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I don’t know about the rest of the world, but I agonize over performance music choices. My home studio hosts a twice-yearly showcase, and though I love performing, I hate trying to pick just one song from hundreds of thousands of awesome songs out there in the world!


In honor of PDBA’s August Blog Hop, here’s a list of 10 songs I’ve performed to, and why I chose them. Sometimes a song is not just a song.  🙂

  1. Teardrop by Massive Attack – my most recent recital piece. Bottom line: I had a list of five and asked my husband to have a listen. This was his recommendation because of the heartbeat (he’s a drummer). I think it’s a lovely, haunting song. 
  2. On Top of the World remix by Imagine Dragons. This one was just plain fun. I wanted my recital dance to convey the sheer joy of being able to dance, to climb, to spin, to flip my body around in crazy ways. I wanted to act silly. So I did, and I had a BLAST.
  3. Mysterious Ways as covered by Snow Patrol. I watched a Karol Helms piece with this song and knew I had to dance to it. The music is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard. And I like the story.  🙂  Here’s Karol’s routine:  Karol Helms Airshow 2 Performance
  4. Hallelujah by John Cale. Toughest routine I’ve ever done, not physically but psychologically. I didn’t want to do it, I thought about backing out probably 2,345 times. I blogged about it here if you’re interested in knowing why: 2012 Year in Review. I cry every single time I listen to this song. It’s beautifully performed, but more than that … it makes me remember and feel all over again. Music can do that — instantly transport us to a particular time in our lives. 
  5. Elements by Lindsey Stirling. This was my first ever doubles performance — for a fundraiser — and my partner and I really struggled with our song choice. In the end we chose this because a) it’s gorgeous and b) we felt like it would appeal, or at least offend. This song has all the elements (see what I did there?) of a great performance piece. Highs and lows, drops, soft quiet bits. It was great fun to perform to this.
  6. Counting Bodies Like Sheep by A Perfect Circle. If I had it to do over again I would choose a different song. I loved this performance, had a great time with it … but this song has been done to death, most memorably by Danielle Romano, who brought to life the scariest and sexiest zombie/creepster/WTF character who ever danced on a pole: see it HERE! Who could follow that epicness? But I did dance to it, so on the list it goes. 
  7. Rock N Roll Lifestyle by Cake. Another one that was fun, fun, fun. I got super overambitious with my choreography and could barely make it through the song, but who cares? It was stupid fun to do. 
  8. Starstrukk by 3OH!3. How can you not love a song that whistles at you? Seriously. This song is anywhere from mildly to wildly offensive if you really listen to the lyrics, but it’s also thumpy and fun. I choreographed a piece for one of my advanced classes to this song and I think everyone enjoyed it. 🙂
  9. Starstruck by Santigold. Yep, another Starstruck. I did this one because it’s a sexy, sexy, sexy song. Enough said. 
  10. 60 Feet Tall by The Dead Weather. Another doubles routine. My partner found this track and I fell fast and hard for it. We did a sassy, sexy, oh-so fun routine to this at a friend’s aerial arts studio.  Practicing this move resulted in a nice stiletto-shaped bruise on my partner’s thigh. I think she’d agree that it was totally worth it. 

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