The Grapevine - Dance Studio 101 News

2014 July

101 Kids Hip Hop Student Seven Elijah in Visa Samba Of Australia

Destiny's Child "BOOTYLICIOUS"

Twerk Inspiration from DHQ Fraules

2014 April

Pharrell: Happy All Over the World

MANILA -Grammy-winning artist Pharrell Williams was brought to tears after watching a video of people around the world dancing to his hit "Happy," which included a clip from the Philippines. During his interview with host Oprah Winfrey on Oprah Prime on Sunday, the 41-year-old singer became emotional when he talked about his career and the success of his recent chart-topping hit. "Zero air play, nothing. And the next thing you know, we put out the video on November 21st and all of a sudden --boom. I mean, when I say boom, I mean booom," he said. "And we were like, what's happening? First of all, people are putting up their own videos. It was like no longer my song," he added.

Winfrey then showed Williams a montage of fan-made videos, recorded in Slovakia, Portugal, Germany, London and the already mentioned Philippines to name few. Midway through the video, however, the singer failed to contain his emotions. "Why am I crying on Oprah?" he quipped. "It's overwhelming because it's like I love what I do. And I just appreciate the fact that people have believed in me for so long, that I could make it to this point to feel that," Williams explained.

Last month, the United Nations Development Programme Philippines produced a video of 'Yolanda' survivors dancing to the tune of "Happy." The nearly-three minute clip was an ode to the indomitable Filipino spirit and was posted online as a way to express gratitude to all the countries who helped in the relief efforts. The video, directed by Quentin Musset, almost has 500,000 views as of writing.

The Dolls do the Reggae Carnival

101 Doll Squadron have been busy performing at Bashments and parties across town. Check the girls out at The Reggae Carnival earlier this month their up-coming performances at Pineapple Republic on May 3rd and Powercuts Reggae May 10th.

March 2014

101 Doll Squadron Perform at Power Cuts Reggae Slyfox in Newtown

101 Doll Squadron Teach Disco On The Mornings Show

Dance Studio 101 Beyonce Queen Bey Workshop on the Today Show

101 Doll Squadron does the HiFi Party on stage with Yo Mafia for Sydney Mardis Gras.

Our Gals went off to Yo's Killer Tunes and the crowd went wild....! Beautiful Images and Photography by Michael Fahd.

What's On This Week Part 1 - Afro Fusion Inspiration With Ceo Dancers

Holler if you want to do stuff like this!! 4 wk course starting Tuesday 4th March.

What's On This Week Part 2 - Moves and Grooves: Club moves and Freeing Up!! is back from Tuesday 4th March 8pm!!

Moves and Grooves: Club moves and Freeing Up!! is back from Tuesday 4th March 8pm!!

What's On This Week Part 3 - Britney Work B*tch Sneak Peek for the Workshop this Wednesday 5th March 7.30pm-9pm

Britney Work B*tch

What's On This Week Part 4 - Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation - get ready for next week's workshop March 12th

Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation Dance Breakdown here...

February 2014

Latonya Style True Jamaican Dancehall Tour Sydney Workshops at Dance Studio 101

Saturday Kids Hip Hop and Breakdance Classes: Pop.Lock.Krump.Break!!

Moves and Grooves with Darrio. Starts back 4th March!!

Robin Clare: Contemporary Artist

Hailing from Jamaica, Sydney based artist, Robin Clare’s work is inspired by dancehall culture and the brilliant aesthetics of Jamaican party promotions. Her work explores the scope of imagery used throughout the decades since Jamaican music hit the world's stage with references to outrageous party names, dance techniques and other elements of popular culture that have emerged from the scene.

She has exhibited across Europe, North America and Sydney and works at the edge of the map between contemporary art and graphic design and produces zines, album art, fabric patterns and illustrations along side her painting practice.

She is a heavy-weight in the Dancehall scene with much respect from everyone and if you didn't know that it's now time to get informed. She has collaborated with incredible people and brands such Butch Diva, where the limited edition prints will be available for purchase very soon.

We love her "Dancing Words" series, art which actually doubles as step-by-step instructions for popular dancehall steps. Now Latonya and Robin have come together to produce Stylish Moves, a zine combining Latonya's steps and Robin's art. Head down on Tuesday 25th Feb to Black Penny and see her exhibition and of course Latonya in action!!

