Posts Tagged ‘Dance Performance’

P!NK CREATES FLAWLESS PIECE OF ART

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


A flawless piece of art. Quite possibly the best video I’ve seen all damn year…

Directed by Floria Sigismondi and choreographed by the Golden Boyz, Pink’s just-released video for Try is a visual feast, spilling over the brim with passion, paint, and vicious acrobatics. Dancer Colt Prattes (Ummm, what a f*cking hottie! Sorry, had a moment!) takes on the leading male role in the video, creating a physically emotional and relatable presence with Pink in a series of modern dance scenes.

Try is the second single released from her latest album, The Truth About Love, and on a personal level, one of my favorites from the album. No joke, I’ve played this damn song probably 500x since the disc was released.

This may be a bold statement, but I think this is Pink’s greatest piece of work, from a visual slash music video perspective.

Pink agrees: “Making this video was the most fun I’ve ever had in my entire career. I never wanted it to end. It’s my favorite video ever.”

Stunning music video + recent live performance following.

[Related Post: New P!nk Cuts Like A Razorblade]

SOMEONE NEEDS TO BRUCE LEE A HOE…

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


For making this God-awful video! This is just a pain to watch. The song is definitely not her best effort either. It sorta sucks balls. Sorry for the college frat boy review, but seriously, my brain is fried after watching this shiz.

On the plus side…

Actually, there isn’t a plus side.

Watch at your own risk, suckas!

IN-SIGHT DANCE COMPANY’S ORIGINAL BALLET FEAT. THE MUSIC OF IAN AXEL

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of trucking my ass to Queens. Wait. It gets better. Way better. I made my way to the Secret Theatre, off the 7 train, to see the fabulous In-Sight Dance Company perform an original ballet set to the music of Ian Axel.

When I first received the invitation I was ecstatic, not only because I love supporting local artists, but also because I’ve loved Ian Axel’s music for quite some time now. (For my interview with Ian see link below.)

To say this show was beautiful would be an understatement. There’s something so moving, genuine, and honest about a performance as intimate as this one. Sitting in low lights, in a space that felt like a mix between a garage and a dive bar, I sat front and center captivated the entire time, as these fierce dancers spun a story of love, heartbreak, and rebirth.

There were times when I found tears bubbling in my eyes. Several of Ian’s songs have touched my life in very personal ways, so to see these magnificent songs set to a story of dance, it was, well, beyond pretty. My favorite number of the night was the piece set to Gone. Home, Cannonball, Say Something, and This Is The New Year all were stellar numbers. Actually, I take it back — I’m not sure which was my favorite number, all were moving in their own right.

Please do yourself a favor and support this amazing organization.

An introduction clip + Ian’s gorgeous Gone following.

[Related Post: Exclusive Interview w/ Ian Axel]

In-Sight Dance Company is a Queens-based non-profit contemporary dance organization dedicated to creating original work that inspires critical thought and reasoned discussion. Founded in 2008, In-Sight Dance integrates community service and performance to bring dance to those that do not normally experience the arts and to raise the profile of dance in Queens. To learn more visit: www.insightdance.org

FAT INDIAN KID WERKS/TWERKS/JERKS!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

LMAO!

Some days I hate the internet.

This is NOT one of those days!

At first glance, I thought this was a midget sumo wrestler. I know that’s not PC but whatever — it’s the truth, so deal wid it! Then I pressed play and realized that this poor child has been watching way too many episodes of Jersey Shore, Taj Mahal edition. Or something just as ridiculous.

Yup. It’s pretty much awesome wrapped in bacon and dipped in chocolate.

TARGET FLASHMOB GETS BEYONCE-FIED!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

The flashmob to end all flashmobs…

Yo Target peeps, is it possible to incorporate flashmobs into the Target shopping experience? Perhaps a “Flashmob Friday” event, to go with your sale on toilet paper and those weird breath strip thingys that taste like cough syrup-y crap then vanish on your tongue (or whatever random items are on sale for that particular weekage)? Hello! That’s a good idea? No?

Just a thought.

Please note: The awesome clip you’re about to see was choreographed by Todrick Hall, who is best known as being a finalist on Season 9 of American Idol.

OBSESSED!

