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Dance Fever

This Sunday I went to see Step Up 3D, and I have to say that it has all the elements that I require in a great summer movie.

1. No distracting plot.

2. Lots of energy without resorting to blowing things up…

3. Except for my MIND, of course.  The dancing was a little mind blowing at points (see: Madd Chadd, Master of Mechanical Movement)

You can read profiles of all the main dancers in the movie in this USA Today article.  But what I really want to talk about is: what do you do once you’ve gone to see Step Up 3D and are infected with dance fever?  YouTube videos will only exacerbate the problem.

Our librarians have already put together some resources that can help you with this dilemma.  Click here to see their collections of links to specific dance resources in the catalog, and links to lists of Pittsburgh based dance companies and recretational dance groups.

Or check out some of these DVDS for inspiration and skill-sharpening:

RIZE, directed by David LaChapelle, a super energy-packed documentary about Clowning and Krumping.

Singing in the Rain: The classic of the classics.  There’s a scene in Step Up 3D that is very reminiscent of the old musicals, and the dance here is exhilirating in its own right.

Any of these DVDs that can be searched for under the subject heading Dancers — Drama.

Or, these Dance Workout DVDS!

Dance Your Ass Off: The Workout

Dancing with the Stars Cardio Dance

Fat Burning Hip Hop Dance Grooves

Or, you could just get the soundtrack to one of the Step Up movies (here) and make your own choreography.    Just make sure to share it with your local teen librarian.  Who knows, we might hold our own Library Jam.

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