Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato || Jojo Gomez Choreography

Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato || Jojo Gomez ChoreographySorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato

Credits:

Filmed by Tim Milgram
Second Camera: Donovan Okimura
Dancers: Jojo Gomez, Serena Petruzello, Savana Petruzello, Haley Messick, Kaycee Rice


Jojo Gomez always goes hard when it comes to choreography and this was no exception. Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato is a fun, fresh, and fierce song which is just perfect for Jojo’s style! Each of the featured dancers gave their own flavor when they performed in groups and it just added to the fun of the dance.

I’ve been seeing a lot of Serena and Savana Petruzello in videos lately and they’re always so in sync, it’s crazy! Loved seeing them and Jojo in a pink motif too. Haley Messick is probably up there with Jojo when it comes to going hard, although sometimes I think she’s going a bit too hard. But then again, if I were dancing in front of Demi Lovato, you can bet I am going all out. I’m starting to become a fan of Kaycee Rice as well. This kid, oh this kid! She doesn’t overdo the facial expressions and she dances appropriately for her age despite what the choreography calls for. She strikes me as an overall sweet girl and I’m happy she’s getting more of these solos.

Of course, let’s talk about Demi Lovato’s appearance! If I stalked correctly, Jojo was contacted by Dani Vitale and the rest was history. The next thing I knew, Jojo and her dancers were on Good Morning America, Billboard Music Fest, and then the VMAs.

This is just a testament about how hard work pays off so, as a fellow dancer, I hope you don’t give up on your passion!

 

Tempted to say “That’s not fair!”? Remember this!

I’ve found myself saying “That’s not fair!” numerous times this month. It’s a phrase that’s so easy to just throw out whenever I felt that privileges were being taken away from me. In my case, it was the one month suspension of Uber.

But we won’t be talking about that.
We’re talking about the phrase “That’s not fair!”.

"That's not fair!"

Now I can’t even remember when I started saying this. Was it in high school when we had to have make up classes when it wasn’t our fault classes were cancelled in the first place? Or could it be traced back to my childhood years when I had to go home even if my neighborhood friends were still playing outside.

I didn’t see anything wrong at the time. I just wanted things to be fair! Little did I know, this phrase revealed so much about how entitled I was. I may as well have said God was keeping blessings from me. Ugh, heart check please?!

I came across this article which talked about how we should stop kids from saying this phrase and I was inspired to share these points with you:

1. You’re right, that’s not fair!

It’s not fair that I’m here complaining about being inconvenienced by Uber’s suspension when I know people who endure the hard, daily commute because it’s cheaper and they cannot afford using other means of transportation. It’s not fair that I get to share my thoughts with you when there are those crying for their voices to be heard.

Some may have pointed at me before saying, “That’s not fair!”, and, truth is, they have a much better case.

2. You really don’t want life to be fair.

We all have our measures of what is right and what is wrong but the problem is we’re human and not God. God is the one who truly holds the scale and the Bible tells us that He has been nothing but gracious towards us.

Because of His mercy, we do not receive His judgment. Instead, we receive His grace. God is fair but He is also just and merciful.

You know what’s unfair though? That Jesus would be the one to go down from heaven to receive the ultimate punishment for our sins just so we could have a restored relationship with God.

3. A heart of ingratitude and entitlement is evidence of a deeper problem with God.

This struck me the most. Whenever we feel entitled, it’s as if we’re telling God that we don’t trust Him to be our Father who can take care of our needs, love us and care for us. Not only that, our ingratitude shows that we think we know better than God about what is good for us.

Oh how terrible I felt! Every time I said “That’s not fair!”, I was telling God that He hasn’t done things as evenly as I would. Can you believe me? A sinful human, claiming to know more than our Almighty Father!

So what’s the solution?

Remember the Gospel. We have to remind ourselves that Jesus IS enough. God provided us with all that we need. Jesus dying on that cross for our sins is the greatest gift we could ever receive. Anything else we ask for pales in comparison.

Once we truly understand the Gospel, we begin to develop a healthier sense of justice. Instead of looking at what we don’t have, we start looking at others who are suffering and we get involved in fighting the injustice around us. By giving up our own entitlement for the sake of others, we become a small light that attracts those to the Kingdom of God.

 

Do you have any stories of entitlement? Feel free to share them with me!

Rake It Up by Yo Gotti, Mike WiLL Made It || Ysabelle Capitule Choreography

Rake It Up by Yo Gotti, Mike WiLL Made It || Ysabelle Capitule ChoreographyRake It Up by Yo Gotti, Mike WiLL Made It ft. Nicki Minaj

Misfits Dance Camp 2017

Video above is from the Misfits Dance Camp this 2017. Ysabelle Capitule came down with more than 15 other choreographers to teach. (I must be liking her a lot since this is the second video I’ve posted of her so far.) Choreographers include Kevin and Dea, Jun Quemado, Ian Eastwood, and many more!

