Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Check out our newest release of Jay Park - All I Wanna Do (Feat.Hoody, Loco) in 2160p 4K resolution! The video features the choreography of 1MILLION studio along with impressive camerawork and videography by Kyle Staples. This project was directed by Aaliyah and Trisha, and features 26 other members in the cast. Check out the interview below with the two choreoleaders, Aaliyah and Trisha to learn more about the project!
1. Can you guys share why you wanted to do this project?
Trisha: “Since 2013, miXx has developed a tradition of releasing a special project video each Valentine's Day. While I was trying to choose a project to start last fall, Aaliyah brought up that she was super interested in doing Jay Park's "All I Wanna Do"! The video drew me in with its feel-good vibe and amazing choreography courtesy of 1MILLION. Naturally, I was hooked after our first discussion.”
Aaliyah: “Ever since the music video was released, I had the thought that it would be an amazing opportunity if miXx were able to cover it. The style is definitely not the typical K-Pop dance style that miXx usually covers, so I wasn't sure how many people would actually be interested in it. While asking around, I found out Trisha had a similar goal, so we decided we should put our efforts together and make it a reality!”
2. What is the most challenging part of putting such a big project together in two weeks?
Trisha: “Keeping almost thirty dancers on the same page with regards to choreography, filming direction, and scheduling was an unprecedented struggle. Thankfully, Aaliyah and I used our personal strengths to make the most out of our two weeks together. I definitely would not have been able to learn choreography and teach it on the same day while coordinating everyone's practice schedules and meeting with our film crew to discuss filming cues. Teamwork makes the dream work!”
Aaliyah: “The most challenging part about this project for me (besides the 4 hour casting session we had lol) was figuring out the teaching schedules for the various different groups. Because there are so many people in the project, and because they all do completely different parts, we had to figure out how to divide up practices and how to teach people their individual parts. It was hard but the end result was well worth the time and effort!”
3. How would you describe the team dynamic of such a large cast?
Trisha: “Our cast was an absolute joy to work with! Though it was the biggest group I've ever led to date, Aaliyah and I were in charge of individual sets of choreography, which brought practices down to 7-10 people per session. That said, we had both veteran and newer miXx members in the group who were all very receptive to one another regardless of skill level. There was never a dull moment with all thirty members, especially on filming day when everyone was enjoying the final product together on set. Initially, I was worried about people feeling left out in a huge group, but it was very rewarding to see friendships blossom after each practice.”
Aaliyah: “Honestly this is one of my favorite casts. I haven't casted as much as Trisha has, but we both agree that this cast has been one of the most hard working, fun-loving casts we've experienced. Everyone did their part to learn their solos/group parts, which took an enormous amount of stress off of the both of us. And because miXx casts tend to be very small (5-7 people on average) a 28-person cast allowed for people in miXx (new and old) to get to know each other better and make new, unexpected friendships. #miXxPro”
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Welcome everyone back to a new semester! miXx is excited to kick off the first cycle with three amazing songs! Join the Facebook groups for each song for practice updates, videos and important information! Don't forget to pay our treasurer Eddie $7 in either cash or venom if you attend more than 3 practices!
Practice Times: WED (6-9PM) and SAT (11-2PM)
Location: 1University Road, SAO Gym Quad C
Beginner: After School - Flashback
Intermediate : Sistar - I Like That
Advanced: Seventeen: Boom Boom
If you're interested in joining the executive board, gaining leadership experience and working in a team to solve problems, sign up to be the Spring 2017 Underclassmen Representative! Please read the application form below for details!
* Please fill out this form by 3PM FRIDAY 1/27. Message the E-Board Facebook account if you have any questions!
If you are interested in voting for the Underclassmen Representative, be sure to come to the election on Saturday 1/28 at 3PM in CAS 114A to vote!
If you are interested in starting a new side project to cover your recent favorite K-Pop song, you are more than welcome to do so! Please read the side project guidelines carefully before submitting the side project form.
Check out all the January releases on our channel! Stay tuned for new videos every Friday!
Happy New Year Everyone! miXx is excited to release even more awesome dance covers in 2017! Start 2017 right and check out our newest cover of Girls' Generation - You Think!
In this blogpost, We interviewed the project choreoleaders, Victor and Nicole, and our graduating senior, Emily, about "You Think!"
Can you share why you decided to cover SNSD’s You Think?
Victor: “ “You Think" was on my bucket list of projects to do for a long time. When it wasn't picked for second cycle, I decided to make it a side project along with Nicole. Also, who doesn't love Kyle Hanagami's choreography for this dance!? It's fierce and sassy that's just right for this song. I love it.”
Nicole: “As Victor said, he's been wanting to do this project for so long so I when I heard about it I asked to co-chereo lead and that's how I became involved. Actually before Victor mentioned it, I wasn't a fan of the song, but as I kept listening to it, I ended up really loving the song and the choreo.”
What are some of the best moments during this project?
Victor: “The best moment would hands down have to be during our last practice before recording when the speaker died in the beginning of the song. But the rest of the cast just continued dancing until the very end with our non-existent acapella/singing skills. It was hilarious but I was also glad to see how everything went well together although we didn't have the music in the background, but our internal beat and voices basically guided us the whole time. I can watch that practice video over and over again and laugh about it until I die.”
