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03-28-2002, 02:19 PM
Anybody know what Rerun's style of Dancing was called?
04-30-2002, 06:44 PM
I don't know what it WAS called, but I know the dance was renamed the ReRun!
06-20-2002, 02:11 PM
ok people! Where is your What's Happening knowledge? Reruns dancing is called POP LOCKING!
06-20-2002, 07:34 PM
Pop Locking? I thought he was having a seizure!:dance:
06-20-2002, 09:32 PM
Isn't Darren from Darren's dance moves doing Pop Locking??? :lol:
06-21-2002, 07:54 PM
Be honest if you see anybody doing that dance, do you think of Pop Locking or the ReRun?
06-22-2002, 04:13 AM
Originally posted by briandamage
If I saw anyone doing that dance, I would call the guys with the big butterfly net.
06-22-2002, 11:21 PM
:rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
That was soooooo funny.............. I would still call it the Rerun though...... :lol:
11-25-2002, 09:06 PM
Originally posted by briandamage
The dance you and millions of people saw me do is called the
Be blessed, and keep on dancing
11-25-2002, 09:16 PM
Originally posted by Fred Berry
The dance you and millions of people saw me do is called the
Be blessed, and keep on dancing
Hi, Mr. Berry!
Nice to see you joining the boards! Thanks for answering the question. I hope you visit my What's Happening page:
So what are you plans for the future acting wise? How about a What's Happening!! Reunion special?
11-25-2002, 10:06 PM
Hi Mr. Berry......... I miss seeing you on TV. I enjoyed you on What's happening and What's happening 2. The last time I saw you was on the show Who wants to be a millionaire. :wave:
11-25-2002, 10:16 PM
Originally posted by JennyLee22
Fred "Rerun" Berry
12-12-2002, 10:28 PM
Originally posted by Fred Berry
The dance you and millions of people saw me do is called the
Be blessed, and keep on dancing
Did Fred Berry do stand up comedy in San Diego during the late 60's early 70's?
10-23-2003, 12:31 PM
This thread NEEDS to be saved.
10-23-2003, 04:20 PM
Oh wow that's cool. I didn't know he had popped in here to say hi and stuff.:thumbsup:
10-24-2003, 07:25 PM
Ahhh man, I wish I'd been on this board sooner. Fred did set the record straight!!
That dance is STILL ALIVE and kicking. This 42 year old dude is still doing it and so are many, many others throughout the WORLD!!
God Bless you Freddy!!
10-24-2003, 08:46 PM
I will never forget Fred Berry.... He was such a sweetheart :crying: Rest in Peace Fred....
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Comments About Fred "Rerun" Berry Dancing In The Soul Train Line To The O Jays' Song "Love Train" (1973)
MultiMaestro77, Nov 30, 2010
Edited by Azizi Powell
This pancocojams post showcase a 1973 video clip of the Soul Train television series and the Soul train line to the O Jays' R&B song "Love Train". That Soul Train video clip features Fred Berry, who later starred in the television series What's Happening.
Wikipedia excerpts about Don Cornelius, Fred Berry, the O Jays, Soul Train & the Soul Train line, and What's Happening are included in this post.
This post also includes a YouTube video compilation of clips of "Rerun" in the What's Happening television series. The YouTube video is entitled "The Best Of Rerun".
The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.
All copyrights remain with their owners.
Thanks to all those who are featured in this television clip and special props to Don Conelius and Fred Berry RIP. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.
EXCERPTS ABOUT DON CORNELIUS, THE O JAYS, FRED BERRY, SOUL TRAIN, AND WHAT'S HAPPENING
"Donald Cortez Cornelius (September 27, 1936 – February 1, 2012) was an American television show host and producer who was best known as the creator of the nationally syndicated dance and music show Soul Train, which he hosted from 1971 until 1993. Cornelius sold the show to MadVision Entertainment in 2008.
Early life and career
Cornelius was born on Chicago's South Side on September 27, 1936, and raised in the Bronzeville neighborhood. After graduating from DuSable High School in 1954, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served 18 months in Korea. He worked at various jobs following his stint in the military, including selling tires, automobiles, and insurance, and as an officer with the Chicago Police Department.  He quit his day job to take a three-month broadcasting course in 1966, despite being married with two sons and having only $400 in his bank account. In 1966, he landed a job as an announcer, news reporter and disc jockey on Chicago radio station WVON.
Cornelius joined Chicago television station WCIU-TV in 1967 and hosted a news program called A Black's View of the News. In 1970, he launched Soul Train on WCIU-TV as a daily local show. The program entered national syndication and moved to Los Angeles the following year. Eddie Kendricks, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Bobby Hutton and Honey Cone were featured on the national debut episode.
Originally a journalist and inspired by the civil rights movement, Cornelius recognized that in the late 1960s there were very few television venues in the United States for soul music (at the time, only one series, the public television show Soul!, was focused on the genre). He introduced many African-American musicians to a larger audience as a result of their appearances on Soul Train, a program that was both influential among African Americans and popular with a wider audience.  As writer, producer, and host of Soul Train, Cornelius was instrumental in offering wider exposure to black musicians such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson, as well as creating opportunities for talented dancers, setting a precedent for popular television dance programs. Cornelius said, "We had a show that kids gravitated to," and Spike Lee described the program as an "urban music time capsule"."...
"The O'Jays are an American R&B group from Canton, Ohio, formed in 1958 and originally consisting of Eddie Levert (born June 16, 1942), Walter Lee Williams (born August 25, 1943), William Powell (January 20, 1942 – May 26, 1977), Bobby Massey (born 1942, Canton) and Bill Isles (January 4, 1941 – March 28, 2019). The O'Jays made their first chart appearance with the minor hit "Lonely Drifter" in 1963, but reached their greatest level of success once Gamble & Huff, a team of producers and songwriters, signed them to their Philadelphia International label in 1972. With Gamble & Huff, the O'Jays (now a trio after the departure of Isles and Massey) emerged at the forefront of Philadelphia soul with "Back Stabbers" (1972), and topped the US Billboard Hot 100 the following year with "Love Train." Several other US R&B hits followed, and The O'Jays were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2013 they were inducted into National Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame."...
"Fred Allen Berry (March 19, 1951 – October 21, 2003) was an American actor and street dancer. He was best known for his role as Freddie "Rerun" Stubbs on the 1970s television show What's Happening!![2
Berry was born on March 19, 1951, in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in an inner-city housing estate. He had aspirations of becoming a successful dancer and actor as a child. Early in his career, Berry was a member of the Los Angeles-based dance troupe The Lockers, with whom he appeared on the third episode of Saturday Night Live in 1975. He additionally appeared on the dance music show Soul Train, and was featured in the program's signature line dance segment doing the memorable early 1970s dance step "the slo-mo".
Berry achieved more widespread fame playing the character Freddie "Rerun" Stubbs on the ABC sitcom What's Happening!!, which aired from 1976 to 1979 as he was in his mid 20s. The role was originally going to be given by that of a skinny and white actor. His earned Rerun sobriquet was chosen because the character had to continuously repeat all of his classes during summer school. He became one of the show's top characters with a trademark red beret, suspenders, and the dance moves he previously used during his time with The Lockers. In 1985, Berry returned to reprise his role as Rerun in the series What's Happening Now!!. He was fired before the first season ended due to a salary dispute…
Soul Train is an American music-dance television program which aired in syndication from October 2, 1971, to March 27, 2006. In its 35-year history, the show primarily featured performances by R&B, soul, dance/pop, and hip hop artists, although funk, jazz, disco, and gospel artists also appeared. The series was created by Don Cornelius, who also served as its first host and executive producer.
Production was suspended following the 2005–2006 season, with a rerun package (known as The Best of Soul Train) airing for two years subsequently. As a nod to Soul Train's longevity, the show's opening sequence during later seasons contained a claim that it was the "longest-running first-run, nationally syndicated program in American television history," with over 1,100 episodes produced from the show's debut through the 2005–2006 season. Despite the production hiatus, Soul Train held that superlative until 2016,"...
Soul Train line
There was also the popular "Soul Train Line" (a variant of the 1950s fad then known as The Stroll), in which all the dancers form two lines with a space in the middle for dancers to strut down and dance in consecutive order. Originally, this consisted of a couple—with men on one side and women on the other. In later years, men and women had their own individual lineups. Sometimes, new dance styles or moves were featured or introduced by particular dancers. In addition, there was an in-studio group of dancers who danced along to the music as it was being performed. Rosie Perez, Damita Jo Freeman, Darnell Williams, Cheryl Song, Louie "Ski" Carr, Alfie Lewis, Pat Davis ("Madam Butterfly"), Alise Mekhail, Andrea N. Miles, Carmen Electra, Nick Cannon, Vivica A. Fox, MC Hammer, Jermaine Stewart, Heather Hunter, Fred Berry, Laurieann Gibson, Pebbles, and NFL legend Walter Payton were among those who got noticed dancing on the program over the years. Two former dancers, Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel, enjoyed years of success as members of the R&B group Shalamar after they were chosen by Soul Train talent booker/record promoter Dick Griffey and Cornelius to replace the group's original session singers in 1978. [21
" "What's Happening!! is an American sitcom television series that aired on ABC from August 5, 1976, to April 28, 1979, premiering as a summer series. With good ratings and reviews, and after the failure of several other series on the network, What's Happening!! returned as a weekly series from November 1976 until its April 1979 conclusion; ratings were modest. What's Happening!! was loosely based on the Eric Monte-penned film Cooley High. From 1985 to 1988, a sequel series titled What's Happening Now!! aired in first-run syndication, with most of the major cast members reprising their roles."
SHOWCASE VIDEO #2: Best of Rerun!
DBow2011, Mar 10, 2011
This is the best of Rerun's dancing. ..truly a legend.
SELECTED COMMENTS FROM THIS SOUL TRAIN VIDEO'S DISCUSSION THREAD
Numbers are added for referencing purposes only.
1. Orlando Henry, 2014
"REST IN PEACE FRED "MR.PENGUIN/RERUN" BERRY & GREG "CAMPBELLOCK JR" POPE.... LOCKIN' PIONEERS AND LEGENDS WHICH GOT THEIR START ON SOUL TRAIN AND ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF THE LOCKERS!!!!!"
