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Learning Capoeira

3 May

I recently began Capoeira class at Roda Movements in the Washington, DC area.

What is Capoeira you ask? I created the below diagram to illustrate what it basically is:

Capoeira - What People Think I Do / What I Really Do

I combined two popular versions of this Capoeira “What People Think I Do / What I Really Do” meme to create this one.

It is a Brazilian Martial Art / Dance / Acrobatic discipline. It was created around the 16th Century by African Slaves brought to Brazil by the Portuguese. Traditionally, it is done to music in a circle, with two people at a time ‘playing’ in the middle. The legend is that the martial art was disguised as a dance and played very slowly so the slave owners would not realize that their slave were training to be deadly. Continue reading


Lady Gaga Teeth Dance Choreography borrowed from Silent Hill Nurses?

8 Sep

I went to Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball in Washington DC yesterday, and had a great time. When she got to the choreography for her song Teeth, I had a odd sense of Déjà vu. I had seen this before..I had even heard the song before..or something similar to it. Then it hit me..this was basically a very similar routine to the Silent Hill Nurses dance routine from the Anime Boston 2007 Masquerade (won first place).

Compare lady gagas Teeth set and choreography: Continue reading

Step Up 3D Review – It was actually good

28 Jul


Step up 3D billboard

Step up 3D

I went to see an early Step Up 3D screening expecting the worst dance/teen flick since Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo.

I mean, these are actual lines in the movie:

“people dance because dance can change things”

”One move… can set a whole generation free”

‘Some people learn to dance, some people are born to”

“the most important decisions in life are hard”

Continue reading

Breakdancing on the DC Metro (WMATA)

10 May and both carried stories today about the footage released by local b-boy Mad Sole featuring my good friend Benjamin Bausch aka “Evil Ben” breakdancing on the Washington DC Metro system (WMATA).

Breakdancing on mass commuting systems is as traditional as adidas shoes when it comes to true hiphop.

North Korea – Arirang Footage

10 Feb

One of the most cool, bizarre things I have ever seen. This guy got into North Korea as a tourist and made a documentary about North Korea.

Michael Jackson was Gay and has 200 unpublished songs

28 Jun

Amazing article that tells a lot of what was really going on in Michael Jacksons life. The biggest surprise to me is the claim that he has close to 200 unpublished songs:

Video of me dancing – audition for step up 3d

8 Apr

here is a video I uploaded in response to Director Jon Chu’s request for dancers for Step Up 3D

DC Lincoln Memorial Concert – Obama, U2, and a few people here and there

19 Jan

here is a cellphone pic I snapped at today’s concert

High School Musical 3

4 Nov

me in high school musical 3 lol

Wow McCain vs Obama dance battle

24 Oct

this is very impressive, don’t know how they did the special effects

Nadia Ali from IIO coming to Washington DC Saturday Sept 6

22 Aug

I’m so excited, besides Michael Jackson Nadia Ali is someone I think has one of the best voices
on earth. Here is some of her music:
(probably her most well-known song, you might have heard it before)
(fast forward to 2:06 she starts singing)
(fast forward to 1:45 she starts singing)

and here is a youtube:

Phucdat aka Goofball on so you think you can dance

29 May

He is my good friend, he also appeared in Step Up 2 in the ending credits (he’s wearing a tie-dye shirt) and is a downloadable buddy icon on the step up 2 myspace site. He got featured in So You Think You Can Dance last night, and we all watched it at his place. It was great! I hope good things happen for him from this

Here is a link to his myspace:

He got a lot of air time and they made him look good!

Here is the video clip of his performance

Step Up 2 Trailer is out – Im in the trailer so are tons of my friends

19 Oct

My Photobucket album with tons of pics from the set and screen caps from trailer

Watch the trailer here

That movie was so much fun. Congrats to our friend Rob Hoffman for landing such a great role, and for dancing with us for so many weeks prior to the filming. For those of you who have never seen Rob Hoffman before, you will love him as he is a great actor, amazing dancer, and a very nice and humble guy.

Please go out and see it on valentines day, support the film. I’d love for there to be a Step Up 3 in Baltimore.

High res pics behind the cut

Tomorrow is a big acting day

29 Aug

Tomorrow, Thursday August 30th all the way through Tuesday September 4th I will be filming a dance club scene for Step Up 2. Right before that, I have been asked to come in to a local Baltimore casting office and perform a short 60 second monologue, and then perform a cold read. If they like me it will mean the road will be open for small speaking roles, this could really help me get cast in bigger (but still small) stuff.

Getting my SAG card was a huge accomplishment for me, this is the next step. For my monologue I chose the ‘so much beauty’ scene from American Beauty.