Again, I’m just loving the vibe she has. It’s not as technical as some of the other dances I’ve watched but it’s definitely fun and groovy. I’m particularly fond of the twerk she’s doing though! I’m not really a fan of twerking but when it’s done in a not so sleazy manner then I’m all for it.

Looking at the students taking the class, I noticed that they’re not particular about arm or leg placements. This leads me to believe that maybe a class with Ysabelle Capitule is more about developing your own feel or flow rather than actual technique. I see a lot of them playing around with certain parts of the music that I couldn’t really appreciate it as a group performance. Still everyone was fun to watch and it makes me wonder what I would learn if I finally decide to take a class under her.

 

 

Fully Booked July 2017 Haul

Apparently Fully Booked is on sale for the weekend. It’s 20% off on regular items until Sunday. Perfect timing because I was already looking forward to curling up with a good book to read over the weekend. I don’t regularly go shopping for books anymore so I thought calling it my Fully Booked July 2017 Haul was appropriate!

So here’s what I got for my Fully Booked July 2017 Haul:

Fully Booked July 2017 Haul

(1) Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters and (2) The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Timothy Keller

I’ve actually been seeing a lot of Timothy Keller quotes online and some of them hit close to home with me. I only got to physically buy Counterfeit Gods though. I had to order online The Meaning of Marriage because they didn’t have a copy at the store.

Now, why on earth am I reading a marriage book? To be honest, it felt weird looking for the title but most of the Timothy Keller quotes I really liked were from this book. Not only that but I think it may be the season that I start praying for it. So I’m hoping I get to learn a lot of things from this book once it arrives.

(3) Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul by John & Stasi Eldredge

I was actually hoping to read Wild at Heart first but it wasn’t available either. I tried looking for it on the online site as well but with no luck. Maybe it will be in CCF’s book store! Will probably check it out on Sunday.

(4) Creativity, Inc. : Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration  by  Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace

Moving away from the Christian books for a moment with this purchase. Truth is, I’ve been feeling pretty down i the dumps lately. Retail therapy may be a thing. I’m hoping this book takes me out of my creative slump and motivates me with work!

And that’s it!

If you’ve read any of these books let me know what you think! 🙂

I Need It by Johnny Balik || Keone Madrid Choreography

I Need It by Johnny Balik || Keone Madrid Choreography

I Need It by Johnny Balik

Music: I Need It by Johnny Balik
Choreography by: Keone Madrid
Dancers: Carlo Darang and Kevin Nguyen
Directed & Edited by: Vibrvncy

Mari was busy sooo…


I Need It by Johnny Balik

I’m actually not really familiar with the song but it’s really so pleasant and easy to listen to. Keone Madrid is on another level when he choreographed this song. Taking inspiration from clowns, he turns a hung coat into a new dance partner.

These moves are initially simple, conveying nothing but affection for the imagined partner. When they let go of the coats it then jumps into more complex and intricate combinations that show nothing but joy and need for a person they miss.

Wonderful concept and beautiful location. Not only that but Vibrvncy does and excellent job in capturing the choreography even with all the block changes they do. I can only imagine the small space they have and they were able to maximize it.

Note: I adore the animation for Keone and Mari’s logo! The ‘&’ was used to really show off the partnership that they share.

Thoughts after a year of losing a loved one

My father passed away on the morning of July 14, 2016 at the age of 86. It’s only been a year but I still find myself silently grieving. Losing a loved one is always hard, especially when it’s a parent. The past year brought about so many changes but it also brought out so many lessons. Here are some that I’d love to share with you.

Thoughts on losing a loved one

1. Grief is different for everyone.

As a Christian, I believe that as long as you have a relationship with Jesus Christ then you will go to heaven. Death only means that we would be reunited with our heavenly Father. I kept reminding myself of this fact during my dad’s final weeks. It brought me comfort at first but it was different when he finally passed away.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)

I don’t think I cried as much as I should have. I just ended up feeling numb. It was only during the start of this year when I really gave myself time to grieve. And I realized that it wasn’t really for my dad’s sake; I grieved for my own sake, because I was going to be living a life without him in it.

