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Choreography that Changed the World of Dance

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Choreography has undergone a radical evolution over the past 150 years and produced many influential and famous choreographers. Katherine Dunham, an American icon and revolutionary choreographer, is noted for her accomplishments over 97 years in dance, writing, directing, social activism and even archeology. Dunham, while on tour in the West Indies during the 1930s, became inspired by her surroundings and created a mesh of transforming classical dance to modern while incorporating local styles. Merce Cunningham was soloing under the Martha Graham Dance Company banner by the time he was 20, later opening his own studio in 1953 and eventually incorporating the use of computer technology into his choreography. Bob Fosse and Paul Taylor both took the dance world by storm by exuding sexuality in their performances, pushing classical styles to the next level. Rennie Harris brought hip hop and street dance to the main stage, an endeavor that changed the creative and storytelling aspect of dance forever.

These performers' legacies continue to influence new generations of choreographers. How will the dance styles of today stack up against moves in the future, and which trends will fall behind? What makes choreography truly unforgettable? Can anyone learn to dance? As Martha Graham once said, "Dance is the hidden language of the soul."

Christopher Wheeldon elaborates on the art of dancing as well as choreography.
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Watch more How to Hip-Hop Dance videos: Learn how to become a hip-hop choreographer from choreographer Randy Connor in this Howcast dance video. My name is Randy R.C. Connor, choreographer to the stars. I've worked with Britney Spears, P. Diddy Combs, Prince, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z. We're gonna just break down some moves, that you can use at the club, at the parties, at home, in your bathroom -- just have fun guys, so let's get started. C'mon! The first thing, I think, with getting into hip-hop choreography is first and foremost, is to believe in yourself. Then after that, I would say, start working on your materials. Start developing your material. Start working. Start training yourself. You know, just really focus in on you and your ability, your style and your choreography. Then I would suggest that you take classes - you start going into environments where there's other dancers and choreographers who are actively engaged in the business. There's quite a few places, just do your research. Whatever city you're in, just try to surround yourself with, with that type of energy and environment. Stay focused, and just believe in yourself. Keep striving, keep working on your material, and just never stop. Put yourself out there, and, you know, if there's any local artists in town, you know, sometimes you gotta do what's called 'promotional gigs'. In my day and time, you know, we did a lot of freebies, you know. It wasn't as competitive as it is now, but if there's an opportunity, just do it. It's not always about the money. Whatever opportunities that there are, whether it's a local artist in your town, and you can start working for them, or putting together stage shows at your local theater, community or community center, whatever - just get involved, that way you're active, you're actively pursuing your dream, and naturally the doors will open. Then I say look into trying to get your professional pictures and resumes done, and whatever little you can build on your resume, if you're a new starter, just try to build your resume as much as possible. You know, you start out by doing extra work, or whatever, just really expose yourself. 'Cause it's a huge world out there, but everything is done in steps, in stages. You have to - it's protocol, you know. You have to start somewhere. So anybody can do it - I did it, and I came from another country. So, the possibilities are endless. You just have to believe in yourself. There are quite a few agencies that deal with dancers and choreographers. Most choreographers were dancers first, because they have to establish themselves as choreographers. So even if you believe that you are a choreographer and that's what you want to do, you might still - if you are starting in the business, you know, you still want to market yourself as a dancer slash choreographer, because you want to be open and be available for dancer jobs, and projects, like, you know, where you can dance and perform on stage. That would lead to a choreoraphy job. So there's tons of dance agencies in New York, L.A. Most of the major cities now have agencies that represent dancers, so you can just kind of look up, you know, talent agencies, there's backstage online. And there's a couple agencies - there's McDonald Selznick Associates, there's the Block Agency, there's Clear Talent Agency, there's CSD. So there's quite a few agencies that represent dancers and choreographers, so no matter where you're from, you can reach out, send your postcards, send your pictures, but always remember that you have to have a professional package. It's a basic headshot, professionally done and a resume, even if your resume has nothing on it but your e-mail and your phone number and, you know, ""I'm training"". That's good enough.