Here is one guys shitty version of it (he fucks up the order of the lines and forgets other lines entirely)

And here is the official version from the movie American Beauty

Here is the full text of the monologue:

American Beauty
written by Alan Ball


It was one of those days when it’s about a minute away from snowing. And there’s this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it, right? And this bag was just… dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. That’s the day I realized that there was this entire life behind things, and this incredibly benevolent force that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid ever. Video’s a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember…I need to remember. (distant) Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it…and my heart is going to cave in.

Im nervous but excited.

Update on acting

21 Aug

Quick update on my acting:

I have been cast a dancer in a big dance-off scene in the movie Step Up 2. I go to the set August 30, 31st and then return to the set Tuesday August 4th to finish the scene. Also my friends Alex, Keith and Danny (also known as Seizure, Quest and Goofball) will be going with me to breakdance.

This Saturdays I audition for a Sir Ridley Scott movie called ‘Body of Lies‘ that starts filming in the area soon. It stars Leonardo Dicaprio and Russell Crowe.

I will be auditioning at Carlyn Davis casting in the next few weeks as well, performing a short monologue and then a cold read for consideration in small principal roles in upcoming films.

fun times! I’m especially excited about Step Up 2 since I have already met and danced with the principal cast including the lead, so it will be like a dream scenario of filming a movie with all your friends. It’s gonna be awesome.

Auditioning for Step up 2 (yes they making a sequel)

28 Jun

I am auditioning for Step up 2 this saturday as a breakdancer. Can’t wait!

this is the demo reel (his choreography and some footage of him dancing by himself) of the guy robert hoffman whos cast in the lead role of step up 2..the only thing is hes a VERY good popper (watch about 2:28 in) but he has zero breakdancing skills?

Major Motion Picture STEP UP 2 Auditions

Renowned Monsters of HipHop Choreographer Jamal Sims (STEP UP, HAIRSPRAY) will be casting dancers for the sequel to the hit film STEP UP this Saturday in the Washington DC / Baltimore area.

This is the final audition stop in the nationwide casting search which has spanned several weeks.

LA-based choreographers Dave Scott (Monsters of HipHop, STOMP THE YARD, YOU GOT SERVED) and Hi-Hat (Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige) are also part of the incredible choreographic team.

The movie, tentatively titled STEP UP 2: THE STREETS will be filming in Baltimore starting as early as July 1st, 2007.

All dancers must bring a headshot (snapshots are fine) and resume. For more information, please visit under the Monster Buzz.

Audition Information

Saturday, June 30, 2007

  • 10:00 am / Hip Hop Choreography (Please be prompt – the dance combination will be taught one time only at 10 am & will not be repeated)
  • 3:00 pm / Freestylers (B-boys/girls, Poppers, Lockers, Krumpers, Specialty) and Dance Crews (4 or more dancers) – If you are interested ONLY in performing Freestyle as per above, please arrive at 3pm.
  • Ages: 18-25 of any ethnicity
  • Must be an accomplished dancer
  • Must be completely available from Mid-July through September.

more info

Breakin pics of me from Club Five in DC

30 Dec

buncha pics of me in the white hat! woot :mj1:

Live House Music – Tortured Soul

1 Sep

I don’t normally just make a pointless promotional post but I really wanted to share and profess my love for Tortured Soul

They were inspired by a simple yet adventurous idea — that modern dance music could be performed completely live. From this impromptu Brooklyn jam session the Tortured Soul sound was born; a blend of soulful song-writing, skillful production, and raw live energy. Since then the trio has blazed a revolutionary trail through dance clubs and live venues around the world, garnering the praise of DJ’s, producers and multitudes of fans alike, who have witnessed the power of the Tortured Soul concept: Live Soulful House.

Yes. You heard right. LIVE soulful house. You can listen to their music on their myspace page. They really put on an amazing show.

Rhianna – Unfaithful Lyrics are the worst lyrics ever written ever ever

31 Aug

I hear that Rhianna song played on the radio a lot called Unfaithful. I don’t particularly follow pop music so I had no idea who she was..I kept thinking to myself: “my GOD..who wrote that? it’s some of the most amateur, self-delusional shallow and badly written lyrics I have ever heard!!?”

It’s sort of unclear who exactly wrote it, Rhianna takes credit in some interviews and in others it seems Ne-Yo wrote them. Regardless of WHO wrote them, they are god-awful. For your displeasure I have reposted the lyrics below, except with my comments:

Story of my life
Searching for the right
But it keeps avoiding me
Sorrow in my soul
cause it seems that wrong
really loves my company

He’s more than a man
and this is more than love
the reason that the guy is blue
the clouds are rolling in
because I’m gone again
and to him I just can’t be true

and I know that he knows I’m unfaithful
and it kills him inside
to know that I am happy with some other guy
I can see him dying

I don’t wanna do this anymore
I don’t wanna be the reason why
Everytime I walk out the door
I see him die a little more inside
I don’t wanna hurt him anymore
I don’t wanna take away his life
I don’t wanna be…
a murderer

OK..if she feels so bad then why the fuck is she going out to fuck another guy? It’s bullshit. She probably just really likes the apartment his money pays for and doesn’t wanna lose it.

