Music Mondays: Twerk It Like Miley (Brandon Beal ft. Christopher)

No, I don’t know how to twerk like Miley. What I do know is that this song reminds me of last week’s Music Mondays featured song, at least on the chorus part. That’s actually the reason why I’m featuring Twerk It Like Miley for this week’s Music Mondays.

Other than that, kudos to Miley Cyrus for always pushing boundaries and keeping everyone at the edge of their seat. She knows how to generate a buzz—good and bad alike.

I never really did hate her. Oh I love her in her Hannah Montana years and her partying in the USA moments. I still believe she has a great voice although she does not use it so much these days (like Lady Gaga before she sang in the Oscars), which is  a little sad but hey, whatever makes you happy, right?

But today’s video won’t be the official music video since I found two (2) dance routines I’d like to share. It’s hard not to pick because they are two different styles—one hard hitting and the other’s sexy in that K-Pop way.

Twerk It Like Miley by Brandon Beal ft. Christopher

via Dance Centre MyWay | choreographed by Miss Lee

via Dance Town Studio | choreographed by Darlene & Semi

Did you notice the similarity in the this week’s and last week’s Music Mondays? 🙂

Music Mondays: Black Widow (Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora)

Most have already heard of Iggy Azalea’s Black Widow, this week’s Music Mondays featured song. It’s Top 5 of last year’s Billboard Hot 100 and one of the things I’ve already noted to feature in a previous post about butts but have not really gotten into it until now. I was reminded of it when I heard it on the radio today.

I love how music can be interpreted in so many ways—through the title alone, the melody, the lyrics, or some or all combined. And you know how I like looking at different choreography done on songs. This time, choreography for Black Widow was diverse enough that I’d like to share them with you and in no particular order.

Disclaimer: I don't have formal dance training so I might get some of the terms or types of dance wrong. Your corrections are welcome, though. (",)

 Black Widow by Iggy Azalea Feat. Rita Ora

1. Lyric Hip-Hop (choreography by Chris Clark)

I like this one the most since it’s feminine enough and makes me want to find a slow-mo version of this to learn. It has quick and slow bursts of movements, plus they hit the parts worth hitting, even when there’s no lyrics. I don’t know any dance terms so just fill it in if you know, ok?

2. Sexy Heels (choreography by Michelle Jersey Maniscalco)

I wouldn’t dare dance this fast on heels, especially if I’m required to do a lot of hair flipping and head rolling. But you gotta love those heels. My favorite part here is the slide in 1:24. What’s yours?

3. Hip-Hop to Krump (choreography by E. Kulakovskyi and Y. Tsibulskaya)

This one, compared to No. 1, is much more intense and gives me same feeling I usually get when I watch someone Krump. I catch my brows furrowed after watching this video. Maybe yours would be the same.

4. Dance Fitness (choreography by Diva Dance Fitness)

They had me at the hair flip. It’s perfect and I see myself doing just the hair flip. If you’re looking for a simple dance fitness routine with pizzazz, you’d like this. If you want one with toning, I’d suggest this one by Mariadela Ramirez.

5. Contemporary (as seen on Dance Moms)

Of course, last but not the least, something I could never do without injuring myself first—contemporary. I love the lines, the beginning and ending pose, the parts where one ends her movement and the other picks it up, and so much more. This has much love from me. ♥

P.S. This post will probably reach all of you at different dates depending on the time zone. Music Mondays are supposed to be enjoyed first thing in the morning but well, if this got to you on a Tuesday, let’s call it Tuesday Tunes instead.

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What’s your Music Mondays—er, Tuesday Tunes?

Music Mondays: Bailando (Enrique Iglesias feat. Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno, & Gente De Zona)

From last week’s funk groove, let me take you to a Latin tune this time, which has gotten me shaking my whatevers for days. It can be danced Flamenco style, Cumbia style, or street. A few videos I saw used the Spanish version for Zumba. It has that kind of flexibility. Why shouldn’t it? Bailando is dance in Spanish. So yeah, it should live up to its name.

Bailando by Enrique Iglesias (English version)

There’s also the Spanish version, which I like better because it shows more choreography than the English version.

Bailando by Enrique Iglesias (English version)

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Dance is universal. It is not restricted by anything, not even language.

Music Mondays: Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars)

A song that anyone will move their bodies, even your grandparents! And if you have the swag and the right kind of groove, then the dance will be worth watching.

There are a lot of videos on YouTube that use this song but the official music video is fun enough not to put in here. In case you haven’t watched it, then you’d be 325,995,+++th who’ll be watching it.

Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

If you’re like me, you would have probably asked “Who/where is Mark Ronson?” He’s the guy riding the slow moving car. If you know who he is, then you might have commented that the song is more Bruno Mars than Mark Ronson. Well, a Google search showed me that Mark Ronson is a musician, DJ, singer, and record producer and that the Uptown Funk is one that “features Bruno Mars vocals”1. So maybe it’s the musician/DJ/record producer, not the singer, in Mark Ronson that was in play in this song. Maybe.

I think this song will become a classic, don’t you think?

As an added bonus, because I can’t get enough of it, here’s a neat choreography of Uptown Funk by none other than, Mega Jam:

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Which groove did you like better? 😉

Music Mondays: Shake It Off (Taylor Swift)

I’ve been meaning to feature this very upbeat and fun to dance/walk to song by Taylor Swift for Music Mondays, but there wasn’t any good videos that I can partner this with. Finally, Jasmine Meakin a.k.a. Mega Jam, uploaded one of her fantastic choreos. The routine seems simple enough to follow but I think it will require stamina to keep up with the speed.

So for the Taylor Swift fans and the dance enthusiasts out there, here’s this week’s Music Monday: Shake It Off by Taylor Swift.

I just might get up and try to follow the steps in this routine. 🙂 Who’s joining?