where would you go in 80 days?

28 02 2011

Cathay Pacific is hosting the ultimate contest, an around the world 80 day adventure.

My buddy Brandon told me about this contest and it is incredible.
If you are even remotely interested in travel, this is worth checking out.

Cathay Pacific is offering one lucky individual an opportunity to travel the world for 80 days.

For 80 days they will cover ALL of your:
hotel bills
$360 for daily spending.

You can go ANYWHERE.

All you need to do to enter is submit one of the following:
essay (less than 250 words)
video (between 30 and 60 seconds)

talking about what you would do if you won.

Oh man.

Go check it out here at the Cathay Pacific Facebook page.

My entry?
Well, I’ve always wanted to teach dance to kids in other countries.
I have always wanted to write a book about bboying across the world. I’d love to set up free workshops around the world and write/video/photograph all of the stuff I learned along the way…

I’m definitely no videographer/editor – so the video is the best I could do with the limited time I have. (I should be working on the company news letter right now)

I wonder if some of the Nephites/Lamanites ever wanted to travel. (and I mean travel for fun – not because they were worried about being killed by their enemies).
“And it came to pass that the Lord did warn me, that I, Nephi, should depart from them and flee into the wilderness.” (2 Nephi 5:5)

? What would you do with an 80 day trip?

never say never.

12 02 2011

I get sucked into cheesy, inspirational movies so easily.
You know the ones I’m talking about; the hero follows there dream, overcomes obstacles and eventually triumphs.
If it is “based on a true story” then I get even more excited!

Remember the Titans.
Cinderella Man.
Disney’s Hercules.
Step Up 3.
8 Mile.

and now…
Never Say Never.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Never Say Never is a documentary/concert film all about the latest pop sensation to steal the hearts of every teen girl in the world – Justin Bieber.

I am only partially ashamed to admit that even I’ve got a mild case of Bieber fever. Everybody has different things that flick this internal switch in them that push them to be better. Cheesy inspirational movies hit that spot every time with me.

I loved the movie.

It’s an unabashed propaganda piece that portrays the journey of young Bieber from a toddler playing drums to teen hearth throb.
I love these stories.
It doesn’t matter what the context is, I love seeing people live there dreams.

Etc. etc.

It only further motivates me as I continue moving towards my personal dreams.

“There is a spirit in man, and the inspiration of the Almighty…” (Job 32:8)

I’ve got the Finals for this huge bboy competition tonight.
I’m ready.
I’ve practiced.
I’ve recovered form the strep throat.

I’ve listened to some Justin Bieber today.
Yeah I’m gonna kill it tonight.

? Do you get sucked into the inspirational movie genre?

top 16.

6 11 2010

Oh yeah!

We came down to Las Vegas for one purpose:
Vegas Shakedown 10.

It is one of the premiere bboy competitions in Vegas.
EVERYONE who is ANYONE on the bboy scene out here goes.

There is a strong following and the battles are exciting because the crews are all amazing.

This time around, 64 crews entered.
The judges watched everyone dance and then chose 16 crews to move on.

Here’s our prelim-battle:

I’ve been to Shakedown several times and I’ve even battled at some other out of state jams. I’ve NEVER made it past the prelims before. There are just so many solid crews that it’s easy to be forgotten and not move on.

We finally DID it!
We made top 16!

We should’ve made Top 8 (2 judges called our battle a tie and the third voted the other way) but we’re excited to have that monkey off our back.
Now, we can approach the next competition with more confidence!

It is such a good feeling to finally feel like the years of practice are starting to pay off…

I played out the battle several times in my mind before even getting there and it made such a huge difference. I felt much more confident when it was time to compete…

“But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind…” (D&C 9:8)
(study? maybe not so much, but I did visualize success)

? Do you try visualizing success or winning before you compete?


2 11 2010

This post is nothing more than an exclamation that the next move I’m going to learn is….


In fact I took step one down the path tonight.
I’m not looking to be as good as these guys:

But, when people find out I breakdance, it’s inevitable that they ask if I can headspins.
It’d be nice to be able to answer, why yes, I do!

So there it is.
Enjoy the video, and count on me putting up a video in the next month or so of the progress I’ve made.

My scalp is already feeling the burn…
“…instead of well set hair, baldness…” (2 Nephi 13:24)

? What do you think of when you think of breakdancing?


1 10 2010

I’ve been teaching breakdancing for about three years now.

I think I’ve heard every excuse out there for why a move can’t be done.

I’m too fat.
I’m a girl.
My wrist hurts.
I forgot shoes.
I’m wearing shorts – but I need pants.
I need a jacket.
I’m too thirsty.
I just ate.
My floor at home is different and I like it better.
I’m too sweaty.
I do it all the time – I just can’t right now.
The music is too soft.
The music is too loud.
etc. etc. etc.

