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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结业课展示

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.

第一部分、基训课教材

  • 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… 😀

第二部分、个人组合展示

  • 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.

第三部分、特殊技巧组合

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.

咳…转个头看到我的实验册,我就不知该如何继续说下去…

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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九月十三日(下)

下午

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~


吃完蛋糕,我便有样学样地跟那些比较资深的舞蹈员把脚抬高,让两支腿里的血液循环(?)…

那时的我原来是蛮疲惫的。把腿放下之后,我竟不知不觉地睡着了~

晚餐到了~!但是晚餐是蛮令人泄气的…咳…晚餐过后,我便一人到了台上。那时的UCC是亮着的。站在我的凳子上,我把看到的一切记录得透底、清清楚楚。我不能再因为有观众而紧张了。我也为自己连排了几次,直到我满意为止…

之后是补妆的时候。下午画的装大部分都还在,所以这很容易就解决了。给老师审查时,她们说我“苦力”的背心还不够脏,不能真实的体现一个“苦力”的装扮。于是,我便请其他的舞蹈员蹂躏我了…:(

哎呀,其实也只是在我的背心和身上涂抹化妆品罢了~

晚上

好快啊…又是演出前的一小时。这次我选择在老师的更衣室暖身。那里比较平静,比较能让我的心境平息下来。郝老师也提醒我别太紧张,把演出当成平时的彩排就行了。

后台台右。我已尽量把下午场的意外抛在脑后。但头脑里还是有杂乱的声音,脚板还是出着汗。在上台前,我便给我“苦力”的人物取一个名字,希望“阿宏”能顺利的把他的故事与大家分享…

台上发生的事也不是记得很清楚。凳子有摇晃了一下,我母亲有在我脑海里出现了一下…在完毕整个舞蹈前,我也再次提醒自己不要紧张。当我慢慢地走回台右后台时,远处看到的是兴奋的郝老师和她的拇指。虽然台上表面的我还是保留着痛苦的情感,心里的政杰已经雀跃万分了。

🙂 . 🙂 . 🙂

这是所有彩排以来最完美的一次。

之后的第二只舞蹈也比较轻松的完成。怎么说我也跳这只舞N次了~

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九月十三日(上)

早上

带着麦当劳早餐到达UCC礼堂的后台。发送他人的早餐后,我便在更衣室吃一顿能提升士气的早餐。好的开始是成功的一半。早餐过后,便开始为几个比较熟悉的朋友准备字条。若不逞这个机会把平时没机会说的话写出来,就不知以后会不会有下一次了…

过后是连排。已经是第N次了。准备了我独舞的服装,我便上台彩排…这也是我为下午场演出的身体和心灵上的热生。

中午

午餐时分。就在每个人都开始填饱肚子时,我也开始发送字条与糖果。不同人的反应都不一样;但一切都是值得纪念的。午餐并不完美…但没关系,只要演出时不会肚子饿就行了。过后是化妆的时候。大型演出嘛,不能马虎,所以画了一些基本的装之后,我便到处找高手帮我完成我的装。最后找到了周老师来帮我画眼线。在他细心的帮忙下,我那双小眼睛终于不会在台上消失了。

下午

演出开始了。在后台的我是有点紧张的,脚板的毛孔都开始出点汗。其他舞蹈员都还蛮轻松,能说能笑,也帮忙减少了我的紧张。不知不觉地,我就在后台的台右,拿着凳子,准备上台了。

台上的我,心跳得比平时还快,但这绝不是不是兴奋的快感。就当一切顺利进行时,我的双腿一松,就犯了第一个差错。好才之后的一大段都还好。但就当舞蹈要完成时,我失去了平衡,一屁股坐了下去。哎呀~

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…

当我换了服装,回到后台台右,郝老师看到我那一脸的失意。但她说她了解我因该是紧张到腿软了,而那是正常的。其实除了那两个意外之外,其他都还算不错。听了这番话,我便比较安心地上台跳第二只舞蹈…

演出完毕!该是去找观众了!

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

《请给我一个拥抱》

请给我一个拥抱,让我停息这无边的伤痛。
只要有你的拥抱,我会很平静很平静的面对黑暗与分离。
我只要一个拥抱,让寒夜变得温暖。
幸福对我来说,只是一个温暖的拥抱…

这就是郝娜老师交给我的舞蹈简介,我的独舞的介绍。接触过了欢乐的和悲伤的舞蹈之后,这次将挑战在舞台上诠释“孤独”。在八十年代的新加坡,一名南下到南洋移的移民成为了苦力。离开家人与妻子是个非常痛苦的但必要的决定。一人在国外好孤独啊…唯一陪伴着的就只有房里的那张长椅,窗外的月弯,和脑海里的回忆…

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