So, if I had a mini crush on Ski Ballet, then I have fallen head-over-heels, love-at-first-sight, in love with Urban Dance!
Firstly, let’s get one thing straight. This is about as street dance as I get. (The street dance part is me rocking the hoodie)…
So, I’m clearly no expert. Everything I am writing on this post is just my opinion about this group of dancers.
I had NO idea what was coming when I typed “Urban Dance” into YouTube. A
little while couple of hours later, and I’m all like “Get me to Germany, man! No I can’t dance, but damn, I wanna go and watch and absorb!”
These dancers are ah-maze-ing! They are a bunch of dance artists who perform on their own and together, and they put on these incredible Urban Dance Camp workshops each year — in a different country each year (this year they are meeting in Germany!). They are focused on studio styles and street styles. I think this means they basically include everything? From what I gather, studio styles are choreographed when perhaps the street styles aren’t? I’m not 100% clear on this though, and there does seem to be routines that are choreographed but contain many different styles.
They use popping, crunching, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, dubstep (no, I didn’t just make that up), and a whole lot of types of street dance that I don’t know the names of — I tried to find out what they were, I really did!
Some of the routines contain a huge amount of classy swagger, like these two. I LOVE these routines. CANNOT get enough.
This one is danced by Keone and Mariel Madrid, and it makes my heart sway…
And this one is danced by Hilty and Bosch and man have they got some swagger!
Some performances use great costumes, adding to the characters in the dance. This surprised me. I wasn’t expecting characters or a story in these dances at all. It makes them so much more enjoyable to watch and gives them a lot more depth.
They use fantastic music, which they match with their fantastic musicality. They are just all round incredible dancers. Technically great and original.
Are you feeling the love yet? No? Need more convincing? Okay, here ya go then…
Keone and Mariel Madrid again but in a sexy street/contemporary (streetemporary?) dance…
And last but oh so not least, the first Urban Dance video I ever watched. The one that started it all. A performance by Nonstop (Marquese Scott) and Poppin’ John. You’re welcome 🙂 …
You can find many more awesome videos of these dancers on YouTube. And I will be adding these videos to a new “Dance Inspiration” page for future reference.
I hope some day I can delve further into these guys and gals. I’d love to know how and why they all started. And how Urban Dance Camp came into being. And I would really love to attend a workshop to just watch and absorb. So inspired!
I would love to hear from everyone, what other forms of dance you have tried, outside of ballet? Or are you a ballet purist?
I’d sign off by saying, “Now go crunch and pop something”, but just in case any of you see that and think of eating crisps and popcorn, I will sign off with…
So, go fall into the dance form that you love, disappear, and then find yourself. 🙂