There are TONS more…

I’ve started paying close attention to every time I hear an excuse to justify the words, “I can’t…”

I hate hearing those words.
If you can only breakdance on carpet, every 2nd Tuesday of the month, wearing your lucky underwear, while Run DMC is playing on a stereo (not an iPod) then there are some serious issues we need to resolve.

Everyone makes excuses.
It’s a daily occurrence.

I can’t go clean my car right now because I’m writing this post.

So, instead of just making up some lame excuse how about we call things as they are.
I value writing this post more than I value cleaning my car.
I value the competition tomorrow night more than I value painting our book shelf (sorry sweetie).
I value going to the temple with Leah tonight more than the incredibly amazing workshop going on tonight. (you’re welcome sweetie)

Nephi is the man – let’s take a page out of his book:
“Nevertheless, I do not write anything upon plates save it be that I think it be sacred. And now, if I do err, even did they err of old; not that I would excuse myself because of other men, but because of the weakness which is in me, according to the flesh, I would excuse myself.” (1 Nephi 19:6)

He says he can’t because he’s weak.

Although – as I’m writing this post I’m wondering if I would like hearing from my kids that they just don’t want to practice and don’t value breakdancing very much.

Yeah – forget what I just said.

I’d rather hear that your dog ate your breakdance sweats and you can’t breakdance in anything else.

? What’s the best excuse you’ve ever used or heard?

you are what you are told you are.

17 09 2010

I taught down in Payson tonight. I have 3 classes down there.
Teen class (mixed guys & girls)
Kids class (mixed guys & girls)
Boys class (Boys under 8)

My teen class is pretty unique. I’ve taught at about 8 different studios (including substitute stints)

Most classes consist of these stereotypes:
Kid who won’t try anything.
Kid who will try anything. (sometimes dangerous)
Kid who thinks he/she sucks.
Kid who actually does suck.
Kid who doesn’t even want to be there.
Kid willing to do exactly everything you ask and is mostly successful.
Kid who doesn’t stop talking(in a dance class, too much talking is typically not so good)

My teen class is filled completely with
Kid willing to do exactly everything you ask and is mostly successful.

It is incredible.
I have been there twice and it has been one of the best teaching experiences I’ve had.

Tonight when I finished my class I had an interesting experience. One of the moms came up to me with her daughter and asked me if I was going to be teaching any hip-hop?
My answer was no.

The mom then said her daughter is a klutz and that she’s worried she’s going to hurt herself.
Her daughter was standing right there and put her head down as her mom spoke. I told her mom that her daughter was excellent (she was) and that I saw no signs of klumsiness (I didn’t).

I know her mom had good intentions – but I was not too thrilled about how she presented her concern to me.
I got the vibe (which could be wrong) that this isn’t the first time ther daughter has been called a klutz in public.
I felt bad for her. She’s at a tricky age where certain mindsets and patterns are developed. The last thing I want someone telling one of my dancers is that they’re a klutz. (horrific reinforcement)

I think certain issues definitely need to be addressed and that kids should not be spoon-fed rainbows and sunshine constantly. But there is a time and a place for correction and concerns.

Wrong time and wrong place tonight.

“Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love…” (D&C 121:43)

? Have you ever been corrected in an unpleasant manner?

pleasant reminder.

27 08 2010

A couple months ago I got a call from a woman who runs a dance studio down in Payson. She got my name from somebody as a recommendation for breakdance teacher.

I LOVE teaching.
But – Payson is about 15 minutes south and I am already scheduled to teach at Center Stage this Fall. I’m not sure Leah is a big fan of me spreading myself thin on dance each evening. But she is SO supportive of me dancing. (Especially, when it pays!)

I took the offer and tonight was my first night.

You never know what you’re dealing with until you get to your first class and you feel out the talent level and more importantly the dedication of the kids.

I imagine most teachers feel like this:

“And as many as would hear his word he did teach…” (Mosiah 18:3)

Personally, as long as someone is willing to listen, I’m MORE than happy to teach. Things get sticky when you have a class that is not interested or unwilling to even try to learn the subject. It’s not a hopeless situation – just a little trickier.

I’ve never had an entire class of kids who were immediately receptive, attentive and willing to work hard….
Until now.

The young and older boys classes were incredible.
They picked up things quickly and were hungry to learn more.

If you have ever taught anything before – you know what a joy it is to teach individuals who are willing to learn and who graso the subject matter quickly and correctly.

I am grateful for the reminder this evening of how special teaching can be.

? What is your best teaching experience?

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