2. You are not alone.

Sometimes I felt like I was alone in my grief but I was reminded that God knows my hurt. He placed people in my life to get me through the tough times. From my family, friends, to my support groups God reminded me every day that I wasn’t alone. I had friends who came to see me as soon as they heard and friends who visited more than once. Even my office was very supportive, they had set up a van to bring people to and from the wake after office hours. I also received messages of comfort from those who have gone through what I was going through, and a lot of them were always around to help.

3. The first year of losing a loved one is the hardest

It’s like joining a club you never wished to be a part of. It’s my first birthday, first family reunion, first Christmas, and first New Year all over again. Let’s not forget those little milestones of life in between. Each event was like a jarring reminder of what I’ve lost in the year. I’d like to believe that I came out stronger from it though. Just knowing I got through the first year gives me comfort. It was definitely easier knowing that I still had a heavenly father watching over me, and what a loving father He is!

4. Forgive yourself

There are times when I catch myself recalling past disagreements and arguments. Sometimes, I even feel like I didn’t do enough show my dad I loved him.

I’m reminded that as humans we’re not perfect and our relationships may reflect this. Shortcomings and mistakes happen on both sides and we have to remember that this is all in the past. Whatever happened has happened and we cannot change this. The sooner we accept this, the sooner we let go of the guilt and remember the happier times instead. And these are the memories we want to remember.

5. Losing a loved one doesn’t define you, but it does change you

Even if we don’t want change, we will have to accept it. And we’ll be ready when we feel it. Happiness will come and we will learn to live again. I’m currently proof of this. Broken crayons still color so let God use our brokenness to create something beautiful.

If you’re still reeling from a loss and need someone to talk to, send me a message and I’ll be available to chat. My prayers are with you and your family. We’ll get through this. I promise.

Thoughts on losing a loved one
They say I look more like him than my mom.

Facebook blocked me for three days!

Some of you may have already known this but Facebook blocked me this whole weekend. Apparently, I uploaded a video five years ago that infringes copyright. If I remember correctly, the video was from a dance class and it was most likely a Beyonce song.

Facebook blocked me for three days!

It wasn’t fun. I hated being Facebook blocked. I couldn’t send messages, engage on posts, or play Everwing. (Whew, I know. Priorities right?) So many updates and tagged photos went by and I couldn’t interact.

But I felt like I did deserve to be blocked for copyright infringement so I decided to be patient. It’s a bit sad though; suddenly Facebook isn’t a good platform for dancers to share their art. I wasn’t alone in this whole fiasco. In fact, some people had it worse. Imagine Facebook deactivating your account. That doesn’t sound good. (Now I’m wondering if I should be reviewing my videos to see if I have other risky uploads?)

However, I do believe Facebook could have at the very least given me the option of taking down the video myself rather than block me right away. It’s been five years since I uploaded the video,  I would have gladly taken it down had they asked me to.

Still it looks like I’m moving my video content to Youtube in the future. At least they notify me if I’m uploading anything I shouldn’t.

Have any of you encountered a similar situation?
What do you think of Facebook’s strict rules?

Feel free to leave a comment below to let me know about it!

Halle Berry (She’s Fine) – Hurricane Chris

Rake It Up by Yo Gotti, Mike WiLL Made It || Ysabelle Capitule ChoreographyHalle Berry (She’s Fine) – Hurricane Chris

Music: Halle Berry (She’s Fine) – Hurricane Chris ft. Superstarr
Choreography by: Ysabelle Capitule
Directed & Edited by: Rickie “Typo” Crouch
Music Partnerships: Erica Forster, Jason Cienkus

Video courtesy of DanceOn
DanceOn Class combines hit music with the DanceOn Network’s incomparable talent to help you learn the latest dance trends and hear the music that makes the dance community move and groove! This week features choreography from Ysabelle Capitule, featuring Hurricane Chris’s “Halle Berry (She’s Fine)” ft. Superstarr. The video was directed & edited by Rickie “Typo” Crouch.

 


Taking a break from NBC World of Dance posts to show some appreciation for Ysabelle Capitule. I may not have taken her class when she went to Manila but I do enjoy watching her videos. If you have the time, make sure to check her out on Instagram. I think she posts more there and you even get to see her crazy and funnier side too.

NOTE: Song content isn’t clean but I want you to focus on people having fun with the song rather than the message.

I mentioned before that I’m going to be sharing more dance videos now so I hope you stay tuned every week to see more of my favorites!

Keeping track of my attitude of gratitude

Why am I keeping track of my attitude of gratitude?

I mentioned in my last entry that I was going to start an attitude of gratitude. The decision came after encountering Elijah in the bible. Though he was encountering difficulty, God was sustaining him throughout his journey. It wasn’t really a grand miracle or anything. Instead, he was provided rest, food, and drink.

