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October 14, 2010 / HJD

Morning music

After a quick yoga session and ingesting the news, my morning ritual was made ten times funkier when my iPod cued up Daft Punk’s, “Around the World.” Reminds me how listening to music in the morning is the way to start the day, transforming the habitual into the Awesome.

Also, a piece of random trivia that makes this all relevant here on Danceabout: the choreographer for this video is Blanca Li, of Granada, Spain. She’s more of a contemporary/modern dance choreographer, having studied Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey, although she does incorporate flamenco into her work. Also by virtue of being from Granada, I suppose she can flash the badge of birthright and say that flamenco is in her blood.

Notwithstanding, Li is a dance generalist after my own heart, and embraces hip hop. I read somewhere that she lived in Harlem in the 90s and fell in love with the flyfresh B-boys and B-girls who made improvised “studios” out of a piece of cardboard on a slab of sidewalk concrete. (Good years to love hip hop, in my opinion.)

An excerpt of Li’s choreography in the French hip hop comedy, “Le Défi”:


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