BPM Season 2 Episode 7: The Movement
MNet America’s BeatsPerMnet covers theTour’s last stop in LA
BPM Season 2 Episode 7: The Movement
MNet America’s BeatsPerMnet covers theTour’s last stop in LA
Dear LA and all of our amazing Movers,
WE DID IT!! Thank you for helping us create an amazing finale to the first ever mL Tour. What a whirlwind of emotions, hard work, and perseverance that would not have been possible with out your support. We’ve absolutely loved watching everyone come out to learn and dance with us and only hope to see you friendly faces and more at future Tours! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for believing in us and our movement. If you did not get to go to any of our Tour stops this time around…check out what went down this past weekend in LA (and our other video recaps too!) to see a glimpse of what you can be a part of at our next Tour!
To all the mL Artists, Friends, and Staff—thank you for being a part of this as well. Thank you for never giving up on the possibility of what we can do together. Cheers to the next one!
Haha oh man—I may write a shorter recap than my Chicago even though I feel so happy to have had the opportunity to go to D.C. I think the one word I can use to sum up the DC tour stop would be :: FAMILY.
The reason I use this word for the DC stop is because the mL family came rollin in deep considering we were also celebrating Lyle’s bday. HOWEVER! haha..so many of my east coast fam from Jersey were in the house repping hard! I was so proud of how committed they were to the dancing and learning going on that weekend. I’ve missed them more than they probably know so it was just such a good feeling to be reunited with them again :]
Another favorite part of the DC tour stop was learning Shaun’s piece on Sunday. We were the first people to learn it…and it just spoke volumes. It was exactly what I needed at the right time..and i connected so well to it. ALSO…because the mL family came rollin deep the faculty showcase at the end of the event was INCREDIBLE. I kept telling my Jersey friends how spoiled they were to have gotten to see such an AMAZING show. There were performances from Keone/Mari/Vinh, Vinh solo, Andye J, Mykell Wilson, JekaJane, Lyle Beniga, Shaun Evaristo, AND Tony Czar…I mean really…jaws were definitely dropped haha!
Can’t wait for Orlando next!
Amanda’s recap of mLTourDC
Dear Washington D.C/East Coast movers,
What an incredible weekend with you all! Thank you guys for creating such a beautiful experience for all of us over here at mL to remember! D.C. definitely held it down and made the second mL Tour stop a full house with 205 dancers registered! Crazy! All of us at mL from artists to staff can’t thank you guys enough for giving us your time and energy. We hope to see you all again in the near future!
Dear Orlando movers,
Are you guys ready?! After 2 amazing stops so far on the mL Tour, the staff and artists are getting ready to come to you guys next! We want to meet you, teach you, dance with you, learn from you, and create our own special memories with you all! We hope this recap video from our D.C. stop starts to build up your own excitement because we’re amped over here! And don’t forget to invite your friends…we’re looking forward to creating our mL Orlando family!!
See you soon Orlando!!
To register for theTOUR:: www.themovementlifestyle.com/tour.php .. it’s not too late!!
First off I would like to open up by saying that I feel extremely blessed and humbled to be surrounded by so many wonderful dancers. The community I live in has anything BUT a strong dance community. My initial reaction to arriving at theTOUR was not my ecstasy of meeting great people like Lyle, Shaun, Jeka Jane, etc. But my pure, blissful joy of finally, finally being surrounded by a LARGE group of people who share my passion for dance completely wholeheartedly EMBODY It. These people not only dance because they love it, but because it is all they want and need to find blissful joy.
So I would first and foremost like to offer my thanks to all of my new friends from theTOUR, particular those of Kodachrome NC and Kodachrome VA.
Now then, off to my experience:
I arrived at the location, knowing only one person. A guy named Isaac from KNC. Needless to say it was pleasant knowing I would not be a fish completely out of water and at least know one person. From then on it was a simple transition from just chatting it up, to introductions, to amazingly fun cyphers.
