HIP HOP DANCE MASTER-CLASS + B-BOY FINALS
Every year we used to get together and watch the B-Boy championship finals. Unfortunately, this all changed when they moved venues, from Brixton Academy to Birmingham. So we were over-the-moon to hear that they were returning to London.
A 2 hour hip hop master-class was planned on Sunday April 10th, followed by a quick spruce up and then off to the Kentish Town Forum to watch the battles between the worlds best B-Boy and B-Girls.
Check out the highlights of this years show…
Timberland & Dark Child Master-class
The prep for this master-class was possibly more fun than the actual class! Well, almost. Our director, Thalia, spent hours researching 90s & 00s old skool tunes and then whittled down the playlist to the likes of Aaliyah, Missy, Brandy, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Ginuwine, Rihanna and loads more. The 3 hours flew by.
After we’d danced we headed to the private members club, Electric House, and bedded down in the snug for some food and cocktails. No photos from that unfortunately – house rules.
A video of the master-class to come.
magic mike xxl
July 11th 2015
This was a 3 hour street dance workshop aimed at beginners. The choreography was inspired by the film and soundtrack of Magic Mike XXL and coincided with the UK release of the movie. After working up a sweat on the dance floor, we ate at Babaji Istanbul in Soho. then, fueled by excitement (and wine) 20 of us watched Steven Sodonberg’s take on the life of a stripper on the road to the stripper convention. The premise of the movie sounds rubbish but it was brilliant! When the scene with Channing Tatum dancing to Ginuwine’s tune, ‘Pony’, came on the audience erupted, or at least, we all did! It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I feel we may need to watch the movie again, sans wine, just to make sure it really was as much fun as we thought it was.
Main tune: Ginuwine ‘Pony’
50 SHADES OF….STREET DANCE & POLE DANCE
FEBRUARY 21ST & June 5th 2015 -
For 3 hours, over 30 non-professional dancers attempted to learn 2 routines choreographed by Thalia and inspired by the film Fifty Shades of Grey. Think bondage, fetish, sex and a whole heap of sassiness. The first routine taught was to the Weekend’s ‘Earned It.’ This routine went down well and although challenging, the stunning tune carried people through. Feeling pretty tired mentally, we switched to the next routine, Beyonce’s ‘Crazy in Love,’ which was reworked for the film with a haunting and seductive feel. The guys threw all they had at the choreography, but we weren’t quite done. After street dance, we made our way further into leafy Hampstead to Spring Health Club for a private pole dancing session with Pole Fitness. Very much in keeping with the 50 shades theme, Natasha introduced the pole first-timers to pole technique and a short saucy routine. Some very hungry and thirsty dancers then grabbed tapas and with the rioja flowing, saucy gifts were dished out. We then sauntered over to watch the film. Our verdict? Thank goodness the soundtrack was banging as the film certainly wasn’t.
The Weekend’s ‘Earned it’ routine
Footage of the full day Streetdance, Pole Dance & Film
In 2011, Neon Fuel went to Ibiza for our first dance trip. Over 20 people came and, over the years, those same 20 people have joined in with new members on various other hip trips:- Berlin, Copenhagen, New York,, Lisbon and of course London. We returned to Ibiza in September and joined forces with Susie Nicole Howell and Ibiza Retreat offering restorative and re-energizing yoga.
We threw ourselves into 2 days of sweaty dance at Banana Studios in St Eulalia. On the first day we danced to a mix of RnB, hip hop and soulful house. The routine was energetic, exhausting and exhilarating! The second day was more relaxed but slightly more complicated choreography. Both pieces were choreographed by Thalia. All this was counter-balanced with some ocean side yoga. We were downward dog to the beat of the lapping waves against the shore of St Eulalia…it was bliss.
This was by far the busiest trip we have organised and one of the most successful in terms of enjoyment. friendships formed and hangovers endured. We ate in some of the cutest and tastiest restaurants on the Island, La Paloma, La Bodega, Sa Caboneria and El Rincon de la Bodega (a welcome surprise).
LISBON MAY 2014
We were in Lisbon at the same time as the final for the champions league final which was being hosted in Lisbon. The heat was on as two Spanish teams went head to head, unfortunately, the heat was one thing that stayed away. Whilst UK was basking in sunshine Lisbon was uncharacteristically mild and overcast. Luckily, we were staying in the coolest area of Lisbon with a new culinary experience on our doorstep. We ate, drank and danced our way through the bank holiday weekend!
The dance routine was choroegraphed to a selection of tunes but then, on the 2nd day, we tailored the routine to Janet Jackson’s ‘IF’. Here was the result of our hard work!
NEW YORK SEPTEMBER 2013
What we organised
Two days of dance, great restaurants (some were controversial) and a flying trapeze with the New York Trapeze School (as seen on Sex on the City)!!
