1. thenearsightedmonkey:

    How deep is the one?

    "That one note just KILLS everybody"

    -Bootsy Collins

  2. lindyhopproblems:

    Invitational Lindy Hop Jack & Jill: The International Lindy Hop Championships

    "This will be an invitational social dance competition open to dancers determined by the organizers. Leaders and followers will be randomly drawn to dance together to several songs of varying styles and tempos and judged as a couple as they compete in spotlight format. 

    Competitors are not allowed to dance with “regular” partners, (one that they dance and/or have competed with in a choreographed routine in the last 4 years. Team routines do not count). Social dance partners are accepted and will be considered “luck of the draw.” - from ILHC

    Mia Goldsmith & Remy Kouakou Kouame

    I don’t know how many times I can get away with saying it, but I fucking love Mia. One day we will meet in real life and I will be super awkward, but later when I look back on it, I will think about how cool I played it. But that day has not happened yet. For now, I satisfy myself by just watching all of the videos that I can find and thinking about the day that I will take a private lesson from her. 

    And now…back to the dancing. 

    As soon as the livestream started for this, I was hoping that Mia and Remy would get paired together. Out of every lead up there, he was who I most wanted to see her dance with! Needless to say, I was extremely happy when the magic of ILHC made my dreams come true. 

    If I tried to point out every moment that I liked what Mia and Remy were doing, this post would be wayyyy too long. I can tell you that I love Remy’s sass and his weirdo-left field ideas. Also, he killed it all weekend long at ILHC and he didn’t disappoint here. I feel like when he is dancing, he never just does a move, he really goes for it every time and it’s wonderful. Mia’s dancing just feels like fresh air, I mean…is amazing. Sorry, everybody. I was about to go to some really weird places with that. Honestly though, her dancing is so light and breezy. Her footwork is incredible and speed is never a barrier for her style or technique. She knows exactly how to use the momentum that she and her partners create to enhance and give life to her variations…and it never feels like she is just shoving some variation idea into a place where it doesn’t really fit. I just love it. 

    • 0:05 - Warning: Drama kid here. There is a rule in improv that you always say yes to your partner. The idea is that you take what your partner comes up with and you agree with it before adding onto it. You never cut them off and change the subject or tell them that their idea was wrong or bad, even if you aren’t sure what to do with it. I think that’s a really beautiful idea for partner dancing and it is something that I am consistently working on. And getting to he point, Mia has no clue what Remy is doing or going for and maybe she eyes him a little suspiciously when he starts putting their arms in position, but she doesn’t try to change it or back out of it, she just goes with it and it’s weird and adorable. All of my favorite dancers to watch or dance with are really good at this idea. 
    • 0:40 - Balboa time! I feel like people just can’t help but go here whenever they dance with Mia, but Remy puts it in the right place musically and makes it clear that he is making a joke about it. Like…”Hey! Balboa! Doesn’t Mia look ballin’? Wait, this is supposed to be Lindy Hop.”
    • 1:13 - Look at their feet! I really don’t feel like I need to say much about this except that you should see it and it’s super tight and clean…and then Mia double times it without losing any of the technical skill. Damn. 
    • 1:38 - BAM. There is that weird arm position from the beginning again. So fucking smart, Remy. If I had on a hat, I would take it off to you. As it is, you will have to settle for this blog post. 

    Winners: 

    1. Maeva Truntzer & Dax Hock
    2. Isabella Gregorio & Thomas Blacharz
    3. Mia Goldsmith & Remy Kouakou Kouame

    Score Sheet: 

    Find all of the score sheets on the ILHC website. 

  3. thenearsightedmonkey:

    Sneak peek! Professor Bootsy’s new book debuts at SPX this weekend in Washington DC. Can you DIG it? We KNEW that you COULD!

    Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor

    Published by Drawn and Quarterly, Monteal

    Cannot wait to get this!

  4. solaceames:

    gingerfruitkate:

    rynnay:

    rachel-actually:

    violent-buddhist:

    Scientists discover most relaxing tune ever

    Sound therapists and Manchester band Marconi Union compiled the song. Scientists played it to 40 women and found it to be more effective at helping them relax than songs by Enya, Mozart and Coldplay.

    Weightless works by using specific rhythms, tones, frequencies and intervals to relax the listener. A continuous rhythm of 60 BPM causes the brainwaves and heart rate to synchronise with the rhythm: a process known as ‘entrainment’. Low underlying bass tones relax the listener and a low whooshing sound with a trance-like quality takes the listener into an even deeper state of calm.

    Dr David Lewis, one of the UK’s leading stress specialists said: “‘Weightless’ induced the greatest relaxation – higher than any of the other music tested. Brain imaging studies have shown that music works at a very deep level within the brain, stimulating not only those regions responsible for processing sound but also ones associated with emotions.”

    The study - commissioned by bubble bath and shower gel firm Radox Spa - found the song was even more relaxing than a massage, walk or cup of tea. So relaxing is the tune, apparently, that people are being Rex advised against listening to it while driving.

    The top 10 most relaxing tunes were: 1. Marconi Union - Weightless 2. Airstream - Electra 3. DJ Shah - Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix) 4. Enya - Watermark 5. Coldplay - Strawberry Swing 6. Barcelona - Please Don’t Go 7. All Saints - Pure Shores 8. AdelevSomeone Like You 9. Mozart - Canzonetta Sull’aria 10. Cafe Del Mar - We Can Fly

    my muscles stopped functioning 

    I was so relieved this wasn’t a trick. Very soothing.

    THIS IS IT, GUYS. This is the song I listen to when I’m feel a panic attack coming on or can’t sleep because of my anxiety. It has helped me more times than I can say.

    I thought this was going to be a rickroll, but it’s not!

  5. innocenttmaan:

    There are some people out there that still believe that animals are just dumb beasts, but the unlikely animal friendships I’ve gathered here will prove that they are capable of feeling love and compassion just like we are.

  6. thenearsightedmonkey:

    Dear Students

    For extra credit, write for 8 minutes in response to this question:

    Why do babies dance? Can they help it? What’s making them move?

    Prof. Bootsy

    P.S. I do not know the answer

  7. dramaaddict101:

    momo2 answered: my daughter had two teeth removed for a similar reason, and it was very successful. if you still have doubts, ask your ortho again.

    I did but she wasn’t very helpful :( It’s been about three weeks since she first brought it up. If you don’t mind me asking how big was your daughters overbite? mine is pretty big to the point where I can actually put my tongue trough the gap

    Her teeth were so crowded the her two front teeth were turned almost sideways (hard to describe!) so it wasn’t the same exact issue, but it was fairly severe. I guess I’d say that removing teeth makes space to reposition them—and that worked for her— while jaw surgery would seem most appropriate if there is an actual jaw issue to correct. That’s what you need to clarify with your doctor. Of course, I”m not an orthodontist! 

  8. doozypictures:

    Janelle Monae - Many Moons.

    Descendant of Ra. The androids.

  9. beingblog:

    A little bit of joy for your Friday evening melody :)

  10. 菅野祐悟-Never Again feat.青木カレン

    (Source: youtube.com)