How to do the high school musical dance

"High School Musical" Stars Share Steps with Dance-Along Disney Channel Airing, March 10

News "High School Musical" Stars Share Steps with Dance-Along Disney Channel Airing, March 10 Following its Sing-Along version, Disney Channel will rebroadcast its popular original movie "High School Musical" March 10 with a special Dance-Along feature, allowing fans to step into the shoes and moves of the characters.

By Ernio Hernandez

March 06, 2006

Hosted by the movie's young stars Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel, the "High School Musical" Dance-Along has the stars show viewers the step-by-step moves of Wildcat Dance (for the song "We're All in This Together") and the hip-hop basketball jam (for "Get'cha Head in the Game"). The event airs March 10 at 8 PM (ET). Check your local listings.

The "High School Musical" soundtrack — released on Jan. 10 — hits the charts this week as No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The album, which has already reached Gold status, debuted at No. 143, then jumped from No. 58 into the Top 10 (at No. 10) following the cable broadcast. Billboard notes it is the first TV soundtrack to hit the top spot since 1986 (the "Miami Vice" album). It also appears at No. 1 on the Top Kid Audio chart and Top Soundtracks.

The show will air again on the Disney Channel March 23 at 8 PM (ET). Check your local listings. A sequel is already in the works and the debut DVD of the popular original movie will be released May 23 featuring two versions and extra features.

Seven weeks following the Disney Channel's "High School Musical" soundtrack debuted, the album moved into the No. 1 slot at the top of the Billboard pop chart. The feat was the first time an original TV movie soundtrack ever charted at No. 1.

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"Newsies" director-choreographer Kenny Ortega headed up "High School Musical" which premiered on Disney Channel Jan. 20 at 8 PM (ET).

High School Musical centers on the unlikely friendship that evolves between the jock Troy and brainiac Gabriella at a karaoke contest. Little did the two know that she would be transferring into his school. The duo decide — against their friends' wishes and to the dismay of school stars (a drama queen and her twin brother) — to audition for the high school musical.

The cast features Zac Efron ("Summerland"), Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale ("The Suite Life of Zack and Cody"), Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel, Monique Coleman as the featured teens with Alyson Reed, Bart Johnson and Joey Miyashima.

Ortega directed and choreographed Disney's "Newsies." Among his other choreographic film credits are "Dirty Dancing," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Pretty in Pink," "St. Elmo's Fire," "Xanadu" and " To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar." He also directed and choreographed the short-lived Broadway musical Marilyn centering on the actress Marilyn Monroe. He was just announced as the new director-choreographer for the Australian tour of The Boy From Oz starring Hugh Jackman.

'High School Musical' Stars Reunite for 'A Christmas Dance Reunion'

While made-for-TV holiday movies have enjoyed an explosion in popularity in the past five years, they’re not a new phenomenon for Lifetime. The network has been making ripped-from-the-headlines films for three decades at this point and has the whole process down to a science: a few months for development and writing, 15 days for filming, a few weeks for post-production, and voila — a feel-good romance ready for air. In the case of “A Christmas Dance Reunion,” COVID-19 precautions meant that the production, which filmed in November 2020 at the height of the pandemic, had a little extra wiggle room. But not much.

“A Christmas Dance Reunion” reunites “High School Musical” stars Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman as a pair of childhood friends who rekindle their romance — and love for dance — when the hotel where they spent their childhood holidays announces it’s closing. Director and co-writer Brian Herzlinger, who has made several movies for Lifetime, tells Variety that the genesis for this particular movie came from his childhood vacations.

“My parents would take my sister and me up to the Catskills every summer to the Raleigh Hotel, and I thought it was the most magical place in the world. They had an arcade, they had horseback riding, they had ice skating,” he says.

In the spirit of another famous Catskills-set film, he and his co-writer, wife Megan Henry Herzlinger, envisioned “Dirty Dancing” — but set during Christmas. The result airs Dec. 3 on Lifetime. Here, the Herzlingers, Bleu, Coleman and executive producers Margret Huddleston and Stephanie Slack recount the years-long journey “A Christmas Dance Reunion” took to TV.