The Kodachrome group quickly got together and stretched together. I was outside of the circle and as soon as a space opened up I quickly jumped up and ran for it. Moments later I look to my right and see a guy. I look back to my stretching and enjoying everyone’s company. DOUBLE-TAKE, and realize that I’m stretching next to non-other than Shaun Evaristo. The only thing I can really think to do is tell him “thank you” for coming to theTOUR.
The first piece we learned was a spectacularly FUN one by Mari Martin to Stevie Wonder’s “Do I do”:
For this, Mari had some wonderful messages. “Be happy and really enjoy dancing.” “Solos are meant to be LEARNING experiences!” To which everyone would ask for a solo and constantly say “I need to learn MORE!” hahahaha.This piece had high energy, and I admit I had quite a bit of difficulty doing the little spinny move she had us do but I still had fun!
Tony Czar then taught us two pieces, one the first day and another the next and they both had different flavors to them. One I forget the name but the other was a sexy groovy one to sequel by Bslade.
What I love about Tony’s teaching style is that he very much ENJOYS it and has a lot of fun joking with us (not saying that anyone else does not enjoy it). What I learned from Tony through his dancing and his words is to “dance with [my] soul” because ” no one can do you better than you.”
NEXT UP was Keone Madrid who taught a spectacular piece to The Way You Make Me Feel by MJ. What I love about this is that it definitely encompasses what Tony said about “doing you” however, at the same time it stresses a dancers ability to create and use a character when performing certain pieces! Such as this one that you had to put YOU into an MJ mindset.
Next up was none other than Mykell Wilson’s choreography to We Found Love by Rihanna! It had a very African dance feel to it and it was not something I expected to that song! However, it was very cool! The lesson I learned from him was to really chase your dream (as in he really talked about it). He gave a lot of awesome speeches but most of all what I got from him was “if you feel like it is what you’re meant to do then use what God gave you.”
Next up wasssss none other than LYLE BENIGA!!!
I mean I feel like this speaks for himself. He taught us two pieces over the two days, one to gimme some more by Busta Rhymes and Murder to Excellence by Jay-Z/Kanye.
Lyle is hecka impressive, he choreographed the first piece right before class started. However, the second piece is where his lesson came in. He wanted to teach us how to dance BIG! But controlled. And that’s a lot of what I got from it. However, dancing like a ninja and doing all of the moves to time was VERY difficult =]
And then, ANDYE-J!!!!
Andye-J taught a VERY groovy piece and started off the second day RIGHt with a piece to 702 by Steelo. I actually had the easiest time learning this piece because I can relate to grooving a LOT. And I just had a TON of fun doing this dance. I mean, that’s really all I’ve got to say. I also very much appreciated Andye’s “sexy dance” she would do when people were talking too much hahaha. What I most appreciate about Andye is the fact that she helped me so, so, so much while I was trying to learn the choreo. so Thank you Andye-J
Mari Martin and Keone Madrid taught us a duet piece! TO NONE OTHER THAN THEIR “PLEASE DON’T STOP THE MUSIC” PIECE!!! With this they stressed the importance of dancing with OTHERS and really bringing unity in the dance community. And Mari hilariously commented on how you can “dance with others without grinding.”
Finally LAST BUT NOT LEAST.
The tear bringer. Shaun Evaristo taught a very emotional and “simple” (i use this world loosely) piece to Who You Are by Jessie J. This piece..
was is absolutely spectacular. Never in my life had I ever felt so emotionally connected to choreography like that. Shaun wanted us to just be natural with the piece, not go hard, or hit hard, but just interpret the music as we would and come from our own place to bring it to the floor. And when he performed his solo….yeah we were all brought to tears.
I just want to say that, this was the most spectacular experience of my life. This was only the second time I have ever taken actual dance lessons because of where I live. And I could not have asked for a better experience in my life. The most important thing all of the choreographers/teachers taught was this: Dance is a community, it’s not all about yourself. They constantly stressed the importance of using dance to bring people together, not break them apart. And I would like to say that while they had some skepticism about that existing, with the existence of groups like KODACHROME:
I have no doubt in my mind that community still exists and there’s pure love of dance and each other in it.
