Last saturday we’ve danced an old dance aerobics routine. While others were laying on the beach, we gathered in a beatiful white studio at WorldClass Nybroplan. Fortunately it was raining all the weekend in Stockholm so we didn’t bother missing a few sun hours.
We were dancing two classes this afternoon:
First one with Louise Stapel (Lollo) – dance aerobics.
And second one with Eroll Dobreva (Eloli) – house.
Louise’s dance session was requested due to an earlier youtube recording of the dance to Britney Spears – 1 2 3. I still get amazed of what Internet can do nowadays. I mean, this is truly one of the best examples of using the internet. What you share here becomes public and persistent i.e. can be discovered, associated, remastered, improved and experienced over and over again.
Britney Spears coreography – January 2010
As I previously have danced Louise’s Britney Spears choreography, I was able to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the event by studying peoples reaction, Louise’s instructing, her coaching and play with the class.
Britney Spears coreography revisited – July 2010
Being an instructor puts your different shoes, places you in the frontline, forces you to work hard, makes you inventing feel-good moves and expects you to put everything together to the right music, in order to get that right feeling. Who said it was easy task, especially when dealing with a large group of skilled and groove hungry dance animals? This might get you a little crazy causing you to become a perfection hunter.
A couple of questions hit me after the class:
- what makes people co-work in the group?
- when is this so called “fitness magic” occur?
- what will I keep in my memories from this moment?
Les Mills has a special word – a coaching goal – Fitness Magic and I think this is exactly what Louise’s classes are about. Training with focus on the quality and fun together.
It’s all about noticing other people and working closer, as a single entity – as a group.
Now, let’s look at what our wonderful instructor Louise have actually shared with us, during the dance session. Look at the photos and faces of the same person. It’s amazing to notice how many expressions and moments can be captured in the photo.
I think images reveals many qualities of a persons work. Honestly, how many people do you know that can be happy and angry and yelling and coaching and amazed and wondered and funny at the same time?
Not many ha?
Oh wait I forgot the movies and theaters? Right, where people are completely isolated inside their role bubble, hiding their real personality behind a manuscript? Is it really a genuity?
Can it simply be the excellence of being an artist, promoting an alternative personality, building up a personal trademark, creating the fan club and eventually making money of it?
Well, I’d rather prefer simplicity and genuinity (yes I am not alone to invent this word).
I believe genuinity is a part of a star quality – to be able to share everything with your participants including your own misstakes, without any regret.
We tend to push ourselves too often into the perfection trap, focusing on our misstakes and forgetting about all the good stuff that we create.
Just reflect on How much do you value the ability of being genuine?
Showing off a perfection will get me wonder: What’s wrong with that person? Since nobody is perfect, something must be wrong and I just can’t find what it is.
So even if you didn’t nail your coreography perfectly (like their do on So you think you can dance), it doesn’t matter. What you have accomplished will matter, much more. In the end of the day it’s what people will remember of you – your genuinly shared work and memories of those magic moments you’ve spent together on a rainy day.
Enjoy my movies from the dance classes. This time, I’ve tried to capture the essence of the moment rather then focusing on the coreography. Hope you like it.
Eroll’s house coreography – Eroll: you are awesome, man!
Track list from Eroll’s house class
Sebo K – Spirits (drum version)
Young August – common lose
Manoo – Kodjo
Jerome sydenham – koko
Boddhi satva – Punch Koko (ancestral remix)
Masters at work – Shake dat booty
Model 500 – starlight (original mix)
Kerri Chandler – Coro
Ralf Gum – All this love for you (spoken mix)
Iz & Diz – Mouth
Mike Dunn – This here is house music
Mr.V – Circle track
Karizma – All teched out (pt 2)
Try to capture the moments folks and make sure to memorize them.
Update: Unfortunately I had to remove some photo URLs due to disagreement with Johan Rosén on the copyright issue. I chose to replace photos with my owns even though it’s not illegal to link tome someones photos. Word of advice: try to use your own photos as often as possible and remember to inform readers about the copyright of your images.