[Visit Todrick’s YouTube Channel HERE].

JASON DERULO + MIGUEL OVERLOAD VIA AT&T, EPICALLY SHOT FROM MY IPHONE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I had the pleasure recently of catching Jason Derulo & Miguel live from Webster Hall, here in NYC for the AT&T Music For You Series. As expected, the show was a shot of adrenaline, with plenty of sass, soul, and sexyness. Yup, the three S’s.

Like a mad person, I took several vids with my iPhone. (No, this is not a product plug. I ain’t tacky like that!)

Check out a few clips from the show taken from my YouTube Channel. And don’t worry, I’m not gonna be annoying like 99.98% of the people on YouTube where I ask you to subscribe, rate, and comment on my crap, because honestly, I don’t give a sh*t (ha). Just saying!

Disclaimer: I do not expect you to watch all of these videos. I just placed them here in case you do wish to watch. Duh. Also, do not complain about the quality of the videos or I will stab you.

On a more positive note, I love you guys for supporting BTB! So whether you’re new or a regular visitor, welcome and thank you for being hurr.

Ok, let’s get this party started!

CARSON RAPSILVER BRAAANGS IT HARD!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Not gonna lie, when I first saw this video I immediately thought of Bring It On. He has to be a male cheerleader, right? Am I right?! Dude’s brangin’ it hard (yes, brang — get into it).

Check out the bro in action below!

Hottie homeslice for sure.

[Check out Carson’s YouTube channel HERE.]

RESURRECTING AN ICON: GENE KELLY [IN LOVING MEMORY OF, 1912 – 1996]

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Fifteen years ago today, one of the brightest stars ever to tapdance its way into Hollywood flickered out. Gene Kelly is a performer who will forever live on in his energetic dance moves and unforgettable charm he sealed onto the screen. His debonair looks and boy-next-door smile made him increasingly popular through the 40’s and 50’s, and his unmatchable talent made him a wonder to watch. Some of you may only know him as Donny from Singin’ in the Rain. Some of you may not know him at all. And that is a crying shame. There are so many choreographers, singers, musicians, and ‘triple threats’ that helped build the film and music industry into what they are today, yet our generation doesn’t give them a second glance.

It’s time to break out the old dancing shoes and slap on some classic suspension of disbelief, to give these boys and girls the credit they deserve!

I doubt I would have known of Gene Kelly’s rhythmic talents if it hadn’t been for my parents. They grew me up on musicals, and Gene Kelly was a natural prime number in that equation. Perhaps such a cultured childhood is what has inspired me to carry such an eclectic repertoire of music on my iPod.

I don’t want to live in a world that doesn’t know how to appreciate what it had. We can’t let unmistakable singing and dancing talent fade away while we melt our brains with Lady Gaga.

Check out the comedic, toe tapping, leg shaking talent he has beside Donald O’Connor, another everlasting star to have faded into the cosmos.


Moses supposes ( singing in the rain )
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BROWN FACES ‘MAN IN THE MIRROR’

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


[photograph by: matt sayles, associated press]

It’s been an entire year since we’ve lost the King of Pop, Sir Michael Jackson, and The BET Awards recently decided to pay tribute. Who measured up to par, you ask? Ironically, the former Prince of Pop, Chris Brown. I’ve decided to write about this video because it truly moved me.

The moving tribute contained songs such as Smooth Criminal, Billie Jean, and more. Granted, I was impressed with Brown’s moves and renditions of Jackson’s hits, but it wasn’t until the end when Man In The Mirror was unleashed that I felt fully convinced. Brown became overtaken by emotion, laying his whole being out on the stage. You can’t run from your demons forever, and this was his time to face the music. People make mistakes, and it seems to me, as is if he’s finally come to terms with it. For 6 minutes and 11 seconds, the crowd, and millions of viewers, pushed the negative vibes aside, and focused on the music.

Man in the Mirror is such a powerful song that Brown could barely sing the words. Sometimes when we do wrong in life, we need to be faced with our demons before we can actually conquer them. This tribute may be emotional, for we lost one of the greatest talents to ever walk this planet, but in a strange mixed-up way, it was almost like the rebirth of a talent still present here on earth.

