Earlier I shared with you all Bomba and now I’m sharing with you all Plena. Plena is another traditional style of music and dance from Puerto Rico, which also originates from African culture, but also has a heavy Caribbean influence. Bomba and Plena are both personal favorites of mine, so I hope you all enjoy it.
Puerto Rican culture is a blend of Taíno, African, and Spanish influences. Bomba is one of the traditional styles of music and dance in Puerto Rico, which originated from African culture that was brought over during slavery. Today, Bomba is still prevalent throughout the island, particularly on the East coast and during cultural festivals. Here is a taste of what Bomba is like.
A couple of weeks ago, So You Think You Can Dance aired a special episode in honor of Michael Jackson’s latest video where all of the contestants performed dances to the King of Pop’s songs. In honor of what would’ve been his 56th birthday, I’d like to share with you all my favorite performance from that night, which was actually done to one of my favorite Michael Jackson songs ever, “Dirty Diana.” Enjoy!
So You Think You Can Dance Season 11 is just getting started and I’m already feeling inspired. Caleb Brauner auditioned last season accompanied by his father, but he didn’t make it too far in the competition, so he auditioned again this year. First, he went to New Orleans where the judges learned that Caleb’s dad had passed away. Caleb made it to choreography, but just didn’t make to cut. You would expect that to be the end of his story, but instead Caleb tried again and went to the Chicago auditions. He again made it to choreography, but, this time, he made it through to the next round and got his ticket to Los Angeles. It’s just another example of how far determination can get you.
Being the lover of dance that I am, I have definitely been keeping up with the latest season of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Unlike last season, I haven’t been posting my favorites from each night because I felt like I wanted to only post the dances that left me wanting more, left me thinking, and left me in love with the routine. Last week’s group dance to “Tears of an Angel” choreographed by Bonnie Story did just that. The concept behind the dance is a powerful one about bullying and I think the dancers themselves did their part in doing the choreography and the song justice by putting their souls into the dance. I honestly just loved this dance and I had to share it with you all. Enjoy.
With Father’s Day approaching and the recent death of my grandfather, I am reminded even more of the large role my dad plays in my life. I honestly feel so blessed to still have him next to me when I know that there are so many people around me who will not have the opportunity to spend any more time with their fathers. I realize this and I will do my best to savor every moment with my own dad. I love my father so much and I want him to know that I appreciate him to the fullest. Please do the same with your own. Even if you don’t have the best relationship with your dad, it is still better than not having the opportunity to have one at all. Too many people realize this too late. I dedicate Luther Vandross’ “Dance With My Father” to my daddy and my grandfathers who I will see one day again.
Thank you for demonstrating what the original Harlem Shake is to those who were oblivious to the real dance! I truly appreciate the proof of real, raw dancing.