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(IN NOMINE MATRIS)
In honor of our Moms
Mother’s Passion… Lovers’ Passion….Dancers’ Passion
Beautiful dance movie is showing May 8-14 at Metro Manila theaters. Perfect Mom’s day gift. Its about passion for dancing, relationship and mother’s love IN NOMINE MATRIS (In the Name of the Mother)
I dug up the old archive for a certain article i was looking for. I thought this would be a great time to put it up. Original article is from April Rodriguez’ blog here.
Hip Hop vs. Urban Choreography
In class a LONG time ago, one of my first Hip Hop dance instructors told me…
“This isn’t Hip Hop. It’s Urban Choreography.”
After a few years of experiencing the dance community, I’ve realized the need to re-evaluate my title as a Hip-Hop dancer. As a beginner who was very NEW to street dance, I didn’t understand what he meant and continued to believe I was training as a “hip hop” dancer, when I really wasn’t.
Different languages of the world (chinese, spanish, english) are kinda like different dance styles (ballet, jazz, hip hop). We’re able to distinguish between different kinds, because each language uses its own unique rules of grammar and sentence structure, just as each dance style uses its own steps and technique. Over the years, languages and dance styles have changed. We’ve used the term EVOLUTION to describe what we see now in Hip Hop versus what it was in the past. On the other hand, I think what has emerged over time isn’t Hip Hop itself, but instead a different dance style that was INSPIRED by Hip Hop. Urban Choreography–an entirely separatelanguage, born and inspired by a collection of the earlier languages. For example, Tagalog (Filipino) was formed and influenced by the Spanish, Malaysian, English, Arabic, and Chinese languages. Couldn’t we say that like Tagalog, our dance style was inspired by Hip Hop as well as other styles of dance, and has collected all of that to become it’s own language with it’sown unique structure? We wouldn’t call Tagalog “Spanish-evolved” or “Chinese-evolved,” simply because the three languages follow entirely different rules.
Nowadays, people have a few different names to refer to the style of dance being taught in many Hip Hop classes: LA style, West Coast style, commercial Hip-Hop, new-style Hip Hop, but to call it Hip Hop is to assume that it follows the basic fundamentals of Hip Hop dance–techniques in breaking, locking, popping, wacking, funk, groove, swagg etc. I’m no Hip Hop head… I’ll admit it. But when I SEE breaking, locking, popping, and all other styles of true Hip Hop dance, there is no denying that there is atotally different look to THAT kind of Hip Hop compared to what we call “new hip hop,” which varies greatly according to individual interpretation and also lacks greatly in strict rules and technique. In true Hip Hop, there are basic names of steps and techniques that aren’t completely present in this new style… so though we may dance as freely and as creatively as we want to Hip Hop and R&B music, can we REALLY say that it is Hip Hop?.. or are we just over-generalizing things to spare ourselves the trouble of analyzing & truly understanding Hip Hop history?
With so many new dancers coming up in the next generation, I think it’s very important for all those capable to educate them wisely and accurately… and that we don’t discredit or undermine the value of Hip Hop’s history.
in God we trust
<33 apes x essence
UPEEPZ in cooperation with SUPRA presents
An inter-collegiate dance competition and dance concert
15 December 2012 | 7 PM | Henry Lee Irwin Theater
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Don’t want to say much. The piece says it all…
“I’m a Superman, thanks to Lois Lane”
Superman… The Man of steel, Big Blue, The last son of Krypton
He is faster than a speeding bullet
Stronger than a locomotive
He has Lasers for eyes
X ray vision
and can fly without even flapping his arms
But his most notable power… was Lois Lane
The love of an amazing woman is a phone booth
That can turn a man from a spineless news reporter into a symbol of justice
Into the reason why its safe to walk outside while the sun is sleeping
I’ll be honest, I don’t have a cape… or a costume
I wasn’t born on Krypton and its been a really long time since I’ve been in a fight
But I will fight gravity for you
When you’re upset and don’t feel like talking I will use my x-ray vision to look inside of you and find out what’s wrong
If you need me to I’ll use my superhuman strength and put your entire world on my shoulders
If you let me I will do my best to be superman for you….