Watch more How to Dance Burlesque videos: Learn how to do signature moves from the best burlesque dancers from professional dancer Elizabeth DeGennaro in this Howcast dance video. How to do signature moves from the best burlesque dancers. Okay, I'm here with Jill and Jess, and we're going to show you a little combination that a lot of the best burlesque performers use. We're going to start with a twirl in our hands using our boa. Okay? So you're twirling in. Alright, so making the boa go nice and around using our wrists. We're going to do this four times, so here we go. We're going to go. One, two, three, four. Good. So we're working out boa. After that our arms are going to come up, then we're going to slowly come down and pet your boa. Good. So the arms come up and our hands slide down petting the boa. Very good. Putting that together, we have from the beginning: one, two, three, four up, five, six, seven, eight. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven eight. Now we're going to incorporate our knees. We're going to start with the right knee. Every time you twirl, you switch knees, so you're going to go right, left, right, left. Good, let's try that again. Right, left, right, left. Good. Now we're going to add the arms. Knee comes up to the right, arms come up, knees stay there, slowly transitioning to the left knee as your hand slowly comes down and you press down and stick your little booty out. Okay? Good. Let's put that together using our knees. Here we go. A one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Very good. We're going to do it a little faster. Five, six, seven, eight, a one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Very good. Those are some signature moves from the best burlesque dancers.
Watch more How to Do Hip-Hop Dance Combos videos: Learn how to dance to the Michael Jackson hit "Beat It" in this Howcast hip-hop dance video featuring choreographer Jarrieth Patterson. What's up? This is Phil. So you've got your combinations down. Now we're going to some choreo. So the choreo we're going to do for today is Michael Jackson's "Beat It." Dum, dum, dum. Alright, so I'm going to show you some basic combinations from the Beat It video. Alright, you want to go reach, reach. Alright, so you're going to reach, reach. From there, you're going to separate your feet the second time. So you're going to reach, reach, separate, separate. So one more time, from the top, five, six, seven, eight, reach, reach, separate, separate. So, after the separating, you're going to go, hop, turn, then a hop, turn. You know that Criss Cross X we actually did earlier? Boom, same thing, but this time you're reaching, alright? So reach, reach. Okay? So, from the top, five, six, seven, eight. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Alright. Pretty basic. So here we go. Let's do it again. Five, six, seven, eight. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. From there, what you're going to do is, if you did your spin, you're going to go, it's like a push and a step. So like you're pushing your body out and you're pulling it back in with a thrust. So you push, boom, push, boom. See, my hands are ricocheting off my body, so it's like a pow, like I'm reaching for something. So, you did here, here. From there you're going to go, reach, hip, step. Reach, so you're reaching again, chest, step. So my legs, my feet, are just step, step. Step, step. So I'm stepping back with my right foot. So right, left. Quick step. Right, left. Alright, so here we go. From the top, you're going five, six, seven, eight, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Go one, two, three, four, and from there you're going to go five, six, seven, eight. Then, you're going to go, hit, hit, hit, hit. Alright. Then the turn repeats again. Boom, boom, hit, hit, hit, hit. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Go one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. One more time, one, two, three and four. So that's just the basic one, basic choreo.
Watch more Hip-Hop Dance Crew videos: Learn how to dance like Beyonce to Single Ladies from Matt Lopez and DEF-C Crew in this hip-hop dance video, part four in a six-part Howcast series. In this video there are three young beautiful girls are dancing in the street in front of the Railway Track. In that three girls one black woman practicing and explaining the steps to other two girls and dancing. The three girls are using their legs, hands and hip and dancing very beautifully. When they are dancing a train moving on their backside. After one step they are stopping and starting another steps and dancing well. They are moving their hip very wonderfully and dancing very attractively.
