting about this is that the Maori chant was appropriated by the team’s contingent of Tongan players — whose parents moved to the town to work at DFW airport — and has led to a greater sense of acceptance of the Tongans into the larger community. How’s that for multiculturalism?

Swing dancing in Washington Square Park

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 03, 2008

Shot this video of some swing dancing in Washington Square Park while out and about the other day.

You know, typical New York stroll in the park.

This video makes me irrationally happy…I

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 09, 2008

This video makes me irrationally happy…I watched it four times in a row just now.

It was the freshest move I’ve ever seen, like he was floating on air.

And yeah, that’s Kanye West’s Vimeo account. His blog is entertaining as well; a recent favorite post is YOU CAN’T MAKE ME STOP POSTING YAGHTS!!!

Update: Vimeo erased the video because it was not original content so I pointed to one on YouTube. They also erased all but one video on Kanye’s account…I guess they were all videos by other people.