I think we should get this recap over w/ to send you straight to the meat–or chicken-flavored tofu for you Vegetarians out there. And since I live in Portland these days, there’s a good chance that many of you readers are! Who likes corny jokes?! Alright, so 2nd day of the new year I flew out to Honolulu to teach a class and film w/ my friend and liquid-dancing legend, Fu Manchu for a week. We got some really captivating footage out there, too. Not so difficult to find good places to film in Paradise.
Then I went to Montreal to teach for a good couple of weeks and train w/ some of the dopest poppers in the world. First of all, if you don’t know, Montreal has an amazing popping and dancing scene. I have some footage there from one of my workshops I taught and intend on uploading it soon. So, stay tuned.
After Montreal, I went to Toronto-six hours away-for a couple days and entered a really dope event called Area 51. This competition was held by a very innovative, unique crew called the Moon Runners. They combine popping w/ some techniques from a Brooklyn style of dance called flexing to create a style no other crew out there is doing. YouTube ‘em! But that’s to be done on your own time. Because we’re here to see me. Aaaaaaaand, here’s a clip of me in the finals:
Shortly after returning home, I went up to Seattle to teach for a couple days. Seattle, by the way, is one of my favorite cities I’ve ever been to. It’s got such a charm to it. It’s got grime to it in some parts of the city. It’s got an actual big city feel to it. All of this, and it’s nestled in between the scenic Puget Sound and the mountains to the east, so you’re never far from nature. One of the days I was there, I filmed the video clip posted below. Behind me is this ridiculously good, psychedelic mural done by Victor Wilkins that covers half the entire living space! You can see the rest of this piece and more at http://www.docrot.com. Also, get ready for some 2nd grade level reading skills and me repping my favorite belt company. You can check it out at http://borelinc.com. OK, and now w/out further ado, my latest clip. So, I guess I didn’t keep this short and sweet as falsely promised. Oh well, it’s my website. I do what I want!! Ok, really, now w/out further ado:
…but please fight the urge. That’d be disrespectful. Slap me, instead. And just do it w/out telling me why at first. Cuz I love surprises!!
So, before I get to the videos, I’d like to let ya know in advance that I hope, I hope, I complete my first DVD before the end of this winter showing my best solo footage of me dancing in different places in Oregon. I really have fallen in love with my city and with Oregon and want to make a DVD showing you why it’s so dope via some killer footage with some killer backdrops!!! I also intend to do the same thing with an instructional vid, too by either late winter or early spring. Fingers crossed. Stay motivated!! Yeah, dig it. Stay tuned.
And, now to the videos!!
Here’s one I just made w/ my new buddy, David Estrada. He’s a very talented videographer/photographer that does a lot or work with Nat. Geo. actually. I gotta bust in some really tight locations. All in Portland, too!!
And here’s the other one I made with my girlfriend a couple months ago. Aww, warmer days are behind me now. I really love this clip. I had been practicing pretty hard, and I was happy to note the progress after watching this footage. Plus, my girl is killing it with the robotics!!
I’m just gonna write this stream-of-consciousness style. First off, check the website: Photosynthesis Festival. What a beautiful location this year. So, I was hired to be the performance coordinator for this event. There were several fire dancing groups, and my performance group, New Lineage. It was held up in Neah Bay, Wa, which is the very northwestern corner of the nation. A serene beach on the Macah Tribe Indian Reservation. A diverse line-up of dj’s from various electronic genres were there. One of the highlights was definitely performing for Tipper and bringing down the house w/ our performance. Check out Tipper’s music here if you’re interested. A true legend in the glitch-hop and breaks scene. A lot of my friends down in L.A. don’t get what I see bout Portland and the northwest. So, to have my good dancing companions, WaveOMatic, Lobo, and Animatronix to get a taste of what this place is all about was a beautiful feeling. -The end.
I’m gonna have a different focus for each class. I start w/ popping fundamentals for every one though to teach y’all that foundation.
So, Tue will focus on waving. Thu will be gliding and whatever the heck I want!! And Sun will be whatever people suggest. So, the choice is up to you’z guys. Dig it? Dig it.
If you’ve come to this page, well, then you’re obviously really important and know what’s good for you! I’d like to thank my good buddy, Marie “Pandora” Medina for making this. Girl don’t just dance. She does killer graphic design. But, hey, this is about ME!! I have a lot to learn here, but I hope this’ll be a fun, exciting way to further educate myself in the world of computer/internet savviness or end up overwhelmed by all of it. I guess I’ll find out. Thx for coming here. Hope you find what you’re looking for, and I hope you’re someone that promotes huge shows and wants me to be a headlining performer and pay me tons of $$!! But if you’re not, I’m sincerely glad you’re here anyway and was just being silly. Please, feel welcome and make yourself at home. I got videos to check out, pics of me looking lovely, and this awesome 1st post to start the site off. Yeah!
Enjoy the tour.
Todd aka Toddler aka PopNTod aka Toad & formerly for a duration of only 4 months, BopNTod