March Dance Challenge 31 – Swan Lake

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Well here we are then, the end of the month, so the end of my dance challenge! I must admit I have really enjoyed collecting all my favourite pieces of dance, each one of them having a personal meaning to me. I hope for those of you that are interested in dance have enjoyed my choices.

Now what next? What shall I do for April? because now I’m in the habit of posting everyday, I may as well carry on. I have noticed you get more response from photos, than videos, I suppose because it is a bit of an effort watching a whole video, unless you have a great interest in it. So I could go back to posting a photo, or I did think about posting a favourite piece of music of mine everyday, I’m not sure, what do you think?

Anyway, I started the month with my favourite ballet, and I shall end the month with my favourite ballet, this is the entrance of the swans, the corps de ballet. I love the togetherness, the symmetry of the lines and circles, all moving as one, beautiful! I gave this a go once as part as the corps de ballet in London, it’s harder than you think keeping absolutely perfectly together, took a lot of practise!

I look forward to your April challenge ideas! X

March Dance Challenge 29 – Me Ole Bamboo

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Another musical number, this time from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Me Ole Bamboo.

All I can say is it energetic, exciting, technically tricky, just a good old fashioned musical number! X

March Dance Challenge 28 – Hung Up

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This video I think is perfect for a Friday night!

I love this song and the dance Madonna does is a perfect seventies style. It reminds me of prancing around a studio, dancing like no one is watching you!

Enjoy, get your leotard, leg warmers on and strut your stuff x

March Dance Challenge 27 – DV8

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This is an extraordinary piece of dance! It is by a company called DV8, and the lead dancer has no legs. He has a beautiful, flowing quality to his movement and the choreography is great!

You must watch this, it’s amazing! X

March Dance Challenge 26 – Charleston

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Here we have a Charleston from Strictly Come Dancing.

This one I particular like because these two dancers are brilliant, and you would find it hard to guess which one is not the professional. It is great characterisation, energy and technic! I love dancing Charleston.

See you tomorrow! X

March Dance Challenge 20 – So You Think You Can Dance

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Today dancing wonder is from the British So You Think You Can Dance!

This piece I particularly enjoyed because I thought the choreography was great, by Rafael Bonachela, a Spanish choreographer. And the music Speechless by Lady Gaga is a lovely song. The dancers aren’t that bad either!

Try and find some time to watch! It’s great! X

March Dance Challenge 19 – Singing In The Rain

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Now this isn’t a classic bit of dancing, but I just love this whole song and dance.

Singing In The Rain is a great film and the original dance by Gene Kelly is magic, but this version by Morecambe and Wise is lovely!

Enjoy! X

March Dance Challenge 18 – Natalia Makarova

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Back to the ballet today!

This footage is just mesmerising!

It of the great Natalia Makarova dancing the dying swan from my favourite ballet Swan Lake. The fluidity of her arms, how she effortlessly glides across the stage, the emotion she puts into the steps, is just wonderful!

Please enjoy! ….. If you are into that kinda thing! X

March Dance Challenge 17 – The Band Wagon

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This piece of dance is well worth a look! You might not have seen this before. This dance is from the film The Band Wagon staring Fred Astaire.

Now this dance was the inspiration to Michael Jackson’s video Smooth criminal, you can definitely see the similarity. Michael got many of his moves, videos and styles from the old films. Also the choreographer Fossy who style is very distinct from the musical Chicago, again got inspiration from this film.

March Dance Challenge 16 – Family Guy

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Today’s dance delight is an old one with a modern twist!

Being a Family Guy fan, and a Gene Kelly fan, this is just great. This is Stewie dancing Jerry Mouses part in the film Anchors Aweigh. Now I love the film and I remember watching this as a child. And of cause Gene Kelly’s dancing is faultless!

So a bit of fun for our Sunday evening after spending the day gardening in the sun, just have to add a picture of me and the boy having a rest after mowing the lawn.

Till tomorrow! X

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March Dance Challenge 14 – Razzle Dazzle

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Come on babe, why don’t we paint the town….

This musical, Chicago, is my favourite stage musical, I’ve seen it at least four times, and this song I just love. Now if I was granted a wish to choose a musical to star in, this would be the one! It’s funny, sexy, stylish and has all the razzle dazzle! ….. Just like me! Hehe!

So have a little all that jazz for your Friday evening!

March Dance Challenge 13 – Daddy Long Legs

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Today a dance from one of my most favourite old films, Daddy Long Legs, with Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron. I used to spend many Saturday afternoons watching a black and white movie, I watched all the old musicals, I was mesmerised by them, that’s what I call real dancing, and I think that’s where the styles now all originate from! This dance is typical of this time, I think I was born in the wrong time, it should have been the 50’s.

March Dance Challenge 12 – Tap Dancing

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Right back in time today with a clip of good old fashioned tap dancing! I love tap, I taught it for 17 years! As a child I was rubbish at it, just couldn’t get it, but then as an adult it just clicked, and I ended up being quite good at it. I think teaching it helped, because I really had to break it down to teach so I really became to understand it.

So I hope you enjoy this clip because this is how dancing should be! X

March Dance Challenge 11 – Clog Dance

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Here is todays dance, back to the ballet!

This dance is the clog dance from La Fille Mal Gardee.

This ballet was the one and only ballet I have managed to get OH to come and watch with me. We watched it in Boston, America. It is quite a good one to start with if you haven’t seen a ballet yet, it is light hearted, not to heavy. OH really liked this dance, and the music is great.

Till we meet tomorrow! x

March Dance Challenge 10 – They Don’t Care About Us

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A big contrast from yesterday, this is the great Michael Jackson in a live show, singing, They Don’t Care About us.

The reason I have chose this is because I just love the style the dancing, his sharpness of the isolated movements, how it fits perfectly with the music, yet another dance I would love to learn. Really it wouldn’t be that difficult, but I bet they rehearsed this over and over to get it altogether! And he sings on top of the movements too! Effortless!

I hope you enjoy it as much as me!