Henry Herzlinger and Herzlinger have worked with Lifetime on multiple occasions and usually submit four or five ideas to the network around October of each year. In 2019, Herzlinger’s favorite was their Catskills idea. “Then we wait a couple months while Lifetime internally goes over all the pitches and decide how they want to fill up their slate,” Henry Herzlinger explains.

Lifetime brass got back to the Herzlingers in February — “right as things were changing in the world,” Henry Herzlinger notes. After getting the green light to write the Catskills project, they were ready to outline and then write a full script. While they’d usually be headquartered at their Los Angeles home, this time the family packed up and headed to Henry Herzlinger’s parents’ house in Florida where they’d ride out the first six months of the pandemic together.

“It was the most perfect situation,” Henry Herzlinger  says. “My parents have a guest house and we would go up there, get our coffees in the morning. They would watch the kids swim, go to the beach — they live right on the beach — and then we would work on the outline and get it to where we wanted. It was such a nice way to to go through that process. In the middle of the world being so crazy, to have this creative outlet and to be able to just dive in, it was it was great.”

To be able to have a creative outlet and be surrounded by family during such a tumultuous time in the world is not lost on the family, which is why they ended up staying in Florida for so long. Though, Herzlinger jokes, 189 days with in-laws, no matter how much you like them, is a long stretch.

Herzlinger and Henry Herzlinger are both very hands-on during the outlining and writing process, adhering to some simple traits that are common to every Lifetime romance.

“The Lifetime movies are a nine-act structure,” Herzlinger explains. “There are certain boxes you have to check: People to have to fall in love and they have to have a little bit of something that gets them apart — for only about two and a half [acts]. And then you have to have them come back and that’s what people tune in to see. There’s a comfort level with with the familiarity of the magic of these lifetime Christmas movies. They want a movie that that the 7-year-old can watch with the 70-year-old and no one has to worry about having to change the channel at any point.”

The writing partners work hard to nail that structure — and add some original flair — in their very detailed outline, so by the time they move on to the first draft it’s a breeze, taking about three weeks to pull together. In a normal world, they would’ve completed production in August or September with an eye on a December 2020 airdate. But because of the COVID numbers and the precautions they’d have to take in order to film safely in Toronto at that time, the network decided to film it for a 2021 release.

Herzlinger and Henry Herzlinger say they’d already been thinking about Bleu and Coleman when they were writing the movie because certain people always come to mind when you think about movie musicals. The duo ended up being perfect in another way, too — while the pair have remained friends since their “High School Musical” days, they haven’t appeared on screen together in more than a decade. And since the characters are old friends who haven’t seen each other in 15 years, the stars’ on-screen reunion was fitting. Bleu was the first attached, with Coleman following a few days later.

The idea of reuniting with an old friend was certainly a major draw for the role, but Coleman says the fact that she and Bleu would play romantic leads was even more important.

“For me, it was very special to really be the central storyline,” Coleman says. “So often we are, as Black actors, supporting another storyline, and it felt really, really good for it to be about us and for for it to be solely about the love and the relationship. These are very fleshed-out characters, which, in many ways, mirror our own experience.”

Within one month, the costars were flying to Canada to begin their two-week government-mandated quarantine, followed by the two-week shoot. The quarantine proved to be an asset to the film because they were able to learn their dance choreography while cooped up in the hotel.

“Normally for a dance movie you would have a couple of weeks of rehearsals. We didn’t really have that,” Bleu says. “So we instead did rehearsal over Zoom from our quarantine rooms in the hotel. We’re doing partner choreography, lifts and intricate movements together, and we don’t actually get the chance to do those those moves together. We’re basically learning over Zoom with the choreographer, and he’s telling us, ‘OK your right arm is gonna go here, step left here, turn here,’ and we’re trying to mimic that in our rooms, by ourselves.”

Once production began — and Bleu and Coleman had literally two days total to rehearse their dances together — it was full steam ahead.