Watch more How to Hip-Hop Dance videos: Learn how to dance like Britney Spears from choreographer Randy Connor in this hip-hop dance video from Howcast. My name is Randy R.C. Connor, choreographer to the stars. I've worked with Britney Spears, P. Diddy Combs, Prince, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z. We're gonna just break down some moves, that you can use at the club, at the parties, at home, in your bathroom -- just have fun guys, so let's get started. C'mon! Hey guys. So what we're about to do now is some choreography from the Hit me baby one more time video. I had the pleasure of working with Britney and was awarded best choreography for this, so I'm going to share this choreography that Britney actually did in her video, with you. It's really simple, it's really cool and you can do it whenever you hear the song if you are out, just dance like Britney and enjoy yourself. Alright? So we're going to start real simple, it goes 1 and 2, 3 and 4. Okay? Alright. So 5,6,7,8 and 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5 and six. Yeah, good. Let's take that much. Alright? And guys you know, if you're going to do this make sure you're strong. One, Five, fist, boom. But you know? You're going to do it both ways. Alright, but have fun. Alright? Enjoy yourself. Alright let's take it from the top. 5,6,7,8, step 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5 and 6. Yeah? 7 and 8 and 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Alright, this guide is basically for the ladies. Guys is here bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, ladies is here, all you're doing is tipping, tipping, tipping, tip. Alright, guys boom fellas‚ alright, stump boom, ladies: tip. Alright, so we have slow: 1, 2 and 3, 4 and 5, 6 and 7 and 8 and 1, 2, yeah, 3 and 4, 5, 6, 7. Alright, excellent. Ok, let's try that with some music. Okay now with this choreography, once again to really make it work it's all about attitude. Okay, it's all about presentation. So it's how you do it, confidence, confidence builder. Have fun, alright? Here we go. 5, 6, 5, 6, 7, 8‚ 1 and 2 uh, uh, uh bum. Nice real, quick real easy, real simple. We're not going to give you too much because you already know what the video looks like but this is just a touch alright. So have fun, let's do that again, one more time. 5, 6, 7, 8‚ 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 1, 2, 3, 4, boom, hah, boom. Excellent!
Watch more How to Dance like Michael Jackson videos: Learn about Robert Taylor, Jr., one of Howcast's dance experts, in this video. Alright you guys, what's going on. My name is Robert Taylor Jr. or aka the Woo man. I'm a entertainer. I'm a singer/dancer/actorm and I've been doing this for about 20 years, you know, entertaining. Really sorely sipping myself into the dance community for 15 years and more so into the music industry for the last five years. I released two songs on iTunes this year, one song is called Get Down Tonight, another is called Break It Down. I was on So You Think You Can Dance last year, last season, season eight made the top 16. I was in a music video with (?) as a dancer for the wined up song. I recently just danced for LL Cool J as a dancer. I first discovered Michael's music back in the year of 1987. The 1987 Smooth Criminal video captured me and you know just seeing him in his style and the way he gave his flare, and his voice and his demeanor and what every move meant and using his dancers in the whole scenery in the whole your know 1930s' style. Yeah, I really felt I immersed as a child wanting to do something just like him. It made me want to become a entertainer and he's why I sing, he's why I dance, he's why I express love, peace and unity. So if you want to find me on line you can look me up on twitter which is @d8robert, the letter D, the number eight, Robert. My Facebook fan page is
Complete video at: Renowned choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov discusses his motivation for opening the Baryshnikov Arts Center. He insists that practicing art is becoming more problematic due to the pressures of the economy. "I try to help young artists to succeed in the art business," says Baryshnikov. ----- Decades after he first took the world by storm, Mikhail Baryshnikov is still dancing, and now in his 60's, he is still recognized as the quintessence of his art form. In 2005, he opened the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City, which provides space and support for creating art. He talked about his illustrious ballet career and nurturing young dancers and choreographers with PBS NewsHour correspondent Jeff Brown. - Macniel / Lehrer Productions Mikhail Nikolaevich Baryshnikov (born January 27, 1948) is a Soviet-born Russian American dancer, choreographer, and actor, often cited alongside Vaslav Nijinsky and Rudolf Nureyev as one of the greatest ballet dancers of the 20th century. After a promising start in the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad, he defected to Canada in 1974 for more opportunities in western dance. After freelancing with many companies, he joined the New York City Ballet as a principal dancer to learn George Balanchine's style of movement. He then moved to New York to dance with the American Ballet Theatre, where he later became artistic director.
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