Nicole: “Every time Quinn did her solo lol. But I also agree with Victor, the time when our audio shut off and we all had to sing while dancing with no music. Our singing was awful haha but it was really fun and we actually were so in sync.”
Emily (SHA’17), dancing as Yuri in the video, will be graduating this semester and "You Think" is her last miXx project! We want to congratulate Emily for her graduation and wish her all the best for her future pursuits! Emily has not only been an active member in miXx ever since the club’s founding in 2013, she was also the Vice President of miXx ’15-’16. Read more below as Emily shares some of her memories in miXx! We will miss you Emily!
What do you think you will definitely miss in miXx?
Emily: "I will absolutely miss the people most. You will hear this from anyone you talk to in miXx, but we really are a family. Even though I was not able to be as active this year, every time I did go to practice it felt like going home. From all the amazing opportunities of recording videos, performing, being on
E-Board, and just hanging out with miXx members, I feel so lucky to have experienced everything this club has to offer. When I joined miXx four years ago, I had no idea how much it would grow. I have made lifelong friends and I can’t express how thankful I am that miXx was such a major part of my college experience. I can’t wait to see the amazing things you guys will achieve in the next couple years!"
Can you share you experience in the “You Think” project?
Emily: “You Think” was an amazing project to be a part of. One thing that makes miXx so great is that we have a lot of freedom as members. “You Think” was a side project so it was just a group of us that really wanted to cover the song. It’s always great to work with people who are so passionate about a dance that they want to put in the extra effort to make it their own project. Victor and Nicole were great at leading the project and all of the members worked hard during practices but we also had a lot of fun. As a SNSD song was my first miXx project, it only seems fitting that “You Think” was my last one."
Check out You Think's live performance at MONTAGE 2016!
Also check out miXx's cover Girls' Generation - Catch Me If You Can
Check out some of Emily's favorite miXx projects below:
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! Check out this awesome project of BTS - SAVE ME put together by our member Sheena Syal along with other miXx and Unofficial Project members! We want to congratulate Sheena for her graduation and wish her all the best for her future pursuits!
Sheena (CAS ’17) has not only been an active member in miXx ever since the club’s founding in 2013, she is also an active choreography leader for many projects. Read more below as Sheena shares some of her memories with miXx! We will miss you Sheena!
Can you share some of your most cherished memories in miXx?
“There’s so many, I don’t really know what to choose. This isn’t really dancing, but I love that no matter what, miXx is a family. Even if you don’t interact with every member equally, everyone can still call one another friends, regardless of whether you see someone once a year or every day for practice. miXx has a tradition of giving jars of notes to seniors, and that definitely is something I will cherish for a long time to come. To be able to read people’s cherished memories with you, and what they remember about you, even though you might not be close, is definitely a valuable thing, and I think that wouldn’t be possible without the family environment miXx has. Regardless of how intense the competition may be to get into a song, or how many fights break out over projects, at the end of the day we are still a close family.”
“In terms of dancing with miXx, I think my most cherished memory is leading BTS’s danger. That project was a stress and a half due to circumstances that called for re-casting 2 members, and also keeping it on the down-low for showcase because of the surprise we planned with Dondre. I could’ve cried over how stressed I was about the recording, but then two members joined in as a favor, one of which who was super super new, and I’ve never been more impressed with work ethic in my life. We had no film delays because of those two who came beyond prepared, and my cast also prepared for showcase diligently. We even had a practice run where I didn’t play music, didn’t count out loud, but we were able to just dance the song and keep time because that’s just how in sync we were with each other. I know it doesn’t seem like much, but it makes me super feely to see how kind people in this club can be, and how capable we actually are.”
What is something that you think you’ll definitely miss in miXx?
“miXx has a lot of resources and freedom at hand. People are always willing to join projects, and we have a lot of freedom to lead our own projects to be put under miXx. I think that’s what I’ll miss most! I may be able to put together projects on my own in the future, but rarely do I think I will have the opportunity to teach a song to 50 people, hold auditions, and see what people can bring to the table.”
Do you have any advice for miXx moving towards 2017 / the future?
“Don’t stop trying just because you fail a few times. This club is only going to keep growing and becoming competitive, as the K-Pop cover dance scene grows and becomes more competitive. If you want to lead a project, do it. If you fail, try again. Experience can literally only make you better, so the more experiences you put yourself through, the better. If you hate girly songs, go audition for one anyways. If you don’t think you have thugness in you, try out for a thug song anyways. Never stop trying, and don’t limit yourself! People often ask me how to improve their dancing or their pick-up. For me, I’ve improved a lot by taking classes beyond miXx and K-Pop, in a lot of styles. If you want to improve, go take whatever classes you can. Train your body to work on different parts at a time. House dance for footwork, popping for body control, ballet for flexibility, etc. Sometimes it won’t be fun and it might really suck because it’s hard, but that’s how you improve. It may take 1 month, or 1 year, but your hard work will show through.”
Check out some of Sheena's favorite miXx projects below: