werking it with the dancing line

Dance was artistic long before "Chandelier"

On a Friday morning, I peel my socks off of my dry, callused feet and nervously look around me at the variety of bodies and shapes surrounding me. They stretch in unconventional ways compared to the willowy, bodysuit-clad bunheads in my Saturday ballet class. They lie on the ground with their eyes closed, swinging their legs in a sort of organized chaos, seemingly in a trance. I feel my way into the room and start to wave my arms slowly as I simultaneously flex my feet and point them again at a deliberately slow pace. Our movements are strange and out of sync. We do not question each others’ methods. The teacher, a friendly, T-shirt-sporting dancer/neurologist in his mid-40s, springs in, gazelle-like, and our studio director takes his place behind a set of large bongo drums.

We are modern dancers. And we’ve been here for a long time.

It’s rare within the confines of my studio walls — which host only one medium-sized dance studio, delivering drop-in classes to adults in the Toronto area from total beginners to SYTYCD alumni to National Ballet principal dancers alike — that the topic of “Dance Moms” or Maddie Ziegler ever come up.

But occasionally I’ve heard rumblings and debate surrounding Ziegler’s latest projects, the allegedly ground-breaking “Chandelier” and, more recently, “Elastic Heart.”

I’ve always been impressed by Maddie Ziegler. I think her technique is beautiful  and mature, and rarely is it acknowledged that she fights against not having a completely ideal dance body (shorter legs and arms, a larger head), and she seems to be a true artist passionate about what she does.

But watching the video for “Chandelier,” I never once felt anything greater than “unmoved.” The occasional, “wow, that’s cool” kind of thought ran between my ears, but as Ziegler hopped on one foot and played her tummy like a drum set and manipulated her face in a manic fashion, all I could think was that I’ve seen this kind of stuff before.

Dancers have been writhing around and challenging classic aesthetic and lines and provoking the audience with an admittedly “different” style of dance since before even the days of Martha Graham. And that’s not to downplay the artistry of conventional ballet and jazz either.

All I can do is apologize to you — the mainstream consumers, those whose exposure to dance is overcrowded with Instagram hashtags (#tilttuesday, #WERK), “Youtube Dancers” and SYTYCD tours — that you did not know that the world of dance was already brimming with brilliant artists. And, I might add, ones who aren’t making nearly the paycheque that a kid who was discovered for her work on a reality show were making.

And it is difficult to write this eloquently without coming off as though I am jealous of an admittedly gifted 12-year-old. I will be a big person and admit that there is bitterness there. Of course there is. I think almost all of us dancers feel it whenever someone hurls our art into the mainstream because they fluked into opportunities that were never even available for us to accidentally brush up against in the first place.

It’s a mixed blessing. On one hand, yes, most of us are pretty happy that dance is out there in the mainstream. But of course there’s always consequences to that. There’s the undoubted bastardization that any art goes through when it reaches the mainstream. It’s the same feeling we had when we saw “contemporary,” formerly a word synonymous for the art of modern dance, become a blanket term for anything that vaguely fell under the jazz umbrella but occasionally threw in a spastic or strange rhythmic movement here or there, thanks largely to So You Think You Can Dance.

But damn it, I’m mad, okay? Because to act like the dancing in “Chandelier” is some sort of breath of fresh air doesn’t say there’s anything wrong with the dance world. Perhaps it says that there’s something wrong with you. Just because you’ve been brainwashed to think the dance world starts and stops with competitive youth dance, skimpy costumes, sock buns and fouette-fouette-a-la-seconde-a-la-seconde-jeté-penche-roll-out doesn’t make it so.