Latonya Style Live In Sydney Sat 15th Feb !

Dance Studio 101 and Power Cut Reggae are proud to present, the amazing Latonya Style direct from Jamaica. Click here! to join the facebook event page to be updated with all the info.

Latonya Styles (JA) is here this weekend!

Dance Studio 101 Workshop

With her appealing curves and equally tantalizing dance moves, Latonya Style is undeniably one of Jamaica’s most renowned and distinguished Dance Instructors. She never fails to get the nod of approval as dancer/choreographer in a number of music videos and performances with artistes such as Sean Kingston, Mya, Mr. Lexx, Cecile, Mr. Vegas, RDX, Elephant Man, Sizzla, Patra, Alaine, Spice, Beenie Man, Charly Black, Aidonia, Ishawna, Danielle D.I., Busy Signal, Tarnado, Ryzin and many more. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dance Jamaica (DanceJa Movement) a Talent/Entertainment Organization which portrays the culture of Jamaica and its vibrant people. Latonya Style’s flexibility and versatility have made her a fixture on the worldwide stage. Watch her and DanceJa perform with Busy Signal below. Catch her live at The Burdekin Hotel this Sat 15th. Appearing on Power Cut Reggae and Dance Studio 101 Event for Latonya Style. click here! to join the facebook event page to be updated with all the info.

Robin Clare "Dancing Words" exhibition, Black Penny

Featuring our very own 101 Doll Squadron performing live.

Click here! to join the facebook event page to be updated with all the info.

101 Doll Squadron Perform Live On The Today Show

Watch Heloise, Layah and 'Chelle teach Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson our Queen Bey workshops

After a series of sold out Queen Bey workshops the Today Show wanted to know what it was all about and had the 101 Doll Squadron teach them live to air on television. Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson shook their booties, lead by the Squad. Heloise and the girls were naturals on TV and even a guest appearance of the Next Gen Mrs Carter dancers, Heloise's daughter Neveyah ! lol Catch them live at The Burdekin Hotel this Sat 15th. Appearing on Power Cut Reggae and Dance Studio 101 Event for Latonya Style. Details above, or click here! to join the facebook event page to be updated with all the info.

Burn City Queenz

Big up to our Melbourne sistahs - The Burn City Queenz! Watch them live at The Burdekin Hotel this Sat 15th.

Appearing on Power Cut Reggae and Dance Studio 101 Event for Latonya Style. Details above, or click here! to join the facebook event page to be updated with all the info.

Major Lazer 'Sweat' - Oyster Mag

Holy black light warehouse party, Batman! The dancing in Major Lazer's new video really makes us wish we kept up those dancing classes we quit when we were nine. Featuring Dutch dude Laidback Luke and UK rapper Ms. Dynamite (as in "I'm just Ms. Dy-na-mi-tee"), the track comes off Major Lazer's Free The Universe album and was directed by Ryan Staake.

Set in a mysterious warehouse, the not-very-dressed dancers in the video (from The Underground Street Chronicles crew) get splattered in Dayglo paint while gyrating. Soon enough, the sweat/paint and fast-moving bodies become a blur of electronic dancehall cray cray. Just when you think things can't get more intense, they do. We're kind of tired just from watching. See what we mean:

January 2014

New models: how Rick Owens's dancers conquered Paris fashion week

The designer caused a stir by enlisting sorority hip-hop dancers rather than '6-foot-tall 17-year-olds' to present his spring/summer collection. And the fashion crowd loved it

Rick Owens must be psychic. Months before Naomi Campbell wrote to the British Fashion Council about the lack of black models on British catwalks, and Kanye West spoke out about black people hitting a glass ceiling in the fashion industry, Owens formulated a plan for his spring/summer 2014 collection. According to the Wall Street Journal, dancers from four different sorority hip-hop groups began rehearsing the show in May.

The result? His collection was shown on a group of women whose very presence at Paris fashion week challenged the norm of what we expect from models. Style blogger Susie Bubble was among many to respond positively, suggesting Owens had made "the most powerful and provocative statement this season" while Harper's Bazaar UK described it as the "show everyone's talking about".

Christina Binkley at the Wall Street Journal reported that the designer and the models were in tears after the show. "His runway show was emotional, entertaining – and also entirely wearable. His rock-n-roll, layered, I-live-at-art-openings aesthetic came through loud and clear, even though it wasn't shown on 6-foot-tall 17-year-olds," she wrote. "The dancers fit the general dimensions of real women. Nearly all of them were of colour, in a season when the runways have been criticized for their caucasian-ness … Perhaps that's why everyone was crying. Finally, accessible fashion."

