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!

 

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.

 

 

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.

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!

Thoughts on NBC World of Dance The Duels Part 2

Can’t believe we’re already on week 5! NBC World of Dance The Duels Part 2 showed us that all of the competitors are worthy of their spot. They showed athleticism, grace, tenacity, technique and skill. As usual, it’s sad to see some of the acts go but we know it’s not the end for them.
NBC World of Dance The Duels Part 2

Diana Pombo (91.3) vs The Posse (86)

I’m not entirely sure what Diana Pombo’s strategy was when she picked The Posse. Although if I were her, I would avoid getting matched up with Eva Igo. I’m not sure she can match that intensity yet. The Posse shouldn’t have relied on their number though. After all, Diana went after Kinjaz and she still owned that stage. Nonetheless, I’m not surprised by the results for this one.

Sup3r Crew (89) vs Royal Flux (86.3)

The athleticism of Sup3r Crew is amazing. Smart choice for them to choose Royal Flux. They weren’t trying to say that their style was better, but I love that they brought it out there that bboying CAN elevate a performance to the level of contemporary dancers. In my personal encounters with Bboys, they are generally very protective of their style and their culture. They don’t just let anyone in so to see Sup3r Crew just invite this experience and learning from Royal Flux is truly admirable. Why is this also the first time I’ve seen Royal Flux? How many other competitors were cut out from the actual show? It would have been great to have seen everyone.

The Lab (89.7) vs Boys of Temecula (84.7)

I have a soft spot for The Boys of Temecula. They’re so childlike and fun to watch so I’m sad to see them go. It’s not that often we get to see an all boys jazz group though I don’t think they were as clean as they say though. Personally, I liked The Lab’s qualifiers routine better. It was more mature and showed their personality more. I agree with Ne-Yo, the concept may have taken away from the actual routine but it was okay.

Les Twins (92) vs Kyle Van Newkirk (86)

Before they were asked, I was curious about why Les Twins chose Kyle. Is it because Kyle is a world champion? Or are they taking a page from Sup3r Crew and showing different styles that they can be on the same level? I can see by the way they observed Kyle that they were really studying his movement. Nice idea to use house dance to mirror tap dancing. I loved what Kyle showed off in his performance though. He really utilized his prop and it was beautiful! It’s true, he really dances with his heart on his feet so I’m sad to see him go as well.

I love how the judges keep reiterating that just because one act doesn’t move on to the next round doesn’t mean that they’re losers. You win or you learn. They were judged on the routine that they showed at that time and not who they are overall as dancers. One more round of duels and it’s off to the cut!

Who are you rooting for?

Thoughts on NBC World of Dance The Duels Part 1

So I just finished watching NBC World of Dance The Duels Part 1 and I’m not exactly sure how this is going to pan out for the rest of the competition. In a format that’s a bit similar to The Voice, two competitors will go head to head to head with only one emerging as the victor moving on to the next round, The Cut.

NBC World of Dance The Duels Part 1

Judging these performances must have been hard. All the competitors are talented and passionate. It’s sad to see any of them gone but I’m glad that there’s always a community behind them going all out with their support.

Side note: I’m glad that Jenna Dewan-Tatum is finally given time to give comments and provide insight as their mentor.

Fik-Shun (90.7) vs Nick Daniels (87.7)

Fik-Shun is a strong competitor but I’m worried that his freestyling may only take him too far. I was worried for him because Nick really gave it all with calculated moves and technique. He’s got to up the wow factor if he wants to go head to head with Les Twins.

Swing Latino (91.7) vs Miami All Stars (88.3)

Not surprised the ballroom dancers are pitting themselves against each other. Both teams are Latin based so this is probably the closest you’re going to get to an Apples to Apples comparison. The tricks they showed were crazy and I don’t even know what to say about them.

I’m a bit sad to see Miami All Stars go with that routine. It was fun and the costumes were so adorable! One thing I like about watching this show is how the competitors are always supportive of each other. From watching backstage to cheering them on and then hugging each other after, it’s amazing!

