Tonight I had the joy of sharing massive-sized popcorn and cokes with my boyfriend in the pictures. I had just finished teaching my weekly dance classes as I rushed towards the cinemas, trying to catch the last 9.30pm session of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Fortunately, we made it on time thanks to my friend who gave us a lift. Neither myself nor my boyfriend drive, so it’s a b**** getting around everywhere. Public transport is my life right now. As we settled into our seats in the movie theatre, I was disappointed to discover that we couldn’t raise the arm rests. Who likes watching horror movies with no snuggling involved these days? Not me.

I remember the last Freddy Krouger movie I watched. I was still young and I remember the movie had scared the s*** out of me. Yes I am a scaredy cat. I had set myself up for so much frights and screaming but nopeeeee… the movie definitely lacked the scare-factor! First of all, it started off really lame. (For all of you who know who don’t know who Freddy Kroueger is he attacks you in your dreams) Bang! First scene = dream. I guess it’s because of all the Asian horror movies I’ve been watching lately though. I knocked down The Grudge 1 & 2, The Eye, Tale of Two Sisters (original of The Uninvited) and The Ring all in one week! All at like, 4 in the morning. God that makes me sound like I have no life, but I do! The hollywood horror movies just don’t add up to your Korean, Chinese and Japanese movies. Maybe it’s because their Asian and they look scary? I’m Asian myself so I’m allowed to say that. Anyway I left the theatre pretty disappointed. We had to catch the train home as well, so we were walking to the train station in the darkness. Usually I’d be s******* my pants but the fact that I wasn’t was proof that the movie really was a dud. Thank you Asian horror movies. Thanks to you I feel like I’m immune to all scares of life.

I don’t know if this blog entry has a purpose or not, it just lengthens my page ‘lol’. But thanks for reading!

moodboard

May 28, 2010

This is the moodboard I created to inspire me with my concept development. I included important aspects of my project such as my target audience, the project’s aim and what type of dancing will be involved. I chucked in a few words at the bottom to help me understand what each image represents. I made sure to include a lot of colours in this moodboard to to keep me excited! Click to enlarge! (Just stated the obvious)

I was searching WordPress.com by throwing in words in that relate to my personal interests in the search bar. From my ‘thorough’ research I found a few blog entries that I find I can really relate to. If you’ve been tuning into my blog since the beginning you would have already realised that my main interest lies in ‘dance’. I think it’s fairly obvious by now. Here are a few of the links to the blogs that appealed to me:

http://candy4lyfe.wordpress.com/2010/01/27/dance-is/
This blog entry seemed to be written by someone else as “by: tearsofapen.wordpress.com” was written near the bottom of the page. I tried to find this blog on wordpress.com but it just doesn’t exist anymore. Whoever it is, it appears that we could be best friends! The whole entry was based on dance and what it is and what it does for them. It displays their love for it and how much it makes a difference in their life. That is how I, myself, feel about dance. It is a big part of my life and to be able to read on how it’s a big part of other peoples’ lives as well makes me smile 🙂

http://shettydeepak.wordpress.com/2008/10/03/hip_hop/
As you can see from the link, this blog entry is based on the hip-hop dance. If you were present for my small talk a few weeks back, you would  have gained a small insight on what ‘hip-hop dance’ is. I found it interesting reading this entry as it is part of a blog that belongs to an Indian guy. I wasn’t aware that one would be into dance as such. But that’s just me and a bad case of stereotyping. Anyway, I liked how this boy called ‘Deepak’ (I presume?) wrote about dance being his passion, the history behind hip-hop and hip-hop as a dance form. He got down to the details pretty well for a blog and managed to include a pretty relevant image? I know that sounds sarcastic, only because I find it funny how the picture is such a generalisation of what ‘us hip-hop dancers’ look like. If you’re wondering what I’m talking about take a look!

 There are reasons to why this is the ‘image’ that hip-hop dancers portray. It derives from the culture that developed in the US of A. Movies such as Step Up and Honey are to blame as well. As lame as I find them I’m still always one of the first to see them! It’s my nature. Anyway, I dragged on about this blog for too long…

http://arthurfink.wordpress.com/category/photography/dance-photography/
This is probably one of my favourite blogs, belonging to a guy called Arthur Fink. It’s almost like a picture story book with all the dance photography! I love the little incerpt he included at the beginning of this entry. “I document the work and energy that goes into dance — not just the final performance” This statement shows his understanding of the hard work that is put in during rehearsals, to create an amazing end result. He’s included a few shots on dance movement as well – some during rehearsals and some on stage in what appears to be a live peformance from a dance festival.