November 2013


Lots of fun for the whole family! Come down and browse the markets, and dance to some reggae music. There will be an area dedicated to vinyl. A mini record fair held inside the hall. Plenty of parking and easy access by public transport just walking distance from Sydenham Train Station.

NO BYO*** This is a licenced venue. Presented by Foreigndub and FBi Radio On Saturday 30 November from 10.00am to 18.00 WHERE: Fraser Park (Portuguese Club), 100 Marrickville Road Marrickville 2204 Contact: 9550 6344 Fax: 9550 1857 Website: Click here! Other Services: Disabled access, Food outlet, Car parking available, Bicycle parking, Public toilets Entry is $5, kids Free!! For more info Click here.

Work-out Inspiration

Soca Workshop Inspiration (workshop this Thursday Nov 21)

Twerkshop Inspiration (workshop this Sat Nov 23)

What's Been Happenin'

Maya choreographed and worked as a Movement Coach on Tina Arena's new Video clip - You Set Fire To My Life, above.


The 101 Doll Squadron did some great Thriller inspired Halloween shows at The Ivy and The Bourbon.

October 2013

KIDS HIP HOP New Term Starts this Saturday October 19th: Hip Hop 12.30-1.15pm and Beg Breakdance 1.15pm-2pm POP LOCK KRUMP BREAK!!

Our Kids Hip Hop and Breakdance classes start back!!! Kicking off a whole new term on this Saturday Oct the 19th!

Get your kids physically FIT & mentally ready for the challenge that awaits them! With a brand new curriculum and work out! All the old moves & new! This is sure to bring an "Oh Mum/Dad!" I'm pretty tired!" out of your kids, and give you some rest! Click here to register now!

Jamaican Shakedown Bashment Boogie

End of Year Christmas Party Celebration, Student Showcase and other guest performers of the 101 Family. Come and Get Down to the best Dancehall Selectors and MCs in Sydney including guest appearance from the Godfather of Oz Reggae Pat Powell.

Date: Friday 8th November

Time: Doors Open 6.30pm and Show starts at 8pm sharp...

Place: The Clarence Hotel 450 Parramatta Road (Crnr Crystal Street) Petersham. Ph (02) 9569 8775

Tickets $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door (Tix available at studio or online) Click here to purchase tickets now!

September 2013

Cirque Du Soleil - Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour

Two amazing things happened this week: Cirque Du Soleil contacting us to house the rehearsal for the Michael Jackson Dancers/Cirque Team and Front row tickets, from our Brother in Law Kevin Antunes, the Musical Director to see the show.

Read more about Kevin's process below, he is incredible and currently the Musical Director for Justin Timberlake, Madonna, and The Michael Jackson Immortal Tour. Check out some of the pics here and even a sneaky pic inside the studio...

Read the SMH Extract here...

''Kevin spent months in the studio with the original studio tapes,'' says the show's audio engineer, Greg Rule. ''He had the whole of Michael's recorded history to work through - not only every song, but every layer of every song. From that he was able to extract Michael's pure voice - no drums, no keyboards, no backing singers. It's a rare treat the world has never heard before.'' Audiences will experience a high-tech concert with 49 dancers, musicians and acrobats performing to Jackson's music - played live by a band with musicians who worked with him - with the singer's recorded voice. Rule says Immortal is the closest people can get to attending a Michael Jackson concert. ''Close your eyes and you're listening to his pure voice - something you'll never get a chance to hear again,'' he says. During the making of the show, Rule says, he was amazed to hear the quality of that singing voice.

''Those were the days before pitch correction,'' he says. ''When you hear just Michael's voice, his pitch is spot on, and you can hear how much emotion he puts in. He really poured his heart into these songs. And he made all these percussive sounds with his voice, too - beatboxing before it was even a thing. He would vocalise the sounds of guitars and harmonicas, too. It is very cool.'' When Jackson sang into a studio microphone, Rule says, he was also dancing, snapping his fingers and stomping his feet. ''Originally it was considered a problem because when you record, you try to get as clean a signal as you can. But there was no way to get Michael to calm down during recording, so they had to embrace it.'' Bruce Swedien, an engineer who worked with Jackson throughout his career [including the period of his best-selling album Thriller], even built a wooden box for him to dance on. ''He had a microphone attached to it so he could capture the sound of his whole body in motion, not just his voice,'' Rule says.

