I have always been into dance routines. Not every type of dance, mind you, because ballet and salsa have never held my interest, but more like streetdance fused with other types. I used to be part of a ‘dance kartel’ called Syze Nyne, which I absolutely loved, and I performed in shows a few times. When I was young I was definitely the girl you’d find in front of the TV trying to copy the routines from my favourite music videos, and if I’m honest, I think I probably mastered them quite well… except because I was facing the TV, my moves would be in the opposite direction if I were to perform on stage with the artists. But I tried!
Here are some routines I would love to learn PROPERLY and perform on stage one day… even if I’m 60! They’re on my Bucket List. In no particular order:
‘Dangerous’, 1995 MTV Video Music Awards performance – Michael Jackson
You shouldn’t be surprised that I’ve started off with Michael Jackson. I love him, so I love all his routines, but this one excited me immensely the first time I saw it. I love it, it’s full of “swagger”, it’s tight, it’s just BAD (pun intended). Since ‘Dangerous’ wasn’t officially released as a single with a video, it was exciting to see what was done with it. Kudos to the choreographer Travis Payne.
‘Single Ladies’ – Beyonce
I know, I know, you’re probably tired of hearing this song, because it was so huge that it was rinsed everywhere, but if you’re a woman you must admit that this routine is a good one to know just for the sake of knowing it. It’s sexy and fierce – who doesn’t want to be sexy and fierce??! Kudos to the choreographer Jonte Moaning.
‘Give It To You’ – Jordan Knight
I was a massive New Kids On The Block fan, and I was in love with Jordan (I actually couldn’t believe someone could be that good looking), so when he released his first solo song, I was just so happy that it was such a tune. I even purchased the dance instruction video of his choreographer (Darrin Henson)… yes I did. Kudos to him.
‘Are You That Somebody’ – Aaliyah
This came out in the height of my dancing days, so you can imagine how much I wanted to be one of Aaliyah’s dancers back then! I even had my hair in long, single braided extensions, and tried to emulate the style she has in this video. The dancing definitely made me appreciate the song even more, even though it was already a ‘choon’. Kudos to the choreographer Fatima Robinson.
‘Rhythm Nation’ – Janet
Janet Jackson gave birth to all these other female artists who feature choreographed dance routines as part of their act. Nuff said. Kudos to the choreographer Anthony Thomas.
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Are there any dancers/wannabe dancers among you? Which routine would you want to learn?