Eva Igo (89) vs KynTay (82.7)

I’m surprised Eva Igo chose KynTay. I’m not entirely sure if she’s playing it safe but this girl is a powerhouse and I think she could have taken on the Mihacevich Sisters or Diana Pombo.

I think KynTay is overhyped though. They’re putting so much power on their moves that they lose their cleanliness and technique. And those facial expressions? Ugh. NOT. A. FAN. I don’t know why the judges are super into it. I felt like the facial expressions could have been on a competition of their own. Still, props to them because it takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there online and on this competition.

Keone and Mari (91.3) vs Quick Style (89.3)

BEAUTIFUL. Just beautiful. Keone and Mari are more than just choreographers, they’re artists. Very good strategy on their part to focus on storytelling. It really sets them apart from the other competitors. Derek made a point, each step can be simple but when done with intention, it creates a whole new layer to the dance.

Quick Style deserves their name. I can’t even handle this match up. Can’t we keep both teams please? 🙁

I heard the Keone and Mari clip shown on TV wasn’t their full routine. Hoping to see the unedited one soon! It makes me wonder how many routines were cut for the show.

Can’t wait for next week!
What are your thoughts about NBC World of Dance The Duels Part 1?
Let me know in the comments below!

Thoughts on NBC World of Dance Week 3

We’re down to the last week of the qualifiers. NBC World of Dance Week 3 proved to be one of the most awaited episodes simply because of the JabbaWockeez.NBC World of Dance Week 3

The JabbaWockeez (Team Division // Hip Hop)

The first time I heard of the JabbaWockeez was in 2006. It takes me back to the time without Youtube and you really had to search the world wide web for solid dance videos. Seeing them perform again definitely takes me back. I think there’s a lot of expectation from them. and although it was entertaining, it felt safe. It was more groovy than precise which I think was a good choice, it would be hard to set them apart from the Kinjaz if they stuck to their isolations.

SCORE: 91.3

The Mihacevich Sisters (Junior Division // Contemporary)

Finally! Finally a contemporary dance where I saw more dancing than flexibility. I honestly thought they were triplets, if it weren’t for the shades of their costume I wouldn’t have known who was who.

SCORE: 87

Swing Latino (Team Division // Salsa)

I have never seen so many sparkles in my life. But these Latinos are on fire! They’re feisty and athletic, I love it.

SCORE: 89.3

Ian Eastwood and the Young Lions (Team Division // Urban Dance)

My heart jumped seeing Anthony Westlake more than Ian Eastwood. It was an okay routine. I’m not that thrilled with it though. Judges were right, it’s a good showcase routine but not a competition routine.

SCORE: 83.7

DNA (Upper Division // Waltz)

This couple surprised me. The way they swept the floor was so powerful. I’ve tried dancing the Waltz before and it’s not as easy as it looks. Maintaining the length of your limbs is a challenge. I can’t believe these two are married though! They seem young!

SCORE: 86

Eva Igo (Junior Division // Contemporary)

What are people feeding their kids nowadays? I mean, the junior division is definitely something to watch out for. Truth is I have nothing to say anymore because this competition is getting real. I can’t wait for next week!

SCORE: 88

Name Division Dance Style Ne-Yo Jennifer Derek TOTAL
JabbaWockeez Team Hip Hop 85 89 86 87
The Mihacevich Sisters Junior Contemporary 82 90 89 87
Boys of Temecula Junior Jazz 80.3
KynTay Junior Hip Hop / Jazz 85.7
Kyle Van Newkirk Upper Tap 80.7
Chapkis Dance Family Team Hip Hop 89
Pasion Upper Flamenco 87.7
The Posse Junior Contemporary 84
Swing Latino Team Salsa 87 91 90 89
Ian Eastwood and the Young Lions Team Urban Dance 81 84 86 84
Vibration Upper 78
801 Squad Junior 79
Trent Jeray Upper 77 82 79 79.3
DNA Upper Waltz 82 88 88 86
Eva Igo Junior Contemporary 85 89 90 88

Thoughts on NBC World of Dance Week 2

As some of you may know NBC World of Dance premiered last week with some stand out performances! Now, after watching NBC World of Dance Week 2, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is going to be one hard competition to judge.

