Olso Opera House

The Oslo Opera House (in Norwegian, Operahuset) is the seat of The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the national opera theatre in Norway. The building lies in Bjørvika, in the center of Oslo, at the head of the Oslofjord. Its builder was Statsbygg, a government-run property owner. The theatre designers were Theatre Projects Consultants based in London, the acoustic designers were BrekkeStrandArup, a joint venture between local consultant Brekke Strand Akustikk and international acousticians Arup Acoustics. The structure provides a total area of 38,500 m² and includes 1,100 rooms, one of which has 1,350 seats and another has up to 400 seats. The angled exterior surfaces of the building are covered with Italian marble and white granite and make it appear to rise from the water. It is the largest cultural building constructed in Norway since Nidarosdomen was completed circa 1300.

The Opera House was finished in 2007 with the opening event held on 12 April 2008. King Harald V of Norway opened the Opera House that evening at a gala performance attended by national leaders and royalty, including President Tarja Halonen of Finland, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. The main stage is 16 meters wide, and can be made up to 40 meters deep.

The Opera won the culture award at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in October 2008. Jury member Sir Peter Cook said of the Opera House that it “…in its scale, ambition and quality has raised the bar for Norwegian architecture.”[1]

In April 2009, the Opera House was pronunced the winner of the 2009 Mies van der Rohe award, the European Union prize for contemporary architecture.

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CSI 2011 – Friday Performances

It was opening night and all the teachers had a little sum’im-sum’im to throw down. Heheh, we might have done the Friday and Saturday show differently had Sharon’s luggage arrived sooner. Regardless, it was a great show! Juan & Sharon opened the Friday night show with Ballin’ the Jack, which looked amazing! Unfortunately, I can’t find video from it. Anyone have it?

Bear Mash Blues

That floor was SO slippery in those shoes, my goodness! Otherwise…..booty!

Hat Trick Tranky Doo

I think this might be the first time Kevin performed this without his buddy Tops. Good on ‘im!

Black Swan

Isn’t she gorgeous! I talked Alice into doing some ridiculous makeup and I’m so pleased she followed through with it (picture on FB). Not that you can really see it here, but still, it’s there. And Tommy!! Omg, he played his part perfectly!
I think Alice went about this routine perfectly. She was inspired by a costume, bought it, found a song, and choreographed something brilliant to it. Her points are gorgeous and lace-removal is stunning.

Stud Muffins!

Brittany and Dargoff being amazing. I love their movement and am totally inspired by it. Again, congratulations to both of you; you were fantastic all weekend. xoxo

Later that night we had the student cabaret. I think I have a performance idea for all the girl instructors for next year. 😀

CABARET NIGHT


Dance performance to popular K-Pop songs by “Orange Chocolate” during Cabaret night, Camp Swing It (CSI) 2011 / Korean Lindy Hop Championships (KLHC)

Eeek, I can’t find the second cabaret number. I guess it’s not up yet OR it is and I just can’t read Korean. 😀


Korean traditional fan dance performed by Crystal Lee, at Cabaret night of Camp Swing It (CSI) 2011.

Here are some of my favorite pictures I’ve found on the web from the weekend:

Thanks for having us Korea!!! xoxo

Southwest Lindyfest 2011


Photos from David Holmes

I’m so grateful that I wasn’t sick this year! Man, the social dancing at this event was easily some of the best dancing I’ve had this year. To the Leaders in Texas: I love you. All of you. You’re amazing. Thank you for my weight changes!

Some personal highlights from the weekend:

  1. Teaching 3 aerial classes on the best gym floor. While little gymnast girls run by, my class was throwing aerials. We worked our way up to the Idlewild. Awesome.
  2. Performing “Communication” in heels. That’s a first!! (if the video gets posted, I’ll post it here).
  3. Biscuits at the buffet.
  4. Teacher’s room with food, especially the peanut butter pretzels.
  5. Social dancing on Sunday night with all the A-mazing leads
  6. Social dancing on Sunday night with Naomi Uyama for about an hour and a half. It was ridiculous. Buwahahha! The mental energy I had to put forward in order to think about what came next and how to execute it, all while trying to stay on beat AND give Naomi her footwork. OMGOODNESS it was overwhelming!
  7. Having Max Pitruzzella help me with my leading.
  8. Teaming up with Hot Club Stomp and forming Hot Killer Stomp! Video below.
  9. Having so many fantastic dancers in mine and Kevin’s master class.
  10. Making the students in the advance class feel SUPER awkward. Hahah, it was funny for Kevin and me!

