By: Chloe Detrick
You’ve seen them on your social media feeds – dance challenges ranging from people hopping out of their cars to dance to Drake’s “In My Feelings” to people obsessively kicking their legs and bumping their fists to win the Fortnite Dance Challenge. Now Nickelz Production is joining the trend, but before you find out how to score some free classes and studio time, let’s recap some of our favorite challenges of this year so far!
Twitter reports that since June 29, there were over 2.3 million tweets about the #InMyFeelingsChallenge and who could blame people? Ever since @theshiggyshow created the movement, it’s been impossible not to incorporate at least some of the moves into our dance routines. Check out some of our favorite #InMyFeelingsChallenge videos below:
Who could blame Nicki for following in Drake’s footsteps and creating the #BarbieDreamsChallenge? Plus with that fire tune along with several other bangers on her new “Queen” album, we’ll most likely be creating plenty of choreography to catch up. Catch some slayers of the challenge below:
Hate it or love it, Fortnite seems to be here to stay and spawning from the hype is its very own dance contest to match. Players were asked to film a clip of themselves performing a dance move and tweet it using the #BoogieDown hashtag. If it was good enough, it was added into the Fortnite game as an emote.
Check out some of our favorite contest results here:
Last, but not least, we are pleased to announce our very own Nickelz Production Challenge! Post a clip of your original choreography with the hashtag #NPChoreoChallenge for a chance to be reposted on our social media, earn a free class pass, and win 5 hours of free studio time to choregraph some more awesome pieces! Post your video by 11/30/18 to be considered!
Best of luck!
Fall is officially upon us and we couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming events and workshops we’ll be offering at Nickelz Production throughout the month of October. Check out some exciting new events we have coming up and hit us up if you’re interested in learning more.
Dance Video Editing Workshop
Ever wonder what goes behind editing a Nickelz Production dance video? Well this workshop will have all the answers! From learning how to shoot a quality dance video on your phone to what goes behind choosing and clipping the best shots for the vid. Nickel will give you a behind the scenes look at her creative process and answer your video editing questions in real-time.
Discounted Costume Class
Time to get spooky! We’ll be offering a discounted class at the end of October to anyone who brings their most creative costume ideas into class and shakes their bones with us. Look for the announcement and more information on our social media sites.
Continuing Twerk and Workshops
We’ve had some great turn outs for both the first Monday of the month twerkshops and specialty teacher workshops we offered throughout the summer and will be looking to do more in the future. Shoot us a DM for anyone you’d like to see bring a workshop to Nickelz in the future!
Summer is here and it’s hot, but the evenings are cool and provide the perfect lighting to shoot your next dance video outside. We’ve researched a few of the places that the pros go to film their latest choreo and have some killer suggestions for you..
Find a street that isn’t very busy (and a buddy to warn you when cars are coming) and start shooting! We can’t promise it’ll turn out as dope as Aliya Janell (@thealiyajanell) and Melissa Molinaro’s (@melissamolinaro) “Lemonade” video below, but you can certainly give it a try.
Headed to the beach this summer with some friends that like to dance? Why not make your own video similar to the one that Tatjana Gajanovic (@tatjanagajanovic) and her friends made below:
Last, but not least, your local parks offer a fun and easy location to shoot your dance video. One of our very own instructors, Avril, took advantage of this location for her concept video for “Naughty Ride.”
Written by: Chloe Detrick
Summer 2018 is Lit at Nickelz Production
As the weather starts warming up you may be tempted to skip your evening dance class for a boozy beach day or outdoor activity, but we’ve got some exciting events in the works to keep you coming back to the studio when you’d rather be sunbathing because…let’s face it…air conditioning is really where it’s at anyway.
Workshops with NYC Choreographers
In June, July, and August, we’ll be offering several workshops as part of our Dance Dayz workshop series with professional choreographers from the big apple to help you perfect your form, technique, and learn some killer new moves. James Alonzo White is first on our list! He teaches at the Broadway Dance Center, Brickhouse NYC, and the Peridance Capezio Center, and has even worked with one of our faves, Cardi B! Check out some of his moves below and follow him on Instagram at: @_jamesalonzo.
It’s hot, it’s time for short shorts, and it’s time for twerking. Slip on your favorite pair with your kneepads and heels and get to the studio to shake your thing with your other fierce female (and males we want you too)! We held our first one on Monday, June 4, which also happened to be our favorite twerkmaster instructor, Christina’s, birthday! You can get an idea for what her twerkshops are like by following Christina’s Instagram page at: @buildingrocs
We’ll be keeping our regular class schedule that offers you evening classes from Monday-Thursday and Saturday afternoon classes too. Be sure to check out Avril’s new Latin Fusion Hip Hop class on Tuesday evenings and keep an eye out for new classes and workshops coming soon. We also have studio rental opportunities available for you and your friends to work on your moves. Stay up to date on the latest schedule here:
By: Serena Otto and Chloe Detrick
Hip Hop Wardrobe Selection 101
So let’s start with rule number one: choosing anything you’re going to be comfortable moving around and sweating in is a standard when going to a dance class. Most importantly, wear something that you feel confident and sexy/stylish in. If you’re uncomfortable in what you are wearing, your movements and confidence will reflect this.
