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Karen Cheng learns to dance in a year

People who watch me dance today sometimes assume I’ve been dancing for many years. I made this video so you could see the awkward body that started just one year ago.

Here’s my secret: I practiced everywhere. At bus stops. In line at the grocery store. At work — Using the mouse with my right hand and practicing drills with my left hand. You don’t have to train hardcore for years to become a dancer. But you must be willing to practice and you better be hungry.

This isn’t a story about dancing, though. It’s about having a dream and not knowing how to get there — but starting anyway. Maybe you’re a musician dreaming of writing an original song. You’re an entrepreneur dying to start your first venture. You’re an athlete but you just haven’t left the chair yet.

When you watch someone perform, you’re seeing them at the top of their game. When they score the winning point or sell their company for millions — you’re seeing them in their moment of glory. What you don’t see is the thousands of hours of preparation. You don’t see the self doubt, the lost sleep, the lonely nights spent working. You don’t see the moment they started. The moment they were just like you, wondering how they could ever be good.

Karen, you’re awesome, and inspiring. 

(via Kottke)

Girl Walk // All Day makes its London Premiere (at last!) at Cutting East, part of the East End Film Festival. 
Cutting East Closing Night GalaGenesis CinemaJune 30th, 20137:00 p.m.
Check out their online program for other festival details.

Girl Walk // All Day makes its London Premiere (at last!) at Cutting East, part of the East End Film Festival. 

Cutting East Closing Night Gala
Genesis Cinema
June 30th, 2013
7:00 p.m.

Check out their online program for other festival details.

Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, imagined over 100 years. 

Dance it out!

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andrewpresents:

Justin Timberlake x Daft Punk | ‘Lucky Suit & Tie’ (MASHUP)

JT + Daft Punk? Don’t mind if I do…

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‘Girl Walk // All Day’
Temporary cinema experience on the banks of the River Clyde for the Glasgow Film Festival 2013
Thanks to friend and photographer Mary Freeman for taking these beautiful shots of our ‘Girl Walk // All Day’ event in February for the 2013 Glasgow Film Festival. 
Brings back to so many happy memories! What a wonderful night, despite the horrid weather! 
pidginperfect:

‘Girl Walk // All Day’
Temporary cinema experience on the banks of the River Clyde for the Glasgow Film Festival 2013
Thanks to friend and photographer Mary Freeman for taking these beautiful shots of our ‘Girl Walk // All Day’ event in February for the 2013 Glasgow Film Festival. 
Brings back to so many happy memories! What a wonderful night, despite the horrid weather! 
pidginperfect:

‘Girl Walk // All Day’
Temporary cinema experience on the banks of the River Clyde for the Glasgow Film Festival 2013
Thanks to friend and photographer Mary Freeman for taking these beautiful shots of our ‘Girl Walk // All Day’ event in February for the 2013 Glasgow Film Festival. 
Brings back to so many happy memories! What a wonderful night, despite the horrid weather! 
pidginperfect:

‘Girl Walk // All Day’
Temporary cinema experience on the banks of the River Clyde for the Glasgow Film Festival 2013
Thanks to friend and photographer Mary Freeman for taking these beautiful shots of our ‘Girl Walk // All Day’ event in February for the 2013 Glasgow Film Festival. 
Brings back to so many happy memories! What a wonderful night, despite the horrid weather! 
pidginperfect:

‘Girl Walk // All Day’
Temporary cinema experience on the banks of the River Clyde for the Glasgow Film Festival 2013
Thanks to friend and photographer Mary Freeman for taking these beautiful shots of our ‘Girl Walk // All Day’ event in February for the 2013 Glasgow Film Festival. 
Brings back to so many happy memories! What a wonderful night, despite the horrid weather! 
pidginperfect:

‘Girl Walk // All Day’
Temporary cinema experience on the banks of the River Clyde for the Glasgow Film Festival 2013
Thanks to friend and photographer Mary Freeman for taking these beautiful shots of our ‘Girl Walk // All Day’ event in February for the 2013 Glasgow Film Festival. 
Brings back to so many happy memories! What a wonderful night, despite the horrid weather! 
pidginperfect:

‘Girl Walk // All Day’
Temporary cinema experience on the banks of the River Clyde for the Glasgow Film Festival 2013
Thanks to friend and photographer Mary Freeman for taking these beautiful shots of our ‘Girl Walk // All Day’ event in February for the 2013 Glasgow Film Festival. 
Brings back to so many happy memories! What a wonderful night, despite the horrid weather! 

pidginperfect:

‘Girl Walk // All Day’

Temporary cinema experience on the banks of the River Clyde for the Glasgow Film Festival 2013

Thanks to friend and photographer Mary Freeman for taking these beautiful shots of our ‘Girl Walk // All Day’ event in February for the 2013 Glasgow Film Festival. 