2. Valentino Icon, 2014
"I cant even front , seeing RERUn dance made me tear up..he may not mean much to others , but he do too me...This is the first time im seeing this . Didn't know he was on soul train , and still had those dope moves ..RIP FRED STUBS"
3. LaSweetable, 2015
"IKR? I had to say it outloud ..."There go Rerun!!" RIP"
4. Adam B. Smith, 2015
"Fred Berry from "What's Happening" is seen at 1:08 doing a slow motion dance."
5. Yoga With Dee, 2014
"I hate the fashion and dancing that was the 70s but the music was so tight. :)"
6. mario toyplay duncan, 2014
"@Dede Broussard See told ya , ur just a baby, awww only 21, when u grow up we can talk, hehe"
7. Nick Perez, 2014
"MAN.... WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT SOUL TRAIN!?!"
8. jrmetmoi, 2015
"What? The clothes, the hair and the dancing were good. They were the best!"
7. Yoga With Dee, 2015
"@mario toyplay duncan I'm not really a baby anymore but ok."
9. Yoga With Dee, 2015
" @Nick Perez I watched it when I was a kid in the late 90s. They played alot of reruns."
10. shortstackJMD96, 2015
"Is that Thelma from Good Times, and ReRun from What's Happening? 1:08"
11. Meela234, 2016
"That's Rerun, but not Thelma."
12. Lisa A., 2018
"The lady was ReRun's wife and she also appeared on What's Happening at Roger's birthday party at the time they was dance partners from Soul Train. ...."
13. Last Days, 2018
"No Thelma wanted to Dance on Soul Train,but the Producers from Goodtimes said no. Because she had a Contract with that show from 74-79. No that is not RERUN wife his wife was a darker skinned woman. The lady dancer was probably just a dancer to go down that line with him at that time. RIP to RERUN Berry, Don Cornelius and Soul Train they are truly missed."
" @Lisa A. That actually was not ReRun's wife, but was his dance partner and best friend. Together, they came up with the Slow Motion dance. Her name is Sheila K. and she is my lovely mother :)"
15. alkebulan anthos, 2015
"Valo smoke I grow up watching Whats Happening? that was good wholesome fun, bother Re Run was my favorite from that show"
16. Ito Roots, 2016
"Looks like Rerun.. If I'm mistaken he was discovered during his soul train dancing"
17. Be Gi, 2016
"Re run !! Thought he Would dance more , they cut him off "
18. Laurylie Polito, 2016
"At 1:15 this guy is incredibly smooth in slo-mo... Wow He is so cool!"
19. Shawn Mulberry, 2017
"This guy is none other than Freddy "Rerun" Berry.
You might remember him as Rerun on the show "What's Happening"."
20. Mr. CJ, 2017
"There's Fred "Rerun" Berry @1:07...St. Louis boy!!!"
21. Supa Kent, 2017
22. Ceiling Fan, 2017
"at 1:10 if u read Rerun's lips he say "slowmoshuuun" "
23. Captain Knapton Vlogs, 2017
"Ceiling Fan oh wow he is"
24. Junkman2000, 2016
"The AFROS! Ahhh... those were the times!"
25. Jim Coleman, 2016
"Just wish I had some stock in "Afro Sheen" back then!"
26. Rex Spencer, 2016
"Hey, was that rerun?"
"Yes that was him, RIP."
28. Snoopdoggydog, 2016
"yep he had to be different so funny!"
29. Brittney Douglas, 2016
"So did I just seen Rerun from Whats Happening?"
30. Crabby Old Gamer, 2016
"Hey hey hey!"
31. M Schwab, 2017
"How funny! I was wondering the exact same thing! I think it really was him! Where's Dee?!"
32. Lavern Merriweather, 2017
"he used to dance on the show"
33. A.K.A. The Rugged Manchild, 2017
34. brayshay, 2016
"1:18 Big guy couldn't fight gravity no more!"
35. Snoopdoggydog, 2016
"You leave rerun alone! That was his style"
36. Mark France, 2017
"IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY You can see that Mr Cornelius amazing polka dot shirt is the same lining as his jacket...That is Style!"
37. gbkny1, 2017
"i swear this is my fav ST video. Especially the couple at :18 to :24. Rerun killin it! And the girl from 1:28 to 1:38.!"
38. myeyesinside out, 2017
39. jd ps, 2017
"My favorite Soul Train Line Dance vid. Everyone looks like they're having fun. Great music for it. The woman at 0:25 is just FIERCE. Stalking that line. Rerun was so smooth and got a joke in too. Ahh, the Saturday afternoons of Soul Train and Kaijū. Fond memories. Thanks for posting MulitMaestro77"
40. AYNAMAOK, 2017
"Always brings a smile to my face!!!!!!"
41. Carlos Jones, 2017
"Brings back such good memories and feelings... Saturdays glued to the TV, trying to cop the latest moves and style and get my 'fro together - lol! Can I get a witness?
Somebody get on this Soul Train line with me!