I feel it in the air
as I’m doing my hair

That is probably the worst verse in the entire song

preparing for another day
A kiss up on my cheek
He’s here reluctantly
as if I’m gonna be out late
I say I won’t be long
Just hanging with the girls

Ok..what exactly is supposed to rhyme here? ‘reluctantly’ and ‘day’? ‘cheek’ and ‘late’? ‘long’ and ‘girl’? Maybe if you squint your ears real hard.

A lie I didn’t have to tell
Because we both know
where I’m about to go
and we know it very well

cause I know that he knows I’m unfaithful
and it kills him inside
to know that I am happy with some other guy
I can see him dying

I don’t wanna do this anymore
I don’t wanna be the reason why
Everytime I walk out the door
I see him die a little more inside
I don’t wanna hurt him anymore
I don’t wanna take away his life
I don’t wanna be…
a murderer

i lost
His trust
I might as well take a gun and put it to his head
Get it over with
I don’t wanna do this
Anymore (anymore)

Wow she really is full of herself. She really thinks that if she doesn’t love him anymore he might as well die? That his life is actually worthless without her?

I don’t wanna do this anymore
I don’t wanna be the reason why
Everytime I walk out the door
I see him die a little more inside
I don’t wanna hurt him anymore
I don’t wanna take away his life
I don’t wanna be…
a murderer (a murderer)

No no no no

Yeah yeah yeah

I can agree in the No no no no part.

The Directors Label DVD set

24 Mar

I am a HUGE fan of cinema and motion pictures. Recently I discovered the amazing DIRECTOR’S LABEL Dvd series. I am in heaven. It is a collection of the world’s greatest music video directors. Each DVD features a different director.

I Have always held the opinion that music video directors make the most spectacularly visual movies, from David Fincher (Fight Club, SE7EN etc.) to Tarsem Singh (The Cell..a VERY beautiful film) to Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) to Kazuaki Kiriya (Casshern) to Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich) to Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)

Here is my previous entry regarding the remarkable and estimable work of Spike Jonze, who is from right here in Maryland (Bethesda)

Anyway, if you are a fan of beautiful cinematography, and appreciate film as art, you must pick up this complete box set of 8 DVDs. All my friends who watch this stuff when they come over are always impressed by the quality of the videos and their presentation.

Michael Jackson is Innocent

26 Nov

I have been a big defender of Michael Jackson since the first allegation of 1993. A lot of people seem to think that if you are a strange / weird / eccentric person you are a child molester. People need to educate themselves about both cases.

I mean, what pedophile would only molest two kids? Especially since be has had over 500 something kids sleep over there. What pedophile would stop at 2 in the course of over 10 years? So you either believe:

1) Jackson is a molester but only molested two kids


2) Jackson is a molester but only 2 kids have come forward, despite the police intensively interviewing over 300 kids after the 1993 allegation and couldn’t find a single child who would accuse Mike also

This just came out yesterday apparently, the mom of the kid accusing Michael has a history of suing for money:

She was caught in 1998 shoplifting from J.C. Penney’s WITH HER SON (both had stolen goods on them, partners in crime hehe) and then after she was caught, she sued J.C. Penney claiming, among other things the guards sexually molested her and abused her son. J.C. Penney gave her over $100,000 to settle out of court.

Also, the father is very likely going to testify on Michael Jackson’s behalf, he has already said that she also accused him of sexual abuse to her and her son so she could win custody. This woman is friggin’ insane.

A month before the settlement, the boy’s mother had filed for divorce, beginning a bitter fight that would include criminal charges of abuse.

Mr Halpern said the father once showed him a script his wife had allegedly written for their children to use when they were questioned in a civil deposition.

“She wrote out all their testimony. I actually saw the script,” Halpern said. “I remember my client showing me, bringing the paperwork to me.”

The family’s past legal cases could be critical in the current molestation case, if Michael Jackson’s lawyer can show the mother or the accuser lacks credibility, said Leonard Levine, a defense attorney who specializes in sexual assault cases.

Michael Jackson aint gonna take this shit laying down, they are going to hopefully prove this woman is insane and take the poor kid away from her. It seems even Michael would be a better parent than this looney.

As for the 1993 case: educate yourself with this extensive article originally published in GQ

Turns out the boy never made any accusations until after he was given a powerful hypnotic drug, and only after the father had wrestled custody of the boy away from the mother. Interesting to note that the lawyer representing the dad in the 1993 case also represents this current accusation.

Also, there were taped conversations where the father says “Jackson is going down if I don’t get what I want”

And on top of it all, if you are a parent and really loved your kid, and really believe a person sexually abused your child..would you really take ANY sum of money rather than seeing the pervert thrown in jail to get ass-raped? Why take money and let the abuser go free to abuse other kids? Both these cases are about extortion.