Meryl Davis and Partner Maks Chmerkovskiy Dance the Salsa

Well, we can’t hide it anymore. We’re guilty! We have been watching Dancing With the Stars nonstop, and we just can’t seem to take our eyes off Meryl and Maks. The two have such great chemistry and have been continuously bringing it. Two weeks ago they got a perfect score, 10s across the border from all judges and we couldn’t agree more. This week they surprised us once again. We can’t say salsa is our favorite dance, but their contemporary take on it was amazing. Who knew Meryl had it in her? What do you guys think of it? Let us know!

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Our Movie of the Week

Our movie of the week is an absolute classic. “Center Stage” tells the story of 12 young dancers competing for a spot in the American Ballet Company, and who are willing to do anything to get it. This classic shows us how the dance world works, behind the scenes. And it has everything you need in a movie, the love triangle, drama and high-stakes. Oh and how could we forget, amazing choreography! Check it out and let us know what you think about it!

 

Killing It At the Club!

As you may know, we love dancing. But most of all we love teaching others how to dance and develop their techniques. We have a lot of fun when we’re surfing the web and finding new dance clips, movies and etc. But our personal favorite is when we get to see children dancing and absolutely killing it (much like our own students). So you can only imagine how happy we were when we found this Buzzfeed article spotlighting 16 incredibly talented kids! Some of them are a little more funny than the others, but you know what? They each have their unique dance style and make us at A Step in Time proud! Parents, we’re looking at you to bring your children in, so that they can one day too, kill the club! (Buzzfeed)

Dance Around the World

Matt Harding traveled to 42 countries in 14 months. What he did in those 14 months was beautiful. Stick through the whole thing because it’s worth it, and truly inspiring. We wanted to jump around and dance with him, but most importantly we wished we were in the video with him. Who doesn’t want to dance in 42 different countries with hundreds of different people?!

 

A Star In the Making

We’ve all been there, you forget the choreography and freeze. You look at someone, try to remember the next step. Look at your teacher. Look at your mother. You’re drawing a blank. Well, if you’re anything like this little girl, you would just be tapping to the beat of your own drum.

She also forgot her choreography, but she didn’t let her inhibitions stop her from dancing just the way she wanted to. It’s probably the most adorable thing we’ve seen all week. We see a star in the making with this little one. Can’t you too? (Huffington Post)

Deep Thinking of the Day

We came across this video by THNKR and were really inspired. We were also dying to hear what you think about it and your opinion about Elizabeth Streb’s ideas. In this video Streb, an American choreographer, performer, and modern dance teacher, explains her idea of SLAM (Streb Lab for Action Mechanics). Streb has some wild ideas and a lot to say about movement, construction of spaces, and a bunch of other interesting things. Let us know what you guys think about it!

Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner!

We love watching dance movies almost as much as we love dancing itself. We can’t really remember what first lead us to watching this old dance classic but we can still remember the first we watched Dirty Dancing. Our eyes were glued to the screen and all we really wanted was for Baby and Johnny to land that dance move they trained so hard to perfect. If you haven’t seen the movie we recommend you do so, like right now! We learned a few of our dance moves from just watching Patrick Swayze. And yeah, maybe this is one of the reasons we wanted to learn how to dance like we do now!

We know a few people who liked Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights, but we’re not so sure about that… Remember we always want to hear your opinion so don’t forget to let us know what you thought about these movies in the comment section below. Let us know if you learned any new dance moves!

Photographer Captures Dancers in Everyday Life Situations

Have you guys ever heard of photographer Jordan Matter? This guy is absolutely amazing and has gotten some very cool attention after he released one of his recent pieces that showcases dancers in everyday situations. He has since published a photography book called “Dancers Among Us” and we may just have to buy a copy.

Here is the link to his gallery,  where you can see a bunch of the photographs he took of dancers! http://www.dancersamongus.com/photos/Towson-MD-Rachel-Bell If you are interested in photography you can also check out his blog here, where he posts some of his work and thoughts. It is really worth a look.

The Beautiful Work of Pina Bausch Comes to Life in Movie

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We recently just watched a 3D documentary on contemporary dance choreographer Pina Bausch and were completely blown out the water! “Pina” has received stellar reviews, some who named it the best use of 3D since “Avatar.” And as you can imagine, we liked this a lot better than “Avatar…”

“Pina” has been in the makings for 20 years, and after years of labor and conceptualizing it has finally come to life. The documentary is able to capture how Pina saw things through different eyes and choreographed movements human body didn’t seem capable of doing. Her passion towards the art really shows off in German director Wim Wender’s product.

Unfortunately Pina was unable to see the finished product herself. She unexpectedly passed away in 2009, just two days before rehearsals for the film started. Wenders was devastated and almost ended the project, however Pina’s dancers convinced him to continue.

“Pina” is available for instant stream on Netflix, but we really recommend seeing it in 3D!