See, we look to God to make a big change in our life; we look to Him to grant us wealth or instantly make us healthier. But the truth is, He gives us enough. He makes sure we are given just enough for the day to keep us going. And we’re not grateful for that.

Thus the birth of my attitude of gratitude.

How’s my progress?

I’ll be keeping track of my attitude of gratitude through this blog entry. In here, you’ll find what I’m thankful for for the next few days. My discipler was hoping I could keep this up for a week, so let’s see how I do.

Attitude of Gratitude

July 6, 2017

Today was a bit of a challenge as I didn’t get as much sleep as I wanted because my cousin had come home at around five in the morning. Still, when you think about it, the blessings still outweigh the challenges.

  1. It was a Thursday and that means training day! I can’t wait to see and dance with the ministry today.
  2. Despite the lack of sleep, I woke up earlier than my alarm clock today. Hurray for a good sleep cycle!
  3. I’ll be starting a new series on my blog dedicated to dance videos. Stay tuned weekly to see my favorite dance videos on Youtube!

July 7, 2017

  1. Friday, Friday, Friday! Who wouldn’t be happy about that?
  2. A party celebrating our Cannes achievements will be happening later. Praise God for this win. We definitely needed it after the whole DOT fiasco.
  3. The end of the week usually means a more relaxed day at the office so I can really pace myself with the work today.

NOTE: This day wasn’t entirely great though. I had forgotten that I had mixed up the deadline of two of my reports so I had to find a way to fix that. I also got blocked from Facebook so I had no means of communicating with people.

July 8, 2017

  1. Ministry day! I get to spend the day with some of my favorite people and meet new friends who are interested in joining.
  2. Makikita ko crush ko. Yun lang. Bow.
  3. I had no work that day!

July 9, 2017

  1. Sleeping in and cuddling with my cats.
  2. Getting my nails cleaned and my eyebrows threaded. I’ve honestly neglected my pampering for a while.
  3. Again, NO WORK.

July 10, 2017

  1. I slept really early last night so I really woke up feeling refreshed today.
  2. I also got to present some 2017 Facebook updates for the team even though I technically crammed it.
  3. A heavy report that’s due by the end of the month was simplified to achieve an earlier deadline.

I’m starting an attitude of gratitude

I’ve decided to start an attitude of gratitude. Generally, I’d like to think of myself as a grateful person but lately I found myself struggling. Waking up is hard to do and just thinking about the day ahead makes me grumpy. There are times when I feel overwhelmed with too much work. Other times, I feel unproductive. I felt stuck in a vicious cycle of routines and I was getting tired of it.

In fact, I relate to the prophet Elijah at this very moment:

while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”

(1 Kings 19:4)

How many times do we feel like giving up? I’m pretty sure we’ve all been in situations like this because let’s face it, life IS tiring. So what did Elijah do?

Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.

All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.

(1 Kings 19:5-6)

What do we notice in the passages above?

  1. He slept. Most of the time the reason we’re too tired is because we’re not getting enough rest. And rest is valuable. It enables us to do our best, like a fully charged battery.
  2. When he woke up, he had food and water ready for him. It wasn’t a feast, but it was enough and it got him through the day.

The next day, the angel came back and he was fed again!

The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.

(1 Kings 19:7-8)

Isn’t it amazing how God was with him, to give him strength? We should be thankful to have such a caring Father! He provides for us and He sustains us.

And this is why I really want to start an attitude of gratitude. Sometimes we take the little things God does for us for granted. It’s because we’re always looking for the “best”. It may be the best food, best phone, best drink, best bag, best car, or whatever. But God holds a different standard of what’s best for us. The question is, are we grateful for it?

Attitude of Gratitude

I challenge you to take some time in the morning to think about three things you’re grateful for. Not only will this teach you an attitude of gratitude but it does get you in a pleasant mood for the day! Join me in trying out for the next week!

Curious about what I’m thankful for today? Here’s my list:

  1. I woke up to a gentle breeze from the electric fan today. Usually I get cranky in the morning because I get itchy from the heat (I sleep by the window). Now that the rainy season is here, I get to wake up all cozy wrapped up in a blanket.
  2. My mom wasn’t going to work today so I get to leave the house on my own time. I went from 70 minutes late yesterday to 3 minutes late today. Well, I’m still late but it’s an improvement! I was already in such a good mood that it didn’t matter.
  3. Since I knew my workload for the day, I knew I could go home early. I had already paced myself with the workload for the past few days and I’d like to think I’m going to end the week strong!

And that’s it. Simple as that. I hope you consider making your own lists in the morning.
Feel free to share them with me if you are! 🙂