Today’s video comes to us from instructor Brent Bianchini. Why’d he pick this video?
This is one of my favorites of all time. This really puts into perspective the power that choreography can put behind dance craft.
Chelsea Hightower (Latin Ballroom dancer) and Mark Kanemura (Jazz dancer) took the world by storm in 2009 with “Bleeding Love”. It was incredible Hip-Hop routine choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo and nominated for an Emmy. The dance was the talk of the town for the week.
So what can we as Ballroom, Latin, and Swing dancers as well as choreographers learn from this amazing performance? Watch the partner work. While they’re connected they move in perfect unison. However, even when they dance apart they still seem to be connected. Watch the raw emotion expressed by the dancers. The song isn’t a happy one and the dancers express this emotionally. When we’re dancing a routine we should always try and understand what the choreography is about so that our emotions during the dance can match.