Every Tuesday look forward to music recommendations from professional dancers, choreographers, and artists! They will give you an inside look into what tunes get their creative juices flowing and what songs they absolutely can’t live without on their iPod. Excited? We are too! This week we bring you Rosie Trump!
Rosie Trump holds a M.F.A. in Experimental Dance Choreography from UC Riverside. She is a choreographer, dance filmmaker and educator. Her teaching credits include Seton Hill University, Mt. San Jacinto College and Rice University. Trump is the founder and curator of the annual Third Coast Dance Film Festival and has recently accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is a Frame Dance Productions board member and “Tuesday Tunes” was originally her brainchild – we are so excited to have her kicking off the series!
Music That Moves Me
What music inspires you the most in the classroom; in the choreographic process?
In the classroom, I live by Ray McNamara. He has two albums Ray To Go and Ray to Go 2 Odd Times—run don’t walk to buy these albums here! I have been teaching to this music for over five years and still find it fresh. It’s indispensible for modern, creative dance, improvisation and choreography classes.
For choreography, I like to create and rehearse to music that has little to do with what I will eventually make. I am a big fan of Motown. I also like to shift between poppy dance music like Scissor Sisters and sad indie ballads from Iron and Wine.
When I am ready to set choreography to music, I usually have a few go-to artists like Múm, The Books, Colleen, and Matmos.
What are your three favorite tracks to teach a jazz class to?
Chris Issac’s– Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing
James Brown– It’s a Man’s World
What are your top tracks to get the rehearsal process going?
The Dead Weather—60 Feet Tall
Pick 5 tracks that should be on every dancer’s iPod?
James Brown—Soul Power
Adele—Rolling in the Deep
Do you have a ‘secret weapon’ song or artist when you need go-to inspiration?
Four Tet’s music, especially the albums There is Love in You and Rounds, always helps me out of a rut.
Stay tuned for more musical musings next week!
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