A pretty funky bus…

I have always felt that Marty Kudelka is one of the most brilliant choreographers on the planet… In fact I believe he is one of the best teachers as well.  This video is the best evidence I can find in support of those claims.  After watching this, I think you will agree, we can now add “WORLD’S FUNKIEST BABY DADDY” to his list of titles as well. HAPPY FATHERS DAY MARTY!!!

These boots were made to last.

Music videos have come a LONG way since this gem was released in 1966,  but to my standards, this blast from the past has all the major components to make a modern day smash hit video shake it it’s… boots (please forgive me for the puns… I have a disease…).

Wardrobe: on point.  Hair and Make Up: stunning.  Set design (use of plywood steps and flags): minimalistic, yet well utilized.  Choreography and Dance: I’m almost speechless… almost…

Firstly, I LIVE for a fierce step touch.  Add a subtle shimmy and a sensible 45 degree  leg graze for the artist, and I’m in music video heaven.  Strong start Nancy.   The first chorus ensamble choreography could be tightened up a bit… but what the ladies lack in cleanliness, they make up for with flare and flooreography in the second verse. From box step to peppermint twist, and of course a stampede of ponies, this video truly has it ALL….

…except for a fair contract I would assume.

How does this video hold up to YOUR music video standards? Could Nancy’s boots battle Beyonce’s?

 

“Shaping Sound” and Sharing Happiness

I believe that (much like puppies) humans are born with the instinct to play and act on the things that excite us.  I get bummed when humans get discouraged from following that instinct.  We are punished for making a mess with our toys as children.  Then the media tells us what to be intereseted in.  Our child like enthusiasm is dampened by the stresses and daunting elements of the “real world”.

Fortunately I don’t live in the “real world”.  I live in a world where adults can PLAY and create things… even messes!  We can explore the world… with our thumbs!… and chances are once we find the things that excites us most, we can SHARE it, and It will most likely excite others too!

It’s a beautiful “surreal world” and I am extremely happy to share it with such talented people…

On Dec. 13th, Travis Wall, and Break the Floor productions put on a show to share with everyone.  My favorite part of “Shaping Sound, Come Together” wasn’t a move, or a number, or a person, but the moment where I could audibly hear (with my auritory ears… name that movie) Travis’ outburst of laughter over a dub step version of “Stand by Me” which was danced as a trio with Teddy Forance and Nick Lazzarini… just a few of my faves 😉

On Tuesday, May 8th, at 8:00pm  at the beautiful Saban Theatre – 8440 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211,  the Shaping Sounds family is doing it all over again;-) I wonder what my favorite part will be this time? I wonder what YOUR favorite part will be?!?

Travis, Thank you for playing, exploring, and sharing what makes you happy… because it made me happy too.

 

Corey Snyde; A Craftsman

I have always fancied a good story; and I fancy myself a good story teller… So I started taking acting class (naturally) to surround myself with stories and their tellers.  And also to improve my story telling capabilities.

Dance is my preferred medium of storytelling, and after 20 (+\-) years of study, I consider myself an expert (no ego;-).  With that being said, I  must admit… There is something about ACTING, theater and film, that peaks my interest… Kind of like Mt. Everest* …pun totally intended.

Although I was intimidated by the majesty of acting (and horrified of being a beginner at something for the first time… In a long time).  I joined class.  Thanks to a recommendation from my besta tony testa, I landed myself in the best acting class in LA.  I know everybody says that… But MY class is TRULY and scientifically  the best thing that has happened in my artistic and professional life.

My teacher GARY IMHOFF (www.garyimhoff.net), believes “the CRAFT of film making, and The artistic realms within, is hard to find these days…  “hit markets” are hurting, and the  youtubes of the technical age are ushering  in a gang load of product that satisfy  “niche markets.”

Well Gary… That may be true… But, I found you a craftsman, and although he is  “just a dancer” my expertise tells me he is ready to trade a stage for a silver screen as soon as a craftsman of equal ability is ready to shoot him.

His name is Cory Snyde.