Lägenhetsvakten är på plats, eller vakt och vakt – tror inte direkt min lilla snälla crib behöver en vakt – men grymt när det går att få till en liten swap.
Så nu är det bara att packa och fixa lite.. sen; one hand in the air for the big city.
Kom och träna med mig imorgon torsdag.
Jag kör min jazz 19.00 – med core direkt efter på Odenplan.
Sen ses vi den 21/1 igen. Och – då är det sjukt nära till NIKE BLAST, årets absoluta explosion!
I wanna give a shout out to the amazing Johan Rosén.
He’s been shooting a lot of the pics that you can see here on my website (gallery) for example.
He stopped by at one of the classes I taught in NYC last week – and of course he brought the camera.
Today I’m doing a mini-technique class.
Then a short combo, to this magical hook.
And baby, it’s amazing I’m in this maze with you. I just can’t crack your code
One day you’re screaming you love me loud, the next day you’re so cold
One day you’re here, one day you’re there, one day you care, you’re so unfair
Sipping from your cup till it runneth over…
Awesome lyrics, awesome song, awesome artists.
Then – my homie Hanna‘s coming to do some wiiiiining and griiiiiinding with the crew. Excited! Another dance-day in NYC.
It’s insane how the days fly by.
Day 5 tomorrow already.
It’s been an awesome week so far.
The studios we’ve rented are great, our classes have been a lot of fun, the classes I’ve taken at Crunch have been good and inspiring and most of all – our crew is amazing.
Some snap shots from the first 4 days:
Me and Craig – took his class tuesday night. Awesome! Like always.
Me and the wonderful, beautiful Nadia Zaki.
She came and taught for us yesterday.
She did a beautiful lyrical routine – and the entire group took her class.
She’s one of my favorite teachers, ever. Thanks so much for coming.
Me and Lillian Concepcion – took her hiphop class yesterday.
A skilled (and tall) dancer.
Moa in the west village sun.
As for the ‘today’s song’- my recommendation will be Justin Timberlake – Only when I walk away. Listen to it!
From Super Saturday to a work-weekend in Stockholm to NYC, and that’s where I’m at right now.
Right between Nolita and Chinatown to be specific.
The official Dance & Training trip started today, with a ‘meet and greet’ at W hotel in Times Square and then the entire crew headed down to Crunch Lafayette for a class called Urban Attitude.
Me and Jonas are teaching classes every day in the mornings, and then each and every one gets a one week pass at Crunch in addition to that.
We have suggested classes every day for those who want some company.
Basically – I’ve picked all my favorite classes as the daily suggestion.
Today’s class was actually the only one that I didn’t know the instructor from before. LaShawn that taught the class is pretty new to Crunch I think, and she taught the class together with a guy that seemed like her side kick.
My guess is that both of them are pretty new to teach in this way, and I loved their spirit.
The routine was to Jessie J’s Wild, and the actual style was a fusion of hiphop, jazz and afro vibes. Fun class!
I decided to dress up in ‘regular clothes’ today as I figured NO ONE in the crew have ever seen me like that.
Fun – until it started to poor down. When I came to the hotel my knitted dress was soaking wet and I looked like a drowned cat more than a chic tour guide 😉
It’s about time for yet another presentation, don’t you think?!
To continue the charge up for our Dance & Training Trip (42 days left)
So, dudes and dudettes – meet Lillian Concepcion.
If you went to the NIKE BLAST this year you might have seen her. She was there too, assisting Craig Smith in his class.
I’ve taken her classes at Crunch a few times and I really like her laid back style and hiphop-grooves.
The 5th Crunch-instructor I’m gonna introduce for you is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn; hiphop-dancer, choreographer and teacher Leslie Feliciano.
The very first time I took his class was back in 2006 at Broadway Dance Centre.
I was in NYC for a month with my homie Moa – and we danced like crazy and took an insanely amount of classes.
In the very first class with him, I remember he asked the group if we had any questions, whereat all said no…
Then when we did the routine in small groups he came up and stood really close to me, like in-my-face-close, and of course I got a bit of blackout.
Afterwards he said to me;
– And you said you didn’t have any questions…
Then – we found out that, that is his thing. And also, that he wasn’t so scary after all, that we thought that very first time.
So we went back and we took a quite many of his classes that month.
Besides BDC he also teaches at Crunch and have done for a long time.
Sunday afternoon at Crunch Lafayette is his time slot.
Check out his website to get more info and to see some videos.
My fourth presentation – of some of the excellent instructors you will have opportunity to experience at our Dance & Training Trip this fall – is of a fierce woman that I’ve mentioned many times before when I’ve been in New York.
Ms Nadia Zaki.
I first got to know her through her sister, Susanne Zaki – that’s also an amazing dancer, instructor and former swedish Nike Trainer.
Nadia’s originally from Göteborg – but have been living in NYC for ever and she’s teaching both at Crunch and Equinox – as well as doing her own awesome events, retreats and trips all over the world.
She’s also been to the NIKE BLAST in Stockholm, several times and NIKE BLAST Helsinki as well.
She’s not just an amazing dancer, but – like I’ve wrote many times before – also a great teacher, that really want her participants/students to learn and progress.
No matter what kind of class she’s teaching.
Besides dance, she’s teaching yoga, and then she’s also have her own classes/concepts like Inner Strength – which basically is a strength/technique class for dancers, and Inner Warrior that’s a fusion of yoga and martial arts.
I get emails and questions all the time from people that are traveling to NYC and want recommendations of classes/teachers they can try and I always tell them to go take one of Nadia’s classes.
NYC is lucky to have her I’d say.
Nadia is teaching at Crunch Lafayette on wednesday evenings – and have done for a long time – and hopefully the schedule stays the same for the fall season.
Apparently I haven’t taken any good pics of Nadia so if you wanna se what she looks like – check out her website.
So the second awesome Crunch-instructor I’m gonna introduce to you (who’s joining our trip) is another fierce and talented guy, Derek Mitchell.
I took his class back in 2006 for the very first time. At Crunch Union Sq.
Then I’ve taken his classes at Broadway Dance Centre several times.
He actually left Crunch for a while but the members really wanted him to come back, and begged for it – so he did.
The past few years I’ve helped Lina (that’s in charge of the NIKE BLAST here in Sweden) with suggesting – and the booking of – dance presenters and he was one of the presenters I tipped her about for 2013. He taught two great classes, street jazz and contemporary.
He’s been choreographing for S.Y.T.Y.C.D Ukraine for several seasons and he is traveling a lot teaching and doing workshops.
He’s fast, fun and I just love his style – both choreo – and teaching wise.
Check out his latest street jazz choreo from class here.
Last season he taught at Crunch Lafayette – just like Craig. That’s the club where they have most street/hiphop-classes. Don’t know his exact time slots for fall-13, but my guess is that he’ll be at the same location.