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I really fell into puppy love with dance when I saw the high school dance team perform while I was in middle school. I knew that that was my chance to perform, but I also was in such awe with their precision. How did they get so many girls to look all the same?

That lead me to an obvious love and admiration for the Rockettes, the number one masters of precision. That lead me to writing a paper on them and the history of precision dance in college Dance History class, even while I was slowly falling into a more mature and secure with love with dance in all its forms – especially modern, contact improv and more abstract movement.

Today, my boyfriend sent me this link:

I was floored. These were the most easy to grasp, pedestrian movements. But they were done in a) an incredibly musical way, b) out of context and contrasted with the “real world” and c) in polished group precision.

We’ve been playing with walking and pedestrian movement a lot at Glade Dance Collective, but I do feel like precision is overlooked in the modern world. It’s too easy of a way to impress a Top 40 audience, or something like that.

I wonder how I can incorporate extreme precision into more of my choreography and performance. Even seasoned art critics can be blown away by precision!

This Mashable article on LXD – interspersed with video and quotes and flowing despite its longer-than-usual-Mashable length – combines my loves of online video, social media, networking, unique ideas and most importantly DANCE into one delicious package. I can’t wait to watch LXD on Hulu.

A pertinent quote selected for this particular blog (since I’m reposting everywhere):

Elliot Hoo from LXD

“We’ve never really held an audition,” Shum Jr. said. “What’s great is you know a guy’s name, you hear about him, people talk about him, you go online and then you’re able to see all his stuff… People can put their stuff up and you never know who’s looking at your stuff and that’s how we found a lot of these guys.”

Although my goals are not nearly as lofty as become a member of LXD (well, maybe they are?), I have indeed found that it’s been easier to establish a presence online and then launch into IRL connections.

“This isn’t the first time the arts have been shown online, but The LXD marks a shift in how a series can be conceived for an online space. It also provides a new way of viewing the arts outside of exhibition free-for-alls like America/Britain’s Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol.”

I like that the author, Zachary Sniderman, views LXD as a game-changer, not as another flashy mcflasherson TV series. And, apparently a lot of dancers in the “art” category are against flashy mcflashersons. (As for me, I don’t mind people getting into dance for the flashy or for the fitness part of it, as long as they’re getting into dance at all.)

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.)