90 Days of Vogue

The Legendary Lady Sasa has committed to share her 90 days of voguing on Youtube! I will be going back to the beginning and watching them all, but I suggest you start with yesterday’s video:

What a beautiful dancer! Lady Sasa says that when she gets on the floor she starts out soft and cunt and then gets all dramatic. Ever since I first wrote about voguing, I’ve been wanting a better understanding of the different categories and vogue-cabulary. Thanks Lady Sasa for showing us these styles with your own particular interpretation!

I love when Lady Sasa is doing floor work and you hear “back in the day when we had a beef we took it out on the dance floor.” Can all battles take place on the dance floor, please? Spectre and I went to the two person elimination dance battle, Deep, at ADX a couple of weeks ago and we were too absolutely gobsmacked by the dancers to even write about it. If all kids were taught to dance it out from a young age we earthlings would be on our way to a peaceful future.

My favorite battlers were the dancers who had very unique styles. You could tell they knew how to pop and break dance etc., but that was layered with their own individual moves and it was captivating. We also saw some some young gals confront each other on the dance floor, not so much with technique but with their strong gestures and the power of their movements. This is where dance innovation comes from. When you see someone like Chocolate Milk dance, a local Portland street dancer who is also classically trained and just back from NYC, you will just about weep! Chocolate Milk was stunning and the only competitor at Deep who added vogue elements.

Back to Lady Sasa. Bring it, sister! I can’t wait for her offerings of fierceness to bring light into my life for 78 more days!

House Dancer

Underground culture is often times hard to document. Toes are stepped on, memories differ, and people are offended or forgotten. There is also the problem that dances, even the established and recognized forms like ballet, are notoriously hard to accurately archive.  The sooner people start writing, filming, and talking about their experiences and spreading the knowledge, the more likely we will be able safeguard our dance heritage for the generations to come.  This is especially true of a relatively new dance form like house dancing.

Byron Cox dancer

Byron Cox of housedancer.com

I was recently delighted to find a fantastic source for house dancing called housedancer.com. It seems like they are located in New York, but they have videos from dance workshops and festivals all over the world.  Fortunately for us, they are chipping away at providing information about the history of house dance, sub-categories of the genre, and prominent innovators of the dance form.  I’m still confused about exactly what lofting, jacking, and stomping are but at least people are starting the process of defining these styles.  This post lists significant contributors to house dance, and an interesting comment by someone who as an originator of lofting, is offended that he is left out! I hope this type of dialogue doesn’t deter the writers because now I want to find out more about the offendee and his history!

Chicago The Warehouse

The Warehouse in Chicago – the birth place of house music

I don’t think there will ever be definitive answers regarding the history of house dancing, after all there are differing opinions on where the term house music comes from in the first place.  The Warehouse night club in Chicago?  Music that you would play at your house?  I kind of think it’s more likely the first one, but it just goes to show that sometimes there is more than one meaning and maybe the truth is somewhere in the middle. Another thing about club and street styles of dancing that makes them hard to codify is that by nature they are free style and have to do with personal spontaneous expression. I’ve never seen two waackers waack the same way, that’s for sure!

To find out more about the dancers and choreographers contributing to housedancer.com, check out their House Dance Project page. You can also see videos of dancing and interviews and find out more about their mission as ambassadors of house dance. I truly believe that much of the innovation and breakthroughs in dance come from the streets and the discotheques. Thanks guys for all your hard work and gorgeous dancing and sharing it all with the world!

Zuzuka Poderosa

We first heard tell of Zuzuka Poderosa in the summer of 2012 and we were glad. We found a couple of videos on youtube that piqued our interest and made us want to dance. Then we found the Carioca Bass Mixtape by Kush Aurora and our lives were changed forever. Do you like Baile Funk? Do you like Brazilian music? Do you like dancehall and French Fries?  All of this and more in a mind-blowing assault of booty shaking grooves.

Carioca Bass Zuzuka Poderosa

You will dance

Thank you Zuzuka Poderosa and Kush Aurora!  We danced all summer and into the fall listening to the mix, much to the displeasure of house mates at 3am. (Not recommended.)

Times in which it is recommended to listen to this mix:

  • Taking a walk in the park
  • Cleaning the house
  • Preparing for the discotheque
  • Post discotheque (see above, should only be done in certain cases.)
  • Impromptu dance parties with fellow Maenads (always have your portable music device prepared.)

There are surely more instances when you should play this mix extremely loud and I will leave it to you, Reader Dearest, to recognize those times.

Another stellar contribution was made by Sonora Longoria with his digital album called
Sonora Remezcla: Zuzuka Poderosa. Again a free download! Not only music for The Proletariat but also a gateway mix for people who assume they don’t like Latin music styles. You probably do and you just don’t know it yet! Let Sonora and Zuzuka show you the way. There is so much good music to dance to from all over the world and we are fortunate to have these collectors of gettin’ down music to share it with us. Viva Sonora Longoria!

Sonora Longoria

Thriller Beats!

Poderosa means power and Ms. Poderosa intends to make “Interracial Music Babies!” Not for the faint of heart, this style of music is for people who are seriously prepared to dance. With roots in baile funk and global bass, this earth shattering dance music intends to cross all boundaries and create a new sound which Zuzuka is calling Carioca Bass. Born in Brazil and currently based in Brooklyn, there are many interviews and articles out there about Ms. Poderosa and her story. Here is a good recent interview. This post is about our discovery and love for some of the best dance music we have ever heard. It’s about time! On a final note, Spin magazine premiered the video for Seda in February. Feast your eyes upon it’s glory:

Seda Video

When Zuzuka Poderosa comes to Portland, we shall absolutely swoon with excitement! Many champagne cocktails rituals shall be initiated upon that great day.