Thank you so much Movement Lifestyle for theExperience
[I will try to respond as unbiased as possible and not respond from a staff member point of view!]
theTOUR in Chicago is hard to recap in words because so many factors set it apart…the most obvious being that this is the VERY FIRST ONE that any of us on staff have ever put together. Also—each tour stop will be a different experience mostly because each city has a different set of teachers.
Chicago, if i could sum up with one word, I would label as SPECIAL. In just one weekend the students were able to create a family vibe, inside jokes were made that only the dancers and teachers in Chicago will understand, everyone supported each other and worked hard together from staff to dancers to teachers taking each other’s classes.
I think if I were just a bystander watching everything take place…I’d want to be a part of the room and basque in the positive energy created by each class. I think I had 2 favorite parts about theTOUR…first one would be theINSIGHT which was a Q&A panel that was held between the teachers and students where any and every question was asked. It was a time to get personal and a time to gain more knowledge that extends far beyond learning dance steps. My second favorite moment was when our top award was given out and seeing the reaction from the student who received it. He traveled all the way from Toronto, Canada to Chicago for theTOUR and was just smashing every single class. Seeing his reaction humbled me so much..I just wanted to know what he was thinking! He dropped his head into his hands and all I could imagine was him maybe thinking “Did this really happen?!” I actually cried! I didn’t know this kid personally but I felt his reaction so much that I even cried…lol I’m such a baby! But I was just so happy for him—I knew he had traveled really far but I’m just a firm believer in making things happen for yourself. If you want something badly enough, you will try your hardest to get it. That’s just what this kid did. Ahh hard to explain the moment with words :/
Anyhow…I apologize for such a lengthy response but I’ve been wanting to write some what of a recap of my own experiences from Chicago and I think this will suffice for now ;) Next up DC! Time for new memories!!
Thanks for answering my question, Amanda!
Movement Lifestyle artist: Andye J, Ian Eastwood, Jillian Meyers, Brian Puspos, Devin Jamieson, Shaun Evaristo
Experience: Movement Lifestyle Tour - Chicago
Description: I went to the tour with my boyfriend and my three friends. We traveled from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On the first day of the tour, we registered, took pictures, bought merchandises, then stretched. We were all pretty excited! Jeka Jane was thereeeee!! but she didn’t teach :( But I still got to meet her and learn along with her anyways. We did a warm up then Brian Puspos taught ‘Rise & Shine’. The choreo was beast. He was a fun and really helpful teacher. Andye J taught us this funk type of hip hop… but I wasn’t sure what the song title was.. sorry :( She was such a down to earth person. LUNCH. Ian Eastwood taught us ‘Faded’ after. Ahh, I had a hard time learning this dance. It was definitely advanced level or something. He just killed this dance. It was veerryyy good. Jillian Meyers taught us ‘Valerie’. I love Jillian, she’s such an animated person. I really like this choreo. It was like lyrical, contemporary. Just watching her dance… you could see the emotions in her eyes. She was beautiful. After Jillian, Devin Jamieson taught us ‘housing’. The title wasn’t housing but the choreo was practically it. OMG. This choreo required so much energy. I always wanted to learn housing so I was pretty excited but damn, it’s really tricky. Seeing Devin perform this.. I have no words for it. He definitely has a whole `nother energy. First day of class ended so after, was ‘The Social’. We got to take pictures with the choreographers, ask them questions, and had a mini-type ‘dance’ AKA ‘social’. Wish it could’ve been longer :( To sum up first day: INTENSE.
