A Look Into the Social Success of Psy’s Gangnam Style

I have been highly intrigued by the success of South Korean artist, Psy’s latest single, ‘Gangnam Style’ from both a social media and dance trend that I had to do a case study from a digital mind and as a dancer’s perspective. Psy – Gangnam Style (The music video that started it all) Wikipedia already has pretty up-to-date info around the Gangnam Style trend and what I’m intrigued is deconstructing the elements that made it so successful. From a dancer’s perspective, the most recent dance craze preceding Psy’s self-choreographed horse-riding inspired moves was ‘The Dougie’, but even that didn’t have as much reach as this K-Pop sensation. The more recent comparison as close as it can get was the Macarena back in the 90s.
Accessibility – catchy songs with simple dance moves
Catchy songs + simple dance moves have set the atmosphere for party tunes for the longest time. If

How I’m Re-Igniting My Passionate Love Affair with Hip Hop

At almost 28 years old, I feel old.
Old in the local street dance scene – and who can blame me, when I find myself surrounded by fresh-faced high school kids whenever I (rarely) decide to attend one of the events.
Being in the scene for 8 years now, it gets to a point where it all feels the same, and progress seems backwards. After running countless events, classes, workshops, battle competition and all things related to street dance, I’m in a period where I need to take a step back from the scene, remove all the external bullshit influence and reflect on what brought me on this path in the first place.
It all started when…
Back when I was 20 years old, a UNSW student with an enormous passion for hip hop culture… it was all a dream. I really did read Word Up! magazines and Salt ‘n’ Pepa were my rap

Farewell to Rangi “Rangsta Boogie” Harris, 1969-2013

 
Tribute to Rangsta Boogie by Mistery
My friend Rangi Harris loved Hip Hop and he loved sharing it with whomever he could. He was involved in all aspects of the street culture for most of his life and was often found at events, supporting the Aussie Hip Hop scene and catching up with everyone.
He would always make time to talk to you and see how you’re doing, genuinely interested and encouraging of your passion.
Shoutout to his close friend, Mistery, who arranged an amazing day of tributes complete with new graffiti pieces, T-Shirts, a mixtape by DJ MK-1, a moving ceremony and farewell jam at the Street University in Liverpool.
Sad to see him go at only 44 years old, leaving behind two young kids.
Rest In Peace Rangsta Boogie.
Caption: Amazing piece by Mistery. Photo by: Studio De La Jojo
Caption: Bboys throwing down to show their respect. Photo by: Studio De La Jojo
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Why I’m such a dick

I’m the type of person who will call someone out on something if it’s worth my time. I’ll tell people I really care about, the straight up truth, sometimes in pretty blunt ways on purpose to shock them and make them remember what I said. I’m also the type of person who will happily serve myself my own medicine and get rid of douchebags who don’t. So I call myself out on bullshit, and lately I’ve been telling myself what I dick I’ve been.

I always tell people that “the most successful people are the ones who have failed the most” and in my case, I’ll happily admit my failures (which took me a long time to be able to do). One of which I am focusing on being better at – having the discipline and focus to make one of my many ideas, a reality. I’ve been really bad at

Moving out: 1 week from thought to manifestation

My brother commented that he couldn’t believe it had only taken me 1 week from turning an idea into reality. He helped me move into my new apartment exactly one week after I decided I wanted to move out of home again after being there for just over a year to save money. It went like this:
Saturday 6 July: Decide to move out
Sunday 7-Tuesday 9 July: Look at a variety of studios, 1 bedroom and flatshare places
Tuesday 9 July: Blog about moving out of home. At 11pm I see an ad posted on Gumtree 2 hours earlier. Text them straight away to view the place the next day.
Wednesday 10 July: View place. Love it and have a good gut feeling about the woman/potential flatmate. She’s a salsa dance teacher and kinesiologist among other things and we have a mutual friend
Thursday 11 July: After some drama with another place, I take

Women in Hip Hop Dancing

women hip hop dancingSharon Stone, when asked about the prospects of Hillary Clinton as President of the United States, made the following remarkable reply:

I think Hillary Clinton is fantastic. But I think it is too soon for her to run. This may sound odd, but a woman should be past her sexuality when she runs. Hillary still has sexual power, and I don’t think people will accept that. It’s too threatening.

What she was trying to say, in general, was that when women are too sexy to be in a position of power, they generally don’t get there. As long as men treat women as sexual objects, women will never rise to the top.

Hip hop dance culture is no different. Women are mainly treated as eye-candy. Most of them stay on the sidelines.

Dancing is generally seen as a traditionally male profession and interest. Women are supposed to be watching on the sidelines. Watch any video of a hip hop song, or even a dance video, and the women you’ll see will be naked. And the one’s that aren’t naked will be semi-naked. And the ones that aren’t naked will be, well, non-existent. Most men are just unable to see women as dancers – they see women only as someone who is meant to be ogled at. Yes – there are quite a few dance movies that are centered on women and college girls who want to “make it big” in the dance scene. But as we all know, the reason why those movies become popular is the reason why the so-called “women’s magazines” are so widely read – eye candy. They’re not women’s movies, they’re just men’s movies that happen to have a woman as the main protagonist.

However, things are slowly changing. The Annual Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival is one such endeavor that tries to challenge the popular notion of women in breakdance culture. The number of women at battles etc. is also increasing, and not just the women who come there with their boyfriends (as a rule: the better the dancer, the hotter the GF), but actual women dancers, who, putting their looks to one side, can be appreciated for their DANCING. Yes, they’re hot, but they’re dancers too!

 

Nobody cares if you can’t dance well

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“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” – Martha Graham

This is what I tell everyone who was ever a student of mine, those who saw us freestyling at a club and telling us they wish they could dance like us, etc. It is your passion, how you dance from within, from your soul, that will truly define you as a dancer.