Friday, May 7, 2010

A bad romance with the Royal New Zealand Ballet

Dancer Jaered Glavin, 21, choreographed a 6 1/2-minute Lady Gaga-inspired routine over 12 hours of rehearsals in the space of two weeks, for a workshop run by the ballet company.

He uploaded the video to YouTube a week ago and it has already been viewed more than 50,000 times, making it New Zealand's top-rated YouTube clip this month. It has also been featured on Lady Gaga's official fan page and received international attention.

Glavin said most of the groups at the workshop used classical music scores and more traditional dance steps. "I wanted to go a bit mad and just have a lot of fun with it."

It was his first choreographing stint since he trained at the Royal Ballet School in London. Glavin, a big Lady Gaga fan, chose the track Bad Romance (Starsmith Remix) and selected six Gaga-ettes, fellow Royal New Zealand Ballet dancers Katie Hurst-Saxton, Katherine Grange, Clytie Campbell, Lucy Balfour, Antonia Hewitt and Maree White. The dancers, decked out in blonde wigs and skimpy outfits, fused Gaga's distinctive pop style with traditional ballet moves.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

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