Christian Long

LXD: In the Internet Age, Dance Evolves

In TED Talks on April 12, 2010 at 8:57 am

Reflection by ALEX C.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

LXD:  In the Internet Age, Dance Evolves

Let me start by saying, I got the best TED video ever.

You could consider my opinion biased, due to my age and how the style of dancing in this video appeals to me, but please do not consider my opinion biased. This video should appeal to everyone, especially those of you who grew up watching Michael Jackson. For those of you who think that Michael Jackson and other dance heroes like him have died think again. John M. Chu says that they have not disappeared, but evolved.

Kids have taken the old dance moves and changed them. They then post a video on youtube and then someone else will take that dance routine and add more, creating more and more styles. There are hidden heroes of dance at home in their garages, on the streets, or in their bedrooms. The purpose of LXD (The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers) is to bring these kids together to show the world what they are capable of.

Madd Chadd, the master of mechanical movement started out the individual dance routines. His movements are as smooth, yet mechanical as a robot. He stays in sync with the music when it starts out slow all the way to the climatic ending.

J Smooth, the animated precision master, likes to base his dance style on transformers. He says that a transformer opens many panels to grow bigger and they close when they are finished. He likes to think that every time something is opened it needs to be closed. His dancing style is very unique instead of moving around on the stage, he sits in a chair letting his arms and fingers do the dancing. His fingers and arms are so magical as they disappear and reappear in sync with the music. It’s as if his fingers and arms are his legs dancing in the air.

Kid David, the breakboy, dances through the music. He doesn’t know what he will do until the music comes on. The music takes over his body as he dances, as if he is the puppet of a puppeteer.

L’il C, the king of krump, creates a ball of energy that he visualizes when he krumps. He says that to krump you create power and you tame it. You throw it out and they when you see the tail you snag it, and bring it back into you. His dance is very interesting he starts out with a kind of Michael Jackson moonwalk except that he is on his knees. He then goes onto to do as he says. He throws himself out there only to bring it back himself back in.

The last choreographed routine is so hard to put into words, only the visualization and listening to the music can bring the routine the justice that it deserves. It leaves you speechless. All the styles of dance are incoproated, from Madd Chadd’s mechanical dancing to L’il C’s krumping. People were doing flips, jumping around, and dancing with their hands.

Since every music note and dance move is in sync, that the routine becomes awe inspiring.

The last thing I would like to say is that the music was incredible, and for those of you who read my last blog, about Benjamin Zander, maybe classical hasn’t died. Maybe classical music has evolved into music just like this.

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