Writing 101, Day Three: Top Three Songs

Write about the three most important songs in your life — what do they mean to you?

What a tricky one, considering music is my life, being brought up in a musical family, being a dancer, teaching dance, being a choreographer, now a music teacher. To narrow it down to three is difficult, but I will give it a go! 

1. Has to be from my favourite band Queen ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ I have chose this because this song always cheers me up, makes me jump up, turn the volume up high and sing at the top of my voice.

2. Is Frank Sinatra ‘Theme from New York, New York’ again this is another song that uplifts me and I can’t sit still to. 

3. If you were to look on my iTunes to the song that has been played the most, so I am guessing this is one of my top favourites, is ‘Listen’ by Beyoncé. There is a pattern here I think because all the songs I like are belters. 

There are many songs that bring back memories and emotions to me, we would be here all day, but those three were the first to come into my head, so they must mean something! X

Writing 101 Day Three

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April Music Challenge – Don’t Stop Me Now

Well it's only taken the last half hour to work out how to do this, but I think I have done it!

I've shared a daily photo, a daily dance video, so this month I shall be sharing my favourite music. It will be interesting how much interest this generates, because I still think photos get the most response. But it will be a nice way for me to have a record of my favourite tracks. Now baring in mind I was brought up around music, in rehearsal band rooms, concerts, pop, rock, classical, I do have a diverse choice in music, because of teaching I have had to keep up to date with modern music, and I teach music everyday, for example todays teaching has been filled with singing, ukuleles and drumming, everyday is music of some kind, so it is a big part of my life.

So for my first track I think one of my best uplifters, Queens, Don't Stop Me Now. You can't go wrong with this one! If ever I want cheering up I go onto YouTube and watch Freddie's performance at the Live Aid concert, he was just magical.

March Dance Challenge 20 – So You Think You Can Dance

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Today dancing wonder is from the British So You Think You Can Dance!

This piece I particularly enjoyed because I thought the choreography was great, by Rafael Bonachela, a Spanish choreographer. And the music Speechless by Lady Gaga is a lovely song. The dancers aren’t that bad either!

Try and find some time to watch! It’s great! X

March Dance Challenge 16 – Family Guy

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Today’s dance delight is an old one with a modern twist!

Being a Family Guy fan, and a Gene Kelly fan, this is just great. This is Stewie dancing Jerry Mouses part in the film Anchors Aweigh. Now I love the film and I remember watching this as a child. And of cause Gene Kelly’s dancing is faultless!

So a bit of fun for our Sunday evening after spending the day gardening in the sun, just have to add a picture of me and the boy having a rest after mowing the lawn.

Till tomorrow! X

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March Dance Challenge 13 – Daddy Long Legs

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Today a dance from one of my most favourite old films, Daddy Long Legs, with Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron. I used to spend many Saturday afternoons watching a black and white movie, I watched all the old musicals, I was mesmerised by them, that’s what I call real dancing, and I think that’s where the styles now all originate from! This dance is typical of this time, I think I was born in the wrong time, it should have been the 50’s.

March Dance Challenge 11 – Clog Dance

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Here is todays dance, back to the ballet!

This dance is the clog dance from La Fille Mal Gardee.

This ballet was the one and only ballet I have managed to get OH to come and watch with me. We watched it in Boston, America. It is quite a good one to start with if you haven’t seen a ballet yet, it is light hearted, not to heavy. OH really liked this dance, and the music is great.

Till we meet tomorrow! x

March Dance Challenge 10 – They Don’t Care About Us

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A big contrast from yesterday, this is the great Michael Jackson in a live show, singing, They Don’t Care About us.

The reason I have chose this is because I just love the style the dancing, his sharpness of the isolated movements, how it fits perfectly with the music, yet another dance I would love to learn. Really it wouldn’t be that difficult, but I bet they rehearsed this over and over to get it altogether! And he sings on top of the movements too! Effortless!

I hope you enjoy it as much as me!

March Dance Challenge 7 – Fat Boy Slim

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Now time for something a little bit more modern, because I also love up to date dancing, in fact I need to keep up to date so I know what the kids are talking about and what interests them.

Saying all of that though this is quite old now but I do like this video. This is Fat Boy Slim, Weapon of Choice. The reason I like it so much is because of the ease and the naturalness of Christopher Walkens dancing. The beginning bit being the best part.

Hope you enjoy! X

March Dance Challenge 6 – Judy Garland

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I have cheated a little bit because this isn’t a proper dance video, but I wanted to celebrate the character I dressed up as today for World Book Day.

The great Judy Garland was an all round performer, she could sing, dance and act, so it is not to far off the mark. I liked this video because you are listening to my favourite song from the film, but also watching the highlights of the film.

