Check out this video of On2 Mambo World Champions David Zepeda & Paulina Posadas at the 2015 edition of Salsa on St. Clair in Toronto!
They dance with such effortless grace and precision. It’s crazy how easy and smooth they make everything look. And how on-time and MUSICAL it is. They incorporate dance as a form of storytelling and it’s obvious how much more effective a performance is when it’s not just a mash-up of “super-difficult moves” but an emotional tale of awesome exhibited through dance.
That “mi Amor” and cheeky kiss at 1:17 is EXACTLY what I’m talking about!
Check it out. World Class performance level salsa.
Her brilliant pink costume is glorious to behold. But we’re not here to see a fashion show. It’s her dancing that seals the deal.
And my oh my, what dancing that IS!
What stands out immediately is Amy’s love and feel of the music. She has the true gift of musicality. Couple that with an incredible infectious positive energy and superb technique… And you’ve got a samba queen ready to strut her stuff!
One of the best qualities of this routine is how Amy spices it up and alternates seamlessly between high energy, percussive samba dancing with sensual hip movement and sudden slowing of tempo. The result? Power and fun when need be, sexy and passionate when the time’s just right.
And she works the crowd too! Okay. She’s damn near perfect.
How do you simultaneously boost morale while intimidating your opponents into quiet submission? The New Zealand Maori peoples have figured it out – a brutal war dance, of course!
Blending elements of mythical creation stories, historical tribal warfare, and pure passion, the Haka is a sight to be reckoned with.
A wee different from the usual conception of “dance”, but even here, a war-dance illustrates how dance can be used to express one’s emotions, exorcise inner demons and fears, and inspire us to victory.
Join JB Mino & Oliv Wan as they explore the wild wacky energetic world of Charleston dance on the streets of Paris with other Charleston enthusiasts!
The Charleston fits perfectly with the cosmopolitan “City of Love”. Heartwarming and carefree, watching these Parisian dancers show off their fancy footwork and unstoppable groove definitely highlights both the architectural marvels of the city as well as the colourful, fun-filled atmosphere you’re bound to find if you just let loose and set your feet free!
Though derived from the West-African Juba dance, it’s evident that those who’ve adopted the Charleston prefer a more up-tempo movement and motion emphasizing jumps and kicks as opposed to the very grounded styles of the most prevalent African dances.
I’m curious as to why this is! Is it a cultural evolution? An environmental adaptation?
It’s a gross over-generalization, but I’m genuinely curious as to why so many North American and European dances have an emphasis on up-rightness, Latin American dances on the hip motion, and African dances on knee-bend and lower body positioning. If any of you have any ideas I’d love to discuss this with all of you! Enjoy the video and have a great weekend everybody!
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Definitely been digging and exploring African dance styles lately. This one is choreography by LipStik Bandits on Davido’s Skelewu – my current Nigerian dance tune obsession.
The interplay between the dust-evoking rhythms, the delicate bell-like sounds and the infectiously catchy melody elevates Skelewu to the upper echelons of “irresistibly danceable” in my books.
From the dance itself, I found it fascinating how at 0:17 the dancers move back and forth pivoting their heel-toes in a way reminiscent to the Charleston dance which took America by storm during the 1920s. It’s always amazing to see how different dance styles have influenced each other across time and space!
Stylistically, this is my favourite rendition of Skelewu I’ve ever seen. This is due in large part to the powerful assertive movements which these two wonderful dancers harness to interpret and feel the music. There’s a ton of feeling and it’s incredibly evident during the refrains where both dancers move as if they’re “playing” the instruments. I wish I could move my knees like that.
It’s a sexy dance for sure – one that suggests you’ll have to bring your A game to stand a whiff of a chance on the dance floor.