Cristina Pinheiro .. on the UDO World Championships
With our most prestigious championship just around the corner, we are feeling incredibly excited here at UDO.
And we want to know the questions on everyone’s minds ... how do you best prepare? What are the judges looking for in everyone’s performances?
We’ve asked Cristina Pinheiro, an esteemed UDO Worlds faculty member to give us the low down ..
Emily Golding-Ellis .. on going Global
"My first professional contract was performing in a Hip Hop and Circus show at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. As this was my first ever professional job, I was like a kid at Christmas bursting with excitement, the thought of being paid to do what I love was a dream come true!"
Working abroad gives huge opportunities to gain international experience, and Emily certainly noticed it’s benefits.
"A really great part of the experience was getting to work with the international choreographer Supple Nam."
However, a contract abroad isn’t the only way to get your air miles in; many dancers also seek to tour for the varying experience it allows them. The minute Emily arrived back from Abu Dhabi, she was straight onto the audition circuit for the Thriller Live! Tour. Despite thinking, “there’s no way I will get it, I’m just going for the experience,” she got through to the final round, and was booked for the tour of the UK, Europe and China.
International tours can be the making of professional dancers, as it can teach them so much in terms of professional, social, and personal development. Emily’s time with Thriller Live! taught her the “do's and don’ts” of the professional dance world, and encouraged her to be more flexible and focused.
"If you are a dancer who is in the role of a “track”, always have your eyes wide open in rehearsals, as the likelihood of you having to swing other tracks is very high," she advises.
It’s not just the professional advantages that draw dancers abroad; the social and cultural benefits are not to be missed out on. According to Emily, “each contract becomes like a new family”, and life on the road bonds new groups over the highs and the lows of tour life. It also allows dancers to experience new cultures and places; “we are so used to a certain way in life in London”, Emily explains, “and [touring] really opened my eyes to other ways of living.”
So, what is the main motivation behind going global: the steady income? The global experience? The friends for life?
As I hadn’t long graduated, I believed it was best for me to go and develop my professional understanding of dance in the initial stages of my career, and begin to build my business and brand in London afterwards," Emily says, revealing more of her level-headed yet laidback mentality.
"Also, I was really keen to see new places and cultures, as I have always loved traveling."
In terms of advice, she encourages dancers to make the most of global opportunities. “Things can be very different to what you may expect in the UK,” she notes, “but overall I would just say to seize every opportunity, even if you are tired from the shows; it’s not every day you will be in that country or city.”
Review.. Hamilton West End
This month, we want to bring you even more from the dance world; we’re reviewing Hamilton, an incredible theatre production. Based on the story of one of the founding fathers of the United States Of America, Alexander Hamilton, this musical is an eclectic fusion of hip hop dance and theatre…
After taking Broadway by storm, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hotly anticipated hip hop musical landed in London’s West End. From the moment it arrived last year, Hamilton has been selling out performances every single day. The Victoria Palace Theatre welcomed the outstandingly talented cast with open arms, and Hamilton has been a hit with locals and tourists alike.
The groundbreaking musical charts the rise and fall of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United states of America. It may sound dry - a musical about Brexit probably wouldn’t sell quite as well - but this million-mile-an-hour musical is anything but. Miranda wanted to reflect the tumultuous time of the American Revolution by using rebellious, revolutionary music with which a contemporary audience could relate, hence the hip hop soundtrack. The show’s music takes its inspiration from America’s diverse mix of influences; think Nicki Minaj-level rap sequences, Beyoncé style sass, and raps that Eminem would struggle to keep in time with.
The choreographer was keen to keep the hip hop dance influence running through the show, too. He enthuses that “choreographing Hamilton is a once-in-a-lifetime gift...for me, Hamilton has been about taking everything I know about dance and crashing it together with everything I know about life”.
Each routine is as complex as it is beautiful, with street dance stepping into the spotlight in every sequence. The amalgamation of street and contemporary dance styles complements each fast-paced, rich rap sequence, elevating the show to a height of success unparalleled by any other West End production. Currently starring Jamael Westman, this masterpiece truly breaks boundaries of traditional theatre dance.
It was an ambitious move to bring Hamilton – an exemplary American musical – to the capital of the UK, but it has definitely paid off. Tourists from across the globe seem to relate to the story of morality, rivalry, and heartbreak. The diversity of the cast further reflects the universality of the story; dancers, actresses and actors of multiple races and nationalities don the Revolutionary garb. The show is enriched by its diversity, and empowers everyone who dances on stage, or who watches from the audience.
Worlds Look Book
With the hotly anticipated World Championships around the corner, we know our dancers will want to turn up in style!
We’ve dedicated this feature to give our top looks from Brand B1, Ratchet, and our official World's merchandise so you can #represent UDO Worlds.
UDO World Championships - Official Merchandise
Ratchet Clothing ..
Brand B1 ..
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