You’ve got writers claiming a pre-teen has saved the dance world while we’re sweating our asses off in a studio working on pieces that hardly anyone will see, even if “Chandelier” enlightened them so and made them truly consider dance an “art.” Our theatres are half-empty while newly baptised “dance enthusiasts” — some even being dancers themselves — wait for the newest video to premier on Youtube.

bycynical  asked:

i just started getting into bts and i want to know more about them so can you describe each members personality? especially jhope and v! thank you! P.S.- I love your blog

/INHALES/

Okay first Jin. He’s the handsome awkward one with the broad shoulders. You can’t miss ‘em. He’s the oldest of the bunch. Super Mario fanboy. Nickname’s Pink Princess but don’t be fooled, he’s still quite manly. Cooking mama of the group. Dancing isn’t he’s strong point but he’s been improving a lot. Thick lips. According to the boys he’s also Grandma. Always taking care of the members. Can get a little sassy. He eats, he eats and he eats. Works hard. Vocal line.

SUGA. People actually thought he was scary back in the day(how?) but he’s actually a cute soft ball of cuteness that loves the members. Grandpa. Gummy smile. Normally doesn’t give a sh*t. Loves to write lyrics and produce music. Min PD. He will tell a hater like it is but he’s really a sweetheart that’s passionate about his work. He looks tough but he has a soft side, very soft. He’s always sharing his heart with the fans. He keeps it real. Works hard. Sleeps hard. Second oldest. Rapper Line. My bias.

J-hope. And like his name, he is a hopeful ray of sunshine and a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that will brighten up your dingiest days. He’s your hope, he’s your angel. Another mom of the group. He doesn’t control his face nor his body. Likes to twerk and werk and twerk some more. He has a serious side too but doesn’t show it often. He gets scared easily, like really easily. He’s an amazing dancer and his rap skills are everything. He can sing pretty well too. Writes lyrics. Works hard. Third oldest. Rapper line, dance line. My sister’s bias.

Now the leader, Rap Monster. People tend to think the name is a bit much but believe me, he can rap quite a few under a Christmas tree. He may be the leader but he gets cray at times. Like Jin, dancing is not his strong point. It’s RAP Monster not Dance Monster, never forget. Still obsessed with the word “sexy”. Pink monster. Kim daily. All about fashion, fancy words and some deep philosophical sh*t. And like SUGA, writes lyrics, produces and he’s really just a ball of dimple cuteness. Works hard. Fourth oldest. Rapper line.

Jimin. Everybody loves Jimin. Cute. Cute. Cutie with a booty. Troll of the group. All about revenge. He loves Jungkook, LOVES Jungkook. Loves Suga too. He’s just really sweet and caring towards he’s members in general. Taeyang fanboy. His vocals will send you straight to Heaven. Looks cute but has a sexy side. If you’re having a bad day just listen to his laugh. Eye smile. Superb dancer, Perfect Man perf was just well.. perfect. Works hard. Vocal line, dance line.

V! His real name is Taehyung. So 4D you probably won’t be able to wrap your head around it so don’t even try but guess what? He says he’s not 4D! So… he’s just Tae.. I guess? Yeah. Rapper line’s fanboy and loves all the cyphers more than the fans probably. Dance skills are everything, he can get it. Secret handshake with Jungkook. Lovely deep vocal chords. May appear as class clown but he has a sweet serious side. Great with kids. Lots of celeb friends. Works hard. Loves to eat. Cute in every way. Vocal line. (my secret bias shh)

Last but bet your bottom dollar not least, Jungkook. Golden maknae. Sassy. International playboy. He can sing like the sweet birds early in the morning. Sassy. At first we thought he was the sane member of the group but turns out he’s just as crazy as the rest. Sassy. G-dragon and Zion.t fanboy x100. He’s got all the noonas in his back and front pockets. If he’s not your bias, he’s still your bias. He can rap, dance, sing and everything… he’s good at everything. Sassy but really a sweet kid. Strong. Works hard. Vocal line, dance line.