Because you deserve it.
Direction & Choreography by Keone Madrid
Poem by Rudy Francisco
Danced by Pat Cruz, Jason Patio, Vinh Nguyen, Chris Martin, Keone Madrid
Cinematography Jeremy Fabunan, Eugene ‘X’ Ramos
Edit Jeremy Fabunan
Crew Jermaine Jackson, Seth Aguilar
Location Moniker Warehouse, Torrey Villas Resort Apartments
Music Robin Thicke ” Superman”
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CEBU CITY – Sometimes it’s all about sharing the gift.
Not too long ago, on November 30 and December 1 of this year to be exact, the merger dance crew known as Project Element held their second dance workshop dubbed iPEed 2, here in Cebu. They had an impressive number of 200 attendees -50 students more than their debut workshop in August (iPEed 1).
If the overwhelming number of students isn’t enough testament to the success of the workshop I don’t know what is. In 2 days the choreography-based dance workshop gave students a variety of dance styles to learn and work on their moves. With about 6 choreography from the collaborative works of 11 teachers, one can say the students had more than enough of their money’s worth to take home. Now all’s left is an avenue to showcase these newly learned routines. As it were, most of the students’ feedback (even from the first iPEed) was the expressed wish of being able to show off the skills they got to a wider audience.
Lucky enough for the crew, an opportunity presented itself. Last weekend, Elizabeth Mall (E-Mall) celebrated it’s anniversary and had given the task of entertainment to Project Element. Given this break, there could not have been a better time to hold the dance showcase iPEed students were waiting for.
So on December 14, 2012 I had the chance to witness what was designated the “recital” or culminating activity for iPEed 2, the Project Element Dance Showcase -entertainment street-style. Literally street-style as the event was held at the heart of Cebu downtown, by the sidewalk just outside E-Mall’s side entrance. One thing’s for sure, they may have been amateurs but none could have made the event any bigger and louder than the students themselves along with their teachers. Entertaining friends, supporters and passer-by’s alike with the same fervor as they danced their hearts out together like one big family -united by the same burning flame.
So what about iPEed 3? I hear they will be back for a 3rd wave. Keep it here.
|Project Element: (L-R) Bernard Secuya, Shiena Dumpa, Marl Bani, Kenn Mijares, Keycee Velez, Herzl Abao, Pamela De Vera (not in Photo, Jigo Garcia, Ivy Alegarme, Christian Moscoso, PJ Reboton, Camille Martir, Zyruss Guantero, AJ Leyson, JR Atup, Chester Mabanag, Kristian Olmos)|
Choreographers / Routines:
- Herzl Abao – “Twenties, Fifties, Hundreds”
- Bernard Secuya & Chester Mabanag – “Talk That Talk”
- AJ Leyson & Marl Bani – “Pop It”
- Zyruss Guantero & Pamela De Vera – “Let Me”
- Kenn Mijares & JR Atup – “Cry Just a Little”
- PJ Reboton & Keycee Velez – “Best Thing I Never Had”
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Just take a photo of how you RULE THE STREETS (ex. SKATE, LONGBOARD, BREAKDANCE etc.) and post it on our fan page! The most awesome photo will win the sweet NIKE SBs!
The Finals is just around the corner. DanceManila ranked the finalists based on their elimination round routines.
16. Assumption College
15. Olivarez College
14. La Consolacion College Manila
13. Universidad de Manila
12. Immaculate Concepcion International
11. Philippine School of Business Administration
10. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
9. PATTS College of Aeronautics
8. Far Eastern University – East Asia
7. De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde
6. Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna
5. Far Eastern University – Manila
4.University of the Philippines – Manila
3. Ateneo de Manila University
2. University of the Philippines – Los Baños
1. De La Salle University – Manila