42. fivefivevirgo, 2017
"Rerun had to get smooth with it huh, Lol."
43. old mike, 2017
"Style awhile. So many great moments here. Rerun gets all the attention but his partner's slow-mo is even better. The greatest is the couple at 1:56 - they aren't really even dancing and I am mezmerized."
44. micjakes1, 2018
"RERUN IN DA HOUSE!!!"
45. joseph reese, 2018
"Unfortunately the piece of technology that we need is the one we can't have......a TIME MACHINE."
46. Donita Jones, 2018
"Rerun killed that slow-motion move... #What's Happening..."
47. Lisa Anderson, 2018
"There was a lot of soul train dancers that I notice was back ground actors from the what's happening show like the dancer of 0:33-he was the school news paper writer."
48. 820SOUTH, 2018
"They're all baby sitting their grandkids now...sigh......"
49. Sunny Island, 2018
And jammin all da while doin dat, Yay
Cause We all da Perpetually Young Generation
50. 820SOUTH, 2018
"Amen to that!"
51. Sunny Island, 2018
"Reruns partner, She so doin it!!"
52. kaycinoriko, 2020
"Yes she is! And that's my mama ;)"
53. Sunny Island, 2020
She is COOL!"
"I LOVE THIS SLO-MO DANCE!!"
55. winebox, 2019
"Omg, was that really him. I was just kinda joking to myself, "Rerun is really getting into it." I watch this stuff not too often cause it seems you just get a lonesome sad feeling for all those times past when we were young and family was still alive. But damn, the music was awesome."
56. Bernardine Carter, 2020
"I was finna Google rerun on soul train thanks I know it's him now...I love him too"
57. Matt McCoy, 2019
"Re 🏃 getting down"
58. Adolfo Hernandez, 2019
59. Sharon Harden, 2019
"Look at Rerun do his thang!"
60. Sara Heart, 2019
"Rerun being cool."
61. Sara Heart, 2019
"Love this song and the 70s fashion."
62. Stanley Wright, 2020
"The Soul Train Line was 1 of the best part of the Show. R.I.P Rerun😥"
63. Ms V, 2020
"Miss Don Cornelius & this Saturday mornin show ! Lovin the memories of wearin the Afro & the Afropuffs 😍"
64. Coach D, 2020
"Just when I thought the ‘fros were going to carry this vid, Rerun shows up in slo mo!!! Righteous man."
65. Black, 2020
"1:14 😂 ReRun?
Breaking it all the way dooown.."
66. kaycinoriko, 2020
"SHOUT OUT to my beautiful Mama at 1:07, with her dance partner Re Run! Her name is Sheila K. and she let Fred stay with her when he was homeless, made sure that he had enough food to eat so he could maintain his signature "image" and helped him through the times he was too strung out to function. Just clarifying that it was people like Sheila that helped him attain his fame. FYI- at almost 69, she's still smoother than butter when she dances and can still make her elbows touch!"
67. Low Level Content, 2020
"That scene was used in Crooklyn too, if I recall. . this whole Soul Train line was used in it.
That’s you’re mother? Wow! Beautiful piece of history.
She’s forever gonna be known.."
"@Low Level Content Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your knowledge!!!"
69. bigdaddyshane, 2019
"That is so dope! You’re mother is gorgeous."
70. Rebecca Hopkins, 2021
"Rerun!!!!! I loved him and that show so much."
71. Doobie Woman, 2021
"Damn! I forgot about my man Rerun until just now."
"Omg the memories just come flooding back! What a wonderful video. I can't stop watching it. It makes you want to dance, dance, dance!!! Loved it. ❣️🤩"
73. LovingAtlanta, 2021
"👍😂The way they are poppin it and bending their backs is cracking me up...they are truly having a good time. 💝😂"
74. Russ S, 2021
"1:10 Rerun getting his groove on. Awesome!!"
75. DeuceB 2, 2021
"Fred Rerun Berry!!! That also looks like the same girl who was dancing with him at the Wattstax concert when Rufus Thomas was playing."
"Fred Berry died young, RIP."
77. Fanny Price, 2021
"Best dancing in the world - no one has ever surpassed 70s Soul Train dancers! No one knows how to dance today - twerking is not dancing. I was a little white girl who wanted to be on Soul Train - I could dance too."
78. Kamron Rowe, 2021
"Rerun did that"
79. MunkyBiz, 2021
80. lonewolffullmoon, 2021
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Meditation and Dance. How to reset your mind and connect with yourself through 5 dance rhythms.
“The fastest, purest, most joyful way to break out of your shell is to dance. I'm not talking about just getting up and swinging to the beat of the music. I'm talking about a dance so deep, so full of rhythm, that you disappear and all that's left is this dance and rhythm and sweat and heat. 5 rhythms transform the dance. Movement is medicine, meditation and metaphor. Together we clean up layer after layer, peel off the masks and dance until we disappear. Only to be reborn and rediscover yourself."
“Here she is. I found my practice, ”I thought, having stumbled upon these words of Gabrielle Roth and discovered 5 rhythms for myself. Dance for me is above all freedom, the freedom to merge with the music, to feel my body, the freedom to express myself. You know an exercise that comes up a lot in books on finding a calling: “If you had 5 imaginary lives, who would you be in each of them?”. One of these lives I have invariably devoted to modern choreography, although in this life I did not professionally dance, but only jumped from style to style, without even reaching the minimum level of mastery.
