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The Shoemaker Dance

May 3, 2014 in Dancing, Exercise, Parenthood

Malaya’s school recently put on a cultural dance performance and we were thrilled to be able to make it along with many of the other parents and families. Each grade performed a dance from a different country and there was quite a variety. There were dances from the Philippines, Mexico, Denmark, and India, to name a few. It’s great to see that dance is still being taught in school these days. I know the kids look really cute and it’s great for the parents to watch but let’s not forget to give props to the teachers who put a lot of work and time in preparing the students for this sort of thing. Teachers do a wonderful thing.

The Shoemaker Dance from Denmark, performed by the kindergarteners:

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Just Dance

February 27, 2013 in Dancing, Exercise

When we’re at home and looking for something to do that will get us and the kids moving…we just dance!

You may remember that Malaya loves to get moving to Beyonce’s ‘Move Your Body’, 

and we all know how Mahal gets down to Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’.

I’m afraid to say that these days the girls are into their boy bands and biebers.

This past Christmas, we received Just Dance 4 (Nintendo Wii edition) as a gift and although the game was intended for Dawn and I, the children have clearly taken a liking to it and if there was one video game I would let them play, it is this one. 

The authorities recommend 180 minutes of physical activity per day for children in their younger years and probably don’t recommend that it be done through video games like Just Dance. Active video games like this are no substitute for playing outside but when it’s cold, wet and dark out, you gotta find something to do at home. We find it is a great supplement to all the other activity we do and a lot of fun too.

Even as adults, we find that the game is a great way to get your heart rate up (assuming that you actually dance the dance). Dawn and I find often find ourselves sweating and out of breath when dancing to some of the songs (eg. Tribal Dance, We No Speak Americano, Superstition). Check out this test done by the University of Toronto’s kinesiology centre to determine whether there are health and exercise benefits to playing this game. Keep in mind, the guy in the video has nothing on the kineticfamily girls when it comes to dancing!

Despite all the Bieber, One Direction, Beyonce & Carly Raes the kids listen to, they are still down with the hip hop. When I saw Blackalicious in concert at Richards on Richards nightclub in Vancouver when I was in college, never did I imagine I’d be watching them again in concert 10 years later with my little daughters! Here’s a clip of the Gift of Gab spittin’ some Alphabet Aerobics at the YoGabbaGabba Live! show.

Thanks Yo Gabba Gabba!

Now, go dance!

 

 

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Harlem Shake: KineticFamily Home Edition

February 15, 2013 in Dancing

We couldn’t help it. You know what it is. Enjoy 🙂

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Move Your Body

November 23, 2011 in Dancing, Exercise

Sometimes the only activity we can fit in at the end of a long day is dancing around with our 3 year old. It’s a fun way to spend time as a family and get the kids (and us!) moving. We usually just do random silly dancing but here’s a video of one of our more coordinated efforts. Malaya likes to instruct me on my dancing (justifiably so, as I butcher some of the dance moves).

The song and dance is called ‘Move Your Body’ by Beyonce and was produced in support of the ‘Let’s Move!’ campaign spearheaded by U.S. First Lady, Michelle Obama, to fight childhood obesity. What do you or your kids like to dance to? Let us know, and we’ll give it a try.

Here’s the official music video featuring Beyonce.

Here’s the ‘Let’s Move!’ dance tutorial video distributed to schools participating in the program.

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If Looks Could Thrill

October 31, 2011 in Dancing

It’s close to midnight….

….and we danced to Michael Jackson’s legendary Thriller alongside over 400 ghoulish dancers on October 29, 2011.  Thrill the World (TTW) is an annual worldwide simultaneous Thriller dance for world records, as well as a tribute to the great and late Michael Jackson. The Vancouver event was also a charity event for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. There was no way we were going to miss this experience.

TTW’s 6 minute choreography was relatively easy to learn, thanks to the great online tutorial dance videos provided by TTW organizers. Our 9 person Thriller army, “If Looks Could Thrill”, met on a few occasions in our home to rehearse the choreography. Good times were had at the rehearsals, and we admittedly worked up a good sweat doing it.

Surprisingly, our girls weren’t too scared of our zombie makeup on the day of the event. In fact, I’ve been catching Malaya pretending to be a zombie every now and then, while performing the zombie march that she picked up from watching us.

Below is a video of the 434 dancers who participated that night. You can catch brief glimpses of Jerrick and I behind the zombie bride in white.

Wishing you a safe and thrilling Halloween!

~D.