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Phish – “Meatstick” 12/31/10 New Year’s Eve from Phish on Vimeo.

This is the best combination of show choir and jam bands.

I watched this on #couchtour streaming from a New Year’s Eve party and couldn’t help but wonder… what was the audition for this like?

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(via Rosie’s Tumblr.)

Is this dance? Is this choregoraphy? Is this entertainment? Is this art?

I think the questions to all of the above are YES!

Now were these good ideas being created by dancers and/or choreographers? I think maybe not.

We need to get in on this quirkiness dancers – claim our art and collaborate with musicians! Let’s do this.

Sustaining Movement dancers are picking up choreography faster than I can give it to them. And since we’re planning on a fundraiser/flash mob/outdoor performance in October, Intro needs to be done sooner rather than later!

I was surprised last week when I actually found time to choreograph and I mostly paced around my room, starting and re-starting the music.

I’ve always been inspired by The New Deal’s piece of music and had been itching to dedicate time to official choreography, rather than in-my-brain-during-day-job choreography. Where was the brain fart coming from?

I came up with one 8-count, played and refined it in rehearsal the next day with help from the ladies, and tonight I found myself in the same place. Stuck. (This time in my living room rather than my bedroom but still.)

So I made the mirror my audience, turned on the music, closed my eyes for a bit, and didn’t move until I felt justifiably moved. And I improvised. And I grooved.

By finding that space between freely-dancing-in-the-moment and paying-attention-to-movement-quality-in-the-mirror, I was able to tap into the translation from music to dance. I wanted hips to lead off-balance. I wanted arms that snaked and fished. I wanted a head to react at the last moment.

Thank goodness I found them. Time for more living room play and then studio play tomorrow!

A fellow Phish-loving ¬†friend recommended that I choreograph a dance to What’s the Use (.mp3).

It’s a lovely ambient song – there are no words but many sounds that I associate with those under-the-sea audio recordings. I think it’d be fun to play with movement at different speeds and and varying amounts of lusciousness.

What do you think?

P.S. Teaching and playing with Intro is going swimingly so far. Pun intended because I am starting to play with the idea of schooling fishes a lot after a trip to the Birding and Nature Center on South Padre Island, Texas!

I’ve been really inspired by NappyTabs and Sonya Tayeh’s “harder” choreography on “SYTYCD” lately (and I think it’s obvious with my blogging obsession with similar-themed breaking), and it seems like one of them could choreograph a kick-butt dance to Sleigh Bells’ “Crown on the Ground.”

But maybe I WILL instead!

(I need some hip hop dancers.)