"This is what I like to call my 'PG but LIT' playlist," says Showstopper Dance Convention teacher Taylor Quinn. "That means all of these songs are great for kids 8 and under, and I get to enjoy them, too. I use this playlist for our stretch and warm-up, going across the floor and sometimes even class combos. Enjoy!"
It's that time of year again! Dancers everywhere are pregaming for 4th of July festivities by wearing their best red-white-and-blue dance gear, and planning where their team will meet up to watch their city's long-anticipated (and potentially illegal) firework show. It's flat-out patriotic!
To keep up with the celebration (and to solidify yourself as your student's favorite teacher for at least the next month), we've compiled 20 songs that are great for your Independence Day dance class this year. Whether you're in need of music for a jazz, hip-hop or ballet class, with a little creativity, these songs are sure to bring down the house.
Check 'em out! Oh, and you're welcome 💁♀️.
Choreographer Travis Wall recently shared a video he directed and produced about the struggle of dealing with homophobia. The Shaping Sound artistic director, who is openly gay, pairs his contemporary style with an acoustic cover of "This Is Me" from the Grammy-nominated musical The Greatest Showman, performed by Broadway's Shoshana Bean, and the result is truly moving.
Wall posted about the video on Instagram, which includes a photo of him with anti-gay slurs written on his face and body, as well this poignant caption:
"Fag. Unworthy. Small. Reckless. Invisible. Failure. Weak. Sinner. Vile. Homo. A few words that have been used against me. Message is simple, take something negative and turn it into something positive. Bold. Worthy. Strong. Safe. Standout. Champion. Brave. Survivor. Beautiful. Perfect."
In a separate post, Wall stated all proceeds and downloads of the video will benefit The Los Angeles LGBT Center. Watch the full video below: