All the Right Moves? A Look at Britney, Carrie and Lady Gaga's Dancing Skills
By Jo Piazza Posted Dec 10th 2009 06:00AM
Because the MTV Video Music Awards and the Grammys don't have a category for "Best Dance Moves By A Hot Young Blonde Artist", we at PopEater, always eager to fill a gap in expert analysis and accolades, have taken it upon ourselves to do our own review of this season's bombshell vids, Britney Spears, "3", Carrie Underwood's "Cowboy Casanova," and Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance." Who moved the best? Who bored us to tears? And who managed to sauce it up?
Our expert analysis after the jump:
Britney Spears, "3"
Our experts agree that Britney's paean to the threesome is technically the dullest video of the three. "The choreography is nonexistent in this video. Britney looks weaker than her dancers," explains Andi McCormack, founder and artistic director of the Penny Lane Dance Academy LA and NY. "I found the movement to be lazy and unoriginal. Very uninspiring work with no artistry."
It's a tough call since Britney is historically the most talented dancer in this group. While this performance doesn't fall as flat as a certain 2007 MTV Video Music Awards debacle, fans continue to expect more out of Brit's moves.
"This is not Britney's finest hour. Please refer back to "I'm a Slave For You" for her better work," says Kelly Myernick, Houston Ballet First Soloist.
Carrie Underwood, "Cowboy Casanova"
Carrie has always tried to make country a little bit saucy and well, here she goes again. She may not move like a trained dancer, but Carrie always get an "E" for effort (warning: it may be because her dance moves remind us of our own back at all-girls Catholic High School).
"Carrie Underwood isn't necessarily moving the ball forward with choreography but at least it has a given purpose," explains, Lisa Niedermeyer, an independent NYC dance artist and a consultant for Movement Media.. "Her backup dancers are literally her posse in this video, they have her back as she confronts her "Cowboy Casanova" in the final duel. With them she has the strength to stand him down and best of all it looks like they all get a kick out of doing so."
At the end of the day Carrie is a singer first and a dancer about fifth. So even though she and her backup dancers make a valiant effort in "Cowboy" and the result is still a fun romp, stylistically she isn't adding anything to the dance oeuvre.
"To be fair Carrie is much more comfortable with the choreography when she has a mic in her hand (like at the CMT Awards performance of "Cowboy Casanova"). She is obviously a singer not a dancer. Her voice is straight forward, sassy and big but her movement/choreography is not," Niedermeyer says.
Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"
Gaga brings it with her red carpet scare-wear and she definitely brings it in "Bad Romance." The Lady is always revving it at 100 miles per hour so that anything she puts out there turns into a miniature masterpiece.
"Now here's an artist. A true diva. Pushing concepts and ideas into areas that get us excited and keep us entertained," McCormack says. "The Lady moves well and sells it hard. A slight Euro feel to the choreography and staccato moves leave you feeling like you need a shower, I love it. Bridge section in red was unexpected and well done. Can't wait to see girls clawing at the club to this one!"
Choreographically Gaga may not be that innovative, but because she is willing to try anything she makes fans want to shake their own bootees with this video.
"What she's doing is letting us bring our own freaky style to the dances we already know. The 'Bad Romance' video gives us the Charleston, the twist, the hand jive, some vogue-ing, some Flash Dance (maybe some Jane Fonda), and some 'Thriller'. . . just to name a few," Myernick says
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