Before the 5 Rhythm class, my experience with dance meditation was purely intuitive. I turned on the music and let my body move on its own, watching the sensations and feelings that came up. I chose instrumental music most often, but in the classroom you can hear any music, from classical to trance.
The first impression of the class was a little unexpected - perhaps I had too high expectations. I go into the studio, music plays, some people just move to the beat, some stretch and make movements similar to vinyasas in yoga. Before signing up for the class, I watched a video with the teacher, Alex Nikiforov, but apparently the program worked, convinced that dancing should be taught in dance classes. No one taught here, the teacher only slightly gave direction, emphasizing the meaning of each of the rhythms and reminding not to pinch and release the body.
The main structure of the lesson is given by music. The session begins with light and flowing melodies, the music speeds up until it reaches a trance-like climax, then winds down and slows down until it fades into silence.
What do the 5 rhythms symbolize?
Smooth movements, flowing melody, the class starts from this rhythm. This is the practice of following your body, following your inner truth. If we talk about the elements, this is the practice of water. Here we learn to listen to ourselves, accept ourselves and our inner world, observe and accept the world around us. Water adapts easily, but it is strong in this flexibility.
Here we indulge in masculine energy, African rhythms, drumming. Staccato about moving after my heart, about manifesting myself in the world in conjunction with my feelings. Staccato is fire, it is the energy of a warrior, it is that part of us that is ready to stand up for ourselves, for the truth and for what we love. It's also about standing up for your boundaries. If water is my native element, then my attempts to embody fire at embodiment trainings almost ended in tears for me. But in 5 rhythms, it is thanks to this changing melody and energies that staccato practice is much easier for me.
Rhythm of Chaos
This is freedom, this is a complete letting go of the head, shoulders, legs, body, this is about the speed of movement faster than the speed of thought. Being fully present in our body at every moment of time, we thereby release the creativity and intuition within us. It's a connection to something bigger than us. If you look at a group that dances to this rhythm, it looks like madness, a crowd of crazy people in ecstasy. Here and humor, and lightness, lack of fear and suspense. Chaos is the energy of the air, light and free. This practice is about breaking through, about going beyond through dance.
It's a return to earth from chaos, an overload and a rebirth, going beyond the destructive patterns that have held us. Here comes clarity and lightness, but grounded, based on inner strength. This is about the state, the art of being, in which there are repetitions, and cycles, and understanding of connections with everything that exists.
Silence and Stillness
As a yoga class ends with shivasana, the practice of 5 rhythms ends with silence - we are at the goal. But it's not about resting after physical activity, it's about listening to the silence, the energy that goes through us and around us. Movements are slow, measured, every small change in the body is realized by us, movements and forms are not invented by the mind, we follow the body until all movement stops in the complete stillness of sitting meditation.
Practice in group and at home
Practice 5 rhythms is called differently. Some call it the Freedom Dance, others call it an ecstatic dance. But its meaning in any case is in the reboot, to which we go through Staccato and Chaos, going to the level of the primitive mind, to the roots. We seem to go beyond the boundaries on which our self is built - our ego. Through practice, we erase our identity in order to go to something new, to a place where we have not yet been. The primitive mind gives access to creative resources. And through stillness and silence, calming the mind, we connect with ourselves, and from this white sheet we can begin the process of transformation.
The practice didn't become "my practice" as I first thought. But it is to her that I turn in moments of crisis, when I need a complete overload. For example, I ran away to the “5 Rhythms” class during the first crisis with the child when he was 5 months old. The euphoria of the first months of motherhood was replaced by exhaustion, physical and emotional, and I needed to do something for myself. And at a time when neither regular meditation nor yoga helped, I turned to the 5 rhythms. The practice is so powerful that I came back refreshed and glowing. I didn’t come up with this, this is what my husband said, who had suffered at home with a baby refusing a bottle of milk.
In 5 rhythms, I like the structure and change of state that the changing melodies and rhythms give. But this is not the only form of dance meditation. Authentic movement, contact improvisation with a partner are all different forms of meditation in motion. The difference between practicing (on your own or in a group) and just "dancing" is mindfulness. At every moment of time we are in the body, feeling every movement.
If you have the opportunity to go to formal classes and plunge into this energy, great. Group activity is also a great practice of accepting others, differences between people, non-judgment. The energies of the 5 rhythms manifest themselves in people in very different ways, and if you approach the activity “wisely”, you might think that you are at a crazy party.
If you can't devote 2-3 hours to a formal class, try this practice at home. The beauty of dance meditation is that it can be done with your child from the moment they swim in their personal ocean in your belly. A walking and running gnome will gladly dance next to you, and with very small ones you can dance on your hands. I have a video of me dancing to latina with the still tiny Adrian, disheveled and in a dressing gown, but smiling and happy.
Try to put together a playlist or from the songs that I suggested, or choose your own, and dance, completely surrendering to the music. Set aside at least 30 minutes for this to give yourself time to immerse yourself in each of the rhythms.
