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My 4th Dimension

I get distracted easily, and I always find it frustrating. My imagination tend to go wild even when the cricket quiets down. Be it in the public or alone, my imagination never sleep. It sound good isn’t it? There is a problem with it, the imagination were too abstract most of it which make it hard for me to translate it into the world. I guess I will need discipline to control my thoughts.

Somehow, I found several ways to bridge the abstract into the world, my world at least. Writing them down, is the most basic step among all. Lately, I mingle around videography as a new hobby, that is a good method too. The most fascinating method I ever found was dancing. I am able to channel my self into the other dimension and get out with full control. Unlike the other two methods I mentioned, I can only deliver them out. But dancing, I am able to go in the 4th dimension and at the same time hold ground to reality.

It does not ensure distraction immunity, I still get distracted. I’m not distracted because of people looking at me or what so ever, but I get distracted when I sense depreciation and ignorance. When humans are desperate, they would do anything to achieve their needs. I do get desperate when I keep failing to get into the atmosphere, and I will close my eyes, to stop my brain from interpreting my physical sight.

Slowly, I started to light some fire, just so that I am able to see in the dark. Each breath I take is another step into the other dimension. Step by step and I am in. Sometimes I use the music as a booster, it’s like a transportation that helps me travel faster. Once I am in, the outside world are no longer heard.

I dwell in it, feel it, until it overflows me. Then my body started to move, starting from the smallest gesture, to release what’s overwhelmed me. As the feeling flows much stronger than the river streams, my body starting to move more and more. It feels awesome as I am able to manipulate the abstract, deliver it into the world instantly and having full control of it. Of course I hardly get the original idea out because there is an interpretation process going on in between, and I deliver back in the interpreted idea, then it provide a space to define another new thing.

I don’t stay inside for long, that would be running away from the reality. I will go back to reality, and it is easy. Much easier than snapping your fingers. I just open my eyes, and I am back.

How I wish, people can visit each others imagination. It would be a great experience and awesome way to exchange ideas.

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Back to Basic

Everything starts from the basic, and dance is included in that everything category. It is not compulsory for you to start off with the basic and dance very good, but of course it is recommended to learn the basic first.

Our life goes like that as well, there are people who emphasize on the basic first, and develop step by step constructively to ensure a secure path to achieve goals and dreams. There are also people that have the courage to take the leap of faith, striking the head before they learn how to strike properly. Sometimes they are successful, sometimes they failed, and often when they failed, it’s much likely very hard for them to make a come back because they don’t have a proper foundation. When you fall, you will be having hard time to stand up again, and this is where you need a reference to know how to make that come back. Of course friends and family support is important as well, but they can’t just point you the way, because they are actually another building, their foundation belongs to them. They can share it but you can’t have it, you need to have your self a proper foundation. When all these great buildings come together, that’s what make a great city.

I’ve seen a few friends of mine, they are great in dancing, but they reached at some point where they stuck, eagerly want to improve more but something is missing. This is where you refer back to the basic, start from the beginning, and trace what’s missing. It will be hard, but it’s the determination that will bring you forward. Through out the journey you’ll find something new, which will help you improve faster and better. Eventually, a breakthrough you shall experience.

How deep you dig in determine how tall can you build.

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Bboy Bruce Lee & Bboy The End

Two of my favorites powermove bboys from Gamblerz Crew, Bboy Bruce Lee and Bboy The End. I consider this two bboys as living legend in bboy history. They competed for a long time now and still competing nowadays.

They always do moves that make people say, wow! Regardless of you are a bboy or not, you definitely will drop your jaw when you saw them on the dance floor. Bboy The End always do moves that are very difficult for other bboys to attempt. He is so good that he can do other people’s moves as well and could do it better. So far there are only a few bboys out there that can almost pull off his signature moves.

Bboy Bruce Lee is good at powermoves too. He have more sense of musicality and pretty stylish overall. With the combination of his musicality and technically difficult moves, it make him a unique bboy out there. You can feel the hype when he brought him self on the dance floor and express it out like you never see before.