True performers move you; granted, I do not agree with what Chris Brown has done, and do not feel the need to even touch on that topic. I strongly suggest watching the entire performance, whether of fan of Chris Brown, Michael Jackson, or just a fan of music in general. If you have ever connected a song to your life, and felt it fit entirely, you will get what I mean. “I’m starting with the man in the mirror, I’m asking him to change his ways, and no message could have been any clearer,” — it’s amazing how much songs can actually relate to people’s lives, and this was a perfect example.

We can’t deny the talent of either one of these performers, dead or alive, even if we don’t agree with some of the things they may or may not have done. At the end of the day, BET and Chris Brown created a wonderfully moving tribute to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

Watch and comment. Is this a comeback for Chris Brown?

A BIG TOAST TO P!NK

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

As I was watching Beyonce on the Grammys, I was certain that no other performer of the night could top her If I Were A Boy/You Oughta Know performance. But I was wrong. The minute Pink stepped out in her heavenly hoodie, igniting her raspy voice to sing GLITTER IN THE AIR, I knew we were all in for a special treat. The song is one of my favorites on Funhouse–the words, the meaning, all cascading in a way that is as beautiful as Pink when she dangled in her aerialist dance routine. And once she was dipped wet and spinning in a climatic motion to bring the piece to an end I realized– PINK IS THE MOST UNDERRATED POP STAR OF OUR GENERATION.

I own every single one of her albums, have cried to several of her songs, have wanted to kick someone’s ass to others, have felt moved and inspired to feel confident in my skin through them all. In the midst of rock n’ roll’s finest, there on the same stage shared with legends before her time, Pink held her own and set us on fire with a song that wasn’t about shallow antics that many of her counterparts often sing of. It was about life and love. And that is why it felt so utterly refreshing to hear.

Here’s a big toast to Pink, the woman who I hope doesn’t stop painting the town anytime soon.

You can watch Pink’s Grammy performance in HD, below.

KINGS OF LEON SPIN RIGHT ROUND

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Coming off a year full of highs, Kings of Leon grace the cover of Spin Magazine, where the group is named Band of the Year.

The boys behind the massively successful (and it took quite a trek to get to this point) band, spent their childhood traveling with their father (Leon) who was a Southern Pentecostal preacher. In this strict sheltered environment, the idea of rock music seemed an exotic idea. When the boys’ father resigned from the church in 1997, the boys shot off to Nashville and embraced their repressed rock roots. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Check out a moving dance performance to King of Leon’s USE SOMEBODY (cover), on Britain’s Clothes Show Live, below.

SUSIE SUH HAUNTS THE DANCEFLOOR

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Several months ago I introduced you to Susie Suh and her incredibly moving music that I had become obsessed with.

And recently, Suh garnered the attention of the popular dance show SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE!

This will give you goosebumps. This performance piece hits home to anyone who has ever had a problem with letting go of someone they love.

Check out Kayla & Brandon of So You Think You Can Dance performing to Ahn Trio’s mix of Susie Suh’s ALL I WANT below.

RUGBY MEETS HIP HOP!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

It doesn’t look like Perri Luc Kiely (of famed dance crew Diversity) is scared of rugby players 500x his size.

Diversity recently gave the Saracens Rugby Team some dancing tips and by the look of things, it appears that Steve Borthwick (the team’s captain) is having a warm up session with the tiny fella.

Check out Diversity dance crew in action on Britain’s Got Talent below.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (SORRY, YOU’RE NOT OLD ENOUGH)

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Although I do not seem to have time to watch this season’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, I did happen to catch this audition and immediately fell in love with the music (as well as this dude’s brilliant skills, beautiful)…

Check out his audition below.

He was rejected because he didn’t meet age requirements to compete but since his dancing interpretation was so convincingly moving, the judges, well, just watch to see what happens next!

The music featured in the performance above is a band by the name of DAPHNE LOVES DERBY, an indie rock band from Kent, Washington. Check out their semi-depressing (yet without a doubt pretty) song POLLEN AND SALT below.

JOE JONAS PROVES HE IS WHITE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Check out the hilarious video of Joe Jonas prancing around in a leotard to our #1 boo–Beyonce.

Boy does he have the moves!

Bring it back, Joe.

Bring the sexy back.

Get it girl!