“To shoot any movie in 15 days is difficult, let alone a dance movie. To shoot any movie at any time other than a pandemic is difficult to do. Then you add in the pandemic of it all, and now every single day you’re just praying that nobody tests positive,” Herzlinger says.

A positive COVID test would have meant a mandatory 48-hour pause, but luckily that didn’t have to happen, says Slack. “In Ontario [at the time of filming], numbers weren’t so high. People weren’t vaccinated at that point. We consider ourselves to be quite lucky that we didn’t have any delays or pushes, and people were just happy to be together making this Christmas movie during this time.”

EARLY 2021
Because there wasn’t a rush to get the movie on-air in 2020, Herzlinger could have had extra time for post-production. But he stuck to the standard schedule anyway, save for some extra shots the production team in Toronto filmed a few months later when COVID restrictions allowed more people to gather in a room together.

“You do have a little bit more flexibility, but you still stick to the standard schedule because other people have other other things to do and other projects so you want to have that movie finished even if it’s not going to air for a few months,” he says. “Because of the protocols, we weren’t allowed to have that many people in the same space. We couldn’t have an audience watching the dance numbers. Those shots of the audience watching the dance numbers were done months later — in one day. When I wasn’t even there.”

Adds Huddleston, “Once we got into pre-production and production then it sort of follows the normal schedule, where you have like six weeks for editing and then six weeks for post.”

But there was plenty of cushion built in to the schedule, she continues. “One thing that was great on this one was that even though we, for financial reasons, stuck to the normal post schedule, we could take a week hiatus and wait for a VFX shot and come in if there was another thing that we needed. There was a little bit of luxury that we had because we finished the movie in March, and then we didn’t have to deliver to Lifetime until later. So I think that’s something where maybe the quality of the movie gets much better because of that extended time. I think the hard part was you’re done with a movie, you’re so excited, and then you have to wait a whole year before the world’s going to see it.”

By November, it had been a full year since Bleu and Corbin filmed the movie. They’d gone into the studio in the spring for ADR, where they’d seen themselves on screen together for the first time in more than a decade.

“By the time I was in ADR, I had already shot another movie. So you have other scripts bouncing around in your head, other characters. At this point, you’ve left that world, and you get to go back into ADR and you’re going. ‘OK who is this person? I gotta get back into the zone,'” says Bleu. “And it’s the first time that you actually get to see some of those scenes edited together and on screen. To top it off, for this particular movie, there’s this special feeling of oh my god. Mo and I are on screen again together 14 years later, and it looks great!”

As the pair reunited to discuss the project, they reflected on how they were even enjoying the conference calls they’ve had to join while preparing for the movie’s release.

Say Coleman, “It actually feels like Christmas. It’s really special. We haven’t done [press] in years either. A lot of times, this is not the most enjoyable part of the process. Corbin and I are both very passionate about the work and sometimes promoting it can can just, you know, you’re dealing with people’s personalities and egos and different things. But this has literally just been a purely joyful experience, all the way around, 360 degrees.”

Music, drawing, dancing. How to choose an art school?

Parents dream that their child will grow up smart, creative and comprehensively developed. He had just gone to school, and he was already enrolled in drawing, learning to play the piano, and in a theater studio. Will he cope with such a load? And how to choose those activities that will bring joy, and not turn into a source of eternal stress? Narrated by Anastasia Dyachenko, Director of the Moscow Music School named after N. P. Rakov.

Anastasia Sergeevna Dyachenko, director of the Moscow Musical School named after N. P. Rakov, subordinated to the Department of Culture of Moscow

Does a first grader need additional lessons? And is it worth sending all children to an art school (because "it is necessary") or is it better than those who have the ability and desire to sing, dance or draw?

Any additional creative activity, whether it be circles, short courses or complex classes at the art school, plays a big role in the development of children. From a very early age, children, comprehending this world, are interested in almost everything - this makes it difficult to decide on the choice of the direction of creative activity. It is important to show your child the whole variety of creative activities, listen to him and his interests, discuss, try, and only then make the final choice. Perhaps it will not be ballet, as parents expected, but robotics courses that will be closer to your child.