The main thing in dance meditation is to forget everything, listen to your body, forget about others and what they might think of you, just be yourself and let your body talk. As Isadora Duncan said, "If I could say it, I wouldn't have to dance it."
as the production center "Lace" restarted the Quest Pistols - Archive
This material was first published in the September issue of Afisha magazine
“An uninvited guest, but the most desired one, the prodigal son of the streets, the sun in your pocket, the weapon is a dance, and you are not alone.”
“We composed this,” says Pasha Paliy about “Santa Lucia” by Quest Pistols. Pasha used to work with the partisan Internet media Swickd, which was closed by a Ukrainian court for causing “harm to public morality.” I just can’t understand how he, an anti-systemic intellectual and a visitor to fashionable Kyiv parties, got in touch with the Quest Pistols group, guys in leather jackets and leggings, who at the end of the 2000s churned out covers of Shocking Blue and the song “White Dragonfly of Love” by Nikolai Voronov for the masses. However, eight years after their debut, Quest Pistols, the main product of the Lace production center, is being relaunched: now, judging by the song, they are about techno until the morning in the Kiev Closer club or the Moscow Arma. In parallel, Lace is about to spit at least three more new artists onto the stage. I'm going to Ukraine in order to understand how fashionable Kyiv suddenly merged with pop Kyiv.
Slava Podrez, Nastya Lisa's producer, meets me at the airport. Glory in the obligatory ray-bans and a plaid shirt plays his part perfectly. Avoiding Kyiv traffic jams, he goes down to the metro at a business run, telling me in parallel about his ward: “She is a problem child! I raised her for a year." Five years ago, in her video, Nastya Pustovit - that was Lisa's name before "Lace" - was sitting in the porch with a cigarette and playing on one string, swearing awkwardly in a school way. “That’s all that had to be removed from her! - says Slava, while we are riding in a poorly lit and covered with advertising train, but immediately corrects herself: - Not all, of course. I thought about her image for six months and decided that the most powerful and attractive thing about her is naturalness.
When we enter the stuffy room of the rehearsal room, Nastya is standing in front of the microphone in black and white striped pants, a space print top and a bandi on her forehead. Dyed blonde hair makes her look like a Gwen Stefani fan from the "Don't Speak" era. Long-healed horizontal cuts are visible on Lisa's wrists - a sign not only of suicidal tendencies, but also of a desire to be noticed. In her zeal, Nastya managed to touch the bottom: first, the lost quarter-finals of the X-factor program, drugs, 24-hour Crimean parties and a husband who ran away as soon as she became pregnant. “The baby saved me,” she says after a couple of songs.
Yuriy Bardash. The creator of the Quest Pistols group and the Lace production center, at the beginning of the 2000s, he danced break dance on the Maidan, then organized the Quest ballet and earned money by dancing with pop stars, then made a full-fledged group of dancers. He considers Kuzma Scriabin and Ivan Shapovalov as mentors.
Lisa has absorbed all the melancholy of Russian-language pop music of the turn of the century, which she now broadcasts in a new way: you can hear the intonations of the Propaganda group, or the legacy of Linda in it. Lisa hasn't studied anywhere, doesn't read books, but she has a voice, a manic creative impulse and a willingness to work as a pop star. “We are all learning here. Imagine, they shot a video without Nastya. And then knowledgeable people explained to me - in the first videos, the artist must be in order for the fans to remember him. Now I think that it should also be put on the cover of the album, ”says Slava. Nastya likes this approach more than the cold hand of a professional. Last winter, Ivan Shapovalov, who had overcome a serious illness, came to Lace. The legendary producer Tatu was offered to work with Nastya, but nothing came of it. They recorded one song, everything was lined up perfectly, but Lisa was not in this music. They did not break Nastya, and she returned to Podrez: the Kyiv courtyard was decorated with sparkles and fashionable sound, but exactly as much as needed. After the rehearsal, we go with Slava to the company's office.
— So this is your first production project?
— Yes, I moved from eastern Ukraine a year ago, when it became completely impossible to live there. I took my wife and two sons, now I rent an apartment in Kyiv. Started from scratch. There he led a group of folk dances, built a house, had his own business. But you know what they say: if you earn something, you will earn more. And the future of the family is much more difficult to arrange. Where will my sons go to work with a diploma from a republic that is not recognized anywhere?
We drive in silence for a while. The war is not only in the memorials on the Maidan and the border guards in camouflage, closely examining everyone entering the country. Here everyone has relatives and friends who suffered from it. The two main places of work in Slava's hometown are a metallurgical plant and a coke plant. Today, neither the combine nor the factory is working, as well as shops, water and electricity.
The office of the production center is a large four-room apartment in the center of Kyiv, which has long been unable to accommodate all the employees. She's like a clumsy teenager who stoops awkwardly and can't get used to her cracking voice. In one of the rooms there is a mattress - in memory of the time when Yuri Bardash, the founder of Laces and Quest Pistols, slept at work. The other is crammed with computer desks and magnetic boards that require white office space. Quest Pistols gathered behind the closed door, led by Yura. Clarify relationships. Periodically, people run out of the room to the balcony to smoke and catch their breath. So I get to know each of the members of the group in turn, which is painfully coming out of a protracted crisis.