If you are having a hard time finding what to wear, Pinterest is a great resource and Nickelz Production has a board to help:
Another place to check out is the website or social media of the dance studio that you are planning on going. Most likely, there will be photos of students dancing that you can draw inspiration from.
Additionally, LA dancers seem to have the hip hop outfit down to an art. Three of my favorite female dancers that I draw inspiration from are Jade Chynoweth, Janelle Ginestra, and Aliya Janell. Check out the Pinterest board that they inspired based on their outfits below:
How to pick out your shoes
If not specified by the teacher or a class, anything that you are comfortable in doing rigorous exercise is good. At Nickelz, we see many people wearing athletic sneakers or combat boots. If you are looking for sneakers specifically for dance class there are two points that you should look into.
1. Good stabilization of the foot and ankle during all types of motion.
2. Good cushioning throughout the sole, as you're likely to do a lot of jumping and landing.
And if you’re feeling up to rocking heels for a sexy street jazz or hip hop class, you may want to check with the instructor first, but 9 times out of 10 they’ll encourage you to go for it!
Should I wear accessories?
Although we all love a good pair of gold hoops, you should refrain from wearing jewelry that dangles because it will be in your way when doing large movements and you want to avoid getting it caught on something or risk losing in during a sharp turn. Hats should be fine, however, once again make sure that they fit tight enough so they don’t fly off when you are dancing.
For even more inspiration and Nickelz Production apparel visit:
By: Chloe Detrick
Spring is right around the corner and while you’re lacing up your dance shoes to start the season, we wanted to remind you of other opportunities you can explore this year to get more involved with the studio outside of your favorite weekday classes.
1. Concept Videos
The studio often offers concept video workshops that consist of a few weekly practices, corresponding costumes, and a final filming day where you can showcase your skills. Currently underway is the Cardi B visual album concept video, which will be released mid-March. Check out some of the studio’s past concept videos below to see if you’d like to sign up for the next one!
2. Marketing and Design Internship
We are currently looking for an intern or interns to help with making flyers, promoting the studio, and brainstorming creative branding strategies.
If you have marketing, promotions, graphic design, or other relevant experience, shoot an email to our Studio Manager, Shelby Barnes, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Film and Photography Opportunities
Looking to break out your Nikon or Cannon and flex your photography or film skills? We’re always looking for new opportunities to film and photograph our classes, routines, and students in their element.
If you have the skills and are available to help out in the future, you can email Shelby at the address above to get your name on our list.
4. Writing Experience
If you’re thinking to yourself as you read this very blog post: “Hey, I could easily write something like this too,” then this opportunity is the right match for you.
You can contribute to this very blog with your master writing and GIF finding skills by emailing Chloe Detrick at: email@example.com.
5. Audition and Performance Occasions
There are several opportunities throughout the year to audition for and perform live on behalf of Nickelz Production!
Be on the lookout for upcoming picnics, showcases, and audition opportunities this year by following the studio’sFacebook and Instagram pages. Looking forward to seeing you in the studio soon!
*All opportunities are offered on a volunteer basis and are unable to be compensated by the studio.
5. Justin Timberlake
Who knew that our favorite NSYNC member would continue to dazzle us with brand new songs and superb choreography all the way into his late 30s? After hearing bangers like “Filthy,” and “Say Something,” from his upcoming studio album, Man of the Woods, we’re super excited to see what the future has in store for JT. Judging by the choice to have him perform at the Super Bowl halftime show this Sunday, we predict a prosperous year for our main man.
4. Dua Lipa
She’s got new rules, but she’s also got other songs people!
Some of the others we’re currently feeling: “IDGAF,” “Blow Your Mind (Mwah),” and “Homesick,” just to name a few. And after her recent split with Paul Klein (you can do better than him anyway, girl) we’re excited to see what new material she’ll be shelling out in her upcoming albums. Check out her unique voice and creative music video for IDGAF below:
3. Ed Sheeran
So we’re still a little salty over “Shape of you” not receiving that Grammy nomination for Song of the Year, but what we’re not mad about is Ed’s newest collaboration with Eminem on “River,” his recent feature on Taylor Swift’s single “End Game,” or the fierce “Perfect” duet between him and Queen Bey. Clearly others recognize his worth, including his new fiancé Cherry Seaborn. Get it, Ed! While you cope with the Song of the Year snub, here’s some amazing choreography to get you through:
2. Bruno Mars
Alright so if Ed can’t have Song of the Year, we’re certainly glad that Bruno stole the show
1. Cardi B
This lady is on top of the world right now. We can’t get enough of her chart topping hits, epic performances, and no filter attitude. We’ve even got a visual album series happening right now that is dedicated solely to Queen Cardi herself:
Keep an eye out for the final video to be released on Youtube at the beginning of March!
It’s no secret that stretching can reduce muscle tension and increase range of motion. It can also help you master moves you didn’t realize you had before. Check out this 30 day challenge from blogilates that can have you mastering a split in no time!
2. Practice and Develop Musicality
You often hear your instructors talk about “musicality” within the songs that you’re dancing to, but what exactly is musicality? According to the ever reliable Urban Dictionary, musicality is a dancer’s ability to interpret musical elements into competitive choreography. This can involve listening to the song to the song several times in order to break down and isolate different instruments or voices within it. For some extremely useful tips on how to sharpen your musicality, visit this Steezy blog post on the topic.
3. Relate to the Music
Dancing is a lot more than just mastering the moves, it’s also about mastering your facial expressions, acting out a role, and truly telling a story. Check out some quick and effective tips from The Radio City Rockettes on how to easily improve your facial expressions during your performance.
…and if you’re still having trouble, check out this performance class from the expression queen herself, professional choreographer Janelle Ginestra:
4. Break out of your Comfort Zone
Have you been taking beginner classes and starting to master the choreography? Why not switch it up to a more advanced class or try some different classes like street jazz? You’ll have plenty of opportunities in the new year to switch up your routine! Check out the latest schedule here: Class Schedule
5. Practice at Home
Last, but not least, true dancers are created both inside and outside of the classroom. Nickelz Production provides you with in class choreography videos for you to study and practice up on your own time. Perfecting your routine takes hard work and dedication so why not make it a 2018 resolution to practice your dance skills? Your body will thank you for it!
by Chloe Detrick
There are some artists you can trust to deliver a killer choreo show both on and off stage in their music videos. You know the ones I'm talking about…when they drop the latest video for their single, you drop everything to watch it. Here's our top 5 picks for amazing dance video artists.
As Jazze Pha once said, "The Princess is here…" and may she forever reign. You can always count on this princess of pop music videos to give you the freshest moves in her choreo, while still delivering a performance you love.
"Sometimes you get bored of the same moves, but you know that there are those moves that those fans love," she once told TIME. "And you better not change those moves or you might create a little confusion! It's those key moments that people remember because they mark the special creative moments you shared. It's only right that you give them that thing they've loved from the beginning of the song or era."
Check out this throwback to 2005 where she no less than slayed her "1, 2 Step" choreo:
Which brings us to our next artist…
#4 Missy Elliott
And if Ciara is the princess of pop music videos, Missy Elliott is the Queen. She's never afraid to mix up her style, throw her dancers in outlandish outfits, and rock some creepy cool choreo. From her iconic inflated trash bag choreo shot through a fisheye lens in "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" to her diverse dancers of all ages in "Gossip Folks," you can always count on Missy to throw the unexpected at you. On one of her most recent hits, "I'm Better," she told Fact Mag:
"It fits in a place of now but still [has] a Missy twist. When I listened to it, I immediately saw something visually. That doesn’t happen all the time, there are videos where that hasn’t happened and there are videos where that has happened. ‘The Rain’ was one of them where I immediately saw, visually, what I could do. After I did [‘I’m Better’], visually it just started coming. Before even the dancers got in rehearsal, [I knew] what movements I wanted them to do because I didn’t want them to hit every beat of the track. I wanted it to be art."
Check it out below:
#3 Chris Brown
While we may not agree with all of his personal past decisions, there's no doubt about it this dude can dance. His style is intricate, almost unlike any other artist out there today, and he somehow finds dancers to keep up with him in almost all of his music videos. Brown knows he has the moves too. MTV's Sway Calloway once asked him who would win in a dance-battle between himself and Usher:
“See, I don’t like to be cocky or arrogant anymore, but when it comes to dancing — when you say ‘Chris Brown’ and you say ‘dancing,’ you’re gonna have to bring your A game,” he said before Sway asked, “So you’re saying you wouldn’t lose?”
“Absolutely not,” Brown responded.