If we are talking about abilities, then I sincerely believe that all have them. Only we are all different and our interests and abilities also differ. So, a child who has a hard time studying at a music school, but who is strongly forced by his parents to study music, can be an amazing artist who is not at all interested in making music.

Try to hear your child, talk about what he is interested in, try different options. Sending to an art school is “a must” if this is your child’s dream and his sincere interest, and not playing the parent’s scenario of unfulfilled dreams.

How to determine if this is a future musician or artist, or maybe an actor? What to look for in order to understand his inclinations?

If a child shows great interest in visual information, remembers what he sees in detail, spends a lot of time drawing or modeling and enjoys it a lot - these are signs of a predisposition to artistic activity.

If the baby is sensitive to the nature and mood of the songs, easily recognizes familiar melodies, it is definitely worth thinking about the development of musical abilities.

A sense of rhythm, mobility, restlessness, sociability and a desire to show oneself will be a strong point for classes in a theater or dance studio.

Observe reactions and behavior while playing and interacting with peers , talk and discuss what excites and impresses your child.

It will not be superfluous to joint creative activity, such as going to performances, exhibitions, concerts, participation in joint master classes. Thus, you will show the variety of opportunities for creative self-expression, and you will also be able to observe the reaction of the baby to what is happening.

There is no universal recipe, but if the relationship with a son or daughter is trusting, it will not be difficult to identify creative inclinations. As a rule, children manifest themselves in several areas of creativity at once. Therefore, it is worth trying different types of creative activity, relying primarily on the baby's interest in what is happening around.

In our music school, as in many others, even before entering the school, children can get acquainted with music at the preparatory department. Already at the age of 4-6 years, you can begin to study rhythm, and sing, and even try different instruments. On the program "Analog Architecture" "Studio 19» children get acquainted with the form, materials, learn to distinguish the plane from space, create unique works already at the age of 4-5 years.

A little older guys, at the age of 6-9 years old, can get into the sound production course, where with and without musical experience, they immerse themselves in the study of the nature of sound, the basics of composition, musical literacy and already try to create their own music.

As you can see, there are a huge number of places where your child can develop their creativity or try different types of activities to decide.

What is better to focus on when choosing an art school: location, traditions, fame?

The school of arts is an atmosphere, teachers who will guide the child to the world of arts, which is why it is so important to come personally to open days. As a rule, in all schools n concerts are held by the beginning of the school year, and even more so, by the end, when you can listen to the most talented graduates and chat with future teachers .

  • If the choice fell on a music school, nothing inspires children to enroll like the opportunity to try the sound of musical instruments.
  • Art schools hold exhibitions of work both inside schools, but often outside the school walls, in galleries and at city events.
  • Theater - give open performances for parents of students and incoming children.
How do you know if a child will be able to cope with the pressure of a regular school and classes, for example, art? What signs can show that it is difficult for him, that he is confused?

An important aspect of a child's adaptation to an increasing workload is a clearly drawn up schedule of daily employment, in which it is necessary to provide time not only for study, but also for personal affairs, recreation, games and hobby activities.

No learning should turn into a pursuit of results. Give your child a break, time for simple children's games and socialization.

Decreased interest of the child in classes or refusal to go to them at all are clear signs of overwork. It is necessary to take a break, change the type of activity, relax and talk: perhaps this is simple fatigue and after rest everything will return to normal.

If this does not help, and the child continues to study through force, then it is worth looking at the problem deeper - maybe he is not doing what he is disposed to. And then you should think about a radical change of direction or remove part of the load on other additional activities. There is nothing to worry about, because hobbies can change over the years.

How can I help distribute energy so that after school I have energy for extra classes?

Psychologists recommend p to know in time the beginning of education in a comprehensive school with the start of new creative classes . It will be easier to adapt to new responsibilities if the child is already engaged in art before entering the first grade. Alternatively, you can start creative education when he goes to the second grade of a comprehensive school.