Hope this helped you get to know BTS better. Have fun stanning them~

bbopsolo  asked:

Hey! I'm a new BTS fan. But I'm having trouble putting names to faces, especially Jin, Jungkook, and Suga. I can't tell them apart. Can you help me out? Btw I'm an American fan :) Also, are there any videos you recommend me watching? I've seen Boy in Luv, Just One Day, and a couple interviews, and I'm in love. Thanks so much!

/INHALES/

Okay first Jin. He’s the handsome awkward one with the broad shoulders. You can’t miss ‘em. He’s the oldest of the bunch. Super Mario fanboy. Nickname’s Pink Princess but don’t be fooled, he’s still quite manly. Cooking mama of the group. Dancing isn’t he’s strong point but he’s been improving a lot. Thick lips. According to the boys he’s also Grandmama. Can get a little sassy. Vocal line.

Then we have SUGA. He’s that rapper that you’d think is all rough and tough “oh he hard” but come to find out, he’s actually a cute soft ball of cuteness that loves Jimin. Papa and Grandpapa. Gummy smile. Doesn’t give a /blank/. He currently has a habit of not keeping his tongue in his mouth. Dangerous. Loves to write lyrics and produce music. Min PD. He will tell a hater like it is(ya’ll know). Second oldest. Rapper Line. My bias.

Next up we have J-hope. And like his name, he is a hopeful ray of sunshine and a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that will brighten up your dingiest days. He’s your hope, he’s your angel. The member that says the fans are his girlfriend. Another mama. He doesn’t control his face nor his body. Likes to twerk and werk and twerk some more. He’s an amazing dancer and his rap skills are underrated. Can sing pretty well too. Third oldest. Rapper line, dance line.

Now the leader, Rap Monster. People tend to think the name is a bit much but believe me, he can rap quite a few under a Christmas tree. He may be the leader but he can get pretty cray at times. Like Jin, dancing is not his strong point. It’s RAP Monster not Dance Monster, never forget. Currently obsessed with the word “sexy”. Kim something new everyday. And like SUGA, writes lyrics, produces and he’s really just a ball of cuteness with a dimple the size of a pitfall. Fourth oldest. Rapper line. Sister’s bias.

Now for maknae line:

Jimin. Cute. Cute. Cutie with a booty. He’s the shortest member and also the troll of the group. He loves Jungkook, pretends he doesn’t love SUGA sometimes and has some sort of clique with J-hope. Currently has a knack for gettin’ at Rap Monster. All about revenge. Taeyang fanboy x3. He’s more than his abs(but dang) and his vocals will send you straight to Heaven. Eye smile. Superb dancer. Total cutie. Vocal line, dance line.

V! His real name is Taehyung. He’s supposedly an alien but his home planet is unknown at the moment. So 4D you probably won’t be able to wrap your head around it so don’t even try. He’s rapper line’s fanboy and loves Cypher pt.2 more than the fans probably. May secretly want to be a rapper. Dance skills are underrated, he can get it. Lovely deep vocal chords. Ever-changing hair color. Rocks the eyeliner. Cute in every way. Vocal line.

Last but bet your bottom dollar not least, Jungkook. Golden maknae. Sassy. He can sing like the sweet birds early in the morning. Sassy. At first we thought he was the sane member of the group but turns out he’s just as crazy as the rest. Sassy. G-dragon fanboy x100. He’s got all the noonas in his back and front pockets. If he’s not your bias, he may secretly be your bias. He can rap, dance, sing and errthing. Sassy but really a sweet little cutie. Vocal line, dance line.

As for what shows to watch: Watch EVERYTHING YOU CAN FIND. Watch all the Bangtan Bombs, watch all the Rookie King episodes, watch any interview that shows up, watch all their MVs, watch all their live performances, watch all their dance practices. Whatever you can get your hands on, WATCH IT. Watch it all, watch it all. Then re-watch.

Well that’s about it. Welcome to A.R.M.Y, as you’ll eventually find out, it’s not always easy but it’s definitely fun to love these 7 Bulletproof Boy Scouts.

-bangtannoonas