Dance Central is a music video game for the Xbox 360. This game utilizes the Kinect motion peripheral. The game was developed by Harmonix, who are the creators of Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises. The game disc has about 32 songs already installed and have created about 240 songs which can be bought online.
Here the GamePlay involves the performing player re-creating the dance moves which are tracked by Kinect and represented on the screen by one of the eight in-game avatars. The game has more than 650 dance moves which span across 90 dance routines. There are five modes available:
Perform It: the regular single player game play mode, where the main objective is to complete the dance routines to get the highest score.
Workout Mode: this is an extension to the regular mode in which the number of calories burned is also tracked, along with the workout time.
Dance Battle: here two players compete in a head to head dance routine battle. The person with the highest score is the winner.
Challenge Mode: once all the songs in each difficulty category have four starts on each one, a challenge based on the difficulty is unlocked. This mode increases as the difficulty increases.
Break It Down: this is a practice mode which allows the beginners to learn more advanced dance moves in a step by step process.
The New York Throw Down 2011 – All Styles Dance Competition was held in Mark’s Church in the Bowery, New York, NY. The competition is based on type of dance which is danced 1 on 1 for the title best Throw Down 2011.
The preliminaries, quarter finals and semi finals were all one round each where each troupe or person was eliminated based on the judges’ choice. The final was an exhausting 5 rounds for the dance troupes.
The competition’s tagline is “ALL STYLES DANCE COMPETITION” and that’s what it was in the end. There were styles which included competitions for LOCKERS, JERK WAACKERS, PUNKERS, FLEXING, BRUCK UP, HIP HOP, DOUGIE, HOUSE, MODERN, BALLET, TAP, TURFERS, KRUMPERS, POPPERS, BBOYS AND FREESTYLERS.
The competition was wild and crazy! The only prerequisite was keeping the beat!
Entry cost – $10 with a flyer; $12 without a flyer, camera premium price was $15.
Salsa dancing has its own twists. Many dancers put their own twist and create routines for the dance programs and competitions. The main criteria is the timing and the beats for a salsa dancer, this has to fall in line with the music and is called ‘step timing’ or just ‘timing’.
The timing is the most important archive to achieve the fluid motion in the dance. Since there are many dancers, people opt for showcasing their talents in many ways. These dancers want to be different from each other and so they show their creativity in the clothes their wear or the merging of various styles into their dance.
Salsa can be danced in various styles according to the various beats in the music, as there are numerous timings popular nowadays. Check out this couple dancing!
MISCONCEPTION 1: Only Latinos and talented dancers can learn salsa
Salsa has become hugely popular internationally in countries like India, China, UK, and Australia. Many of the salsa dancers have normal jobs, you don’t need to be gifted with dance genes or born in a Latino family to learn salsa. The learning process is part of the fun. Joining a dance school is a great way to meet people and you become a part of a close community of friends who share a common interest.
MISCONCEPTION 2: I just feel the music. The music tells me what to do.
This excuse is used by people who are insecure about their lack of technique. They accuse professional dancers for being too technical and not feeling the music. The problem with this kind of thinking is that expressing yourself to the music is only one part of the salsa equation. Salsa is a partner dance not a freestyle solo dance. It’s not just about personal individual expression; it is also an act of connecting with your partner so that you express the music together. This cannot happen when one does not know how to lead/follow.
MISCONCEPTION 3: I don’t need classes; the partner should be able to lead me
Dancing is a partnership work and it should be 50/50. When one person does not know the dance and is untrained then it becomes very hard for one person to do all the work. A good follower is easy to lead and this is where everyone can benefit from classes.
MISCONCEPTION 4: He/She is an amazing dancer therefore they must also be a great instructor
Being a good dancer requires a completely different mindset than being a good instructor. The focus has to go from your own performance and technique to developing the skills of students. A good instructor also needs to be able to think like a beginner and this is very hard as they are unable to understand with students who require more time. When picking a good instructor, don’t look at their ability to dance.
MISCONCEPTION 5: I have to be really good before I can go social dancing
In 2 or 3 lessons with a good instructor is all you need for your first salsa party. It’s okay if you don’t have everything together yet. There are always beginners at every salsa party so there will be no problem to find people on the same level to dance with. The best way to improve is to take what you are learning in salsa classes and apply it on the dance floor. Relax and don’t worry so much about what other people think. Remember salsa above all is about having fun!
Originally titled ‘Just Dance’ the show “Got to Dance” is a dance competition and a reality show which is broadcasted in the United Kingdom, Ireland, United States and India. The auditions of the show take place in specially built Dance Domes and any dance, act, style are welcome. All the contestants will be judged on the talent level, skill and performance. The judges for the show are Ashley Banjo, Kimberly Wyatt and Adam Garcia, the show is hosted by Davina McCall. The show has been hosted for two seasons and the winners are below.
Season 1 winner is Akai Milan Osei, a ten year old British street dancer who is from Lambeth. He was inspired by Michael Jackson, Diversity, Flawless and Chris brown. Now he has appeared in many movies and videos for many British programs and movies, he was featured in many dance shows and he was also a judge on a talent show for Disney Channel called “Shake it up and Dance”
Season 2 winners were Chris and Wes is a dynamic duo who is the unstoppable dance force who has been known to dance on the M40 motorway and choreograph in their sleep. They have been influenced by Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake. These guys have become well-known dancers and they want to do as much as they can for the dance industry.