Michael Jackson: A Dance Idol

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on June 29, 2009 by goldengigs

June 29th, 2009 – After Michael Jackson’s untimely death this past Tuesday, his ever-lasting legacy has become widely celebrated. He has accomplished many things – creating his first hit single with the Jackson 5 at just 11 years old, dizzying record sales and armloads of Grammy’s – but perhaps his most important legacy may have been dance. Many performers that follow have to acknowledge Jackson’s presence as a dance phenomenon.

Michael Jackson set the standard for male performers. The moonwalk created an entirely different on-stage presence, revamping male-sexuality. His natural grace, flexibility, and rhythm all helped to make Jackson an undeniable role model in the dance world. Much of his moves were self-taught, as he took inspiration from James Brown, movie musicals, African indigenous styles, and street dance. Jackson was a true innovator and performer at heart. He set aside countless hours to practice his routines, he was dedicated to perfection.

For Jackson, dance was another mode of self-expression. Dance allowed him to create a visual to the lyrics of his songs. Jackson referred to the art mode as the physical embodiment of music. He said dancers should become elements of the song, and exchange thought for feeling. “Thinking is the worst mistake a dancer could make…” explains Jackson. “You have to feel”. As many dancers know well, thinking can lead to error; but to substitute that with feeling, you become engaged in the music and expression.

Michael Jackson’s influence will always be apparent. Many of today’s dancers may not have started without first being mesmerized by the pop idol. Take a look around today’s popular culture and you will see the iconographic inspiration he left behind. For many people, Jackson made dance “cool” again.

Several tributes have since taken place, a security consultant at a prison in the Philippines coordinated 1,500 inmates to the Thriller video. A memorial moonwalk was scheduled at the Eiffel tower on Sunday. Throughout the United States, fans gathered at places relevant to Jackson’s career.  

Although Jackson’s life ended far too early, his presence has yet to expire. We can expect to see a continuance of his life’s work and contributions for some time to come.


Golden Gigs: The Rebirth Session

Posted in Uncategorized on June 27, 2009 by goldengigs

by Jae Jewlah

San Leandro – Since the start of May, the Golden Gigs team has hosted three rounds of auditions for dancers seeking a spot in our upcoming event, “The Rebirth”. On June 13th, the most recent round was held. Several dancers turned out, all with the clear intention in earning their keep. The importance of the situation could not be better stressed. Claiming a spot in the show means an incredible opportunity at some unique prizes. However, these won’t be an easy feat. Each performer will be competing against the most talented dancers of the Bay Area. All who make it in “The Rebirth” earn a chance at greatness.

Many dancers were there to prove why they deserve being in the show. Allowing their talent to do the talking, new moves were spewed out before the camera crew. The best part about all of these dancers is their raw talent. The routines they performed were intended to simply get them past the auditions. Their real shutdown moves will come out at the main event.

Some dancers were looking for a battle, calling out familiar names during intimate conversations. Making claims that they had more moves then the next, but it was all in fun. The competition any dancer seeks out is of course to prove his or her greatness, but never to disrespect anyone.

This session presented several new dancers with the opportunity to make their first impression. Astro Kid and Smooth are two new contenders with huge potential. They’re each just 12 years old and are clearly perfecting their craft. Their young age is definitely not something that can be used against them. Should they remain as dedicated as they were at the session, their talent will only improve. Put simply, these two rookies should not be overlooked.

So far, four dancers have made it in “Golden Gigs: The Rebirth”. Three familiar faces: Retro, Chonkie, and E-ninja as well as a new player, The Crow. The Crow has only been dancing for a few months, and already he’s developed his own style. He is unquestionably a worthy opponent of his established competitors… but will he have what it takes to be the next Golden Gigs champ?

Guess you’ll just have to come to “The Rebirth” to find that out.

What’s Good World?

Posted in Uncategorized on June 9, 2009 by goldengigs

Welcome to Golden Gigs new site. Here you can find updates on future events and releases, check out our latest recruit, vote for your favorite dancers and more… Make sure you add the page to your bookmarks so you can always stay tuned with us, Golden Gigs.

-The Golden Gigs Team


Posted in Uncategorized on June 9, 2009 by goldengigs


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