This is a user profile that I have created for one of my target audience members. As my concept is based on high-school students, I have made sure to include important details such as age, gender and any learning experiences that may affect their participation in the program.

After presenting my talk on what I think is ‘cool’ I decided on what I wanted to base my concept for my pitch on. I presented to the class a talk about a cool experience, which for myself, is dancing. I currently teach hip-hop dance at a few dance schools, and the outcome of each class is so rewarding. It’s especially rewarding when you work with younger people. Seeing them enjoy your work and having fun, socialising with each other while sharing each other’s passion is an experience I love to repeatedly have. Having a passion and executing it on a regular basis makes a difference in peoples’ lives. In saying this, I’ve decided to stick to this theme of ‘dance’ and create a project that involves both dancing and the youth. Having said that, who’s better to target than high-school students? As I come from Sunshine in the western suburbs of Melbourne, I’ve seen some of the hooliganism that goes on around the area. More and more kids are beginning to get more involved in things like vandalism and gang-fights at an earlier age. So to help steer kids away from this kind of trouble, I’ve began to develop a program that is designed to bring kids of all ages together to share a productive experience and have a sense of usefulness.

To briefly explain my concept, I will focus on unifying a number of high-schools, starting with 3 as this would be my first time exercising this project. Each week a set of choreographers will be sent out to each school to teach a group of kids a dance routine. The routines will vary in style every week, to keep the kids entertained and enthused. At the end of the year, a concert will be held and all the schools involved will be invited. Together, they will showcase all that they’ve worked on throughout the year. This will give each group the chance to appreciate each other’s hard work and dedication. Above all, this program is aimed to promote goal-setting and engaging in team work to achieve those goals. Through practices like such, teenagers can gain a sense of belonging and work towards something that is productive and fun at the same time.

Definition of creativity, innovation & risk.
An idea or concept is carried through by an individual’s imagination. It is beneficial for one to keep an open mind when exploring how they can achieve this idea. Thorough research is almost compulsory as it only helps bring forth more ideas that can turn the initial concept into a reality. When talking about innovation, words such as ‘new’ or ‘fresh’ come to mind. To be innovative is to introduce new things or new methods that contrast the norm. For example, organisations and companies are always trying to come up with the latest technology to sell to their consumers. Many are successful in their endeavours and some are not. That is where the risk lies. Risks have to be considered and taken when wanting to put forth a notion. Often people make mistakes by being too different. Sometimes simple works best.

What I would like to achieve from this subject
As I am currently studying visual design, I would like to achieve the mindset that adheres to the definition of creativity, innovation & risk mentioned above. I believe that taking in such a trail of thoughts will guide me as I work on tasks that involve visual communication and/or product design. I see this subject as a foundation for anyone who is on the verge of new creation. It really demonstrates the fundamentals of any development happening in society. Once the idea and methods of going about it are established, the rest of the process will follow through with the correct guidance of course.

What type of practitioner are you?
Creative & performing arts (includes visual art, dance, music)
Dance enables me to interpret music through sequences of movement.
Drawing and painting gives me the chance to put what I see or feel on paper, creating a visual representation.

What type do you aspire to be?
I aspire to work with different kinds of people, sharing my knowledge in this field of art. I’d love to become a teacher and work mainly with children or young adults in schools, teaching art or dance. Currently, I teach dance already at a small dance school in the Western suburbs. It’s a joy to do what I love and earn some money from it as well. Through my years of teaching I have learnt that there is much to gain from young people. Most of my students are aged around 13-18. Knowing that I’ve inspired many people who share the same passion that I do gives me a sense of fulfillment, and more personally a sense of pride in myself – which helps a great deal with my self-esteem.

What themes are you into?
Family, friends and school are important to me. I aim to have a good balance between my schooling life and my social life. You’ll probably notice that the main theme that will keep popping up throughout this blog is DANCE. I live and breathe dance and it’s in nearly everything I do.

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March 7, 2010

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