NBC World of Dance Week 2

Just a recap of what’s going to happen: The first three weeks will show the Qualifiers. A two minute routine will be performed and the judges will score them based on performance, technique, choreography, creativity, and presentation. Each category is worth 20 points and each performance requires a combined total score of 80 or higher to move on.

Here are my thoughts from this week’s competitors:

The Lab (Junior Division // Hip Hop)

The first thing I thought was, “aw, they’re so cute!” but when they started dancing I was surprised. I’m not a fan of the facial olympics some of them were doing but they went in hard! I love their costume choice too but I’m a bit worried that since they’re kids they tend to go TOO hard and the choreography loses the texture. Still, I’m glad they got in.

SCORE: 91.3

Fik-Shun (Upper Division // Freestyler)

Being one of SYTYCD’s winners, there’s so much expectation from Fik-Shun. Just like Les Twins, he decided to dig down emotionally for his qualifiers performance. It’s a smart choice. People already know he’s good, it’s more about delivering a show now.

Score: 91

Miami All Stars (Team Division // Latin Jazz)

I’m always excited to watch ballroom routines and I rarely get to see group ballroom performances. It’s so amazing to also see people dancing despite having a day job. Though, I agree with the judge’s comments. The routine could have definitely been better.

SCORE: 81

Luke and Jenalyn (Upper Division // Cabaret Ballroom)

Their lifts and tricks were crazy! I’m not entirely sure what “Cabaret Ballroom” is but I’m feeling it. It’s true that they could have put in more emotion and feeling into their steps but it was enough and I’m happy to see them through.

SCORE: 86.7

Unfortunately, the next three competitors’ routines weren’t shown for this episode. So I have no thoughts on what they performed.

Kaeli and Brandon (Junior Division)

SCORE: 77.7

Fuze (Team Division)

SCORE: 77.3

JJ and Joey (Junior Division)

SCORE: 78

Quick Style (Upper Division // Hip Hop)

Oh man, there’s a reason why they’re called Quick Style. What surprised me was how clean they were. It was definitely an unexpected song choice but it worked well for them and it displayed their creativity and control.

SCORE: 86.7

Nick Daniels (Upper Division // Contemporary)

The soloists are bringing it. They are owning the stage and commanding attention. Nick is SO flexible but I felt that although he was giving his all technically, there still needs to be more given emotionally. His face was just so serene that it lacked the inner turmoil needed for the dance. Still, I found him awesome!

SCORE: 87

NBC World of Dance Week 2 Recap:

Name Division Dance Style Judges’ Score
Ne-Yo Jennifer Derek AVE.
1 The Lab Junior Hip Hop 90 92 92 91.3
2 Fik-Shun Upper Freestyle Street Dancer 90 92 91 91
3 Miami All Stars Team Latin Jazz 79 82 82 81
4 Luke & Jenalyn Upper Cabaret Ballroom 83 89 88 86.7
5 Kaeli & Brandon Junior 77.7
6 Fuze Team 77.3
7 JJ & Joey Junior 77 78 79 78
8 Quick Style Upper Hip Hop 85 88 87 86.7
9 Nick Daniels Upper Contemporary 85 89 87 87

 

My thoughts on NBC World of Dance Week 1

NBC World of Dance Week 1 finally premiered! I waited months for this ever since it was announced. It’s a reality show for dancers by dancers. You’ve got judges like Derek Hough, Jennifer Lopez, and Ne-Yo. It’s also hosted by Jenna Dewan-Tatum and supervised by NappyTabs. My friends know that I’m a huge Kyle Hanagami fan and just knowing that he’s working behind the scenes excited me!