Videos from the weekend:

The Hot Shots

A Dance Short

The Call of the Lindy Hop, starring HARLEM HOT SHOTS swing dance company, recorded at CHICAGO swing dance studio in September 2010.

Dancers in the movie: Frida Borg, Frida Segerdahl, Jenny Deurell, Pontus Persson, Rikard Ekstrand and Sakarias Larsson. The boss: Sebastian Svensson. Produced by Explosiv Film, Mallory Film and Harlem Hot Shots. Inspired by Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers in the motion picture Hellzapoppin.
Other members of Hot Shots not featured in this film: Fatima Teffahi, Jessica Lennartsson

Harlem Hot Shots has for many years focused on the traditional swing dances such as lindy hop, charleston, tap, jitterbug, black bottom, big apple. During the years they have been fortunate to have worked with some of the greatest legends in in the swing community like Frankie Manning, Harold and Fayard Nicholas, Norma Miller, Sugar Sullivan, Dawn Hampton and more.

To get in contact with HARLEM HOT SHOTS please e-mail info@harlemhotshots.com

Movits! and The Hot Shots

Yeah for lindy hoppers being in music videos!!! Here are some of the top Swedish dancers dancing around, being awesome.

Starring: Daniel Heedman, Asa Heedman, and Pontus Persson.

DAMMNNN! Did you see those “trenches”? Holy cow those were awesome. Love the white back drop and the black accents.  And doesn’t the piano player sometimes look like Zacke?

Starring: Sakarias Larsson, Daniel Heedman, Asa Heedman, Pontus Persson, and Frida Borg.

Now go support them supporting lindy hoppers by buying their music!!

Purchase on iTunes Sweden/Scandinavia: http://itunes.apple.com/se/album/samm…

Purchase on iTunes US/International:http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/samm…

Stream on Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/0HqvOC9…

The album “Ut Ur Min Skalle” drops March 23 in Sweden/Scandinavia, and April 5 in the US/International.

http://www.MOVITS.com

My performances at Lindy Focus IX

I am planning on posting a slue of videos and pictures from Lindy Focus in the next few days, but for now, here are some videos of my work from this past weekend!

NYE Performance – Bellboy – starring Sharon Davis, Evita Arce, and Jo Hoffberg

Sharon did a fantastic job choreographing this and Evita did an awesome job (re)learning this earlier that afternoon. Can we say “stud”?!! Always a pleasure to perform with these two terribly talented dames.

NYE Performance – Roustabout – starring Nina, Kelly, Carla, Maryse, Annie, Claudia, Natasha, Laura, Sharon, Evita, Nikki, Vanessa, Karen, Casey and Jo

What a madhouse of hottness?!! OMG, this was such a blast to get to do; between the costumes, ladies and the boys, there was plenty to oogle over. Nina did a fantastic job choreographing this and I must say, it’s one of the most interesting songs I’ve ever performed to. Props for Nina getting this together for us all and kudos to the ladies and their costume choices!

NYE Performance – Man from Mars – starring Joshua, Casey, Shesha, Laura, Jeremy, and Jo

Haha, the funny thing about this is that Shesha and I talked about him wearing the hat and since he needed it for the next number, we decided to keep it. Not surprisingly, it fell off, but not where either of us expected! Hehe, one lesson I am constantly reminded of: always rehearse in your costume! xoxo

Shesha, thank you for all the rehearsal time you put in with me and for chucking my ass!

AND NOW onto the fastest quick change in Lindy Hop history (well, next to this one)! The numbers were back to back and so I had to hustle! Thank goodness I made it in time; Shesha might have killed Nathan!!

NYE Performance – Charleston – starring Nathan Bugh, Evita Arce, Sharon Davis, Juan Villafane, Kevin St. Laurent, and Jo Hoffberg

Choreographed by Nathan & Evita

Invitational J&J – Michael Jagger and Jo Hoffberg

Kathy Griffin as Bettie Page

My hero.

From June 2010~ Kathy Griffin posed as a pinup for her 2010 Creative Emmy “For Your Consideration” ad that ran in the Hollywood Reporter. The tag reads “They don’t give out an Emmy for ‘Best Airbrushing’ but if they did, I’d totally win.”

Kathy is a hero of mine. I dig her, her sense of humor, her foul mouth, and her outlook on life. This makes her even cooler! I hope one day, I’ll grow up to be a raunchy-sasshole just like her (and look this good in underwear)!!