While we may never get to witness this epic dance battle, we are left with this "New Flame" collaboration video between the two artists and Rick Ross that certainly didn't disappoint in the choreo department on either end:
And we certainly can't let Breezy talk smack on Usher without awarding him the #2 spot on our list. Similar to Ciara and Missy, if you want to say Chris Brown is the Prince of pop music videos, we think Usher is the King. And where did he get the inspiration for his killer moves from? Usher credits the original King of Pop, Michael Jackson, in his interview with MTV:
"He influenced me in so many ways, more than just music ... as a humanitarian, as a philanthropist, as an artist, as an individual who transcended culture. I wouldn't be who I am today without Michael Jackson," Usher said. "They say if you ever want to be great, you've got to study who the greats studied, so, of course, I studied his moves — studied them down to a T. But there was much more to him than that. Really, he created an eclectic style of life and, throughout the years, from his childhood to his adulthood, he managed to continue to be successful, but also to continue to push the limits and push everyone's expectations."
Check out his fresh take on MJ's style in his 2009 video for "Caught Up":
It almost doesn't seem fair that Beyonce gets to win at life this much, but when it comes to music videos, this woman has it down to an art. Who could forget the December day in 2013 when she not only released an entire 14-track audio album, but also included an 18-track visual music video album to go along with it. When does she sleep? Based on her 2013 GQ interview on how she prepped to perform at the Super Bowl, she seemingly doesn't:
"One of the reasons I connect to the Super Bowl is that I approach my shows like an athlete," she says. "You know how they sit down and watch whoever they’re going to play and study themselves? That’s how I treat this. I watch my performances, and I wish I could just enjoy them, but I see the light that was late. I see, ’Oh God, that hair did not work.’ Or ’I should never do that again.’ I try to perfect myself. I want to grow, and I’m always eager for new information."
And who can forget one of her most iconic choreographed videos, "Single Ladies"? Let's relive the 2009 classic here:
By: Chloe Detrick
Have you been interested in mastering hip hop choreography and channeling your inner Beyonce? Do you watch YouTube videos of amazing dancers like this one and this one for hours and think, ‘wouldn’t it be amazing if I could do that?’ Do you have fun dancing with your friends at clubs or even at home in front of your mirror, but wish you could make your hobby more of a reality?
Well, you’re in luck! If you’ve ever considered taking your hobby to the next level, Nickelz Production has a brand new fall schedule help you master your skills and channel your inner dancer.
Here are the top 10 reasons you should give their classes a try.
1) You can make a ton of new friends
It’s rare that you have the opportunity to huddle in a room for an hour with a group of people that have the same interests as you. At Nickelz Production everyone is showing up to dance classes for the same reasons: to have a good time, master their dance skills, and get to know one another. We’ve seen plenty of people meeting up outside of class too to socialize, hit up happy hours, and even go on road trips together!
2) It’s starting to get cold out
As summer ends and the fall begins, we’re all excited about pumpkin lattes, but not so excited about temperatures dropping. It starts to get harder to get outdoors to get that run or softball game in as winter creeps closer and closer. Dance classes are a great way to work out and work up a sweat indoors.
3) You’ll pick up a unique talent you may have not known you had
Maybe you’re a master at the shuffle ball change or a split kick artist. You’ll never know until you try!
4) You’ll have the opportunity to be in a dance showcase
Every year, Nickelz Production puts on a dance showcase to show off their latest routines. It’s a great opportunity to connect with your fellow dancers, practice your skills, and display your moves.
5) It’s something new to talk to your friends and family about
Tired of talking to your friends and family about the same things all the time: how your job is going, who you are (or aren’t) dating, how the weather has been lately. Time to spice up the conversation and boast about how proud you are to be taking up this fun, new hobby.
6) You’ll get to listen to your favorite music
Ever find yourself dancing in your car or in front of your mirror to the newest DJ Khaled remix with Rihanna or Justin Beiber? Time to put those dreams into action and look fly doing it.
7) You can master your club dancing skills
Do you have fun dancing with your friends on a Saturday night at the Brixton or Wonderland ballroom? Feel like taking those skills to a less crowded, sweaty, and drunk space? Then Nickelz Production is the perfect place for you.
8) You have the opportunity to be in some awesome concept videos
Nickelz Production offers a variety of workshops to help train you to be part of one of their concept videos like the one above. The next one will be a 5 week series from September 15 – October 13 where we will be teaching choreography and recording a concept video for the song “Naughty Ride” by Wiz Kid.
9) It’s good for both your mental and physical health
Dancing has been proven to improve brain function on a variety of levels, enhance happiness, and even improve memory!
10) It will help you break out of your shell
We all know it can be scary trying a new thing, but Nickelz Production prides itself on being an all-inclusive community space where students simply want to have fun and learn to dance the right way. Our instructors and students are all friendly, welcoming, and eager to have you in class. So give it a try! What do you have to lose?
Check out the fall 2017 Nickelz Production schedule here: Adult Classes