What I think about people who say they are inspired by someone and do what they do.
You are your own person. Its perfectly normal to be inspired by someone-inspiration is a great thing.
But like I said, you are your own person.
Admire how someone does something, but don’t bite their style (don’t do exactly what they do). (Unless you are in a choreography class of course). Dancers respect other dancers for dancing, but also for being themselves.
And also, people don’t put in the hard work to make up sequences just have somebody pick them off of them.
Dance is about movement, but it is also about creativity. It’s an Art!
Admire, observe, watch-and then find your own movement.
Forever I used to never watch any videos. If I watch any dance videos now its strictly just to admire. Whether it be for the production of the video or the actual dancing. There are some really talented young dancers out there on those t.v. shows! Even off those shows, Im sure! Many strong dancers all the same. And I do like to watch people dance now you know, especially living somewhere where I don’t see it all the time, Ive become more open to videos that are introduced to me. However, I don’t ever want to take something someone did and call it my own. I am quick to give credit to who I learned it from. I ain’t gonna lie if I saw something somewhere! I feel thats just a matter of respect to your teachers (if you learn something from someone-whatever it is-they are your teacher.)
What if you really didn’t see something somewhere and you did the same thing too? That can happen sometimes as I believe great minds may think alike. But don’t lie and say that if it isn’t true (this should go for other art forms as well). Thats just bad karma and that shit will just come back to bite you (no pun intended! :P).
There are even some moves that are universal such as turns, spins, or freezes for example. This goes for all dance styles. But all the stuff in-between, thats all you! Go out there and work with your creative process.
Respect, respect, respect.
You can read this thread here on BBoy World. “Biting” or “copying” something is a big deal sometimes in this dance scene. I think this conversation has some valid back and forth points.
Do You, Have Fun, Be Creative
All in Love and Respect, OxyJenn