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WINTER 2016

Song: Fire (Yes, Yes Y'all) - Artist: Joe Budden, Busta Rhymes - January 2016

Get "Fire (Yes, Yes Y'all)" by Joe Budden @ http://amzn.com/B000VZJOMO
It's also on iTunes.

ABOUT THIS VIDEO: We decided to open the year with a bit of a throwback jam. FUNKMODE started in 2004, so there are a few songs here and there that we used to love but never formally choreographed to for our students. THIS song is one of them. The combo of Joe and Busta is too good to pass up, even if it took us 13 years to get there.

We had a lot of newbies to start out this session, so we put in a partner-based battle section at the end to help them get in the mode of learning to perform. We played off of that partnering for the FUNKMODE-only section towards the end to create some fun shapes and effects for our choreo.

But again, the most common theme of a FUNKMODE dance is PARTY. If it looks like we're having a lot of fun, it is because we are. Mission accomplished!

As always, thanks for watching, subscribing and supporting the FUNK!

All love,
- FUNKMODE




Song: Cool Back - Artist: Kid Ink - February 2016

Get "Cool Back" by Kid Ink D @ https://amzn.com/B00QSN8EDI
It's also on iTunes.

ABOUT THIS VIDEO: For the last four years now, during the week of Valentine's Day, we hold a bunch of special happenings and events under the name, "All Love Week". One of the things we do is have a Red/Pink/White dress-up day. This year it happened to line up with a video week which is why we're all coordinating in such a LOVEly way.

As for the piece, if you look closely, you'll notice we went a bit different with this one and choreographed two parts to happen simultaneously. The people in back and sides switch off from following the center pack to doing an entirely separate set of moves. This helped us accommodate dancers with a variety of experience levels in our class. Fans of the song will probably also notice that we sped it up to give the track a more uptempo feel as well as chopped up the verse/chorus to give the piece a solid beginning and end.

All love,
- FUNKMODE




Song: Favorite DJ - Artist: Clinton Sparks, DJ Class, Jermaine Dupri - March 2016

Get "Favorite DJ" by Clinton Sparks @ http://amzn.com/B004M0VEUY
It's also on iTunes.

ABOUT THIS VIDEO: If you study ancient cave paintings, you will find that before MP3s, before CDs, before Tape Cassettes, before even 8-tracks ... there were these large black disc called vinyl records. Records were used for decades to play music for the masses. (insert oohs and aahs here). We used our time machine to go find some and bring em back just for this dance. Assuming the role of DJ, we used these prized relics to create a dance honoring both the medium and the musician. The result was a time-bending party that brought smiles to all!

But seriously, this dance was one of the most fun we've ever done. We've used props in dances before, but never vinyl. Unfortunately, we lost a few along the way, but most of our wax stayed intact. We want to give a special shoutout to everyone for doing such a great job with all of the nanigans. You guys really turned this video into a party and showed everyone what taking a FUNKMODE class is all about. Y'all's our favorite DJs!

As always, thanks for watching, subscribing and supporting the FUNK!

All love,
- FUNKMODE




Song: Dance Off - Artist: Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Idris Elba, Anderson Paak - March 2016

Get "Dance Off" by Macklemore @ http://amzn.com/B01BOBL8C2
It's also on iTunes.

ABOUT THIS VIDEO: We had a different song in mind for the last dance of the Winter 2016, but then, at the last minute, we found this one. How could we not end it all with a big dance off?!

So, we found a hot ref, got the masses of classes fired up, and let the sparks fly!

(NOTE: No students were killed in the making of this video ... it's possible someone got some feelings hurt but that's unconfirmed)

As always, thanks for watching, subscribing and supporting the FUNK!

All love,
- FUNKMODE