Glee — “Vitamin D”

AH… How I love Glee… It’s one of the shows that I look forward to every Thursday (and sometimes Friday or even later on a busy week). Last week’s episode titled “Vitamin D” sees the teacher in-charge Will dividing the club into boys against girls for a mashup competition. And it was Entertainment with a capital letter E.

First, the guys, which happens to be my favourite of the two… It’s a mashup of “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi and “Confessions Part II” by Usher.

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And next, the girls: “Halo” by Beyoncé and “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves. The “I can see your halo” action at 1:40 and 1:45 is super amusing… Hur hur~

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Can’t wait for the next episode~! 😀

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If It Kills Me

Fantastic choreography by one of my favourite dancers from So You Think You Can Dance (US) Travis Wall, performed by Jeanine and Jason. This is a contemporary piece about two childhood friends. They are considering whether they should advance their relationship into something more intimate, with much reservations… Familiar memories huh~

This number features “If It Kills Me” by Jason Mraz.

If I should be so bold
I’d ask you to hold my heart in your hand
Tell you from the start how I’ve longed to be your man
But I never said a word
I guess I’m gonna miss my chance again

All I really wanna do is love you
A kind much closer than friends use
But I still can’t say it after all we’ve been through
And all I really want from you is to feel me
As the feeling inside keeps building
And I will find a way to you if it kills me
If it kills me
If it kills me
I think it might kill me

And all I really want from you is to feel me
It’s a feeling inside that keeps building
And I will find a way to you if it kills me
If it kills me
If it kills me
It might kill me

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Nothing specific to comment about since I love the entire choreography. The only tiny flaw with this dance was I found myself worry about the necklace and probably got slightly distracted. Otherwise, this dance is really nice~

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Posts of my trip will be location-/venue-based rather than the usual chronological order. This allows me to collate activities spanned across several days and list the most exciting/happening ones on top. Just like this one below.

As a Chinese Dance dancer, one must visit 北京舞蹈学院 a.k.a. Beijing Dance Academy if one is in Beijing. Otherwise the trip will be totally wasted. Mothership of Chinese Dance that produced all the Ding Hongs and Zhou Leis lei~!

So Fen and myself went down excitedly to the academy, and we saw this poster…

Wow… Graduation exhibition for dancers who took the performance profession in the classical dance faculty?! This is a performance not to be missed~!!! (Especially after our failed attempts to search for dance performances in both Shanghai and Beijing.) There were two performance timings. We went down to the first one only to be told that the performance was cancelled due to the absence of the pianist. We went down again at 10am for the second run (which happened to be our flight day too) only to find out that the venue was already full.

Cue Fen’s broken Mandarin (more on this in a separate guest post). We, one from Mauritius, one from Singapore and one from Spain, were finally seated on VIP seats.

The exhibition was fantastic. I was very 激动 during the last item, the 特殊技巧组合. I was totally mentally prepared to miss the flight to watch the performance in whole. 原来基本公也可以很好看~

Okay… Here we go. Be prepared for a whole chunk of dance below.


  • This was the opening to the exhibition. And was followed by 舞姿辗转组合.
  • The girl in the front row and has bandage on her left hand is one of the best dancers. Her face emotes constantly, and was nicknamed “emo girl”.

  • This was taken over various sections: 控制、踢腿、旋转、翻身、跳跃。
  • The guy at the front of the triangle right at the beginning of the video is one of the best dancers.
  • 0:18 – When can I ever do this 控腿 and change from 勾脚 to 蹦脚? ;(
  • 0:33 – Aiya~ How can their 控腿 be so high even when they change from 后腿 to 前腿? ;(
  • 0:41 – Looking upwards is one of the new directions that I noticed them doing which I rarely do…
  • 1:25 – Notice them looking upwards again?
  • 2:33 – There was a minor mishap where the dancers’ hands hit. That was the moment when one of the teachers attempted to stop us from filming the exhibition. Erm… Should have more confidence in the standard of her dancers right? That minor accident didn’t affect the standard of the performance lei~
  • 2:57 – It was a long while later when I thought the exhibition was too nice to not record down the moves. And so I activated my camera and resumed video taking… 😀


  • Emo girl’s solo~! It’s a pity that my camera couldn’t capture her facial expressions clearly.
  • 1:50 – Impressive~! But no beauty at all lei~

  • The only thing I remembered about this dance is that the dancer had a different finger expression for each move she had. She was practically dancing with her entire body.