Antunes also collected other elements to throw into the mix: studio chat, clips from Grammy Award acceptance speeches, a call left on an answering machine. Rule describes himself as ''the bridge'' between Antunes' work in the studio and what the crowd experiences on the night of the show. He is the keeper of the voice and nothing moves without his signal. He also controls the digital time code that keeps the show's many interlocking parts - dancers, circus artists, lighting and video operators and the 12-piece live band - in sync. ''It sounds complicated and the build of the show was very time-intensive,'' Rule says. ''But, day-to-day, it's just a matter of making everything work seamlessly.''

Listening to Jackson's unadulterated voice has been an education for many working on Immortal, including backing singer Stevvi Alexander. ''I sometimes have to double the vocal lines that Michael does, so I have to try to capture his voice,'' she says. ''He had moments where he put a lot of power in his voice but mostly it was gentle and melodic, kind of floaty. I just try to match him in spirit. I find the whole show incredibly moving.''

The 101 Kids get a treat with the Immortal Dancers rehearsing at Dance Studio 101

Special Event At Dance Studio 101!! Best Of Beyonce is Back This Thursday!!

The Strides

The Strides

Don't miss The Strides new single launch this Saturday 5th Oct at the Basement!

Wa-Nyika - Shop til you drop,pop- up Store. This Sunday at 101

Wa-Nyika - Shop til you drop,pop- up Store. This Sunday at 101

Let's usher in Spring in Style! Combining all our favorite elements - Fashion, Shopping... bobbing along to some great music and maybe Dancing a jig or two! If you have 2 left feet, don't worry a glass of bubbly should loosen you up, better yet you can get a sneaky tip from our resident dance teachers.....

Parramasala Festival 2013

Parramasala Festival 2013 opens Friday 4th October, with a spectacular parade from Town Hall to Prince Alfred Park.

The Parade will be a colourful caravan of communities and groups; drummers, dragons and dancers; camels, and special guests from the Festival’s artists. At the end of the Parade the Opening Concert begins in the beautifully decorated Park. Click here to read more on Parramasala Festival dates and what's on.

Prafulla Parida

Prafulla Parida

Prafulla Parida is a highly respected authentic Bollywood performer, choreographer and teacher who currently resides in Sydney after making the move from Bollywood Film City Mumbai in 2011. Prafulla has over a decades experience in the Bollywood film industry, having performed in many Bollywood hit movies including Three (Love, Lies & Betrayal), Wanted and Luck by Chance.

Prafulla’s live performance credits include international tours with prestigious Bollywood stage productions The Merchants of Bollywood and Miss Bollywood. In addition to Prafulla’s stage and screen credits he has performed with some of the biggest Bollywood superstars including Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif and Shahrukh Khan in live international Bollywood shows and award nights.

Check out his amazingly unique dance style: Blending Jazz/Funk, Street styles and Indian Dance on the clip below.

Click here for more info on his Performance course Wednesdays 6.30pm-7.30pm and learn more about him here on our teachers page here.

Prafulla Parida - Indian Australian Dancing Star

August 2013

Alexander Abreu and Havana D'Primera

Alexander Abreu and Havana D'Primera: Live in Australia for the first time! After providing the backbone of Cuba's top Latin dance bands and recording on more than 100 CDs, Cuban trumpet virtuoso Alexander Abreu is storming the salsa scene with his band Havana D'Primera.

In his first tour to Australia with his 14-piece band, Abreu's . sophisticated blend of irresistible Cuban rhythms and feel good pan-Caribbean sounds is sure to get the heart soaring and the feet moving. Sydney: September 6, The Hi-fi, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park. More info on our facebook page here.


Brisbane: September 3, Colosses Hall

Adelaide: September 5, Arkaba Hotel, Fullarton

Sydney: September 6, The Hi-fi, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

Melbourne: September 7, Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington

- Limited mats are available as well, please let us know if you need a mat and we'll let you know if we can accommodate!

For more information contact: Dwight Escobar: 0417 708 703 click here for Facebook:


Maya was the Performance Director for the new Gossling video released nationally Monday August 26th. Check it out!!

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