As I have already said, an important factor is a clear daily routine, drawn up together with the child . Children learn everything gradually, time for them is a relative concept. Therefore, especially for young children, the regimen is very important. Thanks to the daily routine, the habit of planning is laid, discipline and organization develop, which allows you to correctly distribute energy to complete all tasks.

One of the common mistakes that quickly leads to fatigue is forcing the child to do all the tasks without getting up from the table or tool . This is another stress factor for children who are not accustomed to mandatory and lengthy routine activities. You can include small breaks of 5-10 minutes, during which the child can run, jump - get distracted.

How can I help to adapt to two new teams at once - a general education school and an art school?

There is nothing better than love and support. Starting school is a big new world that not only has room for new experiences, adventures, and discoveries, but also for the stress, frustration, and defeat that a child may experience for the first time.

In general, the main thing is to help the child learn to accept and experience negative moments, assess defeats sensibly, accept criticism, and remain empathic. Definitely it will help to join any team.

See also:

Why do music with children?

Preschool activities: when is it time to stop?

What parents should know when they decide to bring their child to a theater studio from TikTok that you will want to repeat

September 18, 2020Reno5Inspiration

Selected and reproduced cool dances performed by tiktokers around the world. It turned out to be not so difficult. You can do it too!



Masha Rubtsova

Actress of the Sovremennik Theatre. Helped us deal with challenges.

1. Like That Challenge

  • Difficulty: 1 out of 5.

A short and rather easy dance that will not cause any difficulty even if you have never done choreography. It can be worked out even in the bathroom in front of the mirror. The challenge song is a hit by rapper Doja Cat. Tiktokers joke that she doesn't have any tracks left that wouldn't go viral because of dancing on TikTok. By the way, this bunch will easily fall on other music. So if you usually do not know where to put yourself on the dance floor, the challenge will help you relax and start dancing.

@ayiram21##1♬ Just like that come my way - jordanaudiož

Tutorial from Masha:

  • Try to get to the beginning of the music - it will be easier to follow the rhythm;
  • make a wave under the right hand, click with the fingers, then wave under the left hand and click;
  • bend back in a wave, and then twist your arms in front of you;
  • swing forward with your hands in front of you and immediately another swing on the right leg;
  • stretch your right arm forward and point your finger at the camera or at the person you are dancing for, circle your arm around your head;
  • stretch both hands forward one by one, call to yourself with your right palm, sitting down. Difficulty: 2 out of 5 She is uncomplicated. The main thing is to roll a wave with your body, point to the clock and effectively leave in the style of Michael Jackson. It is performed to the song of the English singer Dua Lipa - a great lover of the charm of those times. This challenge was first recorded by a Tiktoker named Hannah Kaye Balanay, and then her dance was repeated by 3.8 million people around the world.

    @ayiram21##2♬ Don’t Start Now — Dua Lipa

    Tutorial from Masha:

    • Dance in place and emphasize by straightening your half-bent arms down and pointing your palms to the floor;
    • clench your hands into fists, bend your knees and rock your hips. Move your arms along with your pelvis;
    • keep swinging your hips, release two fingers from each fist;
    • wave to the right, clap your hands and spread your arms;
    • dance on soft knees (as at the beginning of the dance), put your right hand behind your head, and then smoothly straighten it;
    • place your fists on your pelvic bones, then tap your fingers on your wrist as if telling the time;
    • clench your hands into fists again, bend your knees and swing your hips from side to side;
    • make a small circle with your shoulder, turn sideways and moonwalk out of the frame.

    3. Challenge Supalonely

    • Difficulty: 3 out of 5.

    Happy dance to the sad song of New Zealand singer BENEE. If you do not listen to the text, you will not even suspect that the content is rather depressing by the cheerful rhythm. In general, if you get bored alone - here's an activity for the evening. A bunch can be learned pretty quickly: tap on an imaginary drum, spread your arms, pretend that you are drinking from a bottle - you're done. And smile! How did the tiktoker with the nickname zoifishh, who launched the challenge.