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Expressive Moves

There is a phrase that says, “dance to express, not to impress”. This is something that is quite hard for some dancers to achieve. These dancer tend to choreograph moves that look cool or technically difficult, with the intention to impress others. I’m not saying that it is wrong, there is no right or wrong in dancing, that is one of the reason why dancing can be so dynamic in general, and keep evolving.

Doing expressive moves might not be easy, but it’s definitely fun and worth putting effort in it. Most of the time we see expressive moves are kinda slow, but expressive moves can be fast and powerful as well. The speed of movement doesn’t define if it is an expressive move. It is when the music play, you feel the music, and you try to dance out what you feel from the music. That is more to a free flow expressing or most people call it free-styling. Of course there are other ways too, you can try to understand the big picture of the music, or capture what the artist is trying to tell or convey, and put it in a choreography accordingly to the music. Besides that, you can also use another approach which is quite similar to lyrical dance, translating the song into dance and most of the time translating the lyric of the song. I don’t really like this approach because most of the time when trying to translate the song, I think about what moves should I do next, and this is the thing that I’m trying to avoid. It is best that the moves come out of your feeling, an interpretation of your feeling towards the music. It is suppose to be expressive, and how you relate the music with you.

When it comes to expressive moves, we know that we should express our feeling towards it. Some people might ask, what kind of expression should be display, what kind of feeling should be express. Well, you can express anything you want. A lot of new dancers tend to go deep when trying to choreograph expressive moves. They usually go for love theme, but there is a lot more you can do such as anger towards certain society issues, how sad can the family be when they felt the lost of you, or just happily enjoying every moment of life. Anything that you can think of, put it in a scenario to make it easier, or you can try to dance out your past as well.

One of the world best choreographer that I think he would best describe what is expressive moves through his art craft is Shaun Evaristo. If you get to watch him dance, you can probably feel the connection that he had with the music, and you can see how he put it out. His choreography is always smooth yet powerful, simple yet dynamic. He’s an inspiration that can make you dare to choreograph new and rare stuff, or directing a performance in a different perspective.

I’ve been dancing for quite some times now, and that is what I learned, what I experienced, what I would like to share.

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How I Get Started

I used to hang out at almost every cybercafe in my hometown after my SPM 2006. At that time I was still a stranger in the cyberspace but somehow I got into Youtube and hooked up with it since then. The first video I watch was a breakdance video clip, Gamblerz against Fantastic Armada.

The moment I saw bboy-soulsoy dance, that’s when I found a purpose to live. He inspired me to dance. ( I only knew his name few months later ) Immediately I did research about dancing. So the first dance art form that I learn is Breakdance or Bboy-ing.

Few months later, I went to Malacca to further studies in 2007. There, I met Integrity Groove ( IG crew ). They introduced me another art form of dance, hip hop dance. It was hard for me to accept the new art form at first but soon I started to excel Hip Hop dance much faster than Breakdance. As I practice with them, I witnessed more type of dance such as locking, popping, krumping and street jazz. It was a tremendous joy to dance with them but unfortunately, a year later I moved to Cyberjaya to continue my degree.

In 2008, I received an invitation to be in a dance crew some where in KL. I rejected that offered as they are 2 more dancer from IG crew also further their studies around KL. We made a promise to compete together as a team of 3 in KL, but we failed to do so. I felt so disappointed for that matter and also the fact that Cyberjaya’s residents are not that into dance.

During emerge 2009, my cellgroup leader got the initiative to get the whole cellgroup into the Emerge Got Talent. For the first time ever I have to teach people how to dance and I have to choreograph as well. I reluctantly agreed to do it but I thank God for this opportunity. It was the one thing that pushes me to the next level. Since then, I am confident to choreograph.

Suddenly in 2010, there was 2 dancer, or would likely to be known as, bboys, ┬ástarted an unofficial dance club and I joined them. It’s starting to get recognize in the campus now as they started to perform for several events.

So that’s probably how I started to dance and how I still continue to dance. I may stop writing here, but the journey continues out there…

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