THE NEXT DAY was a better day. It felt like we all improved over night. Jillian started the day with the warm up and then continued teaching us ‘Valerie’. I felt this choreo was a very colorful and fun dance :) Brian finished teaching us ‘Rise & Shine’. I really liked this one because it brought out the confidence, which he intended. Ian finished teaching us ‘Faded’. I’m not even going to comment on myself…. Ian does it best. LUNCH. Andye taught us a new piece, ‘1 + 1’. It was my FAVORITE ^^ This was such an emotional dance in a good way. It felt amazing dancing to this song. It was a stress reliever. Beautiful, just beautiful. After teaching, we all had an emotional moment :’) Finally, Shaun taught us ‘Drop it on the 1’. I am sooo honored to have learned this dance by him. It’s kinda tricky but fun. This one, he intended to make us work on details and execution. Then.. the class ended :( After was the ‘Teacher’s Showcase’ which each teacher performed a piece. Awards & scholarships came after… and I’m not sure what happened after. But, unfortunately… the tour ended.
NOTE: In ONE NIGHT, the ML fam shared an inside joke ‘fast’ and/or ‘so much’ . Someone asked Jeka Jane about her style of choreography and all she said was, ‘fast’. Then Brian kept using it and there it went :)
I am proud to have been part of the first group to experience the ML TOUR :) I met ‘so much’ amazing talented dancers. I have learned ‘so much’ thanks to ML ♥ I will always support ML! Coming back for more next year!! Sorry if it’s not as detailed.. I didn’t wanna write too much >.<
To begin, I wanted to say thank you first to all the choreographers and staff for such a great convention. Being my first one, I can’t believe how much I learned this past weekend because it felt like quick dream, but an everlasting one. Anyways, enough with that moving on to the dances:
Brian Puspos: Rise and Shine
“Be a better person than you were yesterday”
This choreo was amazing, because of the movements displayed in this piece. The hand gestures of extending both your arms and feet going out and coming in together like waking up, was my favorite. Movement changed fast to medium to slow at some points but definitely expressed an emotion to the swift movements.
Overall I enjoyed all of it!
Jillian Meyers: “Valerie”
Let yourself free
I felt very loose and relaxed in this choreo and it felt great! Jillian has such great expressions through all her loosed movements. I love that idea that when you’re so in to a song and you let the song move you. I feel that in Jillian when she performed this piece! LOVED IT!
The foot work in his piece was definitely something new to me because when it comes to momentum I can relate it to physics… Besides that though I enjoyed his piece because it felt like i was jumping on clouds with quick feet.
Ian Eastwood: “Faded”
Dancer’s choreo has their own texture to their art pieces.
This dance was too much fast. Even though it was fast it was powerful and it hit hard. Ian’s choreo from slow-medium-fast grew a lot because starting out slow was a big help for me. As we went faster, it was mind blowing because all the movement came one right after another. Loved it also since the power was so greatly achieved.
Andye J: “1+1”
Miss Andye’s one plus one was so moving. The lights adding such a great vibe to the class and feeling every movement of the song flowed through my body. It was uplifting and it felt so great. The point where it got personal and emotional opened my eyes to how moving this great piece of work was as for many other students in the class. Again thank you miss Andye do come back and visit chitown :)!
Shaun Evaristo: “Move it on the 1”
Wow! Ending with Shaun, was just breathtaking. The CEO of movement lifestyle was actually there presenting his piece to us the students or should I say MOVERS. Watching the commercial, then realizing we were doing the same choreo blew me away! Quick and such flawless movements displayed in this piece.
Overall I am in love with MOVEMENT LIFESTYLE! :) Thank you for coming to Chicago!
mL Tour Chicago was by far the BEST weekend of my entire life to date. The vibes were all so positive. When they say they are all about family that’s really what it was. It was such a blessing to be surrounded by such talented people who share the same love and passion as i do! It was even the little things. To just have all the teachers taking class too eager to learn, just like us. To have Shaun Evaristo walking around speaking to everyone, and all of the Staff just so willing to answer any questions you may have or just to give you those words of encouragement. It was all so AMAZING! I can go on and on, but I will end with this: If you have not registered I truly advise you to. You will not regret it! =)