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This month, a band called INFINITE made history for K-pop — it scored a hit, and it did it while singing in Korean on the strength of their song and amazing dancing.

The boy band became the first Korean musicians to top the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart, thanks to a video of them practicing the dance for their catchy single, “Last Romeo.” After the video of their amazing dancing went live, the song skyrocketed to the No. 1 spot on the chart, the single also ranked 33rd on the Billboard Twitter Top Tracks. Both of these rankings signal a huge shift in American audiences — a willingness to finally acknowledge that K-pop is the amazing genre our country needs to diversify its tastes.

This almost never happens for foreign acts. PSY’s “Gangnam Style” came closest to accomplishing the feat, but that song was successful largely due to its novelty value and PSY’s cartoonish play on Asian stereotypes. Though many American musical acts and songs dominate musical markets around the globe even though they’re performed in English, foreign acts rarely have the same effect in America. Domestically you will seldom hear any popular song in a language other than English — regardless of the band’s nationality. Foreign bands either sing songs in English, such as Robyn, Bastille and Daft Punk, or they play up their foreignness and become a cultural trope, like PSY. Let’s face it: Few people listened to “Gagnam Style” for its melodic genius. It was to watch PSY dance under a twerking man in his music video.

The seven members of INFINITE, then, are accomplishing something few acts can. They refused to pander to American audiences and proved that undeniable musical ability is all it takes to score a hit. They actually released “Last Romeo” in May, but only after they published a video of their impressive dance practices online in early September did it start to grab attention in the U.S. Rather than make a high concept video, the group hearkens back the ’90s style of NSYNC and Britney Spears synchronized dancing mixed with the new-school flare of R&B singer/dancers like Jason Derulo and Usher. They used their video to emphasize the music — not the other way around.

INFINITE’s career in America is only just beginning, but it signals a bold new era for American audiences — one where our ears can open our minds.

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Waltz On The Walls Of City Hall

Bandaloop dancers Amelia Rudolph and Roel Seeber take vertical choreography to new heights on Oakland’s City Hall during the Art + Soul Festival.

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Vertical Waltz

Amelia Rudolph and Roel Seeber are two dancers who are more then familiar with unusual vertical stages. As part of the vertical choreography dance company “Bandaloop” they perform spectacular dances on exterior walls. It seems like they are gliding almost weightless on the side of Oakland’s City Hall.

The performance shown on the GIFs is called “waltz on the walls” and was staged for the annual Art + Soul Festival held in Oakland, California. There is also a video including point of view footage, which they have recorded with GoPro cameras.

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A Thought on Maddie & "Chandelier"

After seeing Maddie perform with Allison on Dancing With The Stars, I just have to say how much I love the fact that with each dance performance, the story in the choreography changes and evolves.

For example: In the music video, Maddie performing solo told a story about a girl who just wanted to be herself, but was limited to be a well-mannered little girl, but we don’t know by whom.

The Live performance on Jimmy Kimmel answers that question by introducing the family to the mix. And when you watch the “parents” closely enough, we get more answers. Her parents were a loving couple that struggled to maintain happiness, sanity and good appearance. They were stressed out by these issues to the point where they basically became almost as out-of-control as their daughter.

But the biggest factor to me is when in the middle of the dance, when the couple is holding hands, Maddie rips the two apart and they never hold hands again except for when they hold hands with their “daughter,” implying that the character (not Sia, I might add) feels responsible for breaking them apart. The parents even mock-yell at Sia in this dance, also implying that she (as the older Maddie, in this case) is haunted by the idea, whether it’s true or not.

And then we get to the DWTS performance and another part of the story is added, and probably my personal favorite. Allison plays the older Maddie who not only seems to be reverting back to her child-like ways, but is struggling.to hold herself together. And who is comforting her in her time of need? Her younger self, played by Maddie.

Just something to think about.

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