The first three weeks will show the Qualifiers. A two minute routine will be performed and the judges will score them based on performance, technique, choreography, creativity, and presentation. Each category is worth 20 points and each performance requires a combined total score of 80 or higher to move on.

NBC World of Dance Week 1

Here are my thoughts from this week’s competitors:

Super Cr3w (Team Division // Bboying)

Creating a Bboy routine is hard, executing the moves with precision and synchronization is even harder. It was so great to see Super Cr3w opening their doors to those outside the US. You’ve got familiar faces like Bboy Ronnie, Do-Knock, Mike Murda but I was most surprised to see Hong10 especially since I haven’t watched him in a long time. It was smart for them to go with a Coldplay song. It was perfectly used to showcase the fluidity of their movements. I can’t wait for them to really go hard. I’ve got an S on my the chest for this team! They have been doing this for years and they are still killing it.

SCORE: 88

D’Angelo and Amanda (Junior Division // Ballroom)

I am not a ballroom dancer and I haven’t watched enough ballroom videos to properly talk about technique. But I must say, for two juniors, this was amazing. I heard these two were in America’s Got Talent before? Seems to me like this competition is really for veteran dancers! D’Angelo’s dad was simply adorable backstage. He was strict when they practiced but was in a puddle of emotions after they performed!

Score: 88.3

Les Twins (Upper Division // Hip Hop)

I’ve got to be honest, I’m not always a fan of Les Twins choreos. I mean, they’re vicious in battles but their choreography isn’t always appealing to me. I’m super happy that they scored the highest though. What they showed was truly different from what they were usual. Shout out to the girl who yelled, “I’ll take you!” Also,  just have to point out that I loved seeing their reactions backstage after each group performed. They were so excited for everyone. They are all around good guys with genuine hearts. I can see why everyone loves them.

SCORE: 95.7

Nxt Lvl (Team Division // Clogging)

I appreciate clogging. So much cardio and footwork are needed to be able to pull of a solid routine. Not everyone is familiar with this dance style so it takes a certain kind of showmanship to draw people in which I think this group lacked. They were in sync but the routine probably wasn’t strong enough to win. It’s a shame because they could have brought a different flavor to the competition.

SCORE: 77 (Eliminated)

Keone and Mari (Upper Division // Urban Dance)

Keone and Mari are just beautiful together. You can tell by the way they danced the amount of work they put into honing their craft. I think they played this one safe though, pretty sure this was an old piece but it was enough to get them through. I’m hoping for a stronger routine when they come back because I know they can win it!

SCORE: 85

Kinjaz (Team Division // Urban Dance)

WHAT. WAS. THAT. J.Lo said it best when she said it was too short! The Kinjaz strong suit has always been their visual storytelling so I’m happy they’re showing that to the world. So much control and strength was needed for this routine and they executed it wonderfully. It was easily the cleanest routine of the night.

SCORE: 91

Diana Pombo (Junior Division // Contemporary)

Much like ballroom, I don’t have enough experience to say much about this routine. I did notice that she really showed off her flexibility a lot, more than her dancing skills. But the emotion she gave out was so raw and despite dancing alone, she owned that stage. And yes, who wipes their forehead with their feet??

SCORE: 89.7

NBC World of Dance Week 1 Recap:

Order Name Division Dance Style Judges’ Score
Ne-Yo Jennifer Derek TOTAL
1 Super Cr3w Team B-Boying 87 89 88 88
2 D’Angelo & Amanda Junior Ballroom 90 88 87 88.3
3 Les Twins Upper Hip-Hop 95 96 96 95.7
4 Nxt Lvl Team Clogging 73 78 80 77
5 Keone & Mari Madrid Upper Urban Dance 85 83 87 85
6 Kinjaz Team Urban Dance 89 92 92 91
7 Diana Pombo Junior Contemporary 88 92 89 89.7