Quest Pistols Show. The first composition of the group included Konstantin Borovsky, Anton Savlepov and Nikita Goryuk. Then Borovsky left, Daniil Matseychuk was taken to the team. After the departure of Matseychuk, the group put a mask on the third soloist, making him a secret member. Borovsky and Matseychuk organized their own KBDM team. New QP members Mariam Turkmenbayeva, Washington Salles and Ivan Krishtoforenko joined the group in 2014 after changing the band's image.
It's been a while since the Quest Pistols changed from leather jackets to colorful Japanese cartoon costumes and welcomed three new lead dancers, but the guys are still trying to find common ground. From the balcony, one of the newcomers, a black Washington from Rio de Janeiro, can be heard complaining, "They just don't understand." Another newcomer, Vanya from Moscow, looks like Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman, and he's got a lot of confidence. The first girl in the team, Mariam, is mysteriously silent and smiling. They are fresh, ready for anything, have not yet had time to get bored with each other, so they are eager to dance and with pleasure retell for the hundredth time the story of their entry into the group. Another thing is the old men - Anton Savlepov and Nikita Goryuk, who are up to their ears ate popularity. When I meet with them after a tense conversation behind closed doors, the difference in behavior is visible to the naked eye. Soloist Anton, evenly covered with tattoos, answers questions not too willingly, trying not to waste internal energy in vain. He does yoga, does not eat meat and is fond of Vedic philosophy, in some interviews he ironically calls himself a bore, and more recently he often wonders if there is much sense in the scene. “Singing and dancing are not the main thing in my life,” he says unemotionally, opening up for a second, and when he notices that I am not listening carefully enough and being distracted by other participants, he quickly leaves the room. Nikita is also bored discussing the past. Much more curious is their own project, which does not even have a name yet. A few years ago, he tried his hand at writing original texts for Quest Pistols, but the main hits, albeit secondary, but tightly stuck in his head, did not work out.
The next day, I finally meet Yura. This stocky, short-haired man could have been a boxer or sambo wrestler, but in his youth he took up breakdancing, and then became the manager and coach of a dance group. At the start, the group had only two songs, in front of them Quest Pistols performed dance numbers, and hits were left for dessert. The debut came at the Chance talent show: Anton in the image of Jack Sparrow (the third part of Pirates of the Caribbean has just been released), Nikita with dreadlocks and in a tight pink T-shirt and Kostya in a top hat and purple glasses (he left the group a few years ago ) sang "I'm tired, I want love." At the end, Yura Bardash himself jumped onto the stage, scattering fake dollars, which in the next four years began to rapidly turn into real ones. Quest Pistols fan clubs appeared all over Ukraine and Russia, and corporate parties thundered with the “White Dragonfly of Love”. But all this has passed. And now Yura is going to show me the studio in the Pechersky district, in which Santa Lucia was invented, the very one that became the first step in restarting the group.
— When did you feel that the band was burning out and you needed to come up with something new?
- In 2012-2013. I lived in Los Angeles, and the guys toured non-stop. So we began to move away from each other, then one person left the group, a new one came, and after a few months he also left. We just made a masked "secret group character" to make the change painless.
Andro. The voice of the chorus "Santa Lucia", a sixteen-year-old Roma gypsy, has been recording his R'n'B album for six months now under the guidance of his own mother Indira (on the right in the photo) and the producers of Lace. All Andro's songs are exclusively romantic, he calls the girls "fire ladies" and "angels". Andro's numerous cousins act as backing vocalists.
It seems that Yura understands that it was not just fatigue. While the Quest Pistols continued to conquer schoolgirls in the regions and shoot romantic videos, pop music developed: dozens of daring indie artists appeared, Ivan Dorn swooped in with the first hooligan songs. Quest Pistols are no longer considered provocateurs and self-taught, spitting on all the rules and decency. And most importantly, with all the big pop star playing, romantic songs, and LA-shot videos, the band forgot about their main focus - dancing. In 2014, dancing began to be associated primarily with parties. The Jungle band, Mark Ronson and the British singer FKA twigs are not shy about creating sound for the dance floors, so the person who restarted the Quest Pistols musically was found in Kyiv clubs.
DJ Boris Stepanenko has never dealt with pop hits. In his small studio on Perspektivnaya Street, he writes Quest Pistols tracks for several weeks, seems to agree with all Yura's wishes, but continues to bend his own line. He modestly explains that he has always played house, and then house came to pop music: "You can't run away from it." In Quest Pistols, he brought that very "forbidden" rave atmosphere, which was so lacking in the emasculated songs of former provocateurs. The first song simply titled "Beat" was a false start. “The beat is uplifting. Everyone wants love, no doubt,” Quest Pistols sang in the canons of “trendy pop music” set by Disclosure. The clip was also made honestly and, perhaps, too frankly. Where the soloist used to suffer about unrequited love, an 18+ party with a narcotic atmosphere has appeared. Yura even refused to release it on behalf of the group, so Secret Q (feat. Quest Pistols) was put in the title of the video: “We still have to perform in the city one of these days.” Another thing is Santa Lucia. Yura went to all his friends, but only Borya believed in this song and sat down on it for several months, as a result, the video clip scored 20 million views, and the Quest Pistols launched a dance show.