We danced to a range of tunes, but the main ones being:-
Our studio was in heart of Manhatten and after the first day of dancing we headed to Central Park for a stretch and some food. Pretty idyllic.
We celebrated being 2!
It was also Neon Fuel’s 2nd birthday and we celebrated in style at the Soho House and then at a prvate party at Le Bain on the top floor of The Standard.
SOHO HOUSE June 2013
Thalia collaborated with the private members club, Soho House to offer members a specially choreographed 90 minute street dance class. After we danced it was off to Electric House for some well deserved complimentary Neon Fuel cocktails.
BREAKTHROUGH BREAST CANCER CHARITY EVENT
Where: The Tabernacle 34-35 Powis Square London, W11 2AY
When: Saturday April 13th 2013
What? 2 hours of easy to follow street dance.
We raised almost £4000! Our target was £2000. A big thank you to everyone involved and to those that donated.
All profits were donated to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
COPENHAGEN 23-24TH FEBRUARY 2013
Copenhagen is beautiful, interesting and original. There is nothing generic about this city.
We danced for 2 days, (4 hours on the Saturday and 2 hours on the Sunday), in a one of the best studios we’ve ever used. Pictures to come! The first day was intense yet fun and the second day helped to clarify and develop a cool and well executed routine. As always with these trips dancers are surprised at a/ how much they learn in the time we have and b/ how well they dance the routine. Please go to the members section to view videos.
We danced to:-
Last Train to Paris track 1 – P Diddy
On the Bus — Destiny’s Child
Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics.
Mixed by DJ Melody Kane.
This wasn’t exclusive to the Saturday night, a lot of people had their most hedonistic night on the Thursday! No names will be mentioned…what happens on tour, stays on tour!
But on the Saturday, everyone ate at the very cool Madklubben Bistro De Luxe, had after dinner cocktails in the Union and from then on the entire evening is a blur! Isn’t that how it should be?!
After the last session a few dancers went to the top floor of the Tivoli Hotel for cocktails and watched as a blizzard battered the city! If we were in London, the weather we experienced in Copenhagen would have paralysed the entire city. Unfortunately, our flight was delayed by only 10 minutes and we had to leave wonderful Copenhagen! We will be back in the Spring/Summer of 2014.
ANTI-VALENTINE DANCE CLASS & DRINKS 2013
We had a full class of dancers and anti-valentiners. After dance we went for food at The Elgin pub, cocktails at Montgomery Place and then Electric House until the wee hours.
Playlist for the class:-
Club Lonely – Sam Ellis
Disco’s Revenge – Gusto (particularly camp lyrics version!)
Caught out there – Kelis
No Scrubs – TLC
F**k You – Cee Lo Green
What about us – Brandy
I will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Stepping Stone – Duffy
There’s no place like home…unless you’re somewhere hot and gorgeous! Neon Fuel was west London bound for the bank holiday weekend/Notting hill Carnival. The members attacked six hours of dance spread over the two days. Thalia choreographed a piece to a Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson mash up – Scream vs Rhythm Nation, then a further 2 hours on the Sunday before the carnival festivities began. On the Saturday we ate at the Dock Kitchen, part of Tom Dixon’s store. Yum.
I think it’s safe to say that every Neon Fuel member that came to Berlin fell in love with the city. We had a full on day of dance: 10am-6pm. 4 dance routines, all completely different, choreographed and taught by Thalia at lightening bolt speed. To say this was a challenge may be an understatement. But credit to the members, they delivered. After the dance bit, we all dined at the wonderful Spindler & Klatt, where we were treated to a fabulous burlesque dancer with the best body. Just what you want to see before you tuck into a big old steak! Thank goodness for all that dancing. Then in true Neon Fuel style, some carried on at Spindler & Klatt, some went to a gig, some went to the notorious KitKat club and some just hit the many bars in East Berlin. There is something for everyone in what could be the most hedonistic city in Europe.
Neon Fuel worked with internet marketing agency, Bazaarvoice, offering a dance masterclass to their employees with a relaxing massage at a Kensington spa to sooth their muscles after all that dancing..
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The closing party season in Ibiza was Neon Fuel’s first hip trip abroad. We danced for 2 days, sunbathed, ate well, drank muchos rioja and partied hard in Amnesia, Ushuaia, Space, Blue Marlin and some places we can’t remember. Yes, it was that much fun. Friendships were forged, memories ingrained and plenty of silly behaviour was conducted in style. To see more evidence of what happened in Ibiza please log in to the members area.
In February 2011, Neon Fuel worked with Suzy Schmit to help raise over £5000 for the earthquakes in Christchurch, NZ and Japan. Over 20 people took part in a sponsored Street danceathon. Oh and it was fancy dress! It’s not often you see a ninja dancing next to superman! Check out the gallery for evidence of this. We then celebrated our efforts with a well deserved drink or two at the Elgin pub, Notting hill.