  • Fen captured this video.
  • The most zai male dancer~! Very sharp dancer with extremely good technique and core control. *Drool*
  • 0:57 – SUPERB MOVE~!!!
  • 1:19 –  Did a freeze frame of his front split jump and it looked horribly good. *Jealous*

  • Fen captured this video.
  • 1:06 – He did the superb move too. Just not as superb as the most zai male dancer.


My translation for Fen for this section was “Special Skills Exhibition”. I thought they were going to show some unique skills like maybe the ability of their tongue to touch their elbow. (No… Don’t start trying that now…) Little did I know…

  • 0:34 – This is the second most zai male dancer~
  • 0:54 – Once again, the dancer had different finger expressions for each turn. Quite a huge vocabulary that we seem to be missing…
  • 1:43 – The constantly low spinning move is nice~!
  • 2:26 – The most zai male dancer returns to show off all the variations you can do while doing turns! Whoo~!
  • 2:36 – The guy flipping around the circumference has his hands touching the floor. Quite a unique move~
  • 3:25 – I was really that close to tearing at this moment and my hands were trembling…
  • 3:34 – A very Ding Hong move~

Whoa~ That’s all. It’s a pity that these video is only 30% of the whole exhibition. Must go Beijing Dance Academy and crash any of their class performance ok!!!

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Beyonce — “Single Ladies”

Distractions galore~! Look at this guerilla publicity stunt by some 100 Beyonce lookalikes at central London. A combination of professionals and Beyonce devotees answered the bootylicious singer’s audition call for the event which was to publicise her exclusive gig in the O2 arena on November 25. Coooool~ And distracting~

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Found the caption for the picture above at Hello! amusing. Emphasis by me.

A bevy of dancers, not all of whom were ladies in the strictest sense of the word, entertained commuters when they delivered a synchronised performance to the diva’s tune Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It). Photo: © Trident

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nzj’s University Musical

The emptiness in me had me seeking to have it filled. Since I was in quite a state of desperation, I caught High School Musical 3: Senior Year in the cinemas. I had not much expectations from the preview of the soundtrack, but I still paid the eight dollars.

Whoa~ I didn’t expect it to remind me of the dilemmas I face everyday.

Can I Have This Dance

by Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens

Update 29th October 2008: Added portion of the movie; broadcasted during Dancing with the Stars (and therefore the applause at the end of the video clip). My favorite moments are right below the clip:

0:57 – Gabriella seems very light~! And I like the way she arches upwards.
0:59 – Same lift as 0:57. Light and effortless as always. And I think she pointed her feet~!
1:19 – Uh oh… Troy looked downwards to make sure that he doesn’t fall…
1:20 – See! He does that again…
1:33 – Whoa~! That’s quite a drop. And she is on heels~!
1:57 – I liked the way they spin round and Gabriella just rests her weight on on foot.
2:18 – Whoo~
2:38 – I wonder how they can accelerate the spin and yet make it seem so smooth…

Okay… Not bad… 🙂 The choreography definitely made the soundtrack more promising. End of update insert.

High School Musical being a musical, had quite a bit of dancing and pa de deux. (The song above is played when Troy and Gabriella waltzed on the rooftop garden.) That made me miss dance so much. I’ve basically dropped all dance activities after Dance Reflections 2008. No more TAT, no more dance rehearsals, and am no longer attending technique class. SIGH~ And I miss being part of a production, being in sync with the dancers on stage, and the burst of endorphin at the end of each performance.


Whilst the high school seniors are deciding which college to go to after their graduation, I am constantly reminded of which job I should take up after the graduation I have myself. And the reminders come in everyday… Suddenly I am extremely confused of what career path I should take. Bioengineering? Design? IT? Systems integration? Bioimaging? Apple/Google? Going from Primary school to university had been easy: just choose the best place available. Things are so different from here on… Worse still, I have totally no motivation to attend career talks/exhibitions, not to mention searching for jobs on the papers. I know I should be doing these, given the economic downturn and thus the increased difficulty to get a job, but I seriously have no motivation.

How to end this university musical of my own… Haiz…

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告别下午场的观众,饥饿的我回到更衣室。猛吃一些零食后,发现原来DR Exco有订一个超大的蛋糕给我们提高士气!她们还为每人准备了一朵玫瑰花呢~










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到了后台,副舞台监督对我说了一声:”Good job!” 但明显的,我对那场演出的表现非常不满意…



观众反应都还蛮理想的。觉得演出整体上有连贯性。除了感谢他们的到来之外,也有一丝的不好意思…因为没办法让他们看见一个完好无缺的独舞… Continue reading





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