Tony Tran is back with Waacking, Vogue/Femme & House workshops

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Biography

Tony is a dance artist based in Canada & London. He is well know within the urban dance community through his work as an instructor, performer, producer and choreographer. 

His artistic journey has brought him to train and perform across Canada, United States and Europe. His choreography, which spans the world of dance theatre and urban dance performance, has been presented in festivals across Canada including: Springboard Performance Fluid Movement Arts Festival, Expanse Festival, Sage Theatre Ignite! and Dancers' Studio West Alberta Annual Dance Festival. 

Tony is also the Founder/Artistic Director of The Bad Girls Club YYC and a member of the International House of Amazon. 

WAACKING

Waacking is a form of dance created in the LGBT clubs of Los Angeles, during the 1970s disco era. Waacking consists of moving the arms to the beat of the music, typically in a moment of the arms over and behind the shoulders. Waacking also contains other elements such as posing and footwork. Waacking puts a strong emphasis on musicality and interpretation of the music and its rhythm. It also took inspiration stylistically from movie stars such as Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and James Dean. 

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VOGUE

Vogue or voguing is a modern house dance originating in the late 1980s that evolved out of the Harlem Ballroom scene of the 1960s. It gained mainstream exposure when it was featured in Madonna's iconic 1990 song and video 'Vogue' and showcased in the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning. 

In its modern form, this dance has become a global phenomenon that continues to evolve both stylistically and demographically. Vogue Femme (or Fem) includes exaggerated feminine movements influenced by ballet, jazz and modern dance. 

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HOUSE

House dance is a social dance primarily danced to house music that has roots in the clubs of Chicago and New York City. The main elements of House dance include footwork, jacking and lofting. House dance is often improvised and emphasizes fast and complex foot-oriented steps combined with fluid movements in the torso, as well as floor work. 

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Are you feeling sassy? Army of Sass will be here nightly Mar 26-29

Register HERE!

Showgirl Sass 

Bevel, strut and glam! Bring out your inner showgirl in this classic cabaret styled Heels Class. Perfect for a first timer but layered for those with experience. Class complete with warm up, drills, across the floor and choreography. 


Hip Hop in Heels 

Groove, rock and jam! Combining hip hop grooves with heels technique, this class bridges the best of two worlds. We'll vibe to some hip hop classics while learning the technique to help you get down in those heels. Expect warm up, grooves and choreography. 


Sensual Sass 

Slow, sensual and flow! Build your heels dance skills with a slow and sensual twist. Get in touch with the music, yourself and a new way of moving. Freestyle and floor-work to be included!


Queen Bey 

Need we say more?! Combine all of your skills in this class inspired by the Queen herself, BEYONCE. Warm up, drills and choreography to a Queen Bey classic. 

Want a free T-shirt?

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Bring a silent auction item in to Pulse Studios by April 30 in support of our Beast Machine Pub Night and we will give you a Pulse T-shirt of your choice!

Help send the Beast Machine to NYC!

The Beast Machine are raising money to train this summer in NYC.

They are planning to attend workshops with some of the pioneers of Hip Hop dance, compete with the worlds best dancers, and immerse themselves in all things Hip Hop in the place where Hip Hop was born!

All proceeds will go to helping pay for flights, classes and accommodations in NYC.

Thank you for your support!


Want to help out in other ways?

We are also having a bottle drive March 18, bring your bottles to Pulse or let us know if you would like us to come and pick them up!

Bring the Loot #2: Feb 25

The Cypher, Ontologic & Pulse Studio presents:

BRING THE LOOT - Hip-Hop & House Battles

We are hosting a monthly battle to engage the different Hip-Hop & Funk Styles communities (Hip-Hop // House // Locking // Popping // Breaking) by providing a platform for dancers to grow, showcase their talents, and battle.

ONCE A MONTH we will be showcasing a specific dance style with a 1vs1 competition. Competitor entrance fees will be pooled together to make up the prize pot hence BRING THE LOOT!

As the event grows we will be thinking of exciting new ways to challenge the dancers and also the event!

Competitors: $10 each category
Spectators: $5
Beast Machine / Infinity Pass: Free

Location: 
PULSE Studios
2nd Floor 110 10 Ave NW

*INDOOR SHOES REQUIRED FOR BOTH COMPETITORS AND SPECTATORS*

Battle:
Competitors will be judged on Style, Creativity, Musicality, Overall understanding of the Technique and Foundation of the featured art form. 

1 vs 1 Format
Straight Elimination
2 separate categories

Prize:
To enter the battle, all competitors will contribute $10 to the prize pot.

The pot will then be collected and given to the chosen winner. The winner will also be granted the opportunity to be the judge for the next cycle of battles in that particular style. 

SIGN UP:
Click here and sign up on Facebook. 

JUDGES: 
Hip-Hop: Born2Boogie (Jordan Bailey)
House: J-Sik (Jason Owin F. G)

DJS:  
House: Friar Funk (Michael Vasquez)
Hip-Hop: Catfish (Kevin Choo)

For more details or to see how you can be apart of this event, message the Cypher YYC on Facebook or email us at TheCypherYYC@gmail.com

Feb 3 & 4 - Handstand workshop with Kim Ilott

Sunday, February 4 from 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Registration only $25, register HERE.

