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 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!

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