    @ayiram21##3♬ Supalonely (feat. Gus Dapperton) — BENEE

    Tutorial from Masha:

    • Wait for the right beat, bring the clenched fist of your left hand to your right shoulder and swing your shoulder forward, pretending to pull it with your hand;
    • turn your head to the left, punch an imaginary wall on the right;
    • stretch your left arm to the right and then up. Emphasize head to the left along with the pelvis, then a small circle with the hand to the left;
    • Raise your arms in front of you as if holding a camera. "Take a photo" in front of you and to the right;
    • cross your arms over your chest and straighten them down twice;
    • make a “table” out of the hands: the right hand under the left elbow, and the left hand under the chin;
    • strike with the left hand on the left bone of the pelvis, with the right hand on the right;
    • lunge forward on half-toes on bent knees, and at the same time make a wave forward with your hands;
    • circle back with your right hand and step in place, then with your left hand and step in place;
    • fold your hands into a “bottle” and pretend to drink, making a wave in both directions;
    • take two steps in place, twist your finger at your temple and straighten both arms up.

    4. Kill This Love Challenge

    • Difficulty: 4 out of 5.

    Suitable for fans of K-pop and fast movements. The challenge is inspired by a song by the Korean band BLACKPINK. The performer will need some choreographic skills. Or it just takes you a little more time to learn. But you can spin from the heart and throw out energy. The dance looks great when performed alone or with a group of friends. The music is very dynamic - the best thing is if a house party begins to fade.

    @ayiram21##4♬ Kill This Love - BLACKPINK

    Tutorial from Masha:

    • Bend your left arm - elbow points to the left, fist at the shoulder. Take a step back with your right foot and take your left hand back. Do the same on the other side;
    • turn left side, pretend that you have a machine gun in your hands, from which you shoot. Simultaneously with the “shots”, do a slow wave back;
    • put your foot on the toe and rotate the foot in different directions, “dancing” with bent arms near the body;
    • straighten up sharply, turning to face the camera: hands behind head, feet together. Take your right hand up diagonally, and put the other on your belt;
    • put your left leg out to the side, then put your left hand on your thigh and sit down on your left knee;
    • make a circle above your head with your right hand, turn your right side in the same position, touch your left shoulder with your right hand;
    • Make three circles with your arm above your head and work your hip up. With two hands make a circle through the bottom, and then a point with the hands and thigh two times;
    • step with your left foot, pointing down with your hand. Take your elbows back as at the beginning of the dance;
    • gather your legs and put your hands in a frame, and then spread them apart. Make two waves with your body, lower your right fist to the floor.

    5. WAP Challenge

    • Difficulty: 5 out of 5.

    This is the bomb. Complicated, but very effective bunch. If you are doing well with stretching, you can impress everyone. Practice the dance in knee pads if you don't want to get hurt. Some inexperienced dancers ended up in the hospital with knee injuries due to bad landings. WAP was created by professional choreographer Brian Esperon from the small Pacific island of Guam. This dance has high batmans, twine, twerk - a full arsenal of dance and gymnastic elements.

    @ayiram21##5♬ WAP(feat. Megan Thee Stallion) - Cardi B

    Tutorial from Masha:

    • Jump in place with a leg lift: bent left knee to the shoulder, and then right straight up;
    • sit in a grand plié and open your arms. Get on all fours, but keep your knees on the floor. Turn your head and pelvis to the same side;
    • straighten up for a second: push your pelvis forward, take your arms and head back, make a backbend. Then kneel down again in the "cat";
    • lie on your stomach through a soft wave: the right knee is in the “frog”, the left leg is straight. Hit the floor with your right hand and at the same moment lift off the floor and lower your buttocks to the beat;
    • turn over your left shoulder onto your back, roll, opening your legs into a cross split. Get back into the "cat";
    • walk three steps on your knees, alternately arching your back up and down;
    • Extend your knees, make a big circle with your right foot and sit on the longitudinal split. Raise and lower your buttocks to the beat of the music.

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