Brings back to so many happy memories! What a wonderful night, despite the horrid weather! 

Spectacle: The Music Video, a traveling museum exhibition celebrating “the art and history of the music video” opens at the Museum of the Moving Image (in Queens, NY) this Wednesday, April 3rd. The show remains on view till June 16th. A clip from Girl Walk // All Day is included in the exhibition alongside music videos by David Bowie to Kanye West to OK Go. We’re psyched to be included in the exhibition!
From the press release: 

From early examples of music in film to the work of music video masters such as David Bowie and Madonna and contemporary artists such as The White Stripes and Kanye West, the exhibition reveals the enormous influence music videos have had on contemporary culture over the past 35 years. Through over 300 videos, artifacts, and interactive installations, the exhibition shows the changing landscape of the music video, highlighting its place at the forefront of creative technology, and its role in pushing the boundaries of creative production. Spectacle explores the trajectory of the music video from precursors through to the present day across a range of musical genres, and showcases the innovative work of contemporary directors such as Michel Gondry, Floria Sigismondi, and Chris Milk. Original props and artifacts from iconic music videos such as A-ha’s groundbreaking “Take On Me” and OK Go’s “This Too Shall Pass” are presented alongside interactive experiences featuring works by Radiohead and Björk.

Spectacle: The Music VideoMuseum of the Moving ImageOn view: April 3 - June 1636-01 35 Avenue (at 37th Street) Astoria, Queens, NY

Spectacle: The Music Video, a traveling museum exhibition celebrating “the art and history of the music video” opens at the Museum of the Moving Image (in Queens, NY) this Wednesday, April 3rd. The show remains on view till June 16th. A clip from Girl Walk // All Day is included in the exhibition alongside music videos by David Bowie to Kanye West to OK Go. We’re psyched to be included in the exhibition!

From the press release: 

From early examples of music in film to the work of music video masters such as David Bowie and Madonna and contemporary artists such as The White Stripes and Kanye West, the exhibition reveals the enormous influence music videos have had on contemporary culture over the past 35 years. 

Through over 300 videos, artifacts, and interactive installations, the exhibition shows the changing landscape of the music video, highlighting its place at the forefront of creative technology, and its role in pushing the boundaries of creative production. Spectacle explores the trajectory of the music video from precursors through to the present day across a range of musical genres, and showcases the innovative work of contemporary directors such as Michel Gondry, Floria Sigismondi, and Chris Milk. Original props and artifacts from iconic music videos such as A-ha’s groundbreaking “Take On Me” and OK Go’s “This Too Shall Pass” are presented alongside interactive experiences featuring works by Radiohead and Björk.

Spectacle: The Music Video
Museum of the Moving Image
On view: April 3 - June 16
36-01 35 Avenue (at 37th Street) 
Astoria, Queens, NY

Made within Jane LaFarge Hamill’s solo show, Emoticon, at J. Cacciola Gallery in New York
537 W. 23rd Street
On view: March 5 - 30, 2013

Performance + Costume: John Doyle 
Painting: Jane LaFarge Hamill
Music: “Her Fantasy” by Matthew Dear
Cinematography: Jacob Krupnick 
Production: Wild Combination

Catch Nick Cave, his heard of horses (and our own Daisuke Omiya) at Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall this week, for a weeklong installation. 

For HEARD•NY, artist Nick Cave will transform Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall with a herd of thirty colorful life-size horses that will peacefully “graze” and periodically break into choreographed movement—or “crossings”— accompanied by live music. The project, which is open to the public free of charge, is presented by Creative Time and MTA Arts for Transit as part of a series of events celebrating the centennial of Grand Central.

March 25–31, 2013
Grand Central Terminal
Vanderbilt Hall

Daily Crossings / 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Daily Tours 3:00 PM
Free

Help Flex is Kings put the finishing touches on their film!

Flex is Kings, the long-awaited documentary about very under-recognizes Flex dancers (by our friends Deirdre and Mike), is headed to Tribeca Film Festival in April. Help the filmmakers defray the costs of the finishing touches for the film including color correction and sound mixing. They’ve got 10 more days to reach their goal of $20K