2010 Resolution: Turn This Joffrey Ballet Dancer Into a Decent Popper!

I think you can tell from some of my past blogs that dance is more than just a job to me.  I have great respect for the art form and want more people to be aware of and support the beauty of dance.  Being the dancer myself, it's all about taking my dancing to the next level.  I have been challenging my body for 26 years to mold it into a ballet dancer, trying to figure out every aspect, sink into the depths of the form, and make my movement as fluid as possible.  There is no such thing as perfection, but there is a perpetual drive toward it.  I guess it's like trying to reach the impossible goal, lol!
And so now I wonder...is it possible to excel in every style??  I love hip hop, especially popping, and always had this deep seated desire to become one of those great poppers such as jsmooth or kid boogie from the Machine Gone Funk.  Lets see how  capable I am of switching into what is nearly the opposite of ballet!....from being light, spine straight, and lifting away from the ground to grounding myself completely and dropping into the floor.  Learning that transformation is the only way I can sharpen up my dancing to become a decent popper lol.
In case you have no idea what I'm talking about, popping is a dance style and one of the original funk styles that came out of Fresno, CA in the 1970s.  It is based on the technique of quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause a jerk in the dancer's body, referred to as a pop or a hit.  This is done continuously to the rhythm of a song in combination with various movements and poses.
I have seen so much involvement of poppers in the dance community, with dancers coming out with new moves, mixing styles of dance, pushing the boundaries, and ultimately creating new incredible genres....ie jsmooth with his finger tutting.  It is a different, incredibly exciting, new era in movement.
Check out jsmooth from my website, 30secondsofdance.com, and then check out The Legion Of Extraordinary Dancers, AKA The LXD....an upcoming web series that takes dance and storytelling to another level. 

30 Seconds of Dance, week 4: JSMOOTH, Part 2 from 30 Seconds of Dance on Vimeo.

LXD "Moments" Trailer from Jon M. Chu on Vimeo.

LXD "Choices" Teaser from Jon M. Chu on Vimeo.

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  • It will be great to watch Joffrey Ballet, i have bought tickets from
    http://ticketfront.com/event/Joffrey_Ballet-tickets looking forward to it.

  • I agree that a well-rounded dancer, especially these days, should learn different styles. I myself studied modern dance and jazz and it has helped me be more free in ballet, which is sometimes lacking in classical ballet, although I believe the old Russian dancers had much more of this free quality. I'm a terrible hip-hop dancer because I can't move fast enough!

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