Ever wanted to know the secret to perfect handstands? Have you always wanted to try but been afraid to attempt them? This open level workshop is for you!!


This workshop will explore the puzzle pieces that help you find, or level up, your handstands. Learn how to train your hand balancing technique, endurance, and alignment with conditioning exercises on the floor, against the wall, through the space, and in the centre of the room. The main focus will be circus technique, which encourages anatomical stacking and control for efficient, consistent, strong handstands, but creative shapes and transitions inspired by yoga arm balancing asana will also be touched on. To finish, a therapeutic yoga cool down will teach you self-care practices to keep your body healthy and balanced as you take your new-found skills forward.



About the Instructor:
 

Kimberley Ilott’s life balances with one foot in the dance world, the other in yoga, and both hands in circus. She has roots in funk and hip hop, a base of serious, academic contemporary and jazz, and has now blossomed into a free-flying aerial and pole artist. Her choreographic, performance, and yoga practice is dubbed Soul Satisfaction, because it seeks the deep and authentic reflection, expression, connection, and fulfillment that make art and life worthwhile. 

Kim is certified as a handstand trainer through Deflying Fitness of Toronto. She also has completed a BA in Dance (Choreography & Performance Concentration) from U of C, the Professional Training Program at Decidedly Jazz, multiple yoga teacher trainings (200 hour Sattva YTT, 60 hour Air Yogalates Aerial Yoga YTT, 100+ hour Adjuster’s Training at Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre), and has studied in her fields with experts from around the world. She draws from this vast and varied experience in movement while teaching, and enjoys applying knowledge from her current Thai Yoga Therapy Training with Mandorla Yoga Institute (which includes yoga therapy, Ayurveda, Thai massage, and Marma therapy) to awaken awareness, and repattern bodies and minds for optimal efficiency and living.

Feb 17 - Beast Machine perform at DANCE OF THRONES

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Artists Elite International is producing a “World of Dance” inspired event that will be one of the most exciting shows for Calgary audiences.

Who will be crowned YYC’s BEST & take home the $1,000 grand prize?


WHEN: Saturday, February 17, 2018
5:00pm Pre-Show Entertainment
5:30pm Showtime: Dance of Thrones

WHERE: The Vertigo's Playhouse Theatre at the base of the Calgary Tower

TICKETS: Get them HERE 

***All Proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society***

$20 Before December 15
$25 After December 15
$30 At Door

JAN 21 - BRING THE LOOT: POPPING / LOCKING

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TIME: Sunday, January 21 at 4 PM - 7 PM

LOCATION: Pulse Studios, 110 10 Avenue N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2M 0B3

The Cypher, Ontologic & Pulse Studio presents:

BRING THE LOOT - Popping and Locking Battles

We are hosting a monthly battle to engage the different Hip-Hop & Funk Styles communities (Hip-Hop // House // Locking // Popping // Breaking) by providing a platform for dancers to grow, showcase their talents, and battle.

ONCE A MONTH we will be showcasing a specific dance style with a 1vs1 competition. Competitor entrance fees will be pooled together to make up the prize pot hence BRING THE LOOT!

As the event grows we will be thinking of exciting new ways to challenge the dancers and also the event!

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Competitors: $10 each category
Spectators: $5
Beast Machine, Pulse Studios Infinity Pass Holders, Pulse Studios Monthly Unlimited Holders and Pulse Staff: Free

*INDOOR SHOES REQUIRED FOR BOTH COMPETITORS AND SPECTATORS*

Battle:
Competitors will be judged on Style, Creativity, Musicality, Overall understanding of the Technique and Foundation of the featured art form. 

1 vs 1 Format
Straight Elimination
2 separate categories

Prize:
To enter the battle, all competitors will contribute $10 to the prize pot.

The pot will then be collected and given to the chosen winner. The winner will also be granted the opportunity to be the judge for the next cycle of battles in that particular style. 

Sign-ups:
Please Leave a comment with your Name and Alias.

Competitor List:
1V1 POPPING

1v1 LOCKING

JUDGES
Popping: Squidjit (Unknown Elements) 
Locking: Travo

DJS
Catfish (Kevin Choo) 
Friar Funk (Michael Vasquez)

For more details or to see how you can be apart of this event, message The Cypher YYC on Facebook or email us at TheCypherYYC@gmail.com.

Jan 12 - Pulse Studios Roller Skating PARTY!

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DATE: Friday, January 12, 2018

TIME: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

LOCATION: Lloyd's Rollersports Centre, 7520 Macleod Trail SE

We all know Lloyd's is closing down but Tara has grabbed the last private booking!

Don't miss your chance to lace up some skates and party with your Pulse Studios and Beast Buddies!!

All Beast parents, friends, siblings, Pulse staff, EVERYONE is welcome to join!

TICKETS: $20 includes rental

Email Tara at Tara@pulsestudios.ca now to purchase your tickets!