This film always brings back memories of Christmas time as a child. It seemed to be on every year in the seventies and I would watch it every time, I loved it! A little scared of the wicked witch though, and I think this film was an introduction for me to the world of musicals and my love of performing.

The picture of me below is what I looked like at school today, as you do! I am afraid that the only Dorothy dress I could get hold of was a little short, but be assured I covered myself up underneath well, with four layers, of two pairs of knickers and two pairs of tights. Not quite sure why I am explaining all of this, probably because I was self conscious, and it didn’t help that on the playground dismissing the children, one of the parents came up to me and said, ‘got your dress from Ann Summers did you!’, whistled and walked away! Great! X

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March Dance Challenge 5 – Argentine Tango

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Today’s dance delight is an Argentine tango, from Strictly Come Dancing. The dancers Vincent and Flavia are the one of the best couples I’ve seen dancing this style. Ballroom and Latin are styles that I haven’t studied. I would love to give this a go. It is a very sensuous dance and I love the music.

I’ve been busy today sorting out my costume for World Book Day tomorrow, so I will be posting a picture and a video tomorrow, I think. I will try and find a dance that is associated with my character.

Till tomorrow! X

March Dance Challenge 4 – Good Morning

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Today’s dance spectacular is a must in a list of great dances!

This is Good Morning from Singing in the Rain.

Gene Kelly is without doubt one of my most favourite dancers. He set the standard, founded the style to many other dances. The grace and ease of all three of these dancers is wonderful, they make it look so easy, but in fact what they are doing is technically difficult. I would love to learn this dance properly just to see if I could do it!

And if you need cheering up this is the song and dance that will lift you! Enjoy x

March Dance Challenge 3 – Riverdance

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As I said yesterday, I am going to be posting all sorts of different styles of dance from everywhere. I had great fun last night choosing all the videos, in fact I could carry this challenge on for another month there are so many pieces of dance I love! And all the pieces hold something special for me, like today’s.

This is the original footage from the Eurovision contest in 1994, where in the interval the world was blown away by this new kind of Irish stroke tap style. I was just glued to the TV.

It is also special to me because for sixteen years I ran a adults tap class, and I taught them this dance and they performed it with pride and excitement in front of a theatre audience. It’s the dance that everyone wants to have a go at, so I have taught it many times. I love dancing it because the music is so exhilarating and it’s a real cardio workout, you don’t need to go to the gym if you do this dance once a day!

So I hope you enjoy it as much as I do X

March Dance Challenge 2 – Swan lake Pax De Deux

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I have this months blog theme…. March Dance Challenge!

Thanks to bemuzin who suggested I blog about what I know best and that is dancing.

I just had to start with the best piece of ballet the pax de deux (French for dance for two) from the best ballet Swan Lake with my favourite dance company The Bolshoi Ballet.

Now it isn’t going to be ballet everyday, I’m going to chose my favourite dances from film, music, theatre, and TV, all different styles, to hopefully suit everyone. So I hope you enjoy me sharing them, and for you non dance fans, I’m sorry, but I will try and write as normal, and dip into my life experiences. The reason I love this ballet so much is explained in a post I wrote a few days ago here

I suggest you listen to this piece of ballet with a good pair of headphones on to get the full effect of the emotion of the music!

I hope it all works ok, because this is the first time I have posted a video off my ipad! X

Daily Prompt: Musical

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Picture credit, Piano dance Painting – Piano dance Fine Art Print – Greg Gierlowski

What role does music play in your life?

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Where do I start with this one? Because music has shaped my life and has got me to where I am today!

I grew up in a household of musicians, and surrounded by music. Both parents played instruments from piano to brass. They were the founders of the local brass band. I played my first instrument at the age of two, and spent my time in band room, practice room, in our music room, people coming to the house to play, concerts, my first appearance on stage was at two and a half to perform in front of a live band and audience. All my four brothers were musicians, one going on to play professionally (see him here) I was exposed to all forms of music from classical to rock, ‘Queen’ being my particulate favourite.

Then I went to ballet at the age of three, that was it, music played a big part of my life again, even my mother played the piano to my lessons. So through dancing I learnt to express, appreciate, and dissect music.

Because dancing was everything in my life, I spent my secondary school years at a ballet school, which I have started to write about here At school I sang, played piano, danced and even learnt the double bass but not very well! I performed, and performed and performed, like a little performing monkey.

So with this strong foundation in music and dance, fast forward to now, and that is exactly what I do every day, teaching dance and music throughout my school, and now even teaching teachers to teach music!

So you could say music has been the most important influence to me personally and professionally!

Thanks for dropping by! X