“We will be the dance version of Cirque du Soleil,” Yura proudly explains on the way to the car. “Someday every young dancer will have the opportunity to get into the troupe and become popular.” In the first production of the Quest Pistols Show, Anton with crutches descended on ropes directly from the sky, and on stage, in addition to the rest of the group, two dozen more dancers were waiting for him. Now they are invited to large-scale events - for example, the finals of the 2015 World Aquatics Championships in Kazan.
The popularity of "Santa Lucia" is not only Yura's flair, Quest Pistols dancing and Bori's music. The chorus is remembered due to the tenor Andro, who lives in a gypsy camp on the outskirts of Kyiv. It is there that Grisha, Yura's driver, sends the owner's BMW 7. “I am a populist. I immediately understand that it will become popular, ”says Yura, leaning back in the front passenger seat. In the middle of the road, a shiny dark blue Audi convertible with leather seats pulls off the side of the road; as in spy films, he, smoothly overtaking cars, shows Grisha the way. In a cabriolet Georgy, the father of a young gypsy star, in a black shirt and with a gold chain. The house of George's family, more like a castle, has not yet been completed, so all the relatives live in a one-story, plywood-covered building. Sculptures of Dionysus, Athena and Aphrodite, plastic tables and two large music speakers are interspersed around the site. The Andro family is from the Lovars, the sweetest-voiced Western European gypsies.
Boris Stepanenko. Member of the Zhiguli group, Kyiv DJ, resident of the Scheme parties, Closer and NII clubs, author of the music for the Quest Pistols hit Santa Lucia.
Andro's name, as Yura insists, must be spoken with an accent on "a": "It sounds regal and rich, not stupid and simple." Andro is 16 years old, he loves to sing, and when he is not shy, his vocals are not worse than his grandfather in his youth. Grandfather Gustav's ensemble "Romane Shchave" traveled all over the republics in Soviet times, and now, according to him, one of his songs is allegedly performed by Madonna. When the "Lace" began to look for a music teacher for Andro, the family insisted that grandfather be the one. Now Yura pays Gustav for the education of his own grandson. Andro agrees to sing a few songs for the guests, and immediately his three cousins, all black-haired and black-eyed, line up for backing vocals. Then the party starts: gypsy folk songs, R Kelly and The Weeknd play interspersed, and a seven-year-old gypsy moonwalks. “The Lord brought us to you,” exclaims Andro's mother Indira and raises a gilded glass of Versace to Yura.
In the middle of the night I decide to check Gustav's words and find Madonna's live performance at the Live Earth concert. Yevgeny Gudz from the Gogol Bordello group runs onto the stage, and the chorus of “La Isla Bonita” is accompanied by the gypsy “digidigidai, digidigidai-yes-yes” - grandfather Andro sang the same way.
Nastya Lisa. Nastya Lisa's album should be released this fall. Members of the group Anton Khovpun and former bassist of the Nerves group Dima "Maus" Dudka are working on the music.
"Do you understand what 'sun in your pocket' means?" - on the last day of my stay in Kyiv, Pasha takes me to Closer, the main techno club in Kyiv. We are going there together with Kristina Bardash and her friends Nastya and Zhenya. Kristina is Yura's wife and a constant star of the Quest Pistols music videos of the romantic period. She was a photographer, director and even started producing, but then she realized that she did not want to give creative energy to other people. Christina, tall with straight blond hair, says a little shyly that her project "Moon" is on the periphery of the interests of "Lace".
- I started working with Pahatam, who wrote the music for Dorn. But something did not grow together, the music was not mine. And then I found Nastya and Zhenya, who believed in me and began to motivate me to do everything my own way. And then Nastya found Kostya and Lesha. Previously, Kostya was involved in the Black Laser project, inspired by The Knife. And I really love The Knife.
"Moon". Kristina Bardash, in her own words, is developing her project on the periphery of Lace with her own team: she invents the style of the project together with Anastasia Koval and Evgenia Kedrova, the music is written by the musicians of the Black Laser project and Chio Chups Clan.
- I want to do everything very easily. I’m still worried, but Kostya and Lesha calm me down: “So, little one, get together” - and sometimes they suggest lines of songs so that I sing not only for girlish hearts, but also for the boys. The main thing is naturalness, so that everything happens honestly, the way you like it.
Christina's studio is right across from Closer, so we stop by to listen to her tracks. The first song with an otherworldly sound, quiet vocals and soft bass is reminiscent of not so much pop artists 90s, such as Nikita, Shura and "Guests from the Future", as much as the Izhevsk avant-garde pop scene of the 80s. "Knock of Bamboo at 11 o'clock" and "Dodo Males" also experimented with all their might, however, the soil of the Soviet military camp was infertile. Everything rises in southern Kyiv land.
It starts to get light, we discuss what pop music should be like: its idols are non-professionals, acting on a whim, but striving for success.