Eleventh Submission: Nichelle Strzepek

Nichelle, an enthusiastic dance blogger herself, emailed TDIAC on Christmas Eve with a whole list of clichés and YouTube links to match. In fact, she sent so many links that this post would be 11 feet long if I embedded all of the videos, so I’m leaving them as hyperlinks for you to click if you so desire. I challenge all of you to rise to her level of commitment to the cliché. The bar has been raised, people. It’s a new year.

She writes:

As a dancer and instructor I’ve seen plenty of clichés and probably perpetrated more often than I care to admit. So I have a few examples to share. Although I’ve never been heavily involved in competitive dance, I’ve seen enough to know that this sector of the dance world is absolutely riddled with cliché – enough to have its own blog. Some of the choreography is clever and at times the skill level of these kids is astounding, but its the nature of competition to have few new ideas. Some of my favorite competitive dance clichés:

Baring the midriff (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK_yfGl3s6A)
30 dancers – 1 male (usually in a solid-color, glittery shirt)
30 dancers! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98PKYAl3BgQ)
Booty shorts (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji9qfxYNJOg)
Girl in boy’s clothing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzdC7GF_ib4) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDMx3D6jCDs)
“Edgy” choreography (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VegkN-HpAE)
The faster the better (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zb0XzMiJgyQ) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoqhuzn3Suw) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDL3DV0Gjtw)
Bondage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16BmmgGL9w4) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02pTJwpQcfc)
Le Cirque (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsO4-V9qM-I)
Stomp-inspired tap routines (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ihu3bDhi5vg)
Anything Fosse
Costumes from Fredrick’s of Hollywood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k5ON5up9pA)
We get it, you can turn… (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k5ON5up9pA)
Young dancers that shimmy, run with their hands attached to their backsides, overact, and lipsync in between tricks. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laCeGZsMDDg)
This move: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzmIMLZ1t5E (battement catch turn)
This move: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQTgo6v_s9c (fouette turns)
This move: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNxrt0rHwRg (turns a la seconde)
This move: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBcgzaKtBi0 (switch leap)

Another favorite dance cliché….

dance movies:

girl trains herself to be a great ballet dancer
high class girl slumming on the street
hot boy encourages dancer girl to follow her dreams
rivalry, deception, and DRAMA
all the doubters and haters are proven wrong in the end
dancers can master any dance form in one video montage
dancing leads to you know what…

As someone who has been dancing for about 24 years, I can tell you for a fact that dancing never leads to “you know what,” no matter what those cheesy ballet movies of the 80s will have you believe.


3 responses to “Eleventh Submission: Nichelle Strzepek

  1. I sound like a total Bah Humbug, submitting on Christmas Eve! I promise I’d been collecting some of those links for a while. 😀

  2. re: Young dancers that shimmy, run with their hands attached to their backsides, overact, and lipsync in between tricks.

    – Not to mention ‘age appropriate choreography’!? oh dear..

  3. Pingback: C’est Cliché | Dance Advantage

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