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Instead of catching up on the bazillion book write ups I am behind on, I watch lots of TV! (Ooooo! You can actually watch it online now! Nice.)

Spoilers )
oyceter: (lindy hop)
Out of all my TV shows, this may be the one I look forward to the most...

It's just always so amazing watching the dancers, and it reminds me to start lindy hop again.

Spoilers? Spoilers for S4 at least )

Also, we get another season in the fall? Awesomesauce! (Though wow, aren't the judges exhausted? The audition process looks so difficult.)

(Still working on the Asian Women's Carnival, apologies for the delay.)

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Mon, Jul. 14th, 2008 02:09 pm
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I finally got to see the Top 12 results show, and oh show, I heart you SO MUCH for featuring dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. I like that the image of the black male dancer on the show is shifting from "b-boy" to "contemporary," and I'm really hoping for more ballroom dancers of color next year as well (and to keep the b-boys coming, because I am waiting desperately for a hip hopper to win). And more women of color, period, though this year there were more than last year.

I love that they're now featuring a dance performance along with a musical performance on the results show, especially as so far, they've been featuring several dancers/dance groups of color. I'm really hoping they bring on more, particularly in terms of world dance.

Also, I skipped watching auditions this year, but just went through YouTube to see, and! Will! Will did an audition piece to Lupe Fiasco's "Baba Says Cool for Thought" and he's been one of my favorite dancers so far and now I think he is AWESOMESAUCE.

AKICOLJ

Sat, Jul. 12th, 2008 11:56 pm
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Would anyone who watches a lot of Bollywood movies be willing to watch this and tell me how the dancing is? (possible spoilers for So You Think You Can Dance Top 12)

Reasoning )

Also also, while I am here, commentary on the African jazz piece very welcome!

2007 TV round up

Wed, Jan. 2nd, 2008 05:54 pm
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This year was a strange TV year for me. I feel like I mostly stopped being enthusiastic about American dramas; a large part of this was because of my falling out with Heroes. While I did start watching a few new shows this year, I'm not head-over-heels in love with any of them yet, at least not in the same way I have been obsessing about kdramas.

2007 will probably also go down as the year I got sucked into Asian dramas. I managed to resist for about eight years, too, and then that little thing called Coffee Prince came along...

No spoilers in any of the below; please use <span style="color:#333,background:#333">spoiler text</span> for any spoilers in the comments.

Shows that didn't work for me

The Collector )

Ugly Betty )

Dr. Who )

The only reason Heroes isn't on this list is because 2007 included some of the great S1 episodes.

Shows that I'm watching but not excited about

Scrubs )

Dead Like Me )

Heroes )

Life )

Blood Ties )

Fantasy Couple )

Snow Queen )

Shows that I'm very excited about!

Homicide: Life on the Street )

Spooks/MI-5 )

Pushing Daisies )

Avatar: the Last Airbender )

So You Think You Can Dance )

Nobuta wo Produce )

My Name Is Kim Sam Soon )

And now, my very favorite shows of the year! It's cheating a little, because I'm not done with either yet, but I am so filled with squee!

Damo )

Coffee Prince )

Huh, looking at all this, I did watch a lot this year. It just didn't feel like it, because for most of the year, I was hopping from show to show to show. I didn't fall into kdramas until Thanksgiving, but wow, I fell hard.
oyceter: (lindy hop)
So I went to lindy for the first time in forever, and I actually stayed for a little of the social dance! Not for long, but long enough to realize how much I'd missed it.

And!

It is the SYTYCD finale tomorrow!

AND!

Read more... )
oyceter: (lindy hop)
Spoilers )

Lindy hop randomosity )

Um, so sorry to be spamming people so much about dancing lately. But I have discovered the wonders of YouTube and procrastination.
oyceter: (lindy hop)
Bwahahaha! [livejournal.com profile] hesychasm is watching as well! And her post has YouTube links, as do the comments! Most of them are to last year's routines, but I could watch this all day.

I think one of the reasons why I can take it is because they don't focus much on the personal lives of the dancers. Honestly, I do not care about the personal lives of most people on reality shows, and I absolutely detest how catty people will get. I like that the show and the judges actually take themselves seriously. It is funny sometimes, because it's couched in language of learning and improving, but what I get out of it is a whole bunch of people -- judges and choreographers and dancers (and some are all three) -- who love dance and take dancing seriously and really, really, really love and believe in what they do.

And of course, I am completely biased, because I too love dance, even though I can't do anything even close to what those people on the show are doing!

Every week I am just so stunned by what all the dancers can learn in six days. This must be one of the most intense boot camps ever -- they're not only learning their own routines and potentially a brand new style, they're also learning a group routine for Thursday and possibly even prepping an individual number just in case. And I am so jealous that they get to spend 24 hours a day, seven days a week, dancing with all these amazing people to awesome choreography, and getting serious critique as well.

This week's show )

ETA: added links for the routines I remember best. Yay for YouTube!

ETA2: fixed links
oyceter: (lindy hop)
I haven't been to swing for about two or three weeks -- I went out yesterday night and felt like I had completely forgotten how to dance! I didn't stay too long; I was tired and wanted to curl up with rats, and it's sort of embarrassing that so little dancing made my hips sore.

But today someone from swing emailed out that a swing band would be playing at a local outdoors mall for free! It's part of an outdoors summer jazz concert series, so it wasn't officially a dance. Some people from the dance community went anyway, and we commandeered a little spot by the very side and back of the stage, and people were out there, lindy hopping in the hot summer air.

There was actually a pretty big audience for the band, which was great, and it was so funny, standing there and dancing with no preparation, the wrong shoes, a giant crowd of people who probably thought we were nuts, and having tons of fun anyway. I nearly kicked off my flip-flops just to dance in my bare feet, but decided that swiveling and twirling and jumping around on the mall concrete would probably be just as painful as trying to dance with the flip-flops on.

I didn't dance that much; it was 90-some degrees outside today, we were right out in the sun, I had the wrong shoes, and I had forgotten to bring water. But I watched other people dancing: an impromptu shim-sham line to super fast music, the swing teacher from a local swing place just kicking out steps to the riffs in the music and playing off her partner's cues, people doing Charleston together with legs flying every which way. And afterward, an older woman came up to the swing teacher and said that she had been watching, so happy to see people dancing the things she had danced back in high school years and years ago.

So You Think You Can Dance )

2006 TV round up

Mon, Jan. 1st, 2007 09:49 pm
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I didn't end up watching much live-action TV this year; I spent a lot more time watching anime and reading manga. I didn't start the year off with that many live-action shows, and since I'm a lazy person, I usually never watch a show during its first season. I let other people rec stuff. This year, I started off with Scrubs, Veronica Mars, and Good Eats.

No spoilers for any of the shows. The "shows I'm excited about" part will have pimping information (aka, how to access the show, the general plotline, and etc.), as I am trying to get more people to watch.

Shows that didn't work for me

Veronica Mars )

Supernatural )

The Office )

Shows that I'm watching but not excited about

Scrubs )

Good Eats )

Battlestar Galactica )

Avatar: the Last Airbender )

Shows that I'm very excited about!

So You Think You Can Dance )

Heroes )

And I've saved the best for last. My absolute favorite TV